Private Eyes

Private Eyes

by Tommy BolinTommy Bolin


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After the breakup of Deep Purple in 1976, guitarist Tommy Bolin wasted little time beginning work on his second solo album, Private Eyes. While it was more of a conventional rock album than its predecessor, Teaser (which served primarily as a showcase for his guitar skills and contained several jazz
ock instrumentals), it was not as potent. The performances aren't as inspired as those on Teaser or even those on Bolin's lone album with Deep Purple, Come Taste the Band, although there a few highlights could be found. The nine-minute rocker "Post Toastee" merges a long jam section with lyrics concerning the dangers of drug addiction, while "Shake the Devil" is similar stylistically. But Bolin wasn't simply a hard-rocker; he was extremely talented with other kinds of music: the quiet, acoustic-based compositions "Hello, Again" and "Gypsy Soul," and the heartbroken ballad "Sweet Burgundy." With his solo career starting to take shape (after the album's release, he opened for some of rock's biggest names: Peter Frampton, Jeff Beck, Rush, ZZ Top, etc.), Bolin's life was tragically cut short at the end of the year due to a drug overdose in Miami, FL.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972364025
catalogNumber: 723640
Rank: 7461

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tommy Bolin   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Carmine Appice   Drums
Bobbye Hall   Percussion
Norma Jean Bell   Percussion,Saxophone,Vocals
Bobby Berge   Percussion,Drums
Reggie McBride   Bass,Vocals
Mark Stein   Keyboards,Vocals

Technical Credits

Tommy Bolin   Producer
Ric Ocasek   Composer
Thomas La Tonore   Engineer
Thomas Latondre   Engineer
Dennis MacKay   Producer
Del Newman   Arranger,String Arrangements
Jeffrey Alan Cook   Composer
Jimmy Wachtel   Art Direction
Steve Taylor   Engineer

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