With Blackmore busy with Rainbow, Deep Purple recorded their first album without him. He was replaced by Tommy Bolin. Bolin had played in many bands, often as a replacement (for example, he replaced Joe Walsh in the James Gang) . Bolin suffered from addictions to several drugs, including cocaine and heroin. This line-up is Mark IV, and this album is its sole appearance. The band disbanded temporarily after the album, allowing Bolin to record a solo album. Unfortunately, Bolin died of a drug overdose. This was also the last album to feature Coverdale and Hughes. The album had two singles: “Getting Tighter” and “You Keep On Moving”. It reached #19 in the UK and #43 in the US.
David Coverdale: vocals
Glenn Hughes: vocals, bass
Tommy Bolin: guitar
Jon Lord: keyboards, piano, synthesizer
Ian Paice: drums
- “Comin’ Home”: This is a great opener. Coverdale has good vocals and Lord ‘s keyboards sound great.
- ” Lady Luck”: This song has a good bassline. It’s the only song on the album that was co-written by a writer who isn’t a member of the band, Jeffrey Cook. Bolin sounds good here.
- “Gettin ‘ Tighter”: Hughes sounds excellent here, and Paice has some good drumming.
- ” Dealer”: Bolin sounds good here too.
- “I Need Love”: Not a fan of this song. I don’t think the band’s chemistry is good.
- ” Drifter”: This has Coverdale’s best vocals on the album.
- “Love Child”: Lord has some good keyboards on this one.
- “This Time Around/Owed to ‘G ‘” : The second half of this song has a good instrumental portion.
- “You Keep On Moving “: Pretty good closing number.
Final Verdict: Tommy Bolin doesn’t sound bad, but I felt as if he had a tough act to follow. For the situation, he was good. Overall, this album feels like an experiment. It’s been called “not a true Deep Purple album” by both Jon Lord and Ian Gillian (although Lord does say that it’s surprisingly good). I did like what I heard, but I can see why it’s not well -received.