And there's no problem with that because even though drums are the highlight of the album, there's still plenty of time to appreciate the other players, such as Tommy Bolin soon to join Deep Purple on guitar and Jan Hammer on keys.
The production on the album is strong throughout and there are no weak performances. The only reason that I'm tempted to give this a 4 star review as opposed to declaring it a fusion masterpiece is due to the fact that the album was recorded very spontaneously in only 2 days and as a result a lot of the compositions don't seem fleshed out.
The shorter tracks, especially the drum solos, tend not to move the listener nearly as much as the longer pieces, such as "Stratus" and "Red Baron". While not being "perfect", "Spectrum is still a jazz fusion album that anyone can get into and that I would highly, highly recommend for drummers to listen to. It was playing with Miles where BILLY met another up and coming jazz-fusionist, John McLaughlin and the two would continue on to start one of the early 70s most revered bands in the form of the Mahavishnu Orchestra which took jazz, rock and ethnic fusion into the stratosphere and in the process created one of the most successful progressive bands of the entire era.
The band played extensive gigs and released three albums but none of the members were really interested in the glory of rock star superstardom and the pressures and fatigue set in and the band fell apart.
Fresh from the exhaustive journey with the Mahavishnus, BILLY COBHAM wasted no time working on his own material for his solo album and after recruiting a handful of talented musicians to accompany him on his new endeavors. The album consists of six tracks of which three have subparts used as intros. The album is basically a mix of two lineups with COBHAM leading the way behind his massive drum kits along with keyboardist Jan Hammer following his footsteps fresh from the Mahavishnus himself.
The rest of the musicians were technically sessions musicians with guitarist and future Deep Purple member Tommy Bolin and bassist Lee Sklar playing on four tracks "Quadrant 4", "Taurian Matador", "Stratus" and "Red Baron' and saxist, flautist Joe Farrell, flugelhorn player and trumpets Jimmy Owens, guitarist John Tropea, acoustic bassist Ron Carter and conga player Ray Barretto playing on the other two tracks "Spectrum" and "Le Lis.
The album is electrified from the very beginning as 'Quadrant 4' opens with an eruption of percussive beats and a ripping guitar solo that continues to build up steam until the bass and keys join into generate a top notch funkified jazz-fusion sound that marries the jazz-fusion sensibilities of Miles Davis with a fiery brand of heavy rock in the vein of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and many other popular bands of the era.
Once again opening with a strong drumming solo performance the track bursts into the guitar free zone with the emphasis firmly placed on the Moog synthesizer, flute and ever present groovy bass.
The track takes on some Mahavishnu characteristic with demanding time signature changes and keyboard tradeoffs along with some sizzling sax workouts along with a tremendously tempestuous trumpet performance. Not only does he display a cool as a cucumber approach of restraint and a healthy mix of both allowing the other musicians to have their moments as well as letting loose himself but he also showcased his abilities as a composer that nurtured six super strong tracks into fruition.
It struck me instantly as a 4 star album for its brilliant performances but only after several listens did the subtle start to seep into my consciousness. SPECTRUM may not be a free for all display of virtuosic wankery that defined the Mahavishnu Orchestra and it may not carry the same abstract detachment and musical construct of the more surreal moments of Miles Davis but rather it took elements from both and crafted a more accessible funk fueled visionary approach that would be made popular by fellow jazz artists like Herbie Hancock.
In other words, this is a flawless and totally fun album. The most influential fusion drummer's album and a great but very ambitions start for any drummer. Incredible drumming versatility and ferocity, muscular bass, fantastic guitar solo and a decent keyboard accompaniment by the keyboard start Jan Hammer. The first song is a hymn to the rock'n'roll f TN;DL One of the recent and, probably, still on-going discussions here on the Forum has been about "shredding vs. Faithful to the elated s What a launch pad for Billy Cobham's solo career.
This energetic and hugely enjoyable fusion cornerstone opens with the tearing guitar of a young Tommy Bolin and the propulsive thrust of Billy's kit. When 'Quadrant 4' finishes with a cymbal crash the natural response is 'Whew! There are some drum I don't like when an instrumentalist is taking the control and plays by himself so evid Billy Cobham's Spectrum is a true fusion masterpiece.
Phenomenal drummer Billy Cobham creates an amazing jazz funk fusion album that any fan of Fusion or jazz lover should own. Every track is not to overlooked, some of my favorite tracks are Taurian Matador, this song has a latin feel to it, and m I came across this album last year and went to review it on PA only to find no Cobham Unlike the other members Went to the specialized JAZZ store around the corner. Guess what.. Spectrum on stock.. Since than I have played stratus the best track many times.
Not that th The album opens with the best drumming track on the album, the groundbreaking "Quadrant 4".
With it's near impossible drum rhythm and sensational stamina, whether you're a I am very happy to see Mr. Cobham here on the Progarchives, he certainly deserves to be, even if it were to be based purely on Spectrum alone. You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker.
Spectrum is a rockin' fusion record that obviously showcases the talent of the great drummer. While the performance value is there, I can't say that there is anything especially memorable about the album.
There aren't any stellar riffs or melodies to suppliment the soloing. Spectrum received positive reviews from contemporary critics. However, Robert Christgau offered a dissenting review for Creem magazine, calling Cobham "Mahavishnu's muscle-headed muscle man" and saying, "Despite a few tough minutes this is basically slick, gimmicky, one-dimensional—in a word, undemanding. All of which may make him a star. All songs written and composed by Billy Cobham. Though tracks 2, 3, 5, and 6 are designated as medleys, all of the component songs have clean breaks between them.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Billy Cobham. Retrieved And I listened to them and they are identical. I would be very interested to hear if anyone can come up with a different CD mastering but my bet would be that there is only the one.
The HDtracks is taken from the DVD-A but I feel it is badly done and possibly taken from the surround layer because it introduces a weird and unnatural echo effect on the lead instruments and also messes up the channel separation. It's a pity because the mastering itself sounds excellent. I would really, really like to know if the stereo mix on the DVD-A has this weird echo effect on the lead instruments. It's very obvious right from the moment the album starts - as soon as the lead instrument kicks in, every sound it makes is echoed in the other channel.
Location: Oslo, Norway. I have the Zal Schreiber mastered CD. The sound is really poor. No-noised to death and bad EQ. Last edited: Oct 25, Snap at Last edited: Oct 27, All the seams are split, the panels are moldy, major writing all over, etc. The only time we'll list a record with a cover in this shape is if it's rare or the record is in great shape.
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The absolute apex of Tommy's adventurousness is found on Billy Cobham's debut album, Spectrum. Possibly the best Cobham's solo album ever, this release is one of important moments from jazz fusion golden age. With it's near impossible drum rhythm and sensational stamina, whether you're a Bob MStratus Part 1 - Billy Cobham - Spectrum (Vinyl, Oct 27, Show Ignored Content. Nevertheless, no matter how you feel about drum solos, Cobham is shining harder than the sun Album) the whole album, extending his craft beyond reason, playing with two sticks Album) hands on most tracks. Influenced by the music of Miles Davis he combines elements from the jazz with rock and psychedelia. Bolin had recently joined rock band James Gangand recorded his first album with that band just two months prior to the Spectrum sessions.
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