DEEP PURPLE — Come Taste The Band (review)

DEEP PURPLE — Come Taste The Band album cover Album · 1975 · Hard Rock Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
First of all, let's get one thing straight: this album does not have a lot to do with metal, and - at least in many people's opinion - even its hard rock credentials are questionable. That said, it is a definitely better album than its predecessor, "Stormbringer" - an exciting blend of hard rock, blues, soul and funk that marked a sharp departure from Deep Purple's trademark sound.

After Blackmore left the band, Glenn Hughes was left free to stamp his personality on this record, supported by the fact that Ritchie's replacement, the young American guitar whiz Tommy Bolin, had become a fast friend of his. Both were more attracted to other kinds of music than straightforward hard rock, and this shows quite clearly at a compositional level. Unfortunately, both musicians had also become seriously addicted to drugs - Hughes to cocaine and Bolin to heroin, which would ultimately result in his untimely death, soon after the band's demise.

For a long time "Come Taste the Band" was an extremely underrated album, considered by many to be nearly worthless. Fortunately, in more recent years its value has been reassessed, which is a very good thing, for it contains quite a few unexpected gems. Being a Glenn Hughes fan, my personal favourite is the intensely romantic "This Time Around", a towering vocal achievement where Hughes sings accompanied by Jon Lord's piano, which segues into the instrumental tour de force that is "Owed to G". The closing , mid-tempo "You Keep On Moving" showcases the considerable talents and sharply different styles of Coverdale and Hughes; while the brisker, funkier "Gettin' Tighter" is another great Hughes moment, which the bassist still performs live with his band. Coverdale's rugged, bluesy vocals shine instead on the uptempo album opener "Coming Home", or the soulful, mid-paced "I Need Love".

Overall, this is a strong album, with great musicianship and stunning vocal performances - one I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone who loves great rock music and keeps an open mind.
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Raff wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Is he? That's a wonderful thing!
Negoba wrote:
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Tommy Bolin is on MMA!!!!


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