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Come Taste The Band Original recording remastered

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The last studio effort from their Warner Bros. era, this 1975 LP nearly went Top 40 and features the late, great Tommy Bolin on guitar. Includes Comin' Home; Lady Luck; Dealer; Love Child; Drifter , and more!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Comin' Home
  2. Lady Luck
  3. Getting' Tighter
  4. Dealer
  5. I Need Love
  6. Drifter
  7. Love Child
  8. This Time Around
  9. Owed To G
  10. You Keep Moving


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2015)
  • Original Release Date: September 25, 2015
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Friday Music
  • ASIN: B000SQJ2JG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,123 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Erick Bertin on September 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Come Taste the Band was the last studio record Purple did in the 70's. And it is a great example of how a million people (and maybe a few more...) CAN be wrong... all those fans who ignored it because it didn't feature Ritchie Blackmore don't know what they're missing. You, my friends, on the other hand, if you are reading this, is because you're interested, and I can promise you that if you keep reading and ultimately decide to purchase this record, that interest will be duly rewarded!

In 1975, shortly after completing an european tour in support of "Stormbringer", founding member, guitarist and resident tyrant (don't get me wrong, i'm a huge fan of his music, but the guy has serious issues...) Ritchie Blackmore left the band. An established act like Purple has 2 choices in such a situation: call it a day, or soldier on with a replacement. Purple chose the latter, and faced with that, they had 2 ways to go too: either choose an imitator and try to recapture the original sound and glory of the band, or forge ahead in a new direction. Again, they chose the latter, bravely enough. Rumor has it they originally set their sights on Jeff Beck, but unable to get him, went with a rather "risky" choice: a young yank named Tommy Bolin, with more of a background in Jazz/blues/funk/fusion than (hard) rock.

What did they come up with? Instead of telling you first what you're gonna find here, i'm gonna tell you what you are NOT gonna find here: you're not gonna find "Highway Star", or "Space Trucking", or "Burn" or even "Stormbringer" for that matter. Meaning that those songs driven by a big, nasty guitar riff are gone. That's not a bad thing, it just IS.
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Come Taste The Band is one of my absolute favorite albums ever. Sometimes I think it might be my favorite Purple album, as big a Blackmore fan I might be--for Tommy Bolin really injected so much vitality into the band in 1975, it spurred the others on to new heights at times, regardless of whatever problems they had a few months later on the road. The album is blessed with thick, muscular production and a devil-may-care attitude in the songwriting and the playing. It is a welcome addition to any serious collection of hard rock and a shame it is not given more airplay on so-called "classic rock." Track by track:
1. Comin' Home--Bolin's echoplex opens up this uptempo rocker which will have you on the floor in no time. Even my 2-year-old daughter loves to dance to it. Coverdale's voice is quite powerful on this track as well as the whole album; here the lyrics are almost like an update of the In Rock classic "Speed King," with many allusions to the '50s and having a good time. Bolin's solo, backed by nimble Paice drumming, never lets up.
2. Lady Luck--A real gem, from Bolin's old band Energy, here given the Coverdale treatment. Check out the slide solo and the "false" ending before crashing in with the randy chorus: "Lady Luck/Come on give me what I want/Pull me up/If I see you again, I will call you my friend/Mmm-hmm!"
3. Gettin' Tighter--Hughes here finally gets to put his love of hardcore funk to the forefront of Purple; Blackmore would have disagreed. Glenn and Tommy both shine, with a bridge that is almost pure funk, surely a shocker to hard rock fans in 1975. No matter, the joie de vivre is real and intense throughout.
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When I was 13, my older brother, a tremendous force in the direction to which my initial musical indulgences went. Walked in the door with this album under his arm.
I had at this point about 10 albums in my collection. I had Machine Head by DP and thought, wow, what a cool and classy looking album cover.
My experiences with Deep Purple's history outside of Machine Head were quite uninformed. But, one thing was for sure. When I heard the opening open quick drum roll, Tommy Bolin (need I say more?), and the opening lyrics.... Blew me away!
I was hooked!
Producer Martin Birch's incredible recording of this lineup is a masterpiece. This was, and is still to this day an absolutely essential part of my musical collection through 3 vinyl copies and one Japanese CD edition.
It is a perfect album and a sadly underappreciated one in the Deep Purple discography.
This is...Are you ready?? My #2 favorite Deep Purple album after Made in Japan. I think that it is simply incredible. It is funky, rockin', tight and simply some of the best boogie Rock-n-Roll to pour across my early ears and still to this day. NOTE: This is coming from a person that listens to an incredible amount of music from all genres (Except Rap/Hip Hop) and owns over 10,000 albums/CD's. The band is just having an incredible time here. It is obvious.
Plus, I feel deeply that any previous record by Deep Purple didn't have the production quality of this album. Often the recordings on "In Rock" etc. were incredibly compressed and seemingly muddy. To no fault of the musicians. The thing that to this day stands out for me with CTTB is how good these guys were at this time. Largely still are as musicians and vocalists. Their last few records are very, very good.
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