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Trifecta Tuesday - "Come Taste The Band" - Deep Purple

On April 7th, 1975, the Mark III incarnation of Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord, Ian Paice) played their final show in Paris. Blackmore would leave to form Rainbow with the late Ronnie James Dio. Thoughts of band disbanding altogether had come up. But it would take another year or so. In to fill Blackmore’s shoes (a near impossible feat, only current Purple guitarist Steve Morse has achieved) was Sioux City born, Denver based guitarist Tommy Bolin. Bolin had achieved success in bands such as Zephry and James Gang (albums Bang and Miami) and his solo efforts as well. His guitar playing fit in well for Purple at the time (Blackmore has been displeased with the musical direction Purple was going into), as Bolin was all over the place whether it be jazz-fusion, hard rock, blues rock, or funk rock. Current singer Ian Gillan has stated that this album isn’t a true Deep Purple album. Well I say that the 1990 album “Slaves And Masters” isn’t a true Deep Purple album. It’s more of a “Deep Rainbow” album since the singer is fuckin’ Joe Lynn Turner.

(Note: Music is culled from the 35th Anniversary edition of Come Taste The Band. This edition is remastered and truly is better sounding.)

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“Comin’ Home”

Boom! A great opener for the album. Certainly faster than the entire Stormbringer album. Great piano from Lord. The beginning of Bolin’s solo is an echoplex, something different than what Blackmore would consider using.

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“Dealer”

Coverdale’s singing is very impressive on this track. Also on vocals is Bolin, who gets a turn to sing a few lines. This is the most funk Purple ever got here, I suppose.

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“The Drifter”

Desolation destination, guess I’ll find it somewhere”

That’s a great lyric, IMO. This features Bolin’s most impressive free-style like guitar work on the album. Listening to one part may remind a hardcore Purple fan of the solo Blackmore used on “Fools” and during live shows when playing “Mandrake Root” and “Space Truckin’”

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Come Taste The Band was Deep Purple’s tenth studio album. The first and only album from the Mark IV lineup as in March 1976, the band would break up. Bolin died later that year from a heroin overdose. Glenn Hughes still had a major addiction to cocaine. Lord and Paice would eventually join Coverdale’s own brainchild, Whitesnake. It would be eight years before Deep Purple would reform, albeit under the classic Mark II lineup.

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