Tony Williams Lifetime, The

Tony Williams, John McLaughlin, Larry Young, Jack Bruce

Also known as Tony Williams Lifetime
Members of Tony Williams Lifetime, The: Anthony Williams, Jack Bruce, John McLaughlin, Larry Young, Linda "Tequila" Logan
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Discography of Tony Williams Lifetime, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Ego 9 Audio 1999-01-26 Verve Records
2 Ego 9 Audio 1971 Polydor
3 The Old Bum's Rush 7 Audio 1972 Polydor
4 Turn It Over 10 Audio 1997 Verve Records
5 (Turn It Over!) 8 Audio 1970 Polydor
6 Emergency! Volume Two 4 Audio 1969 Polydor
7 Ego 9 Audio 1999-01-26 Verve Records
8 (Turn It Over) 9 Audio 1970 Polydor
9 Emergency! 8 Audio Polydor
10 (Turn It Over!) 9 Audio Polydor
11 Emergency! 8 Audio 1991 Polydor
12 (Turn It Over) 8 Audio 1970 Polydor
13 (Turn It Over) 11 Audio 2011-03-28 Esoteric Recordings
14 Emergency! Volume One / Emergency! Volume Two 10 Audio 1969 Polydor
15 (Turn It Over) 8 Audio 1970 Polydor
16 Emergency! 8 Audio 1969 Polydor
17 Ego 9 Audio 1971 Polydor
18 (Turn It Over) 9 Audio 1970 Polydor
19 (Turn It Over) 9 Audio 1970 Polydor
20 Emergency! 4 Audio Polydor
21 Ego 9 Audio 2005-02-02
22 Turn It Over Redux 11 Audio 2007 Yellow Jester Records
23 Emergency! 4 Audio Polydor
24 Emergency! 8 Audio 2011 Esoteric Recordings
25 (Turn It Over) 9 Audio 1970 Polydor
26 Emergency! Volume One 4 Audio 1969 Polydor

Tony Williams formed Lifetime after leaving the [a=Miles Davis] Group in 1969, around the time "In a silent way" was finished. His partners in crime where initially guitarist [a=John McLaughlin] (who turned down Davis' offer to join his group since he felt he will be rather able to play his own compositions with Williams) and Hammond-innovator [a=Larry Young], with ex-Cream bass player Jack Bruce joining them in 1970.

Lifetime lasted just two years. McLaughlin left the group in 1970 in order to pursue his own career and after "Ego" the group fell apart completely. The original formation recorded two albums ("Emergency!" and "Turn It Over") + a single called "One Word" - a McLaughlin composition that was also included to huge success in his second Mahavishnu Orchestra album.

Lifetime's sound was on the very cutting edge of fusion, for most listeners at the time far beyond anything that was acceptable. Loads of distortion, psychopathic lyrics and erratic drumming where the trademarks of this remarkable project. Once Lifetime opened a concert for The Who and were almost beaten off the stage by the bewildered crowd.

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