The Tony Williams Lifetime ‎– Emergency!

Polydor ‎– 25-3001
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Emergency
Written-By – Tony Williams*
A2 Beyond Games
Written-By – Tony Williams*
B1 Where
Written-By – A. Hall (2)
B2 Vashkar
Written-By – Carla Bley
C1 Via The Spectrum Road
Written-By – A. Hall (2), Tony Williams*
C2 Spectrum
Written-By – A. Hall (2)
D1 Sangria For Three
Written-By – Tony Williams*
D2 Something Spiritual
Written-By – Dave Herman

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Recorded at Olmstead Sound Studios, New York City, May 26 & 28, 1969.

Sides A & D are pressed on one record, B & C on the other.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix, Side A): POLP-80009
  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix, Side B): POLP-80010
  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix, Side C): POLP-80011
  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix, Side D): POLP-80012
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A): POLP 80009 SS LH
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B): POLP 80010 SS LH
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side C): POLP 80011 SS LH
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side D): POLP 80012 SS LH

Other Versions (5 of 19) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
UCCU-6080 The Tony Williams Lifetime Emergency!(CD, Ltd, RE, RM, SHM) Polydor UCCU-6080 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
25-3001 The Tony Williams Lifetime Emergency!(2xLP, Album, Promo) Polydor 25-3001 US 1969 Sell This Version
ECLEC 2256 The Tony Williams Lifetime Emergency!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2256 UK & Europe 2011 Sell This Version
314 539 117-2 The Tony Williams Lifetime Emergency!(CD, Album, Comp, RE, RM, UML) Verve Records 314 539 117-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
5184394 The Tony Williams Lifetime Emergency!(CD, Album, Club, RE, RM) Verve Records 5184394 US 1997 Sell This Version


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March 14, 2018

It took me awhile to understand and enjoy this one, and I know now that there are dead stretches in some of the improvisations, but the sum of the eight tracks is a great album. Notes of rock, jazz and underlying noise (guitar feedback, contrarhythmic drumming, the swells of organ bass) come together to form a music that Miles Davis attempted to emulate until he discovered the power of riffs and grooves. Here Tony Williams channels primal sound. Tony says the Beatles were his one of his inspirations for a "rock"-oriented sound; I don't think this is anything like them, but if the Beatles are partly responsible for "Emergency!" then maybe I should listen to their stuff more often.


June 17, 2017
I can't work out how to do it, but please would someone correct the last track from "Something Special" to "Something Spiritual". Thanks.