on June 17, 2004
Come Taste the Band was disappointing to many Purple fans because it lacks one of the driving forces of the band, and indeed its most visual and spectacular player - Richie Blackmore. Without him many wondered really whether this could really be DP at all. As a result, this album is shunned by most fans. Personally, as someone who loves Blackmore, they are both right and wrong. Tommy Bolin is a completely different sounding player to Blackmore - gone are the slick, perfectly played, bluesy, and sustained melodic and blisteringly fast lines of Blackmore, in with plenty of overdriven slide guitar and jamming over the top of the still formidable Purple rhythm section. Lots of overdubs as opposed to the Blackmore clarity of purpose. The album in many ways lacks the killer riffs that Blackmore could, and can, conjure up in his sleep. But I still like this album. Although it sounds very different, the material is still pretty good, and Bolin makes the material his own. Coverdale is just superb (as he really was in the 70s) and Bolin is much more at home with Glenn Hughes' love of funk - harkening back to his days with Billy Cobham. Is this a great album? No, but it is certainly a fair-to-good heavy rock album that has its moments.
on March 17, 2004
Without a doubt, the most incredible album ever made. Listening to this album was not only enjoyable but made me realize the talent that was behind the genious of Tommy Bolin. Deep Purple was hurting when guitar guru Richie Blackmore abandon ship in 1975, and with the rest of the band picking up the pieces and soldiering forth, they picked the one and only Tommy Bolin to do what has hailed as impossible, replace Richie Blackmore. A task most guitar players feared due to being critized in comparison, Bolin wasn't all to familiar with the band's music in the first place, and also it gave him the opportunity to use the band to help launch his solo career. With that all said, Tommy Bolin and Deep Purple together made the most unusual sounding Deep Purple album of the band's entire career. Never before has a Deep Purple album contained rock, funk, jazz, fusion, and soul all in one, and it never has happened since this album either. This album has rock such as Comin' Home, Love Child, Lady Luck and Dealer all of which go right up there with any of Blackmore's stuff. This album also has funk with Gettin' Tighter, courtesy of bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes and Tommy Bolin. The song This Time Around/Owed To "G", is a double tribute to Stevie Wonder(This Time Around) and to Gershiwn(Owed To "G"), filled with soul, jazz, rock, and fusion all in one. There are many other great songs on here, but listening to this album makes you realize the band wasn't afraid to take chances. This album broke all the Purple rules and traditions, letting Glenn Hughes sing lead twice, Tommy Bolin sing lead on a verse on the song Dealer, David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes singing together on You Keep on Moving, and Jon Lord letting Bolin just taking over the music and soloing all over the album. A true masterpiece this album is, and it's sad to believe they made only one album together. Actually, if you think about it, Come Taste The Band could pass as Whitesnake's first album because it's music is such a departure from the band's already signature sound that it doesn't even sound like Deep Purple, since 3 out of 5 members went onto Whitesnake. But thats not to say it doesn't sound beautiful, because this is a beautiful album. Enjoy.
on March 2, 2004
Come Taste The Band (1975.) Deep Purple's tenth album, and the only one to feature guitarist Tommy Bolin. Also the last album to feature David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes.
In 1975, Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was no longer impressed with the way the band was being run. In a twist of fate that must have shocked everyone, Blackmore, who had been in the band since their earliest days, left the band. His replacement was Tommy Bolin, formerly of classic rock legends the James Gang. This would be the band's final studio album, that is, until the 1984 Mark Two reunion. How does this, the last album to feature David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes, measure up? Read on and find out.
This is probably Deep Purple's most bluesy-sounding album. But it's no less heavy than the others. Sadly though, this album never achieved the popularity of some of the band's better-known work. That's a shame, because it's just as good. Comin' Home, one of the band's most memorable rockers, kicks off this album. It's an excellent track that will grab your attention and hold into it. The second track, Lady Luck, is also excellent. And then we have the classic seventies-based rock stylings of Gettin' Tighter. Once again, the band serves up a winner. Dealer is a track that sounds strikingly similar to Paul Di'Anno-era Iron Maiden - something that goes to show you just how influential this band was. All in all, there isn't a single weak track on this album. It's not quite up to the quality of, say, Fireball, Machine Head, or Burn, but it's still a VERY strong album. Why are Deep Purple's days with David Coverdale so underrated? This guy knew how to sing! Also, Tommy Bolin deserves some major credit. It's not easy to fill the shoes of a guitar mastermind like Ritchie Blackmore, but here Bolin does it like it's nothing at all! It's one hell of an album.
It's a shame this would be Deep Purple's last studio album for nine years, up until the Mark Two reunion in 1984. Following the release of this album, David Coverdale would go on to become a fairly popular solo artist, and would eventually become the lead vocalist for classic eighties power rockers Whitesnake. Likewise, Glenn Hughes would go on to sing on one of Black Sabbath's albums, just like earlier Deep Purple member Ian Gillan. Why he ditched the bass for lead vocals is beyond me! This and the Coverdale-era album before it, Stormbringer, are out of print and very difficult to come by, but if you manage to find them and you're a fan of the band, don't hesitate to purchase them. The Coverdale era is Deep Purple's most unappreciated - but it's also some of their finest material.
on December 30, 2003
Whichever line-up you prefer, it has to be said that Deep Purple remained a tight and powerful unit even after the classic Blackmore-Gillan-Glover-Lord-Paice version had fractured. 1973-75 were uneasy years for the group, and "Come Taste the Band" is the best album from this shaky put productive era. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore had gone by this time, preceeded in 1973 by bassist Roger Glover and lead screamer Ian Gillan. Their respective replacements were the late Tommy Bolin, Glenn Hughes, and David Coverdale, steered by faithful members Jon Lord and Ian Paice, to make this solid and charged effort.
"Come Taste the Band" is often tight and limited in its structures, which actually helps the songs achieve their heights. It rocks ('Dealer'), it rolls ('You Keep On Moving,' 'Comin' Home'), it swoons (Bolin's interesting 'Owed To 'G,' a section of the track 'This Time Around'). The production is very meticulous and as a result, is very fitting to DP's brand of hard rock. In addition, much of the material translated very well onto the live stage, as many of the songs would become thrilling pieces of Deep Purple concerts throughout the brief remainder of their 70s career (see "This Time Around: Live in Tokyo '75").
Its predecessors, "Burn" and "Stormbringer," were fine efforts, but neither have aged as well as "Come Taste the Band." Upon first listen, without knowing the history, this album hardly sounds as if it were recorded by a band that was ready to buckle under professional and personal pressures. Rather, it sounds like a band just getting started, mainly because it's not as complex as earlier efforts. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case, and "Come Taste the Band" would be Deep Purple's last album for nearly a decade.
on October 1, 2003
What a great album is this one! You can listen to the energetic enthusiasm here and how much they are enjoying recording the songs. This is one of Purple's finest albums. The Coverdale vocal trademark on "Lady Luck", "I Need Love" & "Drifter", the great "Gettin' tighter", the awesome "Love child", the beautiful "This time around" with the usual great Glenn Hughes vocals, and the finest tune in here "You keep on moving" which is sometimes left out of DP compilations. Unbelievable. This album has no waste. Enjoyable from beginning to end. Tommy Bolin fits perfectly well with the band. Comparing him with Ritchie Blackmore is unfair, like BK from Philadelphia does. Yes, Ritchie may be better guitarist, but thinking that Tommy Bolin is not that good 'cos of comparations?... well then I will mention Jimi Hendrix and then Ritchie can go to wash dishes ;-) So what I mean is, not because of the "not being as good as" it means is not a valid effort. Tommy Bolin does a great job and on the writing of songs, Ritchie is not missed at all. Neither on the performance of them. And again, for those who glorify Ritchie Blackmore, just take a listen to the album he did in DP with Joe Lynn Turner on vocals :-S Certainly the worst DP album ever and HE WAS THERE BUDS! So people, move on, Deep Purple with or without Blackmore still rocks and it's on great shape !!!! DEEP PURPLE KEEPS ON MOVING!! Also VERY RECOMMENDED the Live CDs of this line up: "LIVE in TOKYO 1975" and "LONG BEACH ARENA 1976".
on June 30, 2003
To this day, I'm baffled by the postumous aclaim heaped on Tommy Bolin. There is no way to describe his playing here as anything more than tentative. He's got two tricks, and they are employed here ad nauseaum. I defy any one of his many fans out here to deny this...he uses the same "slide up to a high note," lick on NEARLY EVERY SONG. Once you notice, it is very hard to ignore and kind of ruins the album. Elsewhere (Coming Home) you'll hear him puntuate the track with simple, predictable one note blasts that simply mimic the chords. Sorry fans, I know he has a very devoted fan base, but his reputation couldn't have been earned here. One needs to go back just one album earlier (Stormbringer) to hear some truly inovative and thoughful guitar licks, fills and solos. Nothing here compares to even the most bland playing on Stormbringer (which is grossly underated in my opinion). Aside from the uninspired guitar playing, the album is very consistent and listenable. Certainly heavier than its predecessor, with some great riffs. And there is also an incredible impersonation of Stevie Wonder (who'd have thunk it?) mixed with a touch of Beach Boys on the slow track. Nice record, but IMHO Blackmore's shoes were just too big for anyone to fill.
on November 22, 2002
Ritchie Blackmore left the band in 1974, but before he left he recommanded to his purple friends the great TOMMY BOLIN.
And great he was.One of the finest, original and diversified guitarist of all time-check his solo albums teaser and private eyes or Billy Cobham's Spectrum.
Blackmore's departure left a big open door to COVERDALE and HUGHES love for funk, we certainly are very far from IN ROCK or even BURN, but still the music sounds great, different but great.
And even with Blackmore gone, this album is somehow heavier and more consistant than STORMBRINGER.
Comin' Home, Drifter, Lady Luck, Dealer rock like hell.I Need Love, Gettin Tighter lean more towards the funk side.
You keep on moving is a masterpiece-once again the magic of Coverdale and Hughes voices join for the best.
This time around and its road companion Owed to G, a slow piano-vocal track and an instrumental playground for Tommy, are quite unusual for Purple but make their point.
COME TASTE THE BAND is the only studio album with BOLIN, it was full of promises...well at least it makes it unique and unforgettable.
on August 26, 2002
This is, in my opinion anyway, one of the very finest Deep Purple albums. Everything comes together here: the songs are tremendous (check out 'Comin' Home', 'Lady Luck', 'Dealer', 'This Time Around', 'You Keep On Moving', 'Getting Tighter', 'I Need Love'-- hell, ALL of 'em); the band is in top form; the production is crisp; and the spirit is intact. Much has been made of the fact this was Bolin's only studio album as Purple's guitarist. True, and he fits in, incredibly well. I feel that the chemistry between Bolin, Coverdale and Hughes is stronger than it was when Blackmore was in the picture. And of course, Paice and Lord are doing their thing as if nothing had changed. I'm often asked if "Come Taste The Band" sounds like a Deep Purple album. Of course it does. But it sounds just different enough to stand out, so I'm thankful the band rose to the challenge and succeeded so admirably. An essential purchase not only for Purple fans but anyone who has a serious interest in classic rock.
on August 24, 2002
I got this when it came out in '75. I was 13, I'm 40 now and have been playing it all week, it still sounds contemporary to this day. I like both Blackmore and Bolin, but Tommy displays a musical imagination and a versatility I prefer. He has long been a favorite and he brings a lot to the table (as do the rest of the band) here. There is a complexity of production textures on this album which are revealed upon repeated listenings. Bolin's guitar and Lord's keyboards create layered walls of sound on many of the songs which neither Bolin or Deep Purple acheived elsewhere. Ian Paice proves himself to be one very funky drummer who is also a rockin' powerhouse, he really gets up on top of the beat on some of these tunes and Bolin locks in with him. Bolin was a drummer's guitarist if ever there was one, it's one of the many aspects of his playing that mark him out as one of the best, he also plays an extremely good slide. All of the songs are strong. Glen Hughes' "this time around" is a moving ballad with beautifully recorded vocals and piano, it also points to the musical richness of this album. It's funky, it's heavy and it rocks- there is a combination of qualities and a level of musicianship that no other record has- by Deep Purple or any other band. When you put aside the comparisons and controversy, this album stands as one of the finest of its era.
on January 17, 2001
I'll admit it, back in 1975 when this record first came out, people didn't know quite what to make of it, simply because people were not sure which direction Rock music was heading at the time, actually nowhere.... For me, honest hard rock died for about the next 15 years. If your a traditional fan of Deep Purple Mark II, that is - hard-driving industial metal/rock, this album might come as a bit of a diversion. Come Taste The Band stands up today as one of the finer rock lp's which came out of the 1970's decade. Quality art is always judged by it's ability to stand the test of time, and this lp certainly does - in colours! One only wonders what might have happened if the band had changed their name, dropped the Deep Purple name tag, and thus avoided all the R.B. comparisons - and requests while performing live. Thus, placing a strain on Tommy Bolin - and the direction the band members could have taken. Each member of the band stands out uniquely on this cd. That is, everyone is a vital element to the overall unique rock sound being produced. In retrospect, this is about as far as True hard rock could have gone have gone in the 1970's. Well, - maybe until 1978. The times were a changin', and the artist always reflects the culture of which they (the band) are a part of. If you want a live fix of this line-up, check out the King Biscuit Hour 2-cd release. God Bless Tommy Bolin....wherever he is. Probably in pretty good company! Come, Taste the Band.