1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to heavy rock!
After the thin sounding Burn and Stormbringer Purple return with a great sounding rock album full of energy and power. Too bad Bolin was a doomed junkie as the live shows from this tour sound horrible. Too much cocaine, heroin and screaming. The album however is a different story. It's impossible to get in stores so order it here while you can. This album ranks up there...
Published on Sept. 15 2010 by J. Doran
3.0 out of 5 stars ritchie is king
yeah yeah tommy is good on this album but you are comparing BOLIN THE SERF OR SQUIRE TO BLACKMORE THE KING. sorry to contradict an earlier reveiwer but listen for yourself on this one then listen to a blackmore one. bolin is a pale comparison to the brilliance of blackmore. colwyn
Published on June 21 2008 by Robert P. Hainsworth
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to heavy rock!,
This review is from: Come Taste The Band (Audio CD)After the thin sounding Burn and Stormbringer Purple return with a great sounding rock album full of energy and power. Too bad Bolin was a doomed junkie as the live shows from this tour sound horrible. Too much cocaine, heroin and screaming. The album however is a different story. It's impossible to get in stores so order it here while you can. This album ranks up there with the Gillan stuff. A lot more funkier and jazzier than previous efforts it still rocks like it's on fire. Great stuff from the purps but never repeated. Too bad.
5.0 out of 5 stars The only 5 star DP album without Ritchie Blackmore!,
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This review is from: Come Taste the Band (35th Anniversary Edition) (Audio CD)This album blew me away when I first heard it back in 1975. I thought DP was dead without Ritchie and was amazed what a great album they've made without him! Unfortunately, they could never do it again ...Love child, Drifter, This time around, Getting Tighter, Lady Luck... And on top of that, one of their greatest songs with David Coverdale-Keep on Moving...Glenn Hughes shines throughout the album, Lord and Paice guarantee the solidity of the album, great as always. And Tommy Bolin! Such a great guitarist , what a waste! The tragedy that followed the appearence of the album cannot diminish its greatness. Very underrated by some Blackmore purists, Come Taste the Band survived the test of time. .
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner From Purple Records,
This review is from: Come Taste the Band (35th Anniversary Edition) (Audio CD)For those keeping score, now every single album from the original run of Deep Purple 1968-1976 has been remastered with some sort of deluxe edition. Come Taste The Band is the final album of this series. Deep Purple imploded shortly after and the band was no more until Perfect Strangers in 1983.
Personally I have always liked Come Taste The Band right from first listen. However, I never heard the album until 1996 so the idea of a great Purple album without Richie Blackmore was not foreign to me. With open ears you can really appreciate what Deep Purple were up to on this powerfully rocking album. It has a solid groove, a much harder sound than Stormbringer and some great unconventional guitar playing from Tommy Bolin. Everybody is playing amazingly, even the coked-out Glenn Hughes who just rips it to shreds on "Gettin' Tighter", my favourite track. Paicey is also awesome on said breakneck track.
Really though there are no losers on Come Taste The Band. Every song is incredible right from the opener of the ferocious "Comin' Home" to the philosophical "You Keep On Movin'". Another personal favourite is the sliding groover "Dealer", a tale of warning from David Coverdale to Glenn Hughes about his habit. Bolin takes his first and only studio Deep Purple lead vocal on the bridge.
As with all previous special editions, the liner notes are excellent, revealing, and loaded with pictures. One fact I didn't know: The band were going to kick out Hughes if he didn't kick the coke.
Bonus material is present. The single edit of "You Keep On Movin'" is tacked on to the end of disc one, but this is previously available on such albums as Singles A's and B's. The second disc contains the entire album remixed by Kevin Shirley. Shirley is truly a great mixer. It's hard to discern what he did differently here, except the songs are a bit more punchy. Some now continue on past their original fade points, revealing never before heard playing from the band, right to the end of the song. This was done on previous remasters such as Machine Head and I like this touch a lot.
Two previously unreleased tracks are included. These tracks will be worth the price of purchase alone to Purple collectors. Same In L.A. is a nearly complete song with lead vocals and lyrics. If it had been included on the original album, it would easily have been the most pop, it sounds more suited to Stormbringer material. Bolin Paice Jam is also unreleased -- not even heard before on Days May Come or the limited edition 1420 Beachwood Drive albums. This is a massive, fiery jam capturing the best of both players. Difficult to understand why this was not included on the afformentioned two compilations, but it's just awesome and I'm glad it's out.
Once again, Simon Robinson has outdone himself with the final Deep Purple remaster of this series. I know that different record companies would be involved but I sure hope a Perfect Strangers deluxe edition is in our future. These albums, while expensive and difficult to obtain (mine took almost two months to ship) are well worth it to the faithful.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Deep Purple Album!!!!! Have YOU Heard It???,
1. Tommy Bolin was a better guitarist and song writer than Ritchie Blackmore.
2. The album works as a WHOLE, and builds into a finale rivaled only by(in a VERY different way) 'Hard Lovin' Man' from "In Rock".
3. Coverdale, for ONE album ("Come Taste The Band") sounds BETTER than Ian Gillan.
4. Glenn Hughes and Tommy Bolin were the greatest duo to ever grace a Purple album(JUST LISTEN TO 'Gettin' Tighter'!!!)
5. The album recieved virtually NO airplay, but after about 2 listens you can hum every damn song....
6. "Come Taste The Band" acts as a showcase for each members(Coverdale, Bolin, Hughes, Lord, Paice) unique talents, and offers a BALANCE often lacking in the Blackmore controlled albums.
7. The story behind the album is by far the most interesting of any Purple album. This line-up and album SHOULD have sucked!!! But instead, with the help(?) of massive amounts of cocaine, Bolin's inovations, a lack of Blackmore's ego and control, and a frighteningly brilliant BOND between ALL the players on this particular album, "Come Taste The Band" stands out as a perfect product. It almost makes you cry at the fact that this Purple line-up only released ONE album. It DOES make you cry that Tommy Bolin(possibly the greatest guitar prodigy of the 70's) died of an overdose a year later.
8. In memory of Bolin, this album stands as a memorial to his ability to work with ANY band. Even one as ego-filled as Deep Purple. Come Taste This Album. DO NOT DISMISS IT LIKE SO MANY OTHER PURPLE FAN FOOLS!!!! The album is a 10 outta 10, just like everything else Tommy Bolin was associated with.
3.0 out of 5 stars ritchie is king,
This review is from: Come Taste the Band (Audio CD)yeah yeah tommy is good on this album but you are comparing BOLIN THE SERF OR SQUIRE TO BLACKMORE THE KING. sorry to contradict an earlier reveiwer but listen for yourself on this one then listen to a blackmore one. bolin is a pale comparison to the brilliance of blackmore. colwyn
5.0 out of 5 stars raunchy, but romantic.......,
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this has most of my fave tracks.
okay, some of is a little raunchy, but also some of it is brilliant.
"gettin' tighter" has a brilliant funky '70s beat to it, & the vocals are excellent.
also, "this time around" is a timeless anthem, with soulful vocals.
& "you keep on movin'" is a beautiful song, a typical dave coverdale love song.
3.0 out of 5 stars Can one replace the irreplaceable?,
5.0 out of 5 stars 24K Purple,
This review is from: Come Taste the Band (Audio CD)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.
4.0 out of 5 stars One of My All-time favorites - simply awesome,
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - Come taste this album,
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.
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