Another collection of jamming material from master Tommy Bolin, showing his great talent in a mix of rock, jazz and funk. Great jamming , variable sound quality, mostly satisfying...MOSTLY, because sadly there are some serious issues here.
Let me start with the title: "Original Raw Uncut": original-definitly, raw-certainly but uncut?...With a jam clocking at 43 sec, I doubt it...But nevermind that, those kinds of interlude are nice snippets of jam sessions.
What I really mind is that the longest track on the album (Collective energy-track 7), almost 13 minutes long, has been mastered by someone who fell asleep at the table. The volume is SO LOW on that track, you can barely hear anything, and if it wasn't enough at 8min is starts to skip/glitch (and it's definitly not the cd as the counter of the player is running fine. So it must be in the mastering or further down the line). And it's definitly a digital error and not something from the original tape.
The track which seems to be the centre piece of this album is just ruined by a lack of professionalism, and therefor the entire album loses its credibility. This is definitly an album that only die-hard Bolin fans are going to get and they deserve to get a job well done!
This could have been a 4 stars, because it is so interesting to hear Bolin on those unfamiliar jams (as oppose to the "Whips and roses" and "Whirlwind" material-which by the way are excellent!), but the experience is ruined by 13 minutes of sonic nightmare.
Hopefully Johnny Bolin and Phillip Polimeni will fix that and pay more attention if a Vol. 2 is ever released.