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the only song from him i know is "teaser"
Posted by Brian on Monday, 10.19.09 @ 15:41pm
Here we have a guitarist who, if he had lived, would've probably been one of the greatest ever. He worked with the likes of Alphonse Mouzon, Billy Cobham, Leland Sklar, Jan Hammer, Dr. John, and Albert King...just to name a few. He replaced legendary guitarists with the James Gang and Deep Purple, not only holding his own but putting his own signature on those bands.
Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 10.20.09 @ 18:43pm
Gitarzan, As covered in the Coven thread. Tommy Bolin's brother DEFENDS Jinx and Coven..Since they were best friend with Bolin. If it were NOT true, his OWN BROTHER would NOT defend Jinx or Coven. But he speaks VERY highly of of both. and WILL defend them. That is ALL the proof I need, Since HE told pretty much what was told in Coven thread.
Posted by A.R. on Wednesday, 10.21.09 @ 14:45pm
I can somewhat vouch for that. I recall a huge fuss on the Tommy Bolin site that had something to do with he playing Coven. Johnnie Bolin set the record straight, he did seem to be pretty defensive, and cleared up that confusion real fast.
Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 10.21.09 @ 15:16pm
I can live with the fact that he laid down tracks for them, took pictures with them, and eventually befriended them. But we're talking about one of the premier rock guitarists ever at the time he collaborated with them...if anything, he would've influenced THEM!!! Anything else makes absolutely NO sense.
Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 10.21.09 @ 17:41pm
A.R.-understand one thing about my point of view...it's not what I read in a book or interview, or what someone told me. It's what I HEAR...!
Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 10.21.09 @ 17:45pm
If you say " Laid down tracks " to his brother, you will be corrected. When listening to Coven's " Black Swan " song there is a difference, a " Heavy " difference from the blues/jazz/ that Tommy was noted for. I remember seeing in a post on the Coven thread that you said " If Black Swan predated Black Sabbath then yes Coven were heavier " or something to that effect. Black Swan IS Tommy Bolin on guitar. There was a BIG difference in his playing on that album. What Matt Flash spoke of on that thread, I can say.. pretty much the story his brother tells.
Posted by A.R. on Wednesday, 10.21.09 @ 18:13pm
God no - Coven has managed its way onto another artists board. I am begging you all - please stop. I would accept Coven into the Hall if it would just stop all your balthering about the importance of this band.
Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 10.21.09 @ 18:15pm
And to be perfectly honest Gitarzan, I wouldn't be surprised if " Black Swan " was written about Tommy, with lyrics like " Protect you when you fly " among various others, Since Jinx and Steve were Tommy's best friends, again confirmed by his brother.
Posted by A.R. on Wednesday, 10.21.09 @ 18:31pm
"Laid down tracks", played with them...same thing (GEEZ!!!!). I've heard "Black Swan" (not a half bad song) and I can tell it's Tommy Bolin...just go listen to "Post Tostee" after you listen to it. It doesn't take a "trained ear" to tell!
Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 10.21.09 @ 18:46pm
Bolin never played anything "Heavy". His time with Purple produced a rhythm and blues, funk album. Nor did Coven(psychedelic pop band) ever play metal.
Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 10.21.09 @ 18:47pm
Like I said Gitarzan, his brother is very defensive when it comes to Jinx and Coven. People have used " Laid Down Tracks " and he corrected them. It's not a term he likes it seem's concerning Coven and Tommy.
Posted by A.R. on Wednesday, 10.21.09 @ 19:26pm
And Dudeman, Gitarzan even called the track HEAVY when he heard it, it's on the Coven thread.
Posted by A.R. on Wednesday, 10.21.09 @ 19:33pm
"Black Swan" is no heavier than "Post Tostee" or "Teaser"...YOU might think it is, but it really isn't! I never heard Bolin play anything too (Darrell Abbott, Zakk Wylde, Kerry King, etc...those guys are/were HEAVY players) heavy. His playing wasn't unlike Randy Rhoads (I never thought he was too heavy) or recently, Tom Morello.
Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 10.21.09 @ 19:36pm
So I don't get anything thrown back in my face...he's by no means the "heaviest" guitarist I've ever heard, but he could rock hard. Satisfied...????
Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 10.21.09 @ 19:39pm
This guy can PLAY he is just to many things ROCK ON!!!!
Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 10.21.09 @ 23:14pm
Alright, what's going on here??!!!
Posted by Cheesecrop on Thursday, 10.22.09 @ 17:47pm
Cheesie...I'll take a time-out from my "R&R Legends guitar lesson" to answer...
Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 10.22.09 @ 17:52pm
Out here in Philly it's crazy. As I write this, the city is cheering the Phillies, but mourning the loss of the Spectrum, which opened back in 67. Everybody played the Spectrum whe you hit Philly. I saw Def Leppard there myself.
Posted by Cheesecrop on Thursday, 10.22.09 @ 18:02pm
Cheese, it's mostly Gitarzan's fault. He invited them here. Though it hasn't been all bad, either. So far, so civil.
Posted by Philip on Thursday, 10.22.09 @ 18:06pm
Right now, it's all o.k. With Halloween coming up, they'll start casting spells and mumbling incanations.
Posted by Cheesecrop on Thursday, 10.22.09 @ 18:17pm
I should be purged...boiled in oil...tarred and feathered....
Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 10.22.09 @ 18:22pm
TOMMY IS THE BEST GUITARIST EVER!!!! A LEGEND PERIOD. HE DON'T NEED NO LABEL.
Posted by GISSELLE on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 18:39pm
Woah, back up fella's. Were you guys included in Tommy Bolin's circle?? I think not. I KNOW FOR A FACT that as soon as Tommy was to return from his solo tour he was going to JOIN Coven.
Posted by C.C. on Tuesday, 07.19.11 @ 18:04pm
His best shot is as a sideman. Zephyr and the James Gang have no shot.
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 11.17.11 @ 12:03pm
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