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Deep Purple - 2000 Days May Come: The 1975 California Rehearsals

ARTIST: Deep Purple
ALBUM: Days May Come And Days May Go
LABEL: Purple Records
YEAR: 2000
CD REISSUE: 2008, Purple Records, PUR-353


LINEUP: David Coverdale - vocals * Tommy Bolin - guitars * Glenn Hughes - bass, vocals * Ian Paice - drums * Jon Lord - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Owed To G * 02 If You Love Me Woman * 03 The Orange Juice Song * 04 I Got Nothing For You * 05 Statesboro Blues * 06 Dance To The Rock N Roll * 07 Drifter (rehearsal sequence) * 08 Drifter (version 1) * 09 Last Of The Long Jams * 10 I Got You Babe


Over the last two decades the Deep Purple Appreciation Society has been responsible for the release of countless Deep Purple live recordings and associated projects connected with the Purple family. One of their best official releases was the heavily bootlegged 1976 Mk 4 Long Beach concert, 'On The Wings Of A Russian Foxbat', which put paid to any thoughts that Tommy Bolin was an on stage disaster, as once assumed by the weak 'Last Concert In Japan' album of 1977. The on stage power of 'Foxbat' was on par with that of The Who, and a worthy live representation of the energy of Mk 4's lone studio release, 'Come Taste The Band'. How pleasing it was in 2000 when this CD emerged, tapes documenting Mik 4's first sessions as a working unit in June 1975, mere months after Ritchie Blackmore departed. For many it was more proof that Mk 4 Purple had the potential, given new enthusiasm by the drug addled Bolin, adding a sense of genuine excitement to the jams.

The Songs
Bolin relied on a more traditional rock and roll based sound rather than Blackmore's stodgy heavy metal riffs, totally transforming Purple's sound, something which would enrage die hard fans in the months to come. This different feel has an immediate impact on 'Owed To G' an early take of the later guitar instrumental on the final 'Come Taste The Band' album. Bolin plays more slowly and drawn out, as opposed to Blackmore' famed neo-classical style, but works just as well, especially with Lord and Paice, the then remaining originals. The first original jam 'If You Love Me Woman' is a joy to hear, with band members conversing with each other in a raw setting. Things heat up at the three minute mark with Coverdale urging the sound man to 'tape it, tape it' fully realising the magic unfolding as Bolin burns through an epic solo, a reminder of a time when great bands could go in all sorts of directions and still be in synch with each other. Paice really feeds off Bolin, easily at the peak of his considerable drumming skills. 'The Orange Juice Song' is three minutes of nothing, eclipsed by the thirteen minute jam 'I Got Nothing For You' where you sense the band members feeling each other out, quiet one moment, roaring the next, particularly at the six minute point, with hard rock of the best calibre, Bolin showing he had the Blackmore metal technique. 'Statesboro Blues' is an ordinary blues jam, with Bolin getting in some standard blues licks, and Coverdale adapting his vocal to the same style with ease. The highlight of the CD follows, the eleven minute 'Dance To The Rock And Roll', where all concerned blaze in a manner that leaves me speechless everytime I listen! The total abandon at the four-minute mark is a blur, which could be mistaken for The Who live 1964-78. Unequalled. Two embryonic versions of 'Drifter' are catalogued, none as effective as the final album version naturally. The title for the CD comes from this as Coverdale sings 'days may come and days may go' during the intro, something that never made it to the final copy. One final jam rounds it off, 'The Last Of The Long Jams', actually shorter than the other ones. This is exactly what it sounds like, one long piece with Bolin going for broke again, making one realise what a talent was lost just a little over a year later.

In Summary
For some years now I have thought Mk 4 Purple to be the best version in their history, surpassing the glory years of Mk 2 and 3 with 'Come Taste The Band' their finest hour. It's simply because they played unrestrained hard rock, unlike the Blackmore years, which as good as they were, were bogged down in tedium too often, particularly in a live setting where things never evolved, the same stale set list never changing. At least with Bolin they had the chance to experiment and at the onset they did, which is why 'Days May Come' is an advert for spontaneous and remarkably untamed rock. Better still, you can feel the bands growing acceptance of the fire Bolin is emitting from his Fender. This is music that makes you react, actually get up and move, unlike so much of what we hear today. Even though Mk 4 fell apart so soon, the lasting impression left here and on their lone studio album is enough to suggest this was one of hard rocks all time definitive lineups.

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#1 | Jokerdean on March 16 2006 16:45:16
This would be great to find...Tommy Bolin is SO under-rated as a guitar player! I've gotta find this one!Shock
#2 | eirrom on January 28 2010 16:29:36
I might be the exception but these "digging out old archive material" releases seem so lame and just a money grab for the record label.
#3 | dangerzone on January 28 2010 18:34:31
I think this was far from a money grab. I would say that however about the 500 or so live Purple releases of the last decade that are all identical to one another. This was actually worth it.
#4 | Eric on January 28 2010 20:27:05
Tommy Bolin's still a star in Iowa. The 'Iowa Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame' has a whole section in the building devoted just to him.
#5 | englandashes on January 30 2010 16:33:01
I never really fully appreciated Tommy, but recently picked up volume 1 of 'Whips and Roses', excellent version of 'Teaser' and it's a very good collection of tunes, and really goes to show what a great guitarist he was.

I do enjoy 'Days May Come', it gives a great insight to the workings of the band and what goes on in a studio, it really is like a documentary. The re-issue in 2008 has an extra disc with 5 extra tracks.

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