The Tony Williams Lifetime

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Tony Williams formed Lifetime after leaving the Miles Davis Group in 1969, around the time In A Silent Way was finished. Other group members during its formation was guitarist John McLaughlin (who turned down Davis' offer to join his group since he felt he would more likely be able to play his own compositions with Williams) and Hammond organ innovator Larry Young, with ex-Cream bass player Jack Bruce joining in 1970.

Lifetime lasted just two years. McLaughlin left the group in 1970 in order to pursue his own career, and after Ego the group fell apart completely. The original formation recorded two albums (Emergency! and (Turn It Over)) and a single called One Word - a McLaughlin composition that was also included to huge success in his second Mahavishnu Orchestra album.

Lifetime's sound was on the very cutting edge of fusion for many listeners. Loads of distortion, unconventional lyrics and erratic drumming were the trademarks of this remarkable project.
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Albums

24-4018 The Tony Williams Lifetime - Emergency! Volume Two album art The Tony Williams Lifetime Emergency! Volume Two (Album) Polydor 24-4018 US 1969 Sell This Version
543.126/127 The Tony Williams Lifetime - Emergency! album art The Tony Williams Lifetime Emergency! (Album, Comp) Polydor 543.126/127 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
24-4017 The Tony Williams Lifetime - Emergency! Volume One album art The Tony Williams Lifetime Emergency! Volume One (Album) Polydor 24-4017 US 1969 Sell This Version
2425 019 The Tony Williams Lifetime - (Turn It Over) album art The Tony Williams Lifetime (Turn It Over) (Album) Polydor 2425 019 France 1970 Sell This Version
24-4065, 2425070 The Tony Williams Lifetime - Ego album art The Tony Williams Lifetime Ego (Album) Polydor, Polydor 24-4065, 2425070 France 1971 Sell This Version
2391 052 The Tony Williams Lifetime - The Old Bum's Rush album art The Tony Williams Lifetime The Old Bum's Rush (Album) Polydor 2391 052 Germany 1972 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

2066-050 The Tony Williams Lifetime - One Word album art Lifetime* One Word(7", Single) Polydor 2066-050 UK 1970 Sell This Version
ML 002 The Tony Williams Lifetime - A Preview Of The New Tony Williams Lifetime LP Turn It Over 24-4021 album art The Tony Williams Lifetime A Preview Of The New Tony Williams Lifetime LP Turn It Over 24-4021(7", EP, Promo) Polydor ML 002 US 1970 Sell This Version

Compilations

2675 091, 2488 164, 2488 165 The Tony Williams Lifetime - In Retrospect album art John McLaughlin Featuring Lifetime* John McLaughlin Featuring Lifetime* - In Retrospect (Comp) Polydor 2675 091, 2488 164, 2488 165 France 1974 Sell This Version
2482 179 The Tony Williams Lifetime - Lifetime album art Lifetime* Lifetime (Comp) Polydor 2482 179 UK 1975 Sell This Version
537 075-2 The Tony Williams Lifetime - Spectrum: The Anthology album art The Tony Williams Lifetime Spectrum: The Anthology (Comp) Verve Records 537 075-2 UK 1997 Sell This Version

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Saltimbanco

Saltimbanco

September 9, 2016
There is also a compilation released by Polydor in the UK, catalogue number 2482179. i see a for sale ad giving the date as 1981 but I had an identical verson long before that. Tracks
Side One:
1. One Word
2. A Famous Blues
3. Vashkar
4. Emergency

Side Two:
5. Two Worlds
6. Spectrum
7. Big Nick
8. Vuelta Abajo

Pretty sure One Word was released as single in the UK as well.

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