Tommy Bolin played with many different musicians and bands. In early June 1974, Bolin was still a member of the about-to-splinter James Gang, and decided to book a couple of nights at the Denver club Ebbets Field to try out some new material he'd written. He called upon his old band Energy to back him up, and the show (finally officially released on CD) is a guitar player's dream, especially for those into the classic sounds of Jeff Beck, Santana, and Hendrix. And even though the five songs that contain vocals (courtesy of Jeff Cook) are quite good, it's the other five instrumental tracks that make this disc a fine testament to the Tommy Bolin legacy. Bolin lends his touch to such raging rockers as the opening "You Know, You Know" and "Homeward Strut," while fans of the Allman Brothers should definitely check out "Shakin' All Night," with its fluid slide guitar work. Also included are nasty renditions of the blues-rock standards "Born Under a Bad Sign" and "Ain't No Sunshine," combined as a medley. Even though some of these tracks ("San Francisco River," "Stratus," etc.) have been issued on some of the other releases from the Tommy Bolin Archives record label, they are all versions from different recording dates. This is an excellent live document showing what Bolin could accomplish while jamming for fun, in the company of some good friends. All Music.
Live At Ebbets Field 1974 is simple amazing. Combining Tommy's virtuoso
jazz/rock/fusion guitar playing with an incredible rhythm section, this
CD simply blows me away. From the opening "You Know, You Know" to the
heart-pounding "Crazed Fandago" to the closing "Stratus" this CD
showcases Tommy at his best. A must-have not only for Tommy Bolin fans
but for anyone interested in exploring the electric guitar world.
This has to be one of the best Tommy Bolin cds out as far as his guitar
playing is concerned. Great solos straight ahead rock and roll. I like
most of the stuff Tommy has out but this was him cutting loose if you
like live cds by Rory Gallgher or Joe Bonamassa then you will love this.
Thanks for reading.
When Tommy Bolin took a break from being in the James Gang, and returned
home to Colorado 1974, he gathered up some of his closest musical
buddies for two nights of performances at Denver's legendary tiny Ebbets
Field. Both nights were broadcast on the radio, and the result is this
CD. If you love technically charged, inventive passionate guitar music
that flows from powerful rock to over the top fusion playing, this set
is for you. In it, Bolin proves why he is one of the most loved and
respected of guitar cult legends. The likes of Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck,
Joe Perry, Vernon Reid, and David Hidalgo are all huge fans of Bolin.
With the purchase of this CD, you will understand why.
Tommy Bolin was in the midst of a tour with the James Gang in 1974 when
he returned to Colorado and broadcast two nights of performances on the
radio with friends, luckily someone recorded it and that is what you
have on this CD - this was when he was fairly straight and his playing
had not started to deteriorate once heroin started taking over in late
75 and 76 - his playing is still strong, fiery, funky and outta site
---- there are previews of songs here that would make it onto the
following years "Teaser" album but for the most part this is a jam album
with covers of blues songs and jazz and fusion numbers by groups that
Tommy admired, leaving plenty of room for him to solo --- and boy does
he deliver on those goods - at the end of the CD someone yells out for
him to do a song from Spectrum, the Billy Cobham album he appeared on
the previous year and Tommy agrees, rounding out the album with an
exploding version of "stratus" - the solo on that song alone as it
builds up intensity, power and distortion is worth the price of this CD
alone - if you are new to Tommy's music this CD and the above mentioned
Spectrum CD are where you need to start - he did great work on James
Gang "Bang" and DP's "Come Taste the Band" but Ebbets Field 74 and
Spectrum are the Kentucky Derby/ Indy 500 checkered flag winners - by
far - SMOKIN.....
Tommy Bolin as blues-rock guitar hero, unleashed in a way he never was on his studio recordings. The beefed-up triple percussion section propels him through his most aggressive playing; blues covers, jazz fusion, molten hard rock, and the first airing of “Homeward Strut.” Again, the Zebra Records version adds sonic quality. 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 Bizet. 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 Sigh/Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Crazed Fandango,” “Honey Man,” and “Stratus.” 63 Minutes.
1. You Know, You Know
2. San Francisco River
3. Shakin' All Night
4. Whiskey Headed Woman
5. Walkin' My Shadow
6. Born Under A Bad Sign/Ain't No Sunshine
7. Crazed Fandango
8. Ain't Nobody's Fool
9. Homeward Strut
10. Honey Man
Tommy Bolin - Guitar
Stanley Sheldon - Bass
Bobby Berge, Russell Bizet - Drums
Archie Shelby - Percussion
Jeff Cook - voice