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Some wonderful guitar playing
on April 14, 2012
This album marks my first Tommy Bolin CD. I had heard of him prior to buying this, but never knew much about his life, career, or playing style. And I must say, he still remains something of an enigma to me. His story is pretty common in the annals of rock music: young player struggles for a hew years to make it big, finally does, lends out talent to a few different bands, goes solo, succumbs to pernicious temptations, dies a tragic and premature death after overdosing. And though this tale had been told and retold before, I nevertheless find Tommy Bolin's story unique. He was in two pretty high profile bands (The James Gang and Deep Purple) before going solo. He released only two solo albums (Teaser and Private Eyes). And he inspired countless other guitarists in his wake.
What makes him so unique in my view is the eclecticism in his playign style. He seemed to be very versatile. At once he can sound like Rory Gallagher, and the next Jeff Beck. He plays slow, melodic tunes, and then shreds with the controlled force of one who's been playing for decades. And his singing voice is several notches above that of the usual guitar god.
This album, Teaser, has some wonderful playing on it. "Wild Dogs" is jaw dropping; "Teaser" and "Dreamer" and lovely tunes, and "Savannah Woman" is a cool little number.
Recommended to fans of incendiary or melodic guitar music.