Come Taste the Band

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Come Taste the Band
Studio album by
Released10 October 1975
Recorded3 August – 1 September 1975
StudioMusicland Studios, Munich, Germany
GenreHard rock, funk rock
ProducerMartin Birch & Deep Purple
Deep Purple chronology
Come Taste the Band
Perfect Strangers
Singles from Come Taste the Band
  1. "You Keep On Moving"
    Released: 1975 (Europe only)
  2. "Gettin' Tighter" / "Love Child"
    Released: 1976 (US only)

Come Taste The Band is the tenth studio album by the English rock band Deep Purple, originally released in October 1975. It was co-produced and engineered by the band and longtime associate Martin Birch. It was the final Deep Purple studio record prior to the band's initial disbandment in 1976, therefore making it the only album to feature Tommy Bolin, who replaced Ritchie Blackmore on guitar, and the final of three albums to feature David Coverdale on lead vocals and Glenn Hughes on bass, as none of the three would be involved with the reactivated Deep Purple in 1984. It is also the only studio album to involve neither Blackmore nor vocalist Ian Gillan, as every prior and subsequent album features at least one of the two.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
BBC Music(mixed)[2]
Rolling Stone(favourable)[4]
Sputnikmusic3.5/5 stars[5]

The album sold reasonably well upon release (#19 in the UK charts,[6] and #43 in the US[7]). The album was certified Silver on 1 November 1975 by the BPI, selling 60,000 copies in the UK.[8]

In recent years the album has received some critical reassessment "on its own merits", in part due to Bolin's contributions to the album.[9][10] Gillan (who left the band just over two years prior), on the other hand, has stated that he does not view the album as a real Deep Purple album.[11] Lord praised the quality of the album years later in interviews, stating that "listening to it now, it's a surprisingly good album," while acknowledging, "the worst thing you can say about it is that, in most people's opinion, it's not a Deep Purple album."[12]

Released on 25 October 2010, the 2-CD Deluxe 35th Anniversary edition includes the original album in remastered form plus a rare US single edit of "You Keep On Moving" on the first disc, and a full album remix and two unissued tracks on the second disc: "Same in LA" a three-minute out-take from the final release in 1975, and "Bolin/Paice Jam" a five-minute instrumental jam with Bolin and Ian Paice.[13]

After tours for this album concluded in March 1976, Deep Purple broke up for eight years. Tommy Bolin formed his own band that toured in support of Peter Frampton and Jeff Beck, but it was short-lived as he died of multiple drug intoxication in December, 1976. Morphine, cocaine, lidocaine and alcohol were all found in his system.[14]

Track listings[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead VocalsLength
1."Comin' Home"Tommy Bolin, David Coverdale, Ian PaiceCoverdale3:55
2."Lady Luck"Jeff Cook, CoverdaleCoverdale2:48
3."Gettin' Tighter"Bolin, Glenn HughesHughes3:37
4."Dealer"Bolin, CoverdaleCoverdale, Bolin3:50
5."I Need Love"Bolin, CoverdaleCoverdale4:23
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead VocalsLength
6."Drifter"Bolin, CoverdaleCoverdale4:02
7."Love Child"Bolin, CoverdaleCoverdale3:08
8."This Time Around / Owed to 'G'"Hughes, Jon Lord / BolinHughes / Instrumental6:10
9."You Keep On Moving"Coverdale, HughesCoverdale, Hughes5:19

35th Anniversary Edition[edit]

Disc One: Original Album Remastered
1."Comin' Home"3:54
2."Lady Luck"2:48
3."Gettin' Tighter"3:36
5."I Need Love"4:24
7."Love Child"3:07
8."This Time Around / Owed to 'G'"6:13
9."You Keep On Moving"5:22
10."You Keep On Moving (Single edit)" (bonus track)4:32
Disc Two: 2010 Album Remixes
1."Comin' Home" 4:08
2."Lady Luck" 2:46
3."Gettin' Tighter" 4:23
4."Dealer" 3:55
5."I Need Love" 5:16
6."You Keep On Moving" 5:18
7."Love Child" 3:05
8."This Time Around" 3:24
9."Owed to 'G'" 2:56
10."Drifter" 3:59
11."Same in LA" (previously unreleased)Coverdale, Hughes, Paice, Lord3:19
12."Bolin/Paice Jam" (previously unreleased)Bolin, Paice5:47
Total length:90:30


Deep Purple
  • Produced by Martin "The Wasp" Birch and Deep Purple
  • Engineered by Martin Birch
  • Final mix by Martin Birch and Ian Paice
  • Cover photography by Peter Williams
  • Remastered by Dave Schultz and Bill Inglot at Digiprep, Los Angeles
  • 2010 remix by Kevin Shirley at The Cave, Malibu, California
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig


Year Chart Position
1975 Norwegian Albums Chart[15] 6
New Zealand Albums Chart[16] 6
Italian Albums Chart[17] 7
Japanese Albums Chart[18] 14
Swedish Albums Chart[19] 16
Danish Albums Chart[20] 18
UK Albums Chart[6] 19
German Albums Chart[21] 29
1976 Dutch MegaCharts[22] 12
The Billboard 200 (USA)[7] 43


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Czech[23] Gold 50,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Silver 60,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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