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. His partners in crime where initially guitarist John McLaughlin (who turned down Davis' offer to join his group since he felt he will be rather able to play his own compositions with Williams) and Hammond-innovator Larry Young, with ex-Cream bass player Jack Bruce joining them 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") + 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 most listeners at the time far beyond anything that was acceptable. Loads of distortion, psychopathic lyrics and erratic drumming were the trademarks of this remarkable project. Once Lifetime opened a concert for The Who and were almost beaten off the stage by the bewildered crowd.
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The Tony Williams Lifetime Discography Tracks

Albums

The Tony Williams Lifetime - Emergency! album art The Tony Williams Lifetime Emergency! (Album, Comp) Polydor US 1969 Sell This Version
The Tony Williams Lifetime - Emergency! Volume Two album art The Tony Williams Lifetime Emergency! Volume Two (Album) Polydor US 1969 Sell This Version
The Tony Williams Lifetime - Emergency! Volume One album art The Tony Williams Lifetime Emergency! Volume One (Album) Polydor US 1969 Sell This Version
The Tony Williams Lifetime - (Turn It Over) album art The Tony Williams Lifetime (Turn It Over) (Album) Polydor France 1970 Sell This Version
The Tony Williams Lifetime - Ego album art The Tony Williams Lifetime = トニー・ウィリアムス・ライフタイム* Ego (Album) Polydor, Polydor Japan 1971 Sell This Version
CF 4065 The Tony Williams Lifetime Ego(Cass) Polydor CF 4065 US 1971 Sell This Version
The Tony Williams Lifetime - The Old Bum's Rush album art The Tony Williams Lifetime The Old Bum's Rush (Album) Polydor, Polydor 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

The Tony Williams Lifetime - In Retrospect album art John McLaughlin Featuring Lifetime* John McLaughlin Featuring Lifetime* - In Retrospect (Comp) Polydor Germany 1974 Sell This Version
The Tony Williams Lifetime - Lifetime album art Lifetime* Lifetime (Comp) Polydor France 1975 Sell This Version
The Tony Williams Lifetime - Spectrum: The Anthology album art The Tony Williams Lifetime Spectrum: The Anthology (Comp) Verve Records UK 1997 Sell This Version

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Old_Leaky

Old_Leaky

December 6, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
"One Word c/w Two Worlds" was also released as a single in the UK on Polydor 2066-050 but under the name Lifetime as opposed to The Tony Williams Lifetime (shouldn't these "Lifetime (3)" entries be reconciled within the main listing?). NB Unlike the version found on the "Ego" album the single mix (mono?) of "Two Worlds" unmistakably features McLaughlin, while his heavy contribution appears to have been expunged from the album version (on which he is not credited). PolyGram missed a trick in not adding the single version of "Two Worlds" to the CD release of "Turn It Over", but for perhaps obvious contractual reasons? Meanwhile, Lifetime/McLaughlin completists should track down this rare single. Now, where did I put my copy...?
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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