Whips and Roses is a collection of previously unreleased material from the 1975 rock album Teaser by Tommy Bolin. It features newly discovered takes from songs found on Teaser as well as several instrumental jams heard for the first time on this album.
Several songs on Whips and Roses
were originally released on the album Teaser
. These version are remixed from alternate takes remaining from the Teaser sessions. Many of these new versions feature extended arrangements and radically alternate guitar solos from the original album.
- Wild Dogs
- Savannah Woman
- Marching Powder
Though not originally featured on Teaser, the song "Crazed Fandango" was recorded for the album but was not released until the 1996 compilation From the Archives, Vol. 1. A new version of this song, simply titled "Fandango" also appears on Whips and Roses.
In addition to alternate versions of previously released songs, Whips and Roses
features two never before heard instrumental jams from the same sessions. Both of which feature Bolin's unique style of blending many genres of music into one cohesive performance. "Cookoo" features elements of the Teaser
instrumental "Homeward Strut" and "Flyin' Fingers" contains a segment of "Cucumber Slumber" from the Weather Report
album Mysterious Traveller
The final two tracks of Whips and Roses
are live tracks of historic significance to Bolin's career. "Just Don't Fall Down", is in fact a song from Bolin's 1972 band Energy called "Hoka Hey". The album's final track, "Blowin' Your Cookies" is a jam that took place on December 2, 1976 less than two days before Bolin would die of a drug overdose. The remaining musicians from this jam were the band of a Miami hotel club called the Seven Seas Lounge.
- Teaser – 4:48
- Fandango – 6:13
- Wild Dogs – 8:31
- Cookoo – 4:55
- Savannah Woman – 3:46
- Marching Powder – 5:49
- Flyin' Fingers – 15:56
- Dreamer – 5:23
- Just Don't Fall Down – 10:43
- Blowin' Your Cookies – 12:09