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. Visit www.fridaymusic.com.
FRM 3065 | FRIDAY MUSIC
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.
TBACD-24/25 | FRIDAY MUSIC |
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.
TBACD-16/17 | FRIDAY MUSIC |
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.
TBACD-23 | FRIDAY MUSIC |
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.
TBACD-18/19 | FRIDAY MUSIC |
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.
TBACD-7 | FRIDAY MUSIC |
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.
TBACD-4 | 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.
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: 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 the strongest and most entertaining 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.TBACS-7
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.
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: 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.”
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.
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: 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: 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.