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Tony Williams Lifetime

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Sean Trane
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3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

While this album suffers from execrable reputation (some of it deserved), it's not quite as bad as what some reviewers would have you believe. True that the absolutely ugly artwork and the stupid title do no favour to this wax slice?.. You'd believe we're in some kind of mid-70's funky radio-friendly junk stuck somewhere between Orleans and Kool & The Gang, with Tony even looking a bit like a retarded shoe fetishist. If that wasn't enough, the album is over-produced with often unneeded horns and seldom useful string arrangements, but the New Lifetime's line-up remains unchanged, although it's more Pasqua's baby, as opposed to the previous being Holdsworth's. One thing for sure: Pasqua didn't feel limited to the Rhodes or Hammond, he was using synths to beef up the compositions and unlike many of those years, and he chose well his sounds.

Admittedly, starting on an average jazz funk tune (a little long and repetitive) Sweet revenge, then on an atrocious (but thankfully short) sung track You Did It To Me (and they did, and it hurt), intended to be a radio hit filled with a full EW&F brass section, all these don't make a good start to an album that follow a minor masterpiece. However the title tracks does reverse things with some excellent chord progressions, good string arrangements (despite what I said in the opening paragraph), and some excellent GG-esque keyboards. Joy Filled Summer brings us more of the same minus the strings and more of Holdsworth and Tony dazzles us. Excellent track if a little repetitive. These two tracks are reminiscent of early Brian Auger's Oblivion Express

The flipside starts on the slow-evolving piano-dominated Lady Jade where the strings reappear, but this time in all cheesiness, but thankfully it's quickly over. The 7-mins What You Do To Me is an excellent crescendo track, one that might just be the answer to that excruciatingly bad "hit" on the A side. Again Oblivion Express shades are all over this track. The almost 10-mins finale Inspiration Of Love, where a tad of Lady Alice (Coltrane) permeated Pasqua's piano in the intro, before Holdsworth pulls a huge solo. Overall this closing monster is a fine piece if it wasn't for the over-powering string arrangements around the end of the track.

Well the end of Lifetime was near as they would find themselves abandoned on a tour by their management, and if heir last album was not their best, it certainly doesn't deserve its bad reputation aside the awful front artwork. Definitely needs rehabilitation among some "fans".

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Posted Thursday, June 4, 2009 | Review Permalink
3 stars Tony is this "New Lifetime" and Music who performed ..Music who has them indeed feel the creation of Tony in the group that derives from Miles in the 70's.. has finished. However, the listener might refuse to nod a little if it compares it with Prog rock. A certain Music character ..high-quality Music.. has finished. It is because people are not made block knowledge and the technology of the member of the band and get tired.

Allan has seceded this album at the end. And, tony has digested the element of Lifetime further with continuing album "The Joy Of Spring". The tune that Tony Newton of BassPlayer composed sends Lifetime a new wind further. If the music character at this time is considered, this flow might be natural. However, there might be a person who doesn't accept music either when comparing it with the person who tunes it to the creation of Tony in consideration of various music and favors.

In the album of Herbie Hancock, Tony will announce the element digested at this time later. His Lifetime dug into from the angle besides "Weather Report", "Return To Forever", and "Mahavisunu Orchestra" in the age.

The tune that develops "Believe It" further and a high-quality performance and the soundscape are proofs into which the band develops. It might be activity of Tony Newton that the element of the dance music has mixed. However, it doesn't end in the element only of it. It is thought that the technology of Allan and support with the keyboard of Alan give musical width. The music that can be enjoyed while always keeping the tension from first to last is evidence that the balance is kept.

It is the most progressive in the tune of "What You Do To Me" and this album from which the phrase of Allan "You Did It To Me" explosive from which the impression of the groove has occurred ahead dashes out. 「Inspirations Of Love」

Part..favorite..person..this..time..Music..choose..enjoy.However, it was only a little difficult for me to find a progressive element.

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Posted Tuesday, June 9, 2009 | Review Permalink

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