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COME TASTE THE BAND

Deep Purple

 

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3.20 | 499 ratings

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BigDaddyAEL1964
3 stars Tommy Bolin replaces Richie Blackmore and instantly becomes one of the most unlucky guitarists ever. How can you fill such gigantic shoes? You can't...

Let's see why this album is mediocre, track-by-track:

Comin' Home: Fast Rock 'n' Roller that offers nothing fancy, and it's probably the less relevant opener of any DP album since the 1969 eponymous.

Lady Luck: There are thousands of bluesy rockers like this one. Just OK.

Gettin' Tighter: Funky rocker that grooves well, but again, nothing special... Ritchie Blackmore is a H-U-G-E absence.

Dealer: The best song so far. It grooves well, it has a nice riff, and the Bolin solo is very good. About time!

I Need Love: Really? Come on guys... Every DP song so far had something to offer, something to keep you attention. This one is completely mediocre... I would not choose to listen to it again.

Drifter: Very interesting riff, good groove, colorful. Not special, but a very nice song.

Love Child: AT LAST! Sensational riff, mid-tempo that allows Coverdale to do his thing, simple but totally effective! This should be the album opener, since it's the best song by a mile. Classic!

This Time Around / Owed To 'G': By far the progiest song of the album. Slow and elegant as TTA, at the 3:15 mark it changes to OT'G' which is an inspired instrumental jazz rocker with very tasty elements and catchy groove. Why did they kept the best songs for the very last part of the album?

You Keep On Moving: Should I call it a power ballad? Not exactly, but very close on being one. Very well composed, It balances between elegance and roughness, and drives you through the 5:22 like it was nothing. Great song, maybe the best of the album for most people, but I still prefer Love Child.

RATING: The weakest album of the Coverdale era, and the 1970-1975 "hard rock" era in general. It has three great songs (the last three!), two nice ones, and three irrelevant. Totally 2,5 stars. It barely, just barely escapes the 2 stars rating. Barely.

RIP Tommy Bolin

BigDaddyAEL1964 | 3/5 |

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