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    Private Eyes (Speakers Corner)

    In the course of his sadly short life, Tommy Bolin was at least granted eight productive years during which he was able to contribute to what was probably the most innovative era of rock'n'roll. His outstanding skill on the guitar brought him legendary status during his lifetime when he replaced the - in many ways - unique Ritchie Blackmore as frontman with Deep Purple. Jon Lord, keyboarder with the group, once described Bolin as a »beautiful lost soul«, and as such he allows one a very private glimpse into his musical perspective in his second and final album. This is certainly dualistic: in numbers such as Post Toastee and Shake The Devil Bolin sings about drug problems in a dry rocker style that is enhanced by his superb guitar playing.


    But this hard rocker shows just how stylistically assured he is in more gentle realms, as in the highly melodic ballad Sweet Burgundy, which makes for enjoyable listening. Bolin's subtle fingering creates a natural and electrifying Gypsy Soul and his Hello, Again is narrated softly to the sound of old-fashioned strings and winds. The relaxed tone of the recording is quite typical of the notions of sound at that time and reminds one yet again that the great voices of rock are now heard in heaven.


    Not only jazz fans will be saying a big thank you that this recording - made in the early days of stereophony - is available once again on virgin vinyl with superb sound.


    Musicians:


    • Tommy Bolin (guitar, keyboards, vocals, piano)
    • Mark Stein (keyboards, vocals)
    • Norma Jean Bell (percussion, vocals, saxophone)
    • Reggie McBride (bass, vocals)
    • Bobby Berge (percussion, drums)
    • Bobbye Hall (percussion)
    • Carmine Appice (drums)


    Recording: June 1976 at Cherokee Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA and Trident Studios, London by Tom La Tondre and Steve Taylor

    Production: Dennis MacKay & Tommy Bolin


    About Speakers Corner


    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    1. Bustin' Out For Rosey
    2. Sweet Burgundy
    3. Post Toastee
    4. Shake The Devil
    5. Gypsy Soul
    6. Someday Will Bring Our Love Home
    7. Hello Again
    8. You Told Me That You Loved Me
    Tommy Bolin
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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