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The Tony Williams Lifetime

Band, 1969-1976 US
Jazz and Rock

Tony Williams formed Lifetime after leaving the Miles Davis Group in 1969, around the time "In a silent way" was finished. His partners in crime where initially guitarist 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 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 were 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.

PortraitLarry Young
org 1940-1978 US
PortraitJack Bruce
voc, b 1943-2014 GB
PortraitJohn McLaughlin
g, acg *1942 GB
PortraitAnthony Williams
dr 1945-1997 US
PortraitLinda "Tequila" Logan
g, perc, voc
Popular Tracks   
Some Hip Drum Shit on Ego by The Tony Williams Lifetime
There Comes A Time on Ego by The Tony Williams Lifetime
Emergency on Emergency! by The Tony Williams Lifetime
Clap City on Ego by The Tony Williams Lifetime
To Whom It May Concern - Them on by The Tony Williams Lifetime
Beyond Games on Emergency! by The Tony Williams Lifetime
Circa 45 on Ego by The Tony Williams Lifetime
Piskow's Filigree on Ego by The Tony Williams Lifetime
Spectrum on Emergency! by The Tony Williams Lifetime
Where on Emergency! by The Tony Williams Lifetime

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
Live In New York 1969The Tony Williams Lifetime Featuring John McLaughlin2017Album
Spectrum: The AnthologyThe Tony Williams Lifetime1997Compil.
LifetimeThe Tony Williams Lifetime1975Compil.
In RetrospectJohn McLaughlin Featuring The Tony Williams Lifetime1974Compil.
The Old Bum's RushThe Tony Williams Lifetime1972Album
EgoThe Tony Williams Lifetime1971Album
A Preview Of The New Tony Williams Lifetime LP Turn It Over 24-4021The Tony Williams Lifetime1970Single
(Turn It Over)The Tony Williams Lifetime1970Album
One WordThe Tony Williams Lifetime1970Single
Emergency! Volume OneThe Tony Williams Lifetime1969Album
Emergency!The Tony Williams Lifetime1969Album
Emergency! Volume TwoThe Tony Williams Lifetime1969Album
The Lost Wildlife SessionsThe Tony Williams LifetimeAlbum
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