Spectrum Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
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Top Customer Reviews
The openers to most of the tracks are right there too with some spine-tingling mood changes.
Let Spectrum lift you up into the clouds and bring you back with the gentleness of a feather.
Billy Cobham is simply brilliant, backing the whole thing up with his full range of abilities - drumming and composing.
Not only was this a great trip down memory lane, the sound and production was excellent - and the energy came through brilliantly.
It is hard to believe that Tommy Bolin here is the same guitarist that played with Deep Purple before his untimely death. The whole band is tight and inventive, and it sounds great.
It has to be one of the "must own" albums of the last 40 years, without this your collection or eduction is simply incomplete.
"Red Baron" still does it for me :-)
So,this is one great fusion album - unusually constant in the tune writing department:melody and thoughtful arrangement,not to say quirky and very much of its time, use of electronic effects, give this set its unique appeal as much as soloing power of the superstar personnel involved. 'Stratus' with its nagging bass riff is just one example of the quality of work here. But its not all thrash and flash, there are plenty of moody and attractive little funky pieces that give the album a welcome change of pace and atmosphere.Witness the rhapsodic 'To the Women in Life' and 'Le Lis' as proof of what I mean.Of course the playing is first rate, but as Tommy Bolin shows in his many solo's on the album , jazz -rock can involve feeling as well super speedy dispatching of scale after scale.But If you insist on looking for fusion madness, listen out for 'Quadrant 4, were the band, especially the hyperventilating keyboardist, Jan Hammer does his best to sound like an electric guitarist with his fast runs and note bending,go more then a little off the path of musical sanity.
A high recommended release then- excellent remastering, stylish packaging and informative sleevenotes make this a must-have for any lover of fusion.
The album explodes with "Quadrant": four minutes of storming double kick pedal from Billy Cobham and driving bass (from Lee Sklar), whilst Tommy Bolin and Jan Hammer trade solos and duet on guitar and moog, respectively. If you drive with this on, watch out for speed cameras!
"Spectrum" (title track) is a cooler jazzier number with flute and brass giving it a faintly Brazilian feel, with some nifty, subtle drumming from Cobham in the background. "Taurian Matador" gets back to the Moog sound from "Quadrant", but is a funkier groove.
Next up, "Stratus" is a true work of genius. Shift forward a few minutes in this piece and you have driving repetitive bass thundering along, again with Bolin and Hammer calling and responding with sheer beauty.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Billy Cobham's first solo album, and the best I've heard that he's ever done. Still part of the disintegrating Mahavishnu orchestra when he recorded it, Cobham carried forward the... Read morePublished on 23 July 2014 by Gareth Smyth
This album begins with a really exciting opening number which peaks when Cobham and Bolin get all their plates spinning. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2013 by O. george
I purchased the CD purely in my interest in Tommy Bolin's early work after a friends recommodation. Enjoyed a number of tracks but not into the whole project, NOT a criticism of... Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2011 by MTW
Bought it on Vinyl years back and it has a lasting presence and is astounding in its sharpness, musical genius etc. Buy it if you like jazz..you can't really describe music... Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2011 by tony