These are the ‘official’ releases featuring Tommy Bolin during his lifetime (except for ‘Last Concert in Japan’ & ‘The Ultimate’ which were released posthumously). Not incuded here is the supposed guest appearance of Bolin on Rainbow Canyon's 1974 release, ‘Rollin' In The Rockies’ where he played on ‘The Invisible Song’. The inclusion of ‘The Ultimate’ is fitting in as much as it summarises his career and started the ball rolling for the plethora of subsequent posthumous Bolin releases that followed (these will be added at a later date to this site).

NOTE: This page is very much a work in progress, and we will be adding detail re ALL of the albums featured here plus ‘The Archives’ releases.... WATCH THIS SPACE!

ZEPHYR (The Bathtub Album) 1969

‘Sail On’ (Tommy Bolin, Candy Givens) – 7:22
‘Sun’s a Risin’ (Bolin, David Givens) – 4:45
Raindrops’ (Dee Clark) – 2:40
‘Boom-Ba-Boom’ (D. Givens) – 1.20
‘Somebody Listen’ (D. Givens, C. Givens, Bolin, John Faris) – 6:10

‘Cross the River’ (C. Givens, D. Givens) – 4:43
‘St. James Infirmary’ (Joe Primrose) – 5:15
‘Huna Buna’ (C. Givens, Bolin) – 2:26
Hard Chargin’ Woman’ (Bolin, Robbie Chamberlin, Faris, C. Givens, D. Givens) – 8:40

Candy Givens – lead vocals, harmonica. Tommy Bolin – guitar, backing vocals. John Faris – organ, piano, flute. David Givens – bass, backing vocals. Robbie Chamberlin – drums, backing vocals

Bill Halverson – production, engineering
Alden Spillman & William Shepard – cover design

ZEPHYR Remixed 2013 plus additional recordings
Produced by Gregg Hampton & David Givens


‘Sail On’ (Live 2 May 1973)
‘Hard Charging Woman’ (Live 2 May 1973)
‘Uptown (to Harlem)’ (Rehearsal Studio 1971)
‘Jam Cats’  (Rehearsal Studio 1971) (Live July 3, 1969)
‘Guitar Solo/Cross the River’ (Live July 3, 1969)
‘Rock Me Baby’ (Live in Denver, 1971)
‘Cross the River (Instrumental Section)’ (Live in Denver, 1971)
‘Jam’ (Live in San Bernadino, 1971)
‘I Can’t Find a Way (To Say I Love You)’ (Live)

‘Repent Walpurgis’ (Live at Tulagi’s, 1973)
‘Boom Ba Boom/Somebody Listen’ (Live at Tulagi’s, 1973)
‘Sun’s a Risin’ (Live at Tulagi’s, 1973)
‘Huna Buna’ (Live at Tulagi’s, 1973)
‘Sail On’ (Live at Tulagi’s, 1973)
‘Cross the River’ (Live at Tulagi’s, 1973)



WOW, with all the deluxe editions of classic rock reissues from the 60s,70s and 80s this sure is one that is not just another HEY LETS RIP THE FANS OFF deal, this is the real deal if you like Tommy Bolin, in fact if you are a Bolin fan this is a must for your collection. First off, the remastering is very well done for the debut album, second, the live discs are awesome and I have never heard any of these live recordings before so these are really great to have all in a nice box with a nice booklet and a couple of goodies, as for the box itself it says limited to 1.000 but I'm not so sure as this box set seems to NOT be available on a lot of web sites so as another person said that reviewed this you may want to grab this fast, anyway the 3 discs here display a young Tommy Bolin and what a great live sensation he was, he really does a lot live on these live recordings and listening to these makes me feel almost like I was actually there over 40 years ago, I'm not a history buff on his first band Zephyr and I have had this debut album with Tommy on it on cd for about 15 years or so but this box set here is the way to go, the remastering is just fantastic here and the discs just crank like the old viynl did so I am very pleased I got a copy of this, I never get tired of anything coming out of the vaults by Bolin I have not heard yet.....


Zephyr was a great, great band and had huge potential. Unfortunately, their debut album is the apex of their recorded material and it's a shame that their enormous talent wasn't captured in additional releases. That being said, I've listened to this album, first on vinyl and later on CD, hundreds of times over the past 44 years (yikes!) and it's still fascinating and thoroughly entertaining. Candy Givens had an incredible vocal range, and when I 1st heard this album she made a Janis Joplin-like impression on me. Tommy Bolin (Sioux City, IA native) made an indelible impression on guitarists then and to this day...and it started with THIS album. I was fortunate to see them live right after the release of this and they were fantastic! That's why it is especially awesome that this Deluxe Edition is available to provide "live" versions for the first time. Interestingly, this is a limited, numbered edition (mine was labeled 998 of 1000 so I got real lucky) so there aren't many out their. If you can't get this you should for sure get your hands on the studio-only CD and give it a listen. You will definitely be impressed.


Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra have reissued the debut album by ZEPHYR, it's claim to fame a young Tommy Bolin on guitar and the paint-peeling vocals of Candy Givens (who also plays a mean harmonica). There are some who criticize her talent and range, usually using the adjectives "screaming" and "screeching." It's ironic that when male vocalists have a similar range and style, say for example Robert Plant or Rob Halford, it become's "wide, powerful and soaring." 'Zephyr' was originally released in 1969 on the ABC/Probe label, also home to the U.S. versions of THE SOFT MACHINE's first two albums. The album was also previously available on CD on One Way Records in 1992, and BGO Records in 1999. This newly remixed and remastered version comes in a mini-LP sleeve within a small box with an informative booklet containing lengthy notes by bassist David Givens, Candy's husband, along with two discs of live material in their own gate-fold cardboard sleeve. Givens discusses the reasons for remixing the album in his notes, so if you want the original mix, hold on to your old CDs, if you're lucky to have them. Normally I'm not a fan of remixing older albums, but in this case I feel the remix has greatly improved it. Givens explains the reasons behind it in the booklet. The Boulder, CO based group also featured John Faris on keyboards and flute and drummer Robbie Chamberlin, who was replaced by Bobby Berge before the recording of their second album Going Back To Colorado in 1971. After this release Bolin left to go solo and was replaced by Jock Bartley (later in Firefall) for 1972's Sunset Ride. In 1973 the band with Bolin reunited for a number of concerts, the recording of which makes up the bulk of the live material. ZEPHYR is a strong debut album that rewards repeated listens. Although Bolin's presence seems to garner most of the attention, the rest of the band are on top of their game as well. Candy Givens is a more nuanced singer than she's given credit for, and blows a mean harp as well, while Faris is no slouch on the keyboards, whether playing tasty piano or growling Hammond organ. The rhythm section is more the adequate throughout, it's easy to hear why they were one of Denver's top groups and a band that impressed the groups they supported, making sure they didn't miss their set...

In 1997 the Tommy Bolin Archives released the Zephyr Live CD recorded at Art's Bar & Grill in Boulder on May 2, 1973. Two cuts from that CD are on the first live disc, "Sail On" and "Hard Charging Women." From a 1971 rehearsal we get "Uptown (To Harlem)" and "Jam Cats." The earliest live recrdings come from a July 3, 1969 show at Reed's Ranch, a version of Procol Harum's "Repent Walpurgis" dedicated to the recently deceased Brian Jones and "Guitar Solo/Cross The River." Next up is the blues staple "Rock Me Baby" with vocals by band friend Otis Taylor, and an instrumental section excerpt from "Cross The River" featuring Tommy's brother John as a second drummer, both recorded at the legendary Ebbets Field club in 1971. Rounding out the disc are a "Jam" recorded in San Bernardino, CA 1971 and "I Can't Find A Way (To Say I Love You) from a mystery venue. The third disc was completely recorded June 19, 1973 at Tulagi's in Denver during the reunion tour. Amazon has the song titles listed above...

ZEPHYR | Going Back To Colorado | 1971

Candy Givens – lead vocals, harmonica. Tommy Bolin – guitar, backing vocals. John Faris – organ, piano, flute. David Givens – bass, backing vocals. Bobby Berge – drums

Eddie Kramer – Production

David Givens: TRACK BY TRACK...


When Tommy brought it to the band, it was called "Going Back To Texas". I talked him into changing it to 'Colorado' and then Candy and I changed the lyrics to reflect our real life. For live, Tommy played a little old lap-steel guitar. He was always a good slide player and he had fun with this one. I liked the part where he and Candy traded licks between harp and slide - great stuff.


Candy, Tommy, Gerard MacMahon (an old friend of Tommy's from his Denver street-freak days), and I sang this one. The stance is a little bit too earnest for me today, but the words are more true than ever. I wrote the intro in L.A. while we were working on the bathtub album.


Our friends Paul Conly and Kim King from LOTHAR AND THE HAND PEOPLE were early adopters of electronic instruments in a rock context. Originally, I wrote the lyric as a poem for Candy when she had to stay behind in Boulder for a week while the rest of us went to New York. I liked the chaotic beginning with the big synth sounds with the rest of us playing free over the top of it. This was all live. Tommy was digging John McLaughlin quite a bit around this period and it shows in his beautiful intro licks.


Eddie Kramer brought in studio backup singers for several of the tunes. This was went to be fun ... and it was.


We put this one together much like the epic tunes like 'SAIL ON' and 'CROSS THE RIVER' on the bathtub album. Tommy and his writing partner John Tesar had the basic riff and lyrics. I arranged the middle part, and Candy worked over the lyrics and melody. Great power from the whole band hitting it hard on this one.  


We recorded this tune in Studio B after Hendrix' death. We were on our own and I produced this one. I suggested to Tommy that this would be a good spot to use the Leslie speaker we'd had our eye on since day one and he agreed. Great solo. I still dig it.  


Tommy and John Tesar wrote this one, but it's Candy's song. The new remix really lets her emotion shine through. She sang on the overdubs as a member of the background singers. They offered her a job! Good job, Kid.


John wanted to be a singer and make his own solo album at some point. This was his first shot at writing and singing on a real recording. We all supported him, Candy included. Bobby and I tried a lot of different approaches to the feel for the tune, but John didn't like any of it, but he couldn't describe what he wanted. Finally, I came up with the bass line and the rest of it fell together. I love the solos. Live, Candy sang it.


I like Tesar's lyric on this one. The images of people enduring drought and famine and then resolving to keep on fighting are well done and the music has power. Tommy shows some of the country style picking he learned growing up in the sticks.


I heard this piano part around the house for a couple of years and I was always knocked out by her modal jazz keyboard style. I always dug her lyric using words that sound the same but have different meanings to describe the many things happening at any given moment around the planet. Her voice is warm honey sometimes. This is the last song we recorded prior to Hendrix' death and we were really getting into it - check out the vamp - we were getting out there big time.

(Plus Bonus Tracks) – REMASTERED 2016

(Unreleased studio/live tracks)

Produced by Gregg Hampton & David Givens

CD 1 (Remastered studio album with four bonus tracks)

1. Going Back To Colorado
2. Miss Libertine
3. Night Fades Softly
4. The Radio Song
5. See My People Come Together
6. Showbizzy
7. Keep Me
8. Take My Love
9. I'll Be Right There
10. At This Very Moment
11. Mr. Sandman (Bonus Track)

CD 2
1. Downtown Left Turn (Zephyr Studio, Pearl Street, Boulder)
2. Hard Chargin' Woman (Reed Ranch 1969)
3. Slap Myself (Zephyr Studio, Pearl Street, Boulder)
4. Cross the River (San Bernardino Live)
5. Bolin Surf Strut (Zephyr Studio, Pearl Street, Boulder)
6. The Creator Has a Master Plan (San Bernadino Live)
12. Green Shoes (Bonus Track)
13. 3 Days On (Bonus Track)
14. New Colors (Bonus Track)

Note: Some of the earlier live recordings feature Robbie Chamberlin on drums.


Ground-breaking Jazz Fusion release, reportedly Jeff Beck's inspiration to explore similar territory.
Peaked #26 Billboard 200 #1 Billboard Jazz. All songs written by Billy Cobham.

1. Quadrant 4
2. Searching for the Right Door/Spectrum
3. Anxiety/Taurian Matador
4. Stratus
5. To the Women in My Life/Le Lis
6. Snoopy's Search/ Red Baron

Billy Cobham – Drums, Percussion, Production
Jan Hammer – Electric and Acoustic pianos, Moog Synthesizer
Tommy Bolin – Guitar, Echoplex on Quadrant 4, Taurian Matador, Stratus, and Red Baron
Lee Sklar – Electric Bass

Additional Personnel:
Spectrum and Le Lis
Joe Farrell – Soprano and Alto Saxes, Flute
Jimmy Owens – Flugelhorn, Trumpet
John Tropea – Guitar on Le Lis
Ron Carter – Acoustic Bass
Ray Barretto – CongasKen Scott - recording and re-mix engineering

From GREG PRATO | 30 September 2023

50 Years Later and Billy Cobham’s Groundbreaking Fusion Classic Still Rocks.... Keyboardist Jan Hammer looks back on the sessions that gave us “Spectrum.”

Original Article on

The ‘70s was chockful of groundbreaking jazz-fusion bands issuing landmark albums – Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, Weather Report, etc. But certainly one of the first to get the ball rolling – and truly rock hard from a guitar standpoint – was Billy Cobham’s tour de force, “Spectrum” (which turns 50 years old on October 1st).

Making a name for himself in the jazz world after providing drums on classic releases by Miles Davis (“Bitches Brew” and “A Tribute to Jack Johnson”) and Mahavishnu Orchestra (“The Inner Mounting Flame” and “Birds of Fire”), Cobham recorded what would be his solo debut, “Spectrum”, over a mere three days at Electric Lady Studios in New York City – from May 14-16, 1973.

And while there was no denying the greatness of Cobham’s drumming throughout the resulting album, two other musicians played a key role in what made the album so special – keyboardist Jan Hammer (a bandmate of the drummer’s in Mahavishnu) and guitarist Tommy Bolin (who was then largely unknown, but was about to make a name for himself as a member of both the James Gang and Deep Purple, and as a solo artist).

When I interviewed Hammer for the 2008 book, “Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story”, he recalled being impressed right away by the guitar playing of Bolin.

“Tommy blew our minds when we first heard him on those demos. It was a great, lucky break to run into him at that time. And it was a big break for him, because he really got noticed out of that session. Everybody heard him and went, ‘What’s going on here?’ With ‘Spectrum,’ it was a real breakthrough, and everybody was sharp and on top of things. Everybody was focused. A lot of it was not ever written. So it wasn’t any handicap for him – you hum whatever you have in mind, and it comes together in rehearsal. Even though Billy had written some things down, they were more for the other type of sessions, which Tommy wasn’t on – the more jazzy things with the larger group. But as far as the things with Tommy and the four-piece band, there was a one-off riff, and just go.”

Hammer also recalled how Cobham and Bolin got along...

“Billy is sort of a reserved guy. It’s funny, because you hear him, and he’s this bombastic, great drummer. But personally, he’s very much like a buttoned-down, straight, very square guy. He’s not a very extroverted guy – total opposition to what he plays. He’s not a demonstrative guy, so I couldn’t tell you how friendly or close [Tommy and Billy] were – it was all business. But at the same time, it was smoking music.”

Lastly, the keyboardist – who scored a #1 hit in 1985 with “Miami Vice Theme” – also discussed the tune that best featured the immense chops of Cobham, Bolin, and himself, the album-opening “Quadrant 4”.

“It was just an amazing, lucky combination of the right people at the right time. We were able to do it. I remember it was very effortless. You rolled tape and it happened – I don’t even think there were multiple takes. It was so inspired. On the tune ‘Quadrant 4,’ the opening solo, a lot of people thought that was Tommy. A lot of reviews kept mentioning that beginning, and it was me. Basically, that’s why on my next solo album [1975’s ‘The First Seven Days’], I put a disclaimer – ‘For those concerned, there is no guitar on this album’ [laughs]! It was sort of a jab at the reviewers who got it all wrong. [‘Quadrant 4’] is all in the groove.”

Released on October 1, 1973, “Spectrum” would top the Billboard Jazz Albums, and a year later peak at #26 on the Billboard 200, and would later prove to be influential on such artists as Jeff Beck, and in particular, his two landmark ‘70s albums, “Blow by Blow” and “Wired”.

Sadly, this would be the only album to feature Cobham, Bolin, and Hammer together – as Bolin would tragically die on December 4, 1976, at the age of 25 (from a drug overdose)


Tommy's first official vocal recording (on Alexis)
All songs by Tommy Bolin and John Tesar except where noted.

1. Standing In The Rain (Tommy Bolin)
2. The Devil Is Singing Our Song
3. Must Be Love (Tommy Bolin, Jeff Cook)
4. Alexis (Tommy Bolin, Jeff Cook)
5. Ride The Wind (Bolin, Roy Kenner)
6. Got No Time For Trouble
7. Rather Be Alone With You (Song For Dale) (Kenner)
8. From Another Time
9. Mystery

Roy Kenner
– Lead Vocals, Percussion
Tommy Bolin – Guitars, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocal on Alexis, Synthesizer
Dale Peters – Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals,
Jim Fox – Drums, Backing Vocals, 
Percussion, Keyboards

Billboard 200 #122


All songs by Tommy Bolin, except where noted.

1. Cruisin' Down The Highway (Bolin, Dale Peters)
2. Do It (Bolin, Roy Kenner)
3. Wildfire (Bolin, John Tesar)
4. Sleepwalker (Bolin, Tesar)
5. Miami Two-Step (Bolin, Peters, Jim Fox)
6. Praylude
7. Red Skies
8. Spanish Lover (Bolin, Jeff Cook)
9. Summer Breezes
10. Head Above The Water (Bolin, Peters)

Roy Kenner – Vocals (except Spanish Lover)
Tommy Bolin – Guitars, Lead Vocal on Spanish Lover
Jim Fox – drums, Backing Vocals, Percussion, Keyboards, Organ
Dale Peters – Bass guitar, Backing Vocals, Percussion

Tom Dowd – Keyboards, Piano
Albhy Galuten – keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer on Head Above The Water

Billboard 200 #97

Australian Gatefold

Japanese pressing, kindly supplied by IAN COZY


"Raw and powerful, the music herein is what made fusion such a viable musical style... Easily one of the best fusion recordings of all time" – Robert Taylor, AllMusic

All compositions by Alphonse Mouzon

1. Mind Transplant
2. Snow Bound
3. Carbon Dioxide
4. Ascorbic Acid
5. Happiness Is Loving You
6. Some of the Things People Do
7. Golden Rainbows
8. Nitroglycerin

Recorded at Wally Heider Sound Studio III in Los Angeles, California on December 4, (tracks 2, 5 & 7), December 5 (track 6), December 6 (tracks 3 & 8) and December 9 & 10 (tracks 1 & 3), 1974

Alphonse Mouzon – Drums, Vocals, Synthesizer, Electric Piano, Organ
Jerry Peters – Electric Piano, Organ
Tommy Bolin, Lee Ritenour – Guitar
Jay Graydon – Guitar, Programming
Henry Davis – Electric Bass

MOXY | 1975

Bolin was a guest musician on the album. Bolin does all but two guitar solos.
Earl Johnson performed all rhythm guitar and the solos on Sail On Sail Away, Can't You See I'm A Star and the ending of Train.

Johnson was supposed to do all the guitar parts, but got into a disagreement with the producer and was tossed out of the studio. Bolin, being nearby, was asked by Moxy's manager Roland Paquin to fill in for Johnson. Paquin knew Bolin from when he was road manager for the James Gang. Bolin was only in the studio for this album, contrary to popular belief that he appears on Moxy II. Though Bolin's time with Moxy was short, the album is popular with his fans. Bolin's tone and phrasing were very similar to his classic ‘James Gang’ sound. (Note, the solo allocations on the following songs are open to some debate)

1. Fantasy (Earl Johnson)
(Solo by Bolin)

2. Sail On Sail Away (Earl Johnson)
(Solo by Johnson)

3. Can't You See I'm a Star (Earl Johnson)
(Solo by Johnson)

4. Moon Rider (Moonrider) (Earl Johnson, Buzz Shearman)
(Solo by Bolin)

5. Time to Move On (Earl Johnson, Buzz Shearman)
(Solo by Bolin)

6. Still I Wonder (Earl Johnson)
(Solo by Bolin)

7. Train (Earl Johnson, Robert Bonnell)
(Solo by Bolin and Johnson)

8. Out of the Darkness (Earl Johnson, Buzz Shearman)
(Solo by Bolin)

Buzz Shearman: Vocals
Earl Johnson: Guitar
Terry Juric: Bass
Bill Wade: Drums
Tommy Bolin: Guitar (Solos)
Tom Stephenson: Piano in Fantasy (Bolin's Keyboardist in ‘Energy’, and the cousin of Tommy's ‘Energy’ Bassist Stanley Sheldon).

Mark Smith: Producer, Engineer
Richard Dashut: Engineer

Recorded and Mixed at Sound City, Van Nuys, California

Buddy Caine: Guitar – Note: Buddy Caine is listed on the album cover, but did not join the band until after the album was finished.


Upon its release on November 17, 1975, Teaser received considerable praise from critics. However, due to Bolin's obligations with Deep Purple, he was unable to promote the album with a solo tour. Despite Nemperor adding a ‘Guitarist for Deep Purple’ sticker to the wrapping, sales were not as good as hoped.

1. The Grind (Bolin, Jeff Cook, Stanley Sheldon, John Tesar)

2. Homeward Strut (Bolin)

3. Dreamer (Jeff Cook)

4. Savannah Woman (Bolin, Cook)

5. Teaser (Bolin, Cook)

6. People, People (Bolin)

7. Marching Powder (Bolin)

8. Wild Dogs (Bolin, John Tesar)

9. Lotus (Bolin, John Tesar)

Tommy Bolin – Guitar, Lead Vocals
Stanley Sheldon – Bass (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7)
Paul Stallworth – Bass (4, 8, 9)
Dave Foster – Piano/Synthesizer (1, 2, 3)
Jan Hammer – Synthesizer (6, 7), Drums (6)
Ron Fransen – Piano (9)
David Sanborn – Saxophone (6, 7)
Jeff Porcaro – Drums (1, 2, 3, 5)
Prairie Prince – Drums (4, 8)
Michael Narada Walden – Drums (7)
Bobbie Berge – Drums (9)
Phil Collins – Percussion (4)
Sammy Figueroa – Percussion (6, 7)
Rafael Cruz – Percussion (6, 7)
Dave Brown –Background Vocals (1)
Lee Kiefer – Background Vocals (1

Note: Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) Lead Vocals on the final verse of Dreamer but, due to contractual reasons, was not credited.


Two songs were written well in advance of the album's recording. You Keep on Moving had been written in 1973 by Hughes and Coverdale, but was rejected for inclusion on the Burn album by Blackmore. Lady Luck was written by Bolin's friend and songwriting partner, Jeff Cook, around the same time, but Bolin couldn't remember all the lyrics and the group couldn't get hold of Cook. So Coverdale rewrote much of the lyrics with Cook's blessing.

The remainder of the album was mostly written in Los Angeles, then recorded in Munich, with the exception of Comin' Home which waswritten in the studio. Hughes went back to England before the completion of the record so he could deal with his then-rampant cocaine addiction, and he cites this as the reason for Bolin playing the bass & singing the lower-register backing vocals on Comin' Home. The recording with Bolin allowed the band to take many creative liberties, as Blackmore had been somewhat difficult to work with on the band's two previous albums due to creative differences with Hughes & Coverdale.

1. Comin' Home (Bolin, Coverdale, Paice)
2. Lady Luck (Jeff Cook, Coverdale)
3. Gettin' Tighter (Bolin, Hughes)
4. Dealer (Bolin, Coverdale)
5. I Need Love (Bolin, Coverdale)
6. Drifter (Bolin, Coverdale)
7. Love Child (Bolin, Coverdale)
8. This Time Around/Owed to 'G (Hughes, Jon Lord/Bolin, Hughes)
9. You Keep On Moving (Coverdale, Hughes)

David Coverdale – Lead Vocals
Tommy Bolin – Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals
Jon Lord – Keyboards, Piano, Synthesiser
Glenn Hughes – Bass Guitar (all but track 1), Lead & Backing Vocals
Ian Paice – Drums, Percussion

Produced by Martin Birch & Deep Purple

2010 remix by Kevin Shirley

UK Albums Chart #19
The Billboard 200 #43


1. Bustin' Out for Rosey (Bolin)

2. Sweet Burgundy (Bolin, Jeff Cook)

3. Post Toastee (Bolin)

4. Shake the Devil (Bolin, Cook)

5. Gypsy Soul (Bolin, Cook)

6. Someday We'll Bring Our Love Home (Bolin, John Tesar)

7. Hello, Again (Bolin, Cook)

8. You Told Me That You Loved Me (Bolin)

Tommy Bolin – Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals, Piano
Reggie McBride – Bass, Vocals
Mark Stein – Keyboards, Vocals
Carmine Appice – Drums on Someday We'll Bring Our Love Home
Bobby Berge – Percussion, Drums
Bobbye Hall – Percussion
Norma Jean Bell – Percussion, Vocals, Saxophone

Del Newman – String Arrangements

Produced By Tommy Bolin & Dennis MacKay
Engineered By Thomas La Tonore and Stephen W Tayler

Album Design by Jimmy Wachtel

Recorded June 1976 Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Trident Studios, London, England


1. Burn
2. Love Child
3. You Keep On Moving
4. Wild Dogs
5. Lady Luck
6. Smoke On The Water
7. Soldier Of Fortune
8. Woman From Tokyo
9. Highway Star

Recorded in 1975. Universally panned and not helped via controversial editing.
A far superior full concert version was released in 2001 titled This Time Around, Live in Tokyo.

“I won't beat around the bush on this one... BLOODY AWFUL! Tommy's playing was heavily compromised after (reportedly) sleeping on his arm after a bad ‘fix’ supposedly rendering him unable to play anything but basic open tuning, while the rest of the band were apparently, well lubricated on cocktails. Jon Lord & Ian Paice are probably the only two to come out with any credit. Glenn Hughes and David Coverdale's vocals are dire, as is the dodgy album playlist and editing.

Glenn Hughes went as far as saying the album should never have been released. It's unfortunate that
one of Tommy's most documented video in existence is the ‘Rises Over Japan’ release – from the same concert...”

The album's only saving grace is a remarkably good version of Tommy's own ‘Wild Dogs’. It's often cited by many fans as a high point in Tommy's time with the band.


Released at a time when there was virtually no rare (or ANY) Bolin material available, this was a revelation to fans – allowing glimpses of previously much heard of, but unobtainable, material. ‘The Ultimate’ was a lavishly packaged box set and came with a well designed booklet featuring rare photos and Simon Robinson's liner notes.

Disc One:
1. ZEPHYR: Sail On
2. ZEPHYR: Cross the River
3. ZEPHYR: See My People Come Together
4. ZEPHYR: Showbizzy
5. JAMES GANG: Alexis
6. JAMES GANG: Standing in the Rain
7. JAMES GANG: Spanish Lover
9. BILLY COBHAM: Quadrant 4
10. MOXY: Train
11. MOXY: Time to Move On

Disc Two:
1. ALPHONSE MOUZON: Golden Rainbows
2. ALPHONSE MOUZON: Nitroglycerin
3. DEEP PURPLE: Gettin' Tighter
4. DEEP PURPLE: Owed to 'G'
5. DEEP PURPLE: You Keep On Moving
6. DEEP PURPLE: Wild Dogs
7. TOMMY BOLIN: Dreamer
8. TOMMY BOLIN: People, People
9. TOMMY BOLIN: Teaser
10. TOMMY BOLIN: Sweet Burgundy
11. TOMMY BOLIN: Shake the Devil
12. TOMMY BOLIN: Brother, Brother

The Tommy Bolin Memorial Fund was originally established by Johnnie Bolin in memory of his brother, in association with the Siouxland Community Foundation. The Ultimate mission is simple... To preserve the music, the memory and the legacy of Tommy Bolin.