TOMMY BOLIN BAND "NORTHERN LIGHTS" REMASTERED ON VINYL
Friday Music is offering a newly remastered 180 gram audiophile vinyl release of the Tommy Bolin Band’s live performance at Northern Recording Studio in Maynard, MA on September 22, 1976. This recording is taken from WBCN FM’s master radio broadcast tape in cooperation with the recording’s original engineer George Lilly. Special thanks to Carter Allan and WBCN FM, Boston MA.
The band lineup is Tommy Bolin, Norma Jean Bell, Johnnie Bolin, Mark Stein and Jimmy Haslip. The song list in order: Teaser, People People, You Told Me That You Loved Me, Wild Dogs, Shake the Devil, Post Toastee and Homeward Strut.
The titles listed below are presented as a reference source for collectors. Most titles are out of print but some are available through Friday Music.
TOMMY BOLIN & FRIENDS: LIVE AT EBBETS FIELD 1974
Arguably the crown jewel in our catalog, long out of print and now available again with audio that has been digitally remastered to be sonically superior to our original release. This CD is culled from the 2 nights of live performances at Ebbets Field in Denver that Tommy put together during the time he was in The James Gang. The band was basically the then defunct Energy: Jeff Cook, Stanley Sheldon, and Bobby Berge, and guests Archie Shelby and Russell Bizzett. The format of these shows allowed Tommy to dominate with some of his most ferocious guitar work. Songs include You Know You Know, San Francisco River, Shakin’ All Night, Walkin’ My Shadow, Born Under a Bad Sign/Ain’t No Sunshine, Crazed Fandango, Honey Man, and Stratus.
THE TOMMY BOLIN BAND: LIVE AT EBBETS FIELD MAY 13, 1976
This recording is taken from the master radio broadcast tape from one of the first performances of the Tommy Bolin Band. This historic first lineup of Tommy’s solo band put on a high energy, unique live performance that not only showcased Tommy, but also Narada Michael Walden on drums and vocals, and original Vanilla Fudge keyboardist and vocalist Mark Stein. The band also included Norma Jean Bell on sax and vocals, and Reggie McBride on bass. Songs include Teaser, People People, The Grind, Wild Dogs, Delightful, I Fell In Love, Marching Powder, Lotus, and Homeward Strut.
TOMMY BOLIN: THE ARCHIVES’ BOTTOM SHELF
This CD is a collectors dream. It includes an eclectic collection of rare live performances, acoustic demos, jams, and ideas in progress culled from the fifty plus reel to reel tapes that are Tommy’s personal musical archives. Highlights include live Energy, Tommy and Stanley Sheldon jamming on an amazing rendition of Bob Marley’s “Burning and Looting” and an incredible live version of “Stratus” with The Good Rats, and Carmine Appice.
THE TOMMY BOLIN BAND: LIVE AT NORTHERN LIGHTS
This recording is taken from WBCN-FM’s master radio broadcast tape of a promotional performance of the Tommy Bolin Band playing live at the Northern Lights Recording Studios September 22, 1976. The set is noteworthy for it’s abandon filled rendition of Tommy’s rock classic “Post Toastee.” The band line up includes Johnnie Bolin, Norma Jean Bell, Mark Stein, and Jimmy Haslip. Other songs include Teaser, People People, You Told Me That You Loved Me, Wild Dogs, Shake the Devil, and Homeward Strut.
ZEPHYR LIVE AT ART’S BAR & GRILL 1973
Check out the Zephyr index page for liner notes and photos. This is the holy grail for Zephyr and Bolin fans. Includes 69 Minutes of previously unreleased material: Just Warming Up, Cross The River, Boom-Ba-Boom, Somebody Listen, Huna Buna, The Creator Has A Master Plan, Sail On, Crazy Bout You, Goin’ Home, & Hard Chargin’ Women.
TOMMY BOLIN: FROM THE ARCHIVES VOLUME II
Features a compelling mix of demos, both band and acoustic, and live recordings. The CDs booklet contains numerous rare photos of Tommy, as well as liner notes from Private Eyes Producer Dennis Mackay, Tommy Bolin compadres Stanley Sheldon and Max Gronenthal, and the composer of the “Destiny” track on the CD, Gene Perla.
TOMMY BOLIN: 1976, IN HIS OWN WORDS
Long time Bolin family friend and historian John Bentzinger has tracked down the master tapes of a number of radio interviews conducted in mid to late 1976 when Tommy was out promoting the Private Eyes album. The result, at press time, is a specially priced two CD set that clocks in at over 2 hours!
TOMMY BOLIN: THE ENERGY RADIO BROADCASTS (2 CDs)
At last, two full CDs of the music of Tommy Bolin’s all time favorite band, Energy. Culled from two live radio broadcast in 1972 of the group from Denver’s Summit Studios, this bands brilliance can now be fully appreciated. Songs include Downstretch, Checkin’ Up on My Baby, Rock-a-bye, Dreamer, Stop Breakin’ Down Blues, Goin’ Down, Heartlight, Whiskey Headed Blues, Boogie Chillin’, Hok-O-Hay, Checkin’ Up on My Baby, Loop Garoo, Lady Luck, Dreamer, Whiskey Headed Blues, Meat Shakin’ on Your Bones, Messin’ With the Kid, Boogie Chillin’.
TOMMY BOLIN: 1997 TRIBUTE CONCERT
The 1997 Tribute Concert featuring Glenn Hughes, Johnnie Bolin and the great Tribute Band was truly amazing. It was a great night of passionate Tommy Bolin music that was as valid as any classic rock presentation. Moments of extreme tenderness are contrasted with the high energy output. The performance, at The Bluebird Theater in Denver, on a hot Friday night in August will prove difficult to top. Songs include Teaser, Shake the Devil, You Told Me That You Loved Me, Gypsy Soul, Alexis, Coast to Coast, Gettin’ Tighter, You Keep On Movin’, Dreamer, Your Love is Alright.
TOMMY BOLIN: ENERGY (2 CDs)
A 2-CD set which includes our Energy studio CD as well as Energy Live at Tulagi and the Rooftop Ballroom. Energy’s posthumous studio album contains many treats. From the blazing opening trio of “Red Skies,” “Heartlight,” and “Hoka Hey” to the cosmic excursions like “Sky Sail” and “Knife’s Edge,” this CD is a sleeper that gets better with each listen. The bonus live Energy CD features some of Energy’s most exciting and tightest live performances, carefully restored and mastered from legacy sources.” Don’t miss this chance to hear Tommy’s favorite band in their natural element, on stage.
TOMMY BOLIN: SNAPSHOT
A compilation not unlike From The Archives Volume II, it reveals the acoustic origins of several James Gang songs. Also included are a red-hot “tribute” to Weather Report on “Cucumber Jam,” and one of Tommy’s last studio recordings, “Gotta Dance.”
TOMMY BOLIN: COME TASTE THE MAN VOLUME I
A worthy overview of the Archives releases and a cool way to hear tracks usually NOT heard back-to-back in this order, with some of Tommy’s Own Words interspersed throughout. This sampler CD includes the otherwise unavailable Energy studio version of “Rock-A-Bye.”
TOMMY BOLIN: NAKED VOLUME I
With this release, the undervalued powerful songwriting talents of Tommy Bolin are put front and center. Many of the 20 songs on Disk 1 have been on various other Archives releases, but here they are presented in an exclusively acoustic format, sequenced for maximum enjoyment. All of the material on Disk 2 is previously unreleased, and Bob Ferbrache has done a masterfully creative job of weaving music into a true archival gem.
TOMMY BOLIN BAND: FIRST TIME LIVE
These are the very first two performances by Tommy Bolin Band featuring Tommy, Narada Michael Walden, Norma Jean Bell, Reggie McBride and Mark Stein. The performances are exeptionally strong, the audiences are extremely receptive, and the audio quality is superior. These shows are must-haves for Tommy Bolin Band fans.
TOMMY BOLIN: COME TASTE THE MAN VOLUME II
Includes 2 songs from Days May Come, This Time Around, Naked and First Time Live.
DEEP PURPLE: THIS TIME AROUND - LIVE IN TOKYO (2 CDs)
For some twenty years, the album Last Concert In Japan served as the final gasp of Deep Purple Mark IV, the final 1970’s incarnation of that classic band. That album was poorly mixed and did not present the songs that this lineup performed best live. This Time Around includes many strong performance of songs from Come Taste the Band left off of LCIJ, and presents vastly superior audio production.
THE TOMMY BOLIN BAND: LIVE 9/19/76
the Tommy Bolin Band Mark 2 is starting a new tour, the band’s second ever gig, in Albany, New York. This first night of the tour is to be a taping for King Biscuit Flower Hour’s, nationally syndicated radio series. DIR studios are there doing a 16-track recording, which along with Deep Purple in Japan are the only known multi-track recordings of Bolin live shows. This one has benefited nicely from the digital editing, mixing and mastering process.
TOMMY BOLIN: NAKED VOLUME II
In the process of reviewing all the first generation reel to reel tapes from the Glen Holly Studios cache that The Tommy Bolin Archives licensed from Phillip Polimeni, a treasure trove of song demos was uncovered. Most all of these versions and/or songs have never been heard before, and the fidelity is clear and crisp as if it was recorded yesterday! There are 15 songs, and three song idea snippets (interludes). Three versions of Post Toastee, one solo electric guitar with vocals, and two electric instrumental demos with guitars, bass and drums, all apparently played by Tommy! Four stripped down demos of well known Tommy songs: Sweet Burgundy, Gypsy Soul, The Grind, and Lotus and eight new songs, including Poker Chips, I Want You To Take Me There, Blues Gonna Take Me Away, Feel It’s Time For Love, the haunting They’re Gonna Let Me Die, You Can Depend On Me, Tears and Turpentine, Cool As Jade, plus the three interludes for a total of 52 minutes of fresh new Tommy Bolin song demos! All are Tommy singing with solo acoustic or electric guitar.
TOMMY BOLIN: AFTER HOURS - THE GLEN HOLLY JAMS VOLUME I
Imagine you were part of Tommy Bolin’s inner circle of friends, and you could just come and hang out while he jams with his buddies in a casual unpressured garage recording studio, going into all hours of the night. That is what this two CD set is all about. Taken from mostly unheard pristine first generation master reel to reel tapes, this collection gives you the most intimate experience of Bolin the guitarist as if he was playing just for you. Bob Ferbrache has again worked his digital magic in creating these two fantastic 70 minute discs.
BOLIN/MOUZON FUSION JAM
A must-have for fans of Alphonse Mouzon's 1975 album Mind Transplant. These rehearsals blaze through some early drafts of “Homeward Strut,” some slow blues, the swing of “No More Crying,” and as what would grow to be Deep Purple's “Love Child.” The highlight is “The Real Thing,” sonically upgraded, a candid photo of Tommy at his improvisational best.
TOMMY BOLIN AND FRIENDS: LIVE AT EBBETS FIELD 1974
This disk presents material left over from the performances that made up Ebbets Field 1974, but these outtakes are still worthwhile. Tommy never played a song the same way twice.
THE TOMMY BOLIN BAND: LIVE IN MIAMI AT JAI ALAI - THE FINAL SHOW
Taken from a first generation dub of the best audience recording from this tragic night. When you hear the applause fade away at the end of this CD you should know that within hours Tommy had left this world. The notes you hear him play here were his final ones. It is a fitting that his final performance rivals his best work ever. Digital restoration and mastering by John Herdt.
THE TOMMY BOLIN BAND: ALIVE ON LONG ISLAND
MAY 22, 1976 AT MY FATHER’S PLACE IN ROSLYN, NY
Long considered the best recorded performance by the Tommy Bolin Band Mark I. Using the best quality audio we could find, this recording has been digitally remastered by John Herdt for our Collector’s Series. Special thanks to John Ficalora for providing the source audio and initial engineering, and to Sal Serio and Chris Hofer for their invaluable help. The technical quality of the recording is crisp and clear. Not even two weeks after their triumphant May 1976 Ebbets Field performances, Tommy and crew arrived at My Father’s Place, in Roslyn Long Island. This live set offers an interesting glimpse at how far these songs grew in so short a time. Songs include Teaser, People, People, The Grind, Keyboard Solo, Wild Dogs, Band Introduction, Delightful, I Fell In Love, Marching Powder and Lotus.
TOMMY BOLIN & ENERGY LIVE AT TULAGI IN BOULDER
AND THE ROOFTOP BALLROOM IN SIOUX CITY
Thanks to Bobby Berge, Sal Serio, Andy Ohls and Tim & Teri Martin we are able to add to the compelling CD legacy of Tommy’s “favorite” band, Energy. John Herdt’s sonic digital restoration job has impressively unveiled more Bolin magic for our Collector’s Series. Considering that these recordings were sourced from cassettes, they stand as powerful documents of a great band that still sounds fresh and innovative over thirty years later. Songs from Tulagi include Rock Me Baby, Country Stomp, Give Me Some, Drum Solo, Ostinada, I’m a Mover, Down Stretch. Songs from the Rooftop Ballroom include Hoka Hey, Praylude/Red Skies, Praylude End, Guitar Solo/Blues/Slide.
THE TOMMY BOLIN BAND: ALBANY, NY SEPTEMBER 20, 1976 WITH BONUS TRACKS FROM NEW ORLEANS, LA
It’s September 20, 1976. The Tommy Bolin Band is playing their third gig after bringing in Jimmy Haslip and Johnnie Bolin on bass and drums. It is the second consecutive night opening for Blue Oyster Cult at the Albany Palace Theatre, and the band turns in one of the best shows ever by this lineup. Tight, crisp and vibrant with particularly accurate guitar solos. At Jazz City in New Orleans on November 16 the lineup featured Mark Craney on drums and Max Gronenthal on keyboards and vocals. The arrangements here are loose and adventurous, with highlights not heard in any other Tommy Bolin Band performance, including an incendiary solo on Post Toastee that features one of Tommy’s most exciting Echoplex workouts ever recorded. Thanks to Tim and Teri Martin for helping us bring music from both of these great shows to you. Songs from Albany include Teaser, People, People, You Told Me That You Loved Me, Wild Dogs, Band Intros, Shake the Devil and Post Toastee. Songs from New Orleans include Wild Dogs, Shake the Devil and Post Toastee. Digitally restored and mastered by John Herdt.
TOMMY BOLIN: LIVE AT THE JET BAR
The Tommy Bolin Band is in Tommy’s home town of Sioux City, Iowa to play a show on November 22, 1976. A short break in the tour allows Tommy to spend Thanksgiving with his family, and on the evening of November 24 he and some of the cream of the Sioux City music scene assemble to rock out at the Jet Bar. The result was a mix of rock, blues, R&B, funk and fusion that is as spellbinding as it is historically valuable. Thanks to Tim and Teri Martin we have been able to assemble a CD of selected performances from that night. Tommy plays and sings in top form, and the great band brings the music alive. Songs from include Grapefruit Juice, Rain Falling Down, Heaven Sent, Mamba, Down In the Dungeon, Time Is Increasing, Tom & The Turkeys, Respect Yourself, Parchman Farm. Digitally restored and mastered by John Herdt.
DAYS MAY COME: THE CALIFORNIA REHEARSALS PART 1
English Import, with special booklet. Deep Purple Mark IV, featuring Tommy Bolin on guitar, had strong acceptance for their studio work on Come Taste the Band, but suffered bad reviews for some live shows, most notably for the slapdash Last Concert in Japan. This CD documents the first live rehearsals of the band with Tommy, and they breathe fire.
1420 BEACHWOOD DRIVE: THE CALIFORNIA REHEARSALS
English Import, 30 minutes. Limited edition mail order only. This CD presents the remainder of the existing material from the first Deep Purple Mark IV rehearsals with Tommy Bolin. Special pricing makes it a perfect companion to our Days May Come CD.
Friday Music, in conjunction with the Tommy Bolin Archives, is proud to present Tommy Bolin, The Ultimate: Redux, a 3-CD set of material drawn from earlier, and in some cases out-of-print TBA releases. The song list was hand-picked by Michael Drumm and Johnnie Bolin, and the audio has been re-mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music. The 3-CD set is presented in a fold-in digipak with original packaging design by John Herdt and Joe Reagoso. The liner notes are by Steve Vai (wow!). Also included is a booklet with liner notes by Michael Drumm and Joe Reagoso. Click here for liner notes, song list and more.