Teaser [The Definitive Teaser Collector's Edition 5 CDs]

Teaser [The Definitive Teaser Collector's Edition 5 CDs]

by Tommy Bolin
     
 

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Might as well get this out of the way first: the release of the multi-disc The Definitive Teaser isn't going to clear up all the controversies and debates surrounding the various Tommy Bolin Archives recordings issued in the last half decade. But now the good news: finally...finally, there is a solid, officially remastered version of Tommy Bolin'sSee more details below

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Might as well get this out of the way first: the release of the multi-disc The Definitive Teaser isn't going to clear up all the controversies and debates surrounding the various Tommy Bolin Archives recordings issued in the last half decade. But now the good news: finally...finally, there is a solid, officially remastered version of Tommy Bolin's Teaser available. It's the first -- and inarguably best -- of his two solo albums. Teaser has been remastered with supervision from Greg Hampton and Jeremy Mackenzie. The sound is crisp (not brittle), clean, warm, and largely faithful to the original mix. That said, the only way to own it is with the mandatory purchase of (at least) two extra discs of bonus outtakes and alternates from the recording sessions (see below). The liner notes -- which consist of incomplete credits and a brief liner essay by Johnnie Bolin (who was Hampton's co-producer for the comp) -- don't specify what has or has not been released before. There are alternates of "Teaser"; a nearly 14-minute rehearsal version of "Wild Dogs" (complete with Bolin's directive dialogue); a stellar "People, People," where the reggae energy takes a back seat to the guitarist's snaky solo; a longer, funkier "Marching Powder," with gorgeous keyboard work by Jan Hammer and call-and-response saxophone by David Sanborn; and a "Homeward Strut" that is rawer and nastier than the album version, though not superior. Disc two's outtakes include the 16-minute "Flying Fingers," which showcases Bolin going through an enormous bag of tricks in his solos; a nasty "Cookoo" that literally defines funk-rock over a decade before the Red Hot Chili Peppers; and the shape-shifting, swinging, electric jazz jam "Chameleon." The third disc's outtakes include "Crazed Fandango" and "Smooth Fandango," wildly different interpretations of the instrumental jam with stellar uncredited tenor saxophone work on the former, and a 13-minute instrumental version of "Lotus" called "Oriental Sky." The latter reveals Bolin at his most melodic and mindbending best, flowing seamlessly between psychedelic rock and reggae and weaving "A Day in the Life" into his solo. The sound on all three discs is excellent. There isn't any discernible tape hiss, and the entire package reveals the very heart of Bolin's Teaser as a restless, expansive process that was honed into a finely shaped album and a must-have. [The five-disc Definitive Teaser Collector's Edition includes these three discs and the double Tommy Bolin & Friends' Great Gypsy Soul tribute collection, which features Bolin's original tracks with additional guitars dubbed in by Warren Haynes, Nels Cline, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks, John Scofield, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, and more.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2012
Label:
Savoy Jazz
UPC:
0795041791221
catalogNumber:
17912
Rank:
32018

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The Grind  - Tommy Bolin
  2. Homeward Strut  - Tommy Bolin
  3. Dreamer  - Tommy Bolin
  4. Savannah Woman  - Tommy Bolin
  5. Teaser  - Tommy Bolin
  6. People, People  - Tommy Bolin
  7. Marching Powder  - Tommy Bolin
  8. Wild Dogs  - Tommy Bolin
  9. Lotus  - Tommy Bolin

Disc 2

  1. Teaser  - Tommy Bolin
  2. Flying Fingers  - Tommy Bolin
  3. Cookoo  - Tommy Bolin
  4. Wild Dogs  - Tommy Bolin
  5. Chameleon  - Tommy Bolin

Disc 3

  1. Crazed Fandango  - Tommy Bolin
  2. People People  - Tommy Bolin
  3. Smooth Fandango  - Tommy Bolin
  4. Marching Powder  - Tommy Bolin
  5. Homeward Strut  - Tommy Bolin
  6. Oriental Sky (Lotus)  - Tommy Bolin

Disc 4

  1. The Grind  - Peter Frampton
  2. Teaser  - Warren Haynes
  3. Dreamer  - Myles Kennedy
  4. Savannah Woman  - John Scofield
  5. Smooth Fandango  - Derek Trucks
  6. People, People  - Gordie Johnson
  7. Wild Dogs  - Brad Whitford
  8. Homeward Strut  - Steve Lukather
  9. Sugar Shack  - Sonny Landreth
  10. Crazed Fandango  - Steve Morse
  11. Lotus  - Joe Bonamassa

Disc 5

  1. Flying Fingers  - Oz Noy
  2. Marching Bag: Movement 1  - Greg Hampton
  3. Marching Bag: Movement 2  - Derek Trucks
  4. Marching Bag: Movement 3  - Oz Noy
  5. Marching Bag: Movement 4  - Oz Noy

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tommy Bolin   Primary Artist,Indexed Contributor,Guitar,Vocals
Phil Collins   Percussion
Jan Hammer   Synthesizer,Drums
David Sanborn   Saxophone
David Foster   Synthesizer,Piano
Rafael Cruz   Percussion
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion
Ron Fransen   Piano
Narada Michael Walden   Drums
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Prairie Prince   Drums
Stanley Sheldon   Bass
Paul Stallworth   Bass

Technical Credits

Tommy Bolin   Composer,Introduction
Nels Cline   Introduction
Glenn Hughes   Composer
Warren Haynes   Producer,Liner Notes
Peter Doell   Mastering
Greg Hampton   Producer,Introduction,Bonus Track Producer
Prairie Prince   Wardrobe Design
Stanley Sheldon   Composer
Chuck Wright   Illustrations,Reissue Package Design
David Alan Kogut   Package Production
John Tesar   Composer
Gordie Johnson   Introduction,Additional Production
Jeff Cook   Composer
Jeremy Mackenzie   Engineer
Tip Wyman   Engineer
Johnnie Bolin   Bonus Track Producer
Fabrizio Grossi   Engineer,Additional Production
Norm Waitt   Executive Producer
Jeff Tesar   Composer

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