Billy Cobham ‎– Spectrum

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There are many versions of this release, original US pressings from 1973 will have the '1841 Broadway' address in the label rim text, reissues from 1974-75 will have the '75 Rockefeller Plaza' address but no mention of 'Warner Communications', while reissues from post-1975 will include the 'Warner Communications' label rim text.

PR on label - Presswell pressing:
Release 2624697 - Reissue with '75 Rockefeller Plaza' address in label rim text, but no mention of 'Warner Communications'
Release 508046 - Reissue with 'Warner Communications' in label rim text

RI on label - PRC Recording Company, Richmond, IN pressing:
Release 8503967 - Original issue with '1841 Broadway' address in label rim text
Release 4546375 - Promo version with DJ-RI on labels, '1841 Broadway' address in label rim text, no 0598 price code
Release 4388849 - Reissue with '75 Rockefeller Plaza' address in label rim text, no 'Warner Communications'
Release 7173785 - Reissue with 'Warner Communications' in label rim text

SP on label - Specialty Records Corporation pressing:
Release 10886544 - Reissue with SRC logo in runout etchings, 'Warner Communications' in label rim text
Release 5136185 - Reissue with embossed 'E A S T' on center label, no SRC in runout, 'Warner Communications' in label rim text

MO on label - Monarch Record Mfg. Co. pressing:
Release 4894115 - DJ-MO on label, '75 Rockefeller Plaza' address in label rim text, no 'Warner Communications', no 0598 price code
Release 9707932 - Reissue, DJ-MO on labels, 'Warner Communications' in label rim text, no 0598 price code

Reissue Rhino Records (2)/Scorpio Music, Inc. versions in standard sleeve pressed by Rainbo Records (indicated by runout etchings), no price code 0598:
Release 3594474
Release 4312613 - SP on labels, first Broadway address mentioned, comes with barcode

Tracklist

Quadrant 4 4:18
Medley (6:33)
Searching For The Right Door
Spectrum
Medley (4:45)
Anxiety
Taurian Matador
Stratus 9:50
Medley (4:00)
To The Women In My Life
Le Lis
Medley (7:39)
Snoopy's Search
Red Baron

Versions (85)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SD 7268 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, Gat) Atlantic SD 7268 US 1973 Sell This Version
ATL TP-7268 Billy Cobham Spectrum(8-Trk, Album) Atlantic ATL TP-7268 US 1973 Sell This Version
ATL CS 7268, CS 7268 Billy Cobham Spectrum(Cass, Album) Atlantic, Atlantic ATL CS 7268, CS 7268 US 1973 Sell This Version
ATL CS-7268 0698, CS 7268 0698 Billy Cobham Spectrum(Cass, Album, Sli) Atlantic, Atlantic ATL CS-7268 0698, CS 7268 0698 US 1973 Sell This Version
SD 7268 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album) Atlantic SD 7268 USA & Canada 1973 Sell This Version
atlp-062 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album) ATCO Records atlp-062 Brazil 1973 Sell This Version
SD 7268 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album) Atlantic SD 7268 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
SD 7268 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album) Atlantic SD 7268 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
SD 7268 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, Club) Atlantic SD 7268 US 1973 Sell This Version
K 40506 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, Gat) Atlantic K 40506 Italy 1973 Sell This Version
K 40506 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, Gat) Atlantic K 40506 UK 1973 Sell This Version
SD 7268 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, Gat) Atlantic SD 7268 Australia 1973 Sell This Version
ATL 40 506 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, Gat) Atlantic ATL 40 506 Netherlands 1973 Sell This Version
SD 7268 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, Gat) Atlantic SD 7268 US 1973 Sell This Version
ATL 40 506, 40.506 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, Gat) Atlantic, Atlantic ATL 40 506, 40.506 France 1973 Sell This Version
ATL 40 506 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, Gat) Atlantic ATL 40 506 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
P-8384A Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, Gat) Atlantic P-8384A Japan 1973 Sell This Version
K40506, K 40506, SD 7268 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, Gat) Atlantic, Atlantic, Atlantic K40506, K 40506, SD 7268 UK 1973 Sell This Version
40 506 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, Gat) Atlantic 40 506 Greece 1973 Sell This Version
SD 7268 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, Gat) Atlantic SD 7268 US 1973 Sell This Version
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SD 7268 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, Promo) Atlantic SD 7268 US 1973 Sell This Version
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ATL 40 506 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, Promo, Gat) Atlantic ATL 40 506 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
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K440506 Billy Cobham Spectrum(Cass, Album) Atlantic K440506 UK 1974 Sell This Version
HATS 421-128 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album) Atlantic, Hispavox HATS 421-128 Spain 1974 Sell This Version
LB 40506 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album) Atlantic LB 40506 Spain 1974 Sell This Version
K 40506 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, Gat) Atlantic K 40506 UK 1974 Sell This Version
50-14.095 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, Gat) Atlantic 50-14.095 Argentina 1974 Sell This Version
K 40506 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, Gat) Atlantic K 40506 France 1974 Sell This Version
ATL 40 506 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, Gat) Atlantic ATL 40 506 France 1974 Sell This Version
MH-50-14095 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, Promo) Music Hall MH-50-14095 Argentina 1974 Sell This Version
SD 7268 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Atlantic SD 7268 US 1974 Sell This Version
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SD 7268 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, RE) Atlantic SD 7268 Chile 1977 Sell This Version
30.143 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Atlantic 30.143 Brazil 1980 Sell This Version
P-6460A Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, RE) Atlantic P-6460A Japan 1981 Sell This Version
40506 Billy Cobham Spectrum (LP, Album, RE) Atlantic 40506 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
7567-81428-2, 7567-81428-2 YG Billy Cobham Spectrum(CD, Album, RE, RM) Atlantic Jazz, Atlantic Jazz 7567-81428-2, 7567-81428-2 YG Europe 1992 Sell This Version
7567-81428-2, 7567-81428-2 YG Billy Cobham Spectrum(CD, Album, RM) Atlantic Jazz, Atlantic Jazz 7567-81428-2, 7567-81428-2 YG Europe 1992 Sell This Version
7567-81428-2, 7567-81428-2 YG Billy Cobham Spectrum(CD, Album, RM) Atlantic Jazz, Atlantic Jazz 7567-81428-2, 7567-81428-2 YG Argentina 1992 Sell This Version
7268-2 Billy Cobham Spectrum(CD, Album, RM) Atlantic 7268-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
7268-2 Billy Cobham Spectrum(CD, Album, RM) Atlantic 7268-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
AMCY-2856 Billy Cobham Spectrum(CD, Album, RM) Atlantic AMCY-2856 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
JPCD9807342 Billy Cobham Spectrum(CD, Album, Unofficial) Grammy JPCD9807342 Russia 1998 Sell This Version
R9-78408 Billy Cobham Spectrum(DVD-A, Album, RE, RM, Multichannel) Atlantic, Rhino Records (2) R9-78408 US 2001 Sell This Version
8122-78408-9 Billy Cobham Spectrum(DVD-A, D/Sided, Album, RE, RM, Multichannel, NTSC) Atlantic, Rhino Records (2) 8122-78408-9 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
8122-73519-2 Billy Cobham Spectrum(CD, Album, RE, RM) Atlantic, Warner Jazz, Warner Strategic Marketing 8122-73519-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
8122731742 Billy Cobham Spectrum(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Atlantic, Warner Jazz 8122731742 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
R2 73519 Billy Cobham Spectrum(CD, Album, RE) Rhino Records (2) R2 73519 US 2005 Sell This Version
WPCR-25057 Billy Cobham Spectrum(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Atlantic, Rhino Records (2) WPCR-25057 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
WPCR-75375 Billy Cobham Spectrum(CD, Album, RE, RM) Atlantic WPCR-75375 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
SD 7268 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, RE, 180) Atlantic SD 7268 US 2010 Sell This Version
WPCR-28038 Billy Cobham Spectrum(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Atlantic, Rhino Records (2), Warner Music WPCR-28038 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
WPCR-28038, 8122-79571-5 Billy Cobham Spectrum(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Atlantic, Atlantic WPCR-28038, 8122-79571-5 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
AFZ5 234 Billy Cobham Spectrum(SACD, Hybrid, Multichannel, Album, Quad, Ltd, Num,) Audio Fidelity (3) AFZ5 234 US 2016 Sell This Version
MOVLP2167 Billy Cobham Spectrum(LP, Album, RE, 180) Music On Vinyl, Atlantic MOVLP2167 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
8122796921-1 Billy Cobham Spectrum(CD, Album, Unofficial, Car) Atlantic (2) 8122796921-1 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
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REENO

REENO

August 15, 2018
referencing Spectrum, LP, Album, Gat, SD 7268
One of the best FUSION albums ever made in my opinion! has some uber-agressive moments, displayed by the entire band, but particularly Cobham & Hammer.
The mellower moments are just as powerful.
Of note: It's quite apparent that Alex Van Halen took a lot of inspiration for his double bass drum riff on "Hot for Teacher" straight from Cobham's "Quadrant 4".
Peer-Gynt

Peer-Gynt

October 12, 2017
referencing Spectrum, DVD-A, D/Sided, Album, RE, RM, Multichannel, NTSC, 8122-78408-9
The Advanced Stereo on this is 96kHz/24-bit and not 192kHz/24-bit as stated on the back cover.
KDSutherland

KDSutherland

April 25, 2017
referencing Spectrum, SACD, Hybrid, Multichannel, Album, Quad, Ltd, Num,, AFZ5 234
I can't believe you'd get better fidelity anywhere else. The imaging on the drums is superb, really shocking.
eabeledo

eabeledo

June 5, 2015
referencing Spectrum, LP, Album, RE, SD 7268
I bought my copy brand new and factory sealed. I was disappointed by the quality of this pressing. Not totally bad but not great either. Sounds compressed and with a narrow soundstage, as if it had been mastered from a CD. My copy has considerable surface noise between the tracks and on the quiet passages. I'll continue looking for a better version of this fantastic work.
john.goverts

john.goverts

April 17, 2015
referencing Spectrum, LP, Album, RE, Gat, SD 7268
My niece had bought it in a wave of spending, came home with it and we listened to it (I happened to be there at the time). She didn't like it, despite having listened to samples at the record shop. I offered to buy it off her. It was the very first album I owned. And still own. It has been and will be at the top of my favorites list. My introduction to jazz.
StephenSilvestri

StephenSilvestri

January 9, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Spectrum, LP, Album, RE, Gat, SD 7268
An album that got me into progressive jazz/funk in high school. The title track just rocks, with Ron Carter just laying down that relentless bass line and the incredibly exceptional Tommy Bolin who died way too early. i'm not a big fan of Cobham's later solo work but this ranks amongst my favorite of the genre and time period.
PROGLVR

PROGLVR

January 4, 2013
referencing Spectrum, LP, Album, RE, Gat, SD 7268
Spectrum always found it's way into our party mixes. We thought it was great music for dancing. The line up on this album was magical, from Joe Farrell to Jan Hammer and from Ron Carter to Ray Barretto. Still, Tommy Bolin and Billy really were in sync on this record. Tommy Bolin's teaser has been re-released as "Teaser Deluxe" and is a must have.
PaqLoud

PaqLoud

January 29, 2011
edited 6 months ago
referencing Spectrum, LP, Album, RE, Gat, SD 7268
"what is life but a Spectrum and what is music but life itself."
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dghkfhldfdhlfa

December 13, 2010
referencing Spectrum, CD, Album, RM, 7268-2
i stumbled upon this in a used shop, assuming that cobham wouldn't accept too much of a downgrade from mclaughlin but having almost no knowledge of tommy bolin. it didn't take long before i realized that this record has turned into a genuine fusion classic and deserves to be regarded as such.

at this stage - the late 2000s - the mahavishnu orchestra has achieved a legendary standing amongst musicians as one of the (if not THE) most talented musical collectives that has ever existed. yes, a lot of what they wrote is relatively fairly commercial in nature and they certainly achieved a great deal of success during their short existence. yet, in hindsight, that's really a bonus and not a drawback.

my father wasn't even born yet when davis hit the scene and he was in grade school when bitches brew was released. as such, i have absolutely no first hand attachment to the fusion era and no capacity to understand it as anything more than a historical movement; i am as detached from this music as i am from the work of debussy. growing up in an era where pop = music and anything outside of the pop spectrum is viewed as obscure, i've been conditioned to look for hooks and melodies. of course, i can and will transcend this conditioning but it's still there and the satisfaction of succumbing to it is still real.

so, when something allows me to satisfy both my longing for real music and my conditioning for a catchy tune, it dots all of the i's and crosses all of the t's.....it has reached the pinnacle. from that perspective, it should be quite clear why i instantly fell in love with early mahavishnu.

that being said, i grew up listening to, and even studying, a lot of instrumental zappa so that would be my ultimate reference point in regards to jazz fusion. it wasn't until my early 20s that i took the time to actually search out some mahavishnu. i need to assume that most young people that become interested in this record will be musicians and will become interested in it due to association with cobham, hammer, goodman and/or mclaughlin. from that perspective, the cobham/hammer pairing will provide the listener with a familiar backdrop as there are long passages here involving these two guys that would not be out of place on an early mahavishnu record.

i am attacking this from a guitarists' perspective, and i do admit that i do hear quite a bit of mclaughlin in here. however, mclaughlin was never as interested in the blues as bolin was. yes, bolin will descend upon his guitar like a swarm of bees attacking a flower patch. yes, he'll ape on hendrix by using all manners of wahs, envelope followers, rotating speaker cabinets and other (at the time) high-tech and far-out psychedelic effects. however, he'll also pull a clapton on your ass from time to time and just chill out with the groove. coming from the perspective of somebody that grew up in a reality where jimmy page permeates all guitar playing, it doesn't just seem natural that a guitar player will embrace both styles - it seems obligatory. yet, to inject the feel of the blues into the abstraction of fusion was a novel idea at the time and something that today's grandparents give bolin a ton of credit for establishing.

something unique to the era was the decision to mix individual players in separate speakers so that the listener would know who was who. again, that seems bizarre from the perspective of somebody that grew up in an era where a band is a cohesive whole, almost a collective, and not a collection of individual players. yet, if you search out old vinyls you'll actually see it advertised on the front sleeve "tommy bolin in the right channel, jan hammer in the left channel". as nobody does this anymore, the approach seems fresh and unique to my distant ears.

some copies of the disc have the record split up into 10 tracks, but that kills the concept. excluding the first and fourth tracks, each track has a short introduction that explores more abstract territory - expressive drum solos for 2 and 3, a piano sonata for 5 and a "futuristic" sequencer noodle for track 6. once these excursions are handled, the main part of the track follows the mahavishnu-in-chill-out-mode template, at times even branching out into mahavishnu-does-bossa-nova.

it should probably also be noted that this disc is a longtime favorite sample library for hip-hop producers.

this is something that anybody interested in fusion must listen to and will enjoy but if you're just beginning the process of looking into the era, i'd say you should start with the first mahavishnu disc.