Coming to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with trumpeter Miles Davis and then with Mahavishnu Orchestra, Cobham is, in the words of critic Steve Huey, "generally acclaimed as fusion's greatest drummer," and "one of the best [drummers] in the world" with an influential style that combines explosive power and exacting precision.
This 1987 compilation documenting his Atlantic period ably demonstrates what a hell of a musician Cobham is (and a great guy speaking from personal experience). Snoopy's Search/Red Baron from his mega-hit Spectrum LP alone warrants the price of admission.
1 Quadrant 4 4:30 2 Snoopy's Search / Red Baron 7:39 3 Spanish Moss 4:08 4 Moon Germs 4:55 5 Stratus 9:50 6 The Pleasant Pheasant 5:11 7 Solo / Panhandler 4:06 8 Do What Cha Wanna 4:35
notes Tracks 1,2 and 5 from Atlantic SD 7268 ''Spectrum'' LP. Tracks 3 and 6 from Atlantic 7300 ''Crosswinds'' LP. Track 4 from Atlantic 18121 ''Total Eclipse'' LP. Track 7 from Atlantic SD 18149 ''A Funky Thide Of Sings'' LP. Track 8 from Atlantic SD 18194 ''The Billy Cobham / George Duke Band Live'' LP.
The attitude of the gallant Six Hundred which so aroused Lord Tennyson's admiration arose from the fact that the least disposition to ask the reason why was discouraged by tricing the would-be inquirer to the triangle and flogging him into insensibility.
Advance to Barbarism
(Mitre Press, 1968).
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