Tommy Bolin and Friends: Great Gypsy Soul, often referred to as simply Great Gypsy Soul, is a tribute album to former Deep Purple guitaristTommy Bolin. Released on March 26, 2012, the album contains newly recorded music from original outtakes and alternative versions, with several modern musicians and singers performing singing on top of the original multi-tracks along with Bolin and his band. All tracks contain Bolin’s original guitar work and vocals.
Additional performers include Steve Lukather, Brad Whitford, Nels Cline, Glenn Hughes, Peter Frampton, Myles Kennedy, and Joe Bonamassa.
Greg Hampton (who produced other Bolin compilations) and Warren Haynes (The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule) co-produced the album,…
…which sets it apart from other tribute albums in the fact that they took existing multi-track tapes of recordings Bolin had done but were never publicly released. The producers took the tracks, some with Bolin’s vocals and stellar guitar intact, overlaid new guitars and new vocals from a guest list of singers in the mixes and created as a finished product an eerie yet memorable effect, as if Tommy Bolin was right there during these sessions in the studio.
The heavyweight lineup includes Haynes, Steve Lukather (Toto), Sonny Landreth (John Hiatt), jazz guitarist John Scofield (Jaco Pastorius, Miles Davis), Derek Trucks (also from The Allman Brothers), and top shelf people such as Peter Frampton, Deep Purple’s Steve Morse and Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford. Glenn Hughes, who actually played with Bolin during his lifetime in Deep Purple, also makes an appearance.
1. The Grind
2. Teaser (with Warren Haynes)
3. Dreamer (with Myles Kennedy, Nels Cline)
4. Savannah Woman (with John Scofield)
5. Smooth Fandango (with Derek Trucks)
6. People, People (with Big Sugar & Gordie Johnson)
7. Wild Dogs (with Brad Whitfield)
8. Homeward Strut (with Steve Lukather)
9. Sugar Shack (with Glenn Hughes & Sonny Landreth)
10. Crazed Fandango (with Steve Morse)
11. Lotus (with Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Hughes & Nels Cline)
Tommy Bolin and Friends – Great Gypsy Soul (2012)
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