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Come Taste the Band

Deep Purple

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With the departure of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (who formed Rainbow with Ronnie James Dio), Deep Purple brought in Tommy Bolin as his replacement. Bolin had the chops, but filling the shoes of a beloved figure is never easy, even in the best of times. The band had been moving toward funk and soul on their previous album, Stormbringer. While longtime Deep Purple members drummer Ian Paice and keyboardist Jon Lord remained in place, the newer arrivals—singer David Coverdale and bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, who'd joined on the third album—continued to shift the band into more commercial hard rock territory. Songs such as “Comin’ Home,” “Lady Luck," and “Dealer” showed the players could still make magic. “I Need Love” sounds like a late-'80s hair-metal tune being played as a loose funk jam. Hardcore devotees find much to recommend about this unusual chapter in the band’s history, and when considered song by song, there are certainly moments that even casual Deep Purple fans would love.

Customer Reviews

Not Purp's Best, But Still A Good Rocker

This is the one and only Deep Purple album featuring Tommy Bolin grinding the fretboard. The music here suffers from being under the name 'Deep Purple', as it is not up to the raw power of Machine Head, Made In Japan, etc. But it is good rock in it's own right. Bolin brought in a funkier, honky tonk feel toward which bassist Glenn Hughes already leaned. The result is distinctly different sound than pervious Purple efforts. The musical performances are strong and tight, particularly Ian Paice's drumming and Jon Lord's keyboards. The song writing is reasonable and the overall sound quite good. For me, the weakest aspect is David Coverdale's lyrics. As Jon Lord said years later, "David wants to make love to the gypsy woman before hitting the long road." This is the first of many albums in which Coverdale's formulaic and often cliche approach to lyrics rears its head. To his credit, Coverdale's voice is very strong and rich and this should not be lost on the listener. This album is most poignent as an archive of Tommy Bolin's guitar work, one of relatively few in his brief career. He passed away shortly after the release of this album at the age of 25. :( Overall, this album is good rock and will be best appreciated on its own merits rather than compared to Purple's previous efforts. Buy it and...Come Taste the Band.

Not their Best, But....

Ok, this album seems to be a point of contention amongst Hardcore Deep Purple fans for this is the only album to feature neither Ian Gillan nor Richtie Blackmore. The standout moments on this recording are great. Tommy Bolin's solo on Coming Home is sublime and You Keep on Moving ranks up there with the Classic Deep Purple. Sure it is flawed, but it give it a chance. Not their best, but far from a disappointment and worth the purchase.

Deep Bolin

I was a huge Tommy Bolin fan but his shining moments were on Teaser and Private Eyes....not with Deep Purple. CTTB has Bolin's influence all over this ablum starting with Gettin' Tigher and finishing with This Time Around/Owed to "G" and finally, You Keep On Moving. That said, this is NOT a storng album in the Deep Purple mold. Lady Luck and The Drifter are the only tunes which scream DP. By replacing Blackmore, Bolin's aim now focused DP's sound on soul and funk. The album also shows the strong bond Glenn Hughes had with Bolin as well by taking the band in a more jazz direction. Truth be told: they were also drug buddies! Paice and Lord knew this version of DP was on a course to nowhere. Surprisingly, the album sold well but history has not been kind to this release.


Formed: 1968 in Hertford, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Deep Purple survived a seemingly endless series of lineup changes and a dramatic mid-career shift from grandiose progressive rock to ear-shattering heavy metal to emerge as a true institution of the British hard rock community; once credited in The Guinness Book of World Records as the globe's loudest band, their revolving-door...
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