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Santa Monica, U.S.A. — Rock guitar legend Tommy Bolin was honored on September 4, 2012, with a box set release of his lauded solo release “The Ultimate Teaser”—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 a 5 CD set, “The Definitive Teaser – Collector’s Edition” which will also include the 2CD Deluxe version of Great Gypsy Soul—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 by Greg Hampton and Johnnie Bolin.
In the annals of rock history, Tommy Bolin occupied a brief but shining stint as a brilliant guitarist who wowed those in the know with his mastery of many genres—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” and “Definitive Teaser – Collector’s Edition ” is available today on 429 Records.
Tommy Bolin 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 as Billy Cobham’s “Spectrum” project (considered one of the great jazz fusion recordings of all time), replacing Joe Walsh in the James Gang, playing session work on seminal fusion projects by Moxy and Alphonse Mouzon, to replacing Ritchie Blackmore 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 for Jeff Beck in Miami, sadly turned tragic as Bolin was found dead of an overdose shortly after the gig.