OK! OK! Its not Richie Blackmore, but youre not THAT narrow minded,are you? Good tunes are good tunes and this is brimming over! The complete lack of repect for this album is due to one T.Bolin and let the kid play! Its hard,its funky, check 'Getting Tighter' and what about 'TheDealer' or 'Ode to G'?
Yeah yeah,he aint Blackmore, but Blackmore aint Bolin in my mind,could never see what all tha fuss was about, but Bolin?
He fills this disc with funk laden riffs, choppy solos, echoplex fireworks and a wailing bitey tone,and its right in the middle of his coke/smack head period! (he o'd around a year later) Check his earlier works; Zeypher-live, Energy, Billy Cobham's Spectrum (all from round 72/73) to see how incendery he could be!!
His approach was VERY different to Blackmores, but with GlenHughes in there too, it could only end up like this.
Coverdale hasn't sung better and wheres Paice since? This has to be Paiceys best period!!
You can hear them breathe, have space to try new ideas without tha Blackmore holding them back and sulking in the corner.
The only thing that held this line up back was Bolins drug use in the live arena. In my mind, his playing was far worse in 76, until November/December (Live at the JetBar)
A great album, not considered by many a 'Real Deep Purple' album, but if the band had a different name, they'd LOVE it!!