Sunday, March 18, 2012

Billy Cobham

Billy Cobham - Spectrum
Atlantic SD 7268 (1973) - US LP
Atlantic Masters 812273 174-2 (2005) - Europe CD reissue with 1 bonus track

Side One

1 - Quadrant 4*
2a - Searching For The Right Door*
2b - Spectrum
3a - Anxiety*
3b - Taurian Matador*

Side Two

4 - Stratus*
5a - To The Women In My Life*
5b - Le Lis
6a - Snoopy’s Search*
6b - Red Baron*

CD reissue bonus track

7 - All 4 One* - out-take

Notes: 1) “Spectrum” is master drummer Billy Cobham's first solo album. It was released in 1973 while Cobham was still a member of Mahavishnu Orchestra along with co-founder John McLaughlin. 2) Above picture and following credits were taken from the 1973 US vinyl pressing. This release originally came in a gatefold sleeve. 3) Album has been reissued on cd various times. 4) Some remastered CD re-releases of “Spectrum” include bonus track “All 4 One”. Lee has explained that this track is a warm-up jam originally intended for engineer Ken Scott to get the right recording sounds. The line-up in “All 4 One” is Cobham, Lee, Tommy Bolin and Jan Hammer, all playing same instruments as on “Stratus”. 5) “Spectrum” has also been released as a DVD-audio outing. At least for the EU release that specific issue would not include bonus track “All 4 One”. 6) According to web sources, some CD releases of “Spectrum” seem to come with recording dates. This is not true for the original vinyl release the following credits were taken from. 7) According to web sources, bonus track “All 4 One” was included in the 2-disc CD anthology “Rudiments”.

Billy Cobham - Percussion (1, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7)
Lee Sklar - Fender Bass (1, 2a, 3a, 3b, 4, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7)*
Ron Carter - Acoustic Bass (2b, 5b)
Tommy Bolin - Guitar (1, 2a, 3a, 3b, 4, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7)
John Tropea - Guitar (5b)
Jan Hammer - Electric Piano (1, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7),
Acoustic Piano (1, 2a, 3a, 3b, 4, 5a, 6a, 7), Moog Synthesizer (1, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7)
Joe Farrell - Flute (2b), Soprano Sax (2b), Alto Sax (5b)
Jimmy Owens - Flugelhorn (2b, 5b), Trumpet (5b)
Ray Barreto - Congas (2b, 5b)

Produced by William E. Cobham Jr. for Bilham Cobly Productions, Inc.

Ken Scott - Recording Engineer, Re-mix Engineer, “All Around Objective Ear”

Recording Studio:
Electric Lady Studios, New York, N.Y.

Re-Mixing Studio:
Trident Studios, London, England

Jeff Snider - Cover Painting
Armen Katchaturian - Backliner Photo
Urve Kuusik - Inside Liner Photo
Stanislaw Zagorski - Album Design

“There is no acoustic piano on “Red Baron”.”.

“Moog synthesizer drum, Moog sample and hold devices were used on drum solos on “Stratus” and “Snoopy’s Search.”.

“What is life but a Spectrum and what is music but life itself. // Billy Cobham Jr.”.

Billy Cobham (as William E. Cobham Jr.)

“Spectrum” - US LP - crop of inside liner photo

“Spectrum” - US LP - back sleeve

source/pics: my records
CD catalog #: the web

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