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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tommy Bolin - Private Eyes,
This review is from: Private Eyes (Audio CD)
A classic cd containing some of the finest guitar work from a musician who also played alongside one of the greatest rock vocalists, David Coverdale. This slightly rockier album in comparison to 'Teaser' contains some mind blowing tracks, such as Post Toastie, Shake the Devil and not forgetting the wonderfully laid back track in Sweet Burgundy. Previously deleted for some time this reissued classic is a must for those of you who remember listening to it on vinyl.Sadly no longer with us, Tommy's musical talents live on. G. Davies Oct 2003
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING DISC THAT MOST PEOPLE HAVENT HEARD!!,
There are great albums,classic albums,legendary albums,then there is this album,an album which is so good yet so unknown that it makes you weep.
Tommy Bolin's 2nd solo album (after '75's Teaser)is a sublime mix of rock,funk,soul,mixing heavy with mellow,light and shade,rockers and ballads and is one of my favourite discs.
Highlights include the stunning opener 'Bustin Out For Rosy' a fantastic piece of typical 70's rock/funk(if Santana had produced this we would never stop hearing about it),the majestic ballad 'Sweet Burgundy',a song so beautiful,it lights up your mood and you smile instantly,while 'Post Toastie' with its fuzz drenched riff rattles your speakers and makes you wonder why he couldnt hack it with Purple.
That was side 1 in the old vinyl days,side 2 opened with the super funky 'Shake The Devil' before the laid back sounds of 'Gypsy Soul','Someday...' and 'Hello Again' soothe your mind before the bluesy 'You Told Me That You Loved Me' rounds off the experience.Simply a superb disc which requires the lights down low ,a glass of wine in hand with your lady snuggled up close and allow all your worries to slip away for a while as this disc transports you to music heaven,a genuine classic.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the great albums,
and Sweet Burgundy one the greatest songs.
Shame the CD cover has replaced the Gold with Yellow. Just looks wrong.
and not sure the production is quite right. I prefer my vinyl copy.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Class,
This review is from: Private Eyes (Audio CD)
Here we have Tommy`s second solo album and why did it quietly slip by? maybe the groups he played with never really made much of an impact here in the UK.I had followed Tommy from his days in James gang to Deep Purple and have always thought that his Visions on the J G album Bang were fantastic lifting the band up by their grubby collars and projecting them to a six star rock band, meanwhile playing live gigs with his old band as backing muso`s The Tommy Bolin Band crept around the US circuit,( these recordings seeing the light of day after his death) Over watched by his big bruv, so Tommy then takes the batton and steps in to Ritchie Blackmore`s guitar shoes and remoulds Deep purple , should he with hindsight have joined the Purps I would say NO. It would of been much better to tour and record under his own name slowly winning friends and admirers, Back to the Private eyes CD If you need convincing just Listen to the 1st four tracks. This guy ROCKS and will take all listeners on a wonderful journey.!SIX star album. Teaser should be looked over as well!!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Private Eyes,
Private Eyes is a spectacular gem for my taste even more enjoyable than the great "teaser", an album in which Bolin instead of trying to profit from Deep Purple by hard-rock was dedicated to a combination of songs in styles very diverse, creating a unique atmosphere, but unfortunately some points that are foreshadowing of things to come just six months later, ie Tommy's death by overdose, as the letter of that great song that is "Post Toastee" in which Bolin that lives and allusion to his friends killed by drugs, while trying to cope with their own excesses (as well as higher pre-announcement yet, this was the last song he played in his life, the theme that closed his show at the Miami Sports Arena only ten hours before his death).Unlike "Teaser" where he surrounded himself with a group of friends to record and track by track performers were changing in this album Bolin used his band, with the exception of Carmine Appice who was invited on a theme ("Someday Will Bring Our Love Home") and Del Newman who did the string arrangements in "Hello, Again". The band, with which he was on tour at the time of recording, was composed by Mark Stein on keyboards and vocals, Norma Jean Bell on percussion and vocals sax, Reggie McBride on bass and vocals, his old mate Bobby Berge ruto on drums and percussion, and Bobbye Hall on percussion. The album was produced by Tommy and Dennis MacKay, who earlier had produced the songs "People People" and "Marching Powder" from "Teaser" sergeant and worked with the likes of Jeff Beck, the wonderful Return to Forever with Chick Corea, Brand X, Pat Travers and Al DiMeola and others and conducted several experiments with the album sound that helped to create that special atmosphere that transmits sound (some guitars are directly connected to the mixing console). Another feature of the album is that the band does not rehearse the issues, they were known in the study (Bolin compositions are alone or with his old colleagues Tesar and Cook) and directly touched, Bobby Berge except in the case of "Shake the Devil "who had tried in the Holy Glenn Studios with Tommy when he was still called" Pips Delight "in reference to the owner of the studies, Philip Polimeni.Private Eyes was recorded between May and August at the Cherokee Studios in Hollywood, mixed at Trident Studios in London and was launched in September 1976 and peaked at No. 98 chart pop Billboard, although their single "Shake the Devil / Hello Again "was not so lucky and went unnoticed in the charts, however assiduously pasraon radio songs like" Post Toastee "and" Shake The Devil ", made in reference to Linda Blair for a short time he partnered with Bolin and was at the height of fame provided by the film "The Exorcist".The album kicks off with "Bustin 'Out for Rosey", a strange-sounding halftime, where the guitar and keyboard share the stage with great participation of the other musicians and especially the chorus (remember that by the time Tommy relieved his participation as a singer with them, especially when the solos), and a great bass line. "Sweet Burgundy", sensillamente a delicacy, an issue that falls from the start rhythmic and phrasing acute viola, Bolin shows once again that in the ballads, where their voice should be required is shown as a great singer (and I'm not saying this has a great voice, but who knows which is used to perfection), again very well arminizados guitar and its counterpart in this case the saxophone. "Post Toastee" is a hard-rock but for his character of nine-minute jam, and the breaks style that goes with it (with a reggae in the middle segment) could say it's furious, but Bolin was not looking down as easy and make a theme to Deep Purple to leverage its last fresh in the band, so that went with it, of powerful riffs, great solos, controversial lyrics and all erreglos possible for each of his musicians to stand out 9'03'' in length, impressive. "Shake The Devil" is the theme over the album Purple, with a strong and direct riff and keyboards to the Lord, only differs by the strong presence of the sax with one included. "Gypsy Soul" is a delicate acoustic ballad melodies surrounded by forests. "Someday, We'll Bring Our Love Home" is an electro-acoustic ballad with a strong presence of keyboards and phenomenal riffs Tommy also plays piano and cuante with the appeal of having Carmine Appice on drums. "Hello, Again" another ballad delicious, with good string arrangements by Del Newman who are the real stars of the subject. "You Told Me That You Loved Me" is a phenomenal blues, with exceptional keyboards and guitar riffs shares and sax. An unmissable gem, can not miss the collection of any lover of good music.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a talent,
Tommy's second and sadly last solo album, totally different to Teaser with Norma Bell on saxophone on the majority of the tracks, this again has some excellent stuff, Poast Toastee is superb and sees Tommy in full flight, but the stand out track for me is Hello Again which sends shivers down your spine, what a sadly missed talent, as a singer, songwriter and guitarist Tommy was totally unique, what a sad loss.
5.0 out of 5 stars The coolest underrated guitarist,
This was tommy's second and last solo record .
The songs are quite commercial .. And the production is a bit strange ! Nether the less this is a brilliant album!!
I just wish he'd of lived longer and made more music because he was a very special musician .
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic,
Tommy's second studio album released shortly after his demise. Such a waste, some great songs on here and some amazing guitar playing, as you'd expect.
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