1971 album. BGO.
Emerging from Boulder, Colorado in 1969, Hard Rock / Blues outfit Zephyr remain best known today for having a young hotshot guitarist Tommy Bolin in their ranks. Bolin later went on to join Deep Purple for their final album and tour in 1975/76. After Bolin’s premature death in December 1976, fans went on the hunt for any record he played on and the first two albums by Zephyr - the first records he appeared on - pushed the band into the annals of rock history.
‘Going Back To Colorado’ was the groups second album from 1971. It was recorded in Jimi Hendrix’s studio Electric Lady with Eddie Kramer, Hendrix’s producer. They hadn’t finished the record when Jimi died sending the production of the album onto the back burner. The band claimed the album wasn’t finished when Warner Brothers released the album. However, the record is a great blast of early 1970s rock and had the addition of the vocals of Candy Givens - female vocals in a hard rock setting was still a novelty in those days and comparisons were drawn with the likes of Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane.
Bolin left shortly after this album and became a session musician before joining James Gang in 1973. Zephyr stumbled on for one more album before disbanding in 1972.