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Continuing in the tradition of the From the Archives series, although differently titled, this compilation of demos and live tracks features Bolin both solo and with various other musicians and bandmembers. As with the other Tommy Bolin Archives releases, care is made to highlight many of the different aspects of Bolin's musical personality. Some of the songs evolved into different forms when and if released during Bolin's lifetime. "Oh Carol," for example, is a smooth, relaxed, sultry acoustic number that evolved into the fast rocker "From Another Time" when recorded with the James Gang. Alternatively, "Summer Breezes" and "Spanish Lover" (also eventually recorded with the James Gang) are not changed much in feel and structure from their final versions. Other highlights include "Cucumber Jam," an eight-minute, 16-second instrumental recorded with drums and bass that gives Bolin a chance to stretch out and do what he does best.

Biography

Born: August 01, 1951 in Sioux City, IA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

It's hard to listen to the music of Tommy Bolin and not wonder what could've been if the exceptionally talented (and versatile) guitarist hadn't succumbed to a senseless drug overdose at the age of 25 — just as his career appeared to be taking off. In a recording career that lasted only several years, Bolin not only touched upon several styles (blues-rock, ballads, fusion, funk, reggae, and heavy metal), but showed that he could master each one — as evidenced by his two solo albums and...
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