The New Tony Williams Lifetime, released in 1976 on Columbia Records. The album features the jazz fusion drummer Tony Williams with Allan Holdsworth, Alan Pasqua and Tony Newton.
This Sony Japan import release is definitely remastered, and is the best audio version available. It is much better than The Collection U.S. CD.
album takes a lot of heat, as it was a major disappointment for most
after "Believe It". In reality, however, the majority of the album is
certainly a worthy follow-up. I most heartedly agree with the the
observations that "You Did It To Me" is completely annoying, and ditto
with the dubbed horns in "Million Dollar Legs". The remaining five
tracks, however, stand up well to time.
The price of the Japan
disc is higher, but is well worth the price, especially if you're a
Holdsworth fan. No AH collection is complete without these tracks.
Released in 1976 and clearly not
as focused as its precursor 'Believe It'(1975), this is still 90 percent
instrumental fusion - just one song is sung and it's the shortest at
under four minutes. The players besides Tony are: Allan Holdsworth on
guitar; Tony Newton on bass/vocals and; Alan Pasqua on keyboards.
the music here is obviously affected by some trends of its time, this
alone isn't necessarily a bad thing. The entire fusion movement had
moved on that direction anyway - Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra,
Herbie Hancock, you name it - so, as a result, we get some funky fusion
jams with some melodic parts.
I'd like to point out that there's
quite a lot to enjoy on this album and that it's nowhere as commercial
as one may think. The music is well arranged and the interaction among
the players is strong so if you care for this transitional period which
eventually took us to the mess that was the eighties, you shouldn't let
I got into Tony because I'm a drummer. His playing is fabulous on
this record. Are the lyrics unimpressive? Yes. It's not often that
you get to hear Tony playing in a funk/16th note framework. Here it is.
Is it a less important work than "Believe It?" Believe it. But if
you're a drummer and you want to learn from Tony, this record features a
playing style you will not hear anywhere else and that makes it a
valuable addition to your library. They aren't making Tony Williams
recordings anymore. There is no reason to snub this one! Alan
Holdworth's playing on this record is exceptional as well.
"Sweet Revenge" (Tony Williams) — 6:03
"You Did It to Me Baby" (Williams, A. Cleveland) — 3:45
"Million Dollar Legs" (Williams) — 6:38
"Joy Filled Summer" (Tony Newton) — 5:50
"Lady Jane" (Alan Pasqua) — 3:56
"What You Do to Me" (Williams) — 6:38
"Inspirations of Love" (Newton) — 9:48
Allan Holdsworth – guitar
Alan Pasqua – keyboards
Tony Newton – bass, vocals
Tony Williams – drums
String and horn arrangements by Jack Nitzsche
Recorded June, 1976, Caribou Ranch Studios, Nederland, Colorado