That a band from the seventies can release rehearsal material from what was widely perceived as it's weakest incarnation and still maintain an audience is testament to the stature of Deep Purple. It was a powerful band then, but this lineup featuring Tommy Bolin in place of the seemingly irreplaceable Ritchie Blackmore on guitar never quite seemed to reach the heights of its predecessors. Bolin's funk/rock roots had taken hold and helped produce "Come Taste The Band", a fine piece in itself, but not what many diehard Purple fans were looking for. Live concerts were reputed to be poor with critics subsequently touting the import album "Last Concert In Japan" as proof of this. Within a year of Bolin joining, Purple were no more. Tragically shortly afterwards Bolin himself was gone. Were the criticisms of the time justified? The release of "On The Wings Of A Russian Foxbat", recorded live in California pointed to a mature and solid rock band able to produce the goods live. "Days May Come And Days May Go" adds more fuel to the evidence supporting this. Recorded ad-hoc during the rehearsals for "Come Taste The Band" the sound quality is excellent, the power evident and is a rare insight into how a band develops it's material. From the first track, a run through of the instrumental "Owed to G" (the G standing for Gershwin), "Statesboro' Blues", the early version of "Drifter" and on through various jams it is clear that this was a band with potential. There may have been many reasons for the bands demise, but if this release proves one thing it was nothing to do with the bandmembers ability to play as a strong single unit. Tommy Bolin certainly played his part in this respect.
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