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Billy CobhamSpectrum

Label:Atlantic – SD 7268
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, PR - Presswell Pressing, Gatefold
Style:Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Jazz-Rock


A1Quadrant 44:30
Searching For The Right Door(6:33)
A2aSearching For The Right Door
Soloist [Uncredited], Drums [Uncredited]Billy Cobham
CongasRay Barretto
Acoustic BassRon Carter
FlugelhornJimmy Owens
Flute, Soprano SaxophoneJoe Farrell
Soloist [Uncredited], Drums [Uncredited]Billy Cobham
A3bTaurian Matador
To The Women In My Life(4:00)
B2aTo The Women In My Life
Soloist [Uncredited], Piano [Uncredited]Jan Hammer
B2bLe Lis
Alto SaxophoneJoe Farrell
CongasRay Barretto
Acoustic BassRon Carter
Flugelhorn, TrumpetJimmy Owens
GuitarJohn Tropea
Snoopy's Search(7:39)
B3aSnoopy's Search
Soloist [Uncredited], Synthesizer [Uncredited]Jan Hammer
B3bRed Baron

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Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, New York, N.Y.
Re-mixed at Trident Studios, London, England
Produced for Bilham Cobly Productions, Inc.
℗ © 1973 Atlantic Recording Corporation
Printed in U.S.A.

℗ 1973 Atlantic
Mfg by Atlantic Recording Corp., 75 Rockefeller Plaza, N.Y., N.Y. [W logo] A Warner Communications Company

Note: the personnel is credited globally, but preludes A2a, A3a, B2a and B3a are solo performances.

Similar US releases:
PR on label - Presswell pressing:
Release 2624697 - label rim text does not mention Warner Communications
RI on label - PRC pressing:
Release 8503967 - First - label rim text mentions first Broadway address, not later Rockefeller Plaza
Release 4388849 - label rim text does not mention Warner Communications
Release 7173785 - label rim text does mention Warner Communications
SP on label - Specialty Records pressing:
Release 10886544 - SRC in runout, Warner Communications in rim text
Release 5136185 - has embossed E A S T on centre label, no SRC in runout, Warner Communications in rim text
LY on label - Shelley pressing:
Release 4357224
MO on label - Monarch pressing:
Release 4894115 - DJ-MO on label, rim text does not mention Warner Communications, no 0598 price code
Release 9707932 - DJ-MO on label, rim text does mention Warner Communications, no 0598 price code
Reissue pressings in standard sleeve from Rainbo (indicated in runout only), no price code 0598:
Release 3594474
Release 4312613 - SP on labels, first Broadway address mentioned, comes with barcode

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label A): ST-A-732895 PR
  • Matrix / Runout (Label B): ST-A-732896 PR
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A): ST-A-732895-A AT PR
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B): ST-A-732896-C AT PR-P
  • Price Code (Spine): 0598
  • Pressing Plant ID (Labels): PR

Other Versions (5 of 112)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Recently Edited
Spectrum (LP, Album, Gatefold )AtlanticP-8384AJapan1973
New Submission
Spectrum (LP, Album, Promo, Gatefold Sleeve)AtlanticATL 40 506Germany1973
Recently Edited
Spectrum (LP, Album)AtlanticSD 7268Canada1973
Recently Edited
Spectrum (LP, Album, RI - Richmond Pressing, Gatefold)AtlanticSD 7268US1973
Recently Edited
Spectrum (LP, Album, Promo, Gatefold Sleeve)AtlanticSD 7268US1973


Paineish's avatar
I bought this pressing at a local, used record store for a great deal of money. The store specializes in jazz to some extent; but I knew nothing about the album, except that it was his first solo effort, and that I was in giant love with Crosswinds since it first appeared not long after this did. I find upon audition that I like this a lot, and feel that it's also sonically impressive, which is important to me. In truth, I was the album's intended audience. I was an undergraduate from 1972 to 1976. I was a member in other words of the jazz fusion generation. I was thus a fervent fan of Weather Report, Return to Forever and other jazz fusion albums and groups, like Passport. These acts were in this respect playing for me and pitching their albums at men - and I sure was buying them, I had rather expensive kit for a college student. I had floorstanding speakers that were conventional 3 ways but with separate cabinets to be placed on top of the speakers containing 6 RTR electrostatic drivers, just like the drivers in Infinity Super-Statiks. On these speakers, in, mind you, college, driven by a tubed Dynaco preamp, but a solid-state amp of good size, albums like Crosswinds were sonically jawbreaking. I had as well that gorgeous B&O table with the tonearm with the integral cartridge; so the whole package really complemented the jazz fusion albums that were then proliferating, with rock and more traditional jazz albums. All of this was in the back of my mind when I spotted this pricey album on the wall of the used record store. On pure impulse, I bought the record to pair with Crosswinds. I have his first 2 solo albums now, of which I'm proud. And Spectrum is very impressive thankfully, albeit less special for me than Crosswinds has been for verging on 50 years now. This album sure is recommended though, both musically and sonically, for those focused on sound. If sound matters to you, and if you can, do turn it up, it's beneficial, since it better reflects the artist's design.
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's avatar
Edited 9 years ago
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's avatar
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's avatar
Edited 3 years ago
"what is life but a Spectrum and what is music but life itself."