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Billy Cobham: Spectrum

Stuart's featured album is Billy Cobham's Spectrum, a classic record from the divisive genre of jazz-rock fusion.

Stuart Maconie guides you through two hours of experimental music, from desolate and challenging to shiny and beautiful.

This week Stuart features a classic album from the divisive genre jazz-rock fusion, Billy Cobham's Spectrum.

Unlike so many albums within jazz-rock, Spectrum stands up in the test of time as impressive feat of hard rock, jazz improvisation and heavy grooves. The inclusion of guitarist Tommy Bolin over the more obvious and jazzier choice of John Mclaughlin offered up a raw and raucous edge that appealed to rock, jazz and funk fans equally.

On its release in 1973, Spectrum set a new standard in fusion that heavy-weight jazzers, hard rockers and funky groovers have tried to replicate ever since.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Songs From A Random House

    Talking With A Giant

    • Demo.
  • The Mynabirds

    Body Of Work

    • Generals.
    • Saddle Creek.
  • Billy Cobham

    Stratus

    • Spectrum.
    • Atlantic.
  • Martyn Bennett

    Paisley Spin

    • Aye.
    • Longtale Records.
  • Clipd Beaks

    All The Way Evil

  • The Barbara Moore Singers

    The Elf

    • Fuzzy Felt Folk.
    • Trunk Records.
  • Billy Cobham

    Taurian Matador

    • SPECTRUM.
    • Atlantic.
  • Billy Cobham

    Spectrum

    • SPECTRUM.
    • Atlantic.
  • Opeth

    Porcelain Heart

    • WATERSHED.
    • Roadrunner Records.
  • Magic Carpet

    Do You Hear The World

    • MAGIC CARPET.
    • Mushroom.
  • Alice Coltrane

    Radhe Shyam

    • TRANSCENDENCE.
    • Warner Jazz.
  • Mr. Fox

    Elvira Madigan

    • Join Us In Our Game.
    • Sanctuary Records.
  • The Incredible String Band

    Mr and Mrs

    • Changing Horses.
    • Elektra.
  • Glowbug

    New Vinyl

    • Suit of Swords.
    • White Label.
  • The Undertones

    Teenage Kicks

    • EMI.
  • Emergency Bible Study

    Robbert Zimmerman Practising Guitar In Front Of Mirror

    • Birthday Girl.
    • Unknown.
  • Sending Letters To The Sea

    Shifting Structures

    • SENDING LETTERS TO THE SEA.
    • White Label.
  • Marie LaforĂȘt

    A Demain My Darling

    • CEST CHIC.
    • Ace Records.
  • World Service Project

    Fire In A Pet Shop (Live Freaks)

  • Billy Cobham

    Red Baron

    • SPECTRUM.
    • Atlantic.
  • Hudson Mohawke

    Just Decided (feat. Oliver Daysoul)

    • BUTTER.
    • Warp.
  • Snorkel

    Wet Tongues

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