New Tommy Bolin album will feature big stars singing along with outtakes, alternate versions

A new tribute album to the late Deep Purple guitarist Tommy Bolin will find a galaxy of stars playing and singing along to outtakes and alternate version of his solo material. The project includes appearances by Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes, Nels Cline, John Scofield, Derek Trucks, Steve Lukather, Sonny Landreth, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Morse, Brad Whitford and others.

Bolin, who also worked with the James Gang, passed in 1976. This new album, to be called Great Gypsy Soul, is set for release on March 26.

Here’s a look at the track listing for the CD: The Grind (with Peter Frampton); Teaser (Warren Haynes); Dreamer (Myles Kennedy, Nels Cline); Savannah Woman (John Scofield); Smooth Fandango (Derek Trucks); People, People (Big Sugar and Gordie Johnson); Wild Dogs (Brad Whitford); Homeward Strutt (Steve Lukather); Sugar Shack (Glenn Hughes and Sonny Landreth); Crazed Fandago (Steve Morse); and Lotus (with Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Hughes, Nels Cline).

A deluxe edition of Great Gypsy Soul will also include these extra tunes: Flying Fingers (Oz Noy and Nels Cline); Marching Bag – Movement One (Nels Cline, Tommy Bolin, Greg Hampton, John Scofield, Sonny Landreth); Marching Bag – Movement Two (Nels Cline, Tommy Bolin, Steve Lukather, Derek Trucks, Peter Frampton); Marching Bag – Movement Three (Gordie Johnson, Tommy Bolin, Nels Cline, Oz Noy, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Joe Bonamassa); and Marching Bag – Movement Four (Nels Cline, Tommy Bolin, Warren Haynes, Joe Bonamassa, Oz Noy, Brad Whitford, Peter Frampton)

Here’s a look back at our recent thoughts on Deep Purple and Tommy Bolin. Click through the titles for complete reviews …

DEEP PURPLE – SHADES OF DEEP PURPLE (1968; 2011 REISSUE): Coming together in 1967, Deep Purple were like a lot of bands of the day, as their mission was to push the sonic envelope as far as possible and create something new and exciting. Based out of Hertford, England, the group achieved their goal straight away. Dramatic and bombastic, Deep Purple played a tumultuous blend of heavy metal and progressive rock before such labels arrived into being, tagging them pioneers of the genres.

ON BOLIN’S EARLY YEARS, FROM CHILDHOOD FRIEND OTIS TAYLOR: “There was no heavy metal back then. Tommy was heavy metal, as one of the pioneers. Before he came along, there was no such thing,” said Taylor, who has gone on to stardom as a blues musician. “When it came to Tommy, everybody said I impacted him more than he impacted me. I try to tell people, and it’s so hard: When you know a kid from when you’re 10 years old, can it really impact you? We were really just being kids. He wasn’t a star yet. I remember we were playing this bar, it was sound check. And Tommy came in and said: ‘I just got a gig with Deep Purple.’ We were so happy for him. ‘We know somebody who’s a star now.’ It was a big deal.”

ONE TRACK MIND: DEEP PURPLE’S ROGER GLOVER, “THE CAR WON’T START” (2011): A tune that couldn’t be further away from the dark organ-based groove of his band, “The Car Won’t Stop” finds Deep Purple’s Roger Glover indulging in a childhood passion for skiffle. There may not be a more surprising connection to be made between this homemade amalgam of roots influences and Glover, unless you know the history: This British folk-rock tangent influenced many of Glover’s generation, including the Beatles.

FORGOTTEN SERIES: EPISODE SIX – THE ROOTS OF DEEP PURPLE: THE COMPLETE EPISODE SIX (1994): Formed in the summer of 1964, Episode Six quickly developed a star-studded reputation as a hotshot live band. The English group, which included lead singer Ian Gillian and bassist Roger Glover, who eventually gleaned even more accolades in Deep Purple, also cut a flock of brilliant singles that are featured on this set, along with a brace of previously unreleased material.

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