07 February, 2012

Tony Williams Lifetime - Turn It Over (1970)

Tony Williams Lifetime - Turn It Over  (1970)
jazz, jazz-rock | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-cover | 255MB
Verve/Polygram 1997
The better of the two albums the Tony Williams Lifetime recorded in 1970, Turn It Over, is a far more focused and powerful album than the loose, experimental Ego, and one of the more intense pieces of early jazz-rock fusion around. In parts, it's like Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys with much better chops. It's more rock-oriented and darker-hued than their debut, 1969's Emergency!, and the temporary addition of ex-Cream member Jack Bruce on bass and vocals alongside stalwart guitarist John McLaughlin makes this something of a milestone of British progressive jazz. The album's primary flaw is that unlike the expansive double album Emergency!, these ten songs are tightly constricted into pop-song forms -- only a swinging cover of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Once I Loved" breaks the five-minute mark, and then only barely -- which reins in these marvelous soloists too much. This is particularly frustrating since pieces like the two-part "To Whom It May Concern" feature some outstanding solos (especially from McLaughlin and organist Larry Young, the group's secret weapon) that are frustratingly, tantalizingly short. Expanded to a double album, Turn It Over would probably surpass Emergency! as a pioneering jazz-rock fusion release; as it is, it's an exciting but mildly maddening session.

-01. "To Whom It May Concern - Them" - 4:20
-02. "To Whom It May Concern - Us" - 2:55
-03. "This Night This Song" - 3:44
-04. "Big Nick" - 2:43
-05. "Right On" - 1:49
-06. "Once I Loved" - 5:08
-07. "Vuelta Abajo" - 4:57
-08. "A Famous Blues" - 4:10
-09. "Allah Be Praised" - 4:36
-10. "One Word" - 3:45
total time 38:35

* Tony Williams, drums, vocals
* John McLaughlin, guitars, vocals
* Larry Young, organ
* Jack Bruce, bass, vocals


durmoll said...

Storm in America. The big filehosts (primarily USA) is deleted the files on their servers, suspend, ban accounts, etc.
Uploading.com working, but with a limited functionality.
log & linx:
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Anonymous said...

thanks - steve.

duke! said...

I'm in the USA - none of the hosts are allowing downloads here. Oh, well - thanks anyway...

Unknown said...

Well, Freakshare is working in the USA (for me at least). However, I'm reluctant to buy a premium account since I had renewed my Uploaded and Turbobit accounts just days before they cut off the USA. I'm being patient, hoping that blogs as good this one can ride out the storm. I'm grateful that this blog is hanging in there. Thanks!


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