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Santa Monica, U.S.A. — Rock guitar legendÂ Tommy Bolin was honored on September 4, 2012, with a box set release of his lauded solo release “The Ultimate Teaser”â€”a 3 CD collection featuring a re-mastered version of his classic album along with 2 CDs of outtakes and alternates.
Along with the 3 CD Teaser Box Set, 429 Records will release aÂ 5 CD set, “The Definitive Teaser â€“ Collectorâ€™s Edition” which will also include the 2CD Deluxe version of Great Gypsy Soulâ€”a collection of Bolin songs recorded by a top notch roster of players who signed on to pay tribute to Bolin. The project was produced byÂ Greg HamptonÂ andÂ Johnnie Bolin.
In the annals of rock history,Â Tommy BolinÂ occupied a brief but shining stint as a brilliant guitarist who wowed those in the know with his mastery of many genresâ€”rock, fusion, funk, reggae and heavy metal among others. Along with a much lauded solo career that pushed the boundaries of rock/jazz fusion, Bolin played with The James Gang and Deep Purple which set him up for major solo guitar stardom which was cut short by his untimely death in 1976. “The Ultimate Teaser”Â and “Definitive Teaser â€“ Collectorâ€™s Edition ” is available today on 429 Records.
Tommy BolinÂ was the quintessential guitar prodigy who focused his talents within the burgeoning rock/metal scenes of the early 70′s as well as mastered a highly lauded jazz fusion technique catching the attention of rock tastemakers and guitar legend peers.
It was just a matter of time before Bolin was making a name for himself playing on projects as diverse asÂ Billy Cobham’s “Spectrum” project (considered one of the great jazz fusion recordings of all time), replacingÂ Joe WalshÂ in the James Gang, playing session work on seminal fusion projects byÂ Moxy and Alphonse Mouzon, to replacingÂ Ritchie BlackmoreÂ in Deep Purple.
With the release of his second solo album “Private Eyes”, what should have been a red letter moment for Bolin, opening up forÂ Jeff BeckÂ inÂ Miami, sadly turned tragic as Bolin was found dead of an overdose shortly after the gig.