Peter Frampton and Aerosmith's Brad Whitford are part of an impressive cast of musicians featured on Great Gypsy Soul, an album paying tribute to late Deep Purple guitarist Tommy Bolin that's scheduled for a March 23 release. The project was put together by Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes and veteran producer Greg Hampton, and features the guest artists -- which also include Derek Trucks, Deep Purple's Steve Morse, ex-Purple bassist/singer Glenn Hughes and Toto's Steve Lukather -- performing alongside vocal and guitar outtakes from Bolin's 1975 solo effort, Teaser.
Great Gypsy Soul will be available as a single CD and as a deluxe two-CD set with extra tracks. A series of concerts are being planned to celebrate the album's release.
Bolin was a guitar prodigy who was a member of Deep Purple in 1975 and '76. He also recording a couple of acclaimed solo albums and served as Joe Walsh's replacement in The James Gang in 1973 and '74. He died of a drug overdose in December 1976 at the age of 25.
"Many of the guests added after the fact have a close personal connection to Tommy -- all share in acknowledging his place in rock history," Haynes said in a statement. "Watching [and hearing] it all come to fruition some 35 years later was a journey of its own -- well worth the travel."
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