Billy Cobham: Original Album Series

19 November 2012

At the dawn of the 1970's jazz-funk revolution, Billy Cobham built his legend with his first solo album, Spectrum. Raw, daring and overflowing with adrenalin, the albums included here pack in enough excitement and energy to make this one of his greatest reissues.

"Hardcore fans of 1970s jazz-funk, look no further. Sworn enemies of it, consider making an exception. This five-disc set repackages Mahavishnu Orchestra drummer Billy Cobham's prolific early bandleading years between 1973 and 1975, and it bristles with rock-guitar fireworks, hyperactive drums and synths, and exclamatory James Brown-like horn riffs [...] For musicality, this collection is streets ahead of where much generic jazz-funk wound up." The Guardian (4 stars)