TOMMY BOLIN Audio/Visual Rarities Discovered

Greg Prato of Billboard.com is reporting that former DEEP PURPLE/JAMES GANG guitarist Tommy Bolin's younger brother, Johnnie, has been working closely with producer Greg Hampton on outtakes from the recording sessions of Bolin's lone two solo releases, 1975's "Teaser" and 1976's "Private Eyes", for future release.

"We've found a lot of outtakes from that era, and they're recorded really well — stuff that no one's ever heard," Johnnie tells Billboard.com. "A lot of the songs are from ['Teaser'] — it's a different take or something. Same song, same day probably, but they're outtakes. Some nights when they were all wacky, they just played all night."

The forthcoming releases are currently dubbed "Master Series One, Two, and Three", and will be mixed in DVD 5.1/surround sound and with bonus video footage. A sample track can be heard at RealBolin.com.

Bolin was one of the most versatile guitarists to emerge during the early '70s, but his career was cut short by a drug overdose after he had opened a show for JEFF BECK in Miami.

Read more at Billboard.com.

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