The final lineup of Deep Purple in the 1970s - Jon Lord, Ian Paice, David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, and Tommy Bolin - lasted less than a year, and released only one album, Come Taste the Band. This 65-minute collection of June 1975 rehearsals represents the only other studio document of this lineup, and thus the only other available studio stuff Bolin did with Deep Purple save Come Taste the Band. Combining early versions of album tracks, and no less than four ten-minute jams, it doesn't represent an apex for the Purple ones. It's period hard rock, sounding at times like sub-Led Zeppelin. Deep Deep Purple [sic] fans will appreciate its importance as a historical relic, though, particularly as the sound is good. There's also a cover of "Statesboro Blues" and, as a true oddity, a shambolic, one-minute circus-like cover of "I Got You Babe."
One should remember these are rehearsal recordings and this is an archive release, allowing Deep Purple Mk 4 fans a unique insight into the band at a very crucial point in their history. Its unlikely that you'd be here if you don't already own "Come Taste The Band", but if that is the case, buy it nowThe recordings here were mixed live, so levels and balance could not be altered. Despite this, the sound is amazing for material taped under such circumstances.There is a certain amount of hiss in places (although a lot of this is electrical noise from Bolin's guitar set-up) as well as wrong notes, missed cues etc. It is always tempting to clean up such flaws but doing so would miss the whole point of the material. Instead, restoration was restricted to working on the sound quality, along with a couple of fades where the original tapes ran out (rest assured we kept the levels up until the last possible moment).
We've chosen the most exciting and powerful pieces for this disc but, aware that some people will want to hear what we left off, a further half hour of material is available on a mail-order only CD (PUR 201, details from Purple Records).
Track Notes. The impromptu jams speak largely (and loudly) for themselves but a few notes on the other tracks follow:
Owed To "G" was written during the rehearsal period, the "G" in question was George Gershwin. Tommy wrote most of the instrumental part here, with Jon and Glenn later adding a slower quiet first half to the album take."Jon and Glenn were going to call their half 'Gersh', and I was going to call my half 'Win1, but we thought that'd be a little too sick!" Bolin commented later.
The Orange Juice Song is a strange piece. Jon bases his tune on Rodrigo's'Concerto deAranjuez' (our title is how many orchestral players refer to it!), with David doing some fine seemingly improvised singing. It hints at a version of "Need Your Love So Bad" which the pair of them did as a b-side years later in Whitesnake.
Statesboro Blues is a well known standard which Tommy probably played many times in his early career working with blues players. It's not often we get to hear him or Deep Purple playing material like this.
Dance To The Rock & Roll). During Purple's 1974 tour, 'Space Truckin" was revamped to let Glenn have some fun and the "Dance To The Rock'n Roll" section evolved, with Coverdale often joining in. It was one of the few moments during Mk 3 when Glenn could let his hair down with some funky bass.
Drifter. It's fascinating to hear the two singers working out the harmonies (we've taken just a couple of goes out of some fifteen minutes of tape), the lyrics were later changed when they were recording the final studio version. Incidental studio banter isn't often taped for obvious reasons so this snippet, followed by a howling burst of guitar and false start, adds to the atmosphere. Nicky, being sought by David Coverdale, is roadie Nicky Bell.The second voice isTommy Bolin.When they finally get the start right, the track thunders out of the speakers and this early take crackles with energy.
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