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On The Wings Of A Russian Foxbat
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 3 March 2006
I approached this with much trepidation. Many reviews had said it was overcooked and Hughes was over the top. Believe me I have heard many 1970s over the top albums, this is not really one of them. Maybe Hughes needed turning down a little, he did tend to go evrboard with his " wheeep" noises. Tommy Bolin puts a new spin on old chestnuts and really cooks, I cannot say that for Coverdale though, his voice starts off weak and just disintegrates about half way through. As he said later he was sick of screaming his way through Purple. So it is interesting to hear Tommy Bolin even though he does his rock star act a bit too much. That is the cluster of 5 notes, hands in the air, pause, a few more notes, hands in the air. This makes for some really disjointed sections. Sure Bolin was amazing, but on this he sounds a bit wandering I can see how the bad concerts were really bad. This is probably the best Bolin/Purple album however and if you can ignore the awful wailing of Coverdale then you should enjoy it. Ian Paice is good so is John Lord, worth buying for the fan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2013
Great testimony of Bolin's time with Deep Purple. This album is particularly important to me because I happened to be there!!! It brings me great memories of one of my favorite bands of all time even though it wasn't their best moment. Still something all purple fans would want to have.
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on 10 May 2014
I would never listen to Deep Purple after Ritchie Blackmore but this album changed my mind Tommy Bolin was a great talent who is missed This is also his best performance as drugs do not seem to have had a effect here Give this Cd a go
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2000
I love this album, this album is the best of this particular line up Mark IV. Tommy bolin replaced Blackmore on guitar,....th eresult is here brain melting. Tommy Bolin had a capability, by replacing Blackmore. His solo on STORMBRINGER was a timeless, another song like Burn was also a hard guitar riff. In some songs Bolin played much more harder than Blackmore self. Buy this album, you will be satisfied.
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2000
Ok, cards on the table. I'm a fan of Tommy Bolin. I know that Last Concert in Japan was appalling but the guy, on his day, cooked. And on this he cooks.
Not only are near definative versions of 'Burn', 'Stormbringer' contained but it also shows that if he had of lived, well, let's not get into that. He didn't, this is good so buy.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2010
Had this as a bootleg on cassette too many years ago and bought this cos I'm a massive fan of Tommy's. I had the truly appalling 'Last Concert in Japan' LP (still in the attic) and thought I'd never get to hear a brilliant live set from Tommy in Deep Purple - how wrong could I be. Some of his playing on this CD brought a tear to my eyes - a real up yours to the Blackmore fans whose blind ignorance infuriates me to this day. Hughes' bass playing really complements the whole vibe alongside the ever-reliable Lord and Paice. So why the missing star? Coverdale. At the start he sounds like a cat with its privates caught in a mangle and graduates to having chilli sauce squeezed up its backside! He is an embarrassment throughout. They should have let Hughes do the vocals - he doesn't seem to think he's Stevie Wonder on this performance (no nose candy perhaps), and dumped the screeching Coverdale in a brick filled sack into the Pacific.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2007
"Come Taste The Band" was a reasonable album so I bought this to find out what Tommy Bolin sounded like live. I wish I hadn't. This is Deep Purple at their worst. Badly mixed, often sung out of tune, lot of mistakes and they sound like a group of amateurs who have not properly practised together. Not surprising they broke up again soon after this. I do not want the band to be remembered for this sort of rubbish. Avoid unless you are a collector. I would like to think this was issued to complete the record rather than just cashing in.
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8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2000
I'VE BEEN PLAYING THIS CD ALL WEEK AND AM FINDING IT A COMPLETE BUZZ. COVERDALE ON VOCALS IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR WITH HUGHES ON BACKING VOCALS AND THE RELIALBLE PAICE AND LORD THERE TOO. BOLIN ON GUITAR ADDS HIS TALENTS IN A WAY BLACKMORE NEVER DID RICHIE TO ME WAS ALWAYS TOO MUCH A PERFECTIONIST .BOLIN IS RAW AND MEATY.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2009
Personally, I can do without David Coverdale (Georgia is an abomination), but, with Tommy Bolin, this sees Deep Purple at just about their instrumental peak, especially the drumming of Ian Paice. Yes, they're great with Steve Morse, but here they're younger, fresher and a bit more experimental, although I could have done without some of the ELP bits.
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