Turn It Over

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The better of the two albums the Tony Williams Lifetime recorded in 1970, Turn It Over, is a far more focused and powerful album than the loose, experimental Ego, and one of the more intense pieces of early jazz-rock fusion around. In parts, it's like Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys with much better chops. It's more rock-oriented and darker-hued than their debut, 1969's Emergency!, and the temporary addition of ex-Cream member Jack Bruce on bass and vocals alongside stalwart guitarist John McLaughlin makes this something of a milestone of British progressive jazz. The album's primary flaw is that unlike the expansive double album Emergency!, these ten songs are tightly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The better of the two albums the Tony Williams Lifetime recorded in 1970, Turn It Over, is a far more focused and powerful album than the loose, experimental Ego, and one of the more intense pieces of early jazz-rock fusion around. In parts, it's like Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys with much better chops. It's more rock-oriented and darker-hued than their debut, 1969's Emergency!, and the temporary addition of ex-Cream member Jack Bruce on bass and vocals alongside stalwart guitarist John McLaughlin makes this something of a milestone of British progressive jazz. The album's primary flaw is that unlike the expansive double album Emergency!, these ten songs are tightly constricted into pop-song forms -- only a swinging cover of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Once I Loved" breaks the five-minute mark, and then only barely -- which reins in these marvelous soloists too much. This is particularly frustrating since pieces like the two-part "To Whom It May Concern" feature some outstanding solos especially from McLaughlin and organist Larry Young, the group's secret weapon that are frustratingly, tantalizingly short. Expanded to a double album, Turn It Over would probably surpass Emergency! as a pioneering jazz-rock fusion release; as it is, it's an exciting but mildly maddening session.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/1997
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731453911826
  • Catalog Number: 539118
  • Sales rank: 46,400

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 To Whom It May Concern - Them - Tony Williams (4:21)
  2. 2 To Whom It May Concern - Us - Tony Williams (2:57)
  3. 3 This Night This Song - Tony Williams (3:46)
  4. 4 Big Nick - Tony Williams (2:46)
  5. 5 Right On - Tony Williams (1:52)
  6. 6 Once I Loved - Tony Williams (5:11)
  7. 7 Vuelta Abajo - Tony Williams (5:00)
  8. 8 A Famous Blues - Tony Williams (4:13)
  9. 9 Allah Be Praised - Tony Williams (4:38)
  10. 10 One Word - Tony Williams (3:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Tony Williams Lifetime Primary Artist, Track Performer
Tony Williams Indexed Contributor, Drums, Vocals
Jack Bruce Bass, Vocals
John McLaughlin Guitar, Vocals
Larry Young Organ
Khalid Yasin Organ
Technical Credits
Tony Williams Director, Producer, Jacket Design
Ray Hall Engineer
Monte Kay Director, Producer
Jack Lewis Director, Producer, Jacket Design
Sid Maurer Art Direction, Jacket Design
Gary N. Mayo Remastering
Jerry Rappaport Reissue Producer
John McDermott Essay
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