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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tommy Bolin "Teaser" Deluxe And New Book

Tommy Bolin "Teaser" deluxe edition is coming in March 2011. Greg Hampton (producer of the Tommy Bolin Whips and Roses CDs) is currently finishing up production on Teaser Deluxe, a CD which will contain alternate versions of all the tracks that appeared on the original Teaser album plus bonus tracks. All the material is being remixed from original multi-track tapes, and most of the material hasn't been heard by the public before in any form.

The track list is:

1. The Grind

2. Homeward Strut

3. Dreamer

4. Crazed Fandango

5. Savannah Woman

6. Teaser

7. People, People

8. Marching Powder

9. Wild Dogs

10. Lotus

11. Crazed Fandango (alternate).

The package includes a 24-page booklet with rare photos.

Greg Prato has released "Touched By Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story", a new book about Tommy Bolin featuring almost 50 interviews with people that knew and played with Tommy during his youth, meteoric career and up to his untimely passing at age 25 in 1976. The new book also features a number of rare photos that will surprise even veteran Tommy fans.

Read more excerpts from the book on Tommy Bolin Archives:

David Coverdale: When Ritchie Blackmore decided to go [from Deep Purple], Ritchie had invited me to go with him to do the Rainbow project. But I felt uncomfortable about it — I didn’t think it was appropriate. And that’s what led to some abrasive aspects of Ritchie’s and my relationship for a while, unfortunately. When we had a meeting without Ritchie, my recommendations were number one, Jeff Beck, number two, Rory Gallagher, and number three, this guy called Tommy Bolin, which no one had really heard about. I’d heard Tommy Bolin on the Spectrum album by Billy Cobham, and I’d heard him on Alphonse Mouzon’s album, Mind Transplant. I was really impressed with this work, and I had no idea if he was a 70-year-old African American — I had no idea. So everyone went, “Oh wow, he’s pretty good!” So we sent the word out. Now at that time, Purple was this huge global entity — one of ‘the rock n’ roll aristocratic bands,’ before the market was so oversaturated, as it is now. Even we couldn’t find out where he was. And we found him a few miles down the road from where I used to live in Malibu — he was living there. We arranged for him to come down and jam with us. This guy walks in with multi-colored hair, lime-green Arabian knight… they weren’t trousers, they were like pre-Steven Tyler floating pants. And on four or five inch sole platform… they weren’t platform shoes, they were kind of platform sandals!

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