1973 Billy Cobham – Spectrum

Cobham, Billy 1973Spectrum is the debut album by jazz fusion drummer Billy Cobham. The album contains much influence of the music of Miles Davis and Mahavishnu Orchestra, with whom Cobham had previously collaborated extensively.

Ken Scott, producer and engineer of Spectrum, on recording Cobham’s drums: “Bill Cobham’s drums were treated in exactly the same way as I recorded every other drummer. I just used more mics: Neumann U67s on toms, D20s or RE20s (at Electric Lady) on the bass drums, Neumann KM54 or 56 on snare, and either STC 4038s or Beyer M160 ribbon mics for the overheads. One other thing: in order to dampen the snare, Bill just laid his wallet on the top head.”

Leland Sklar, bassist on Spectrum: “Spectrum is such a benchmark for so many people. There was a sort of fire in it. It was new ground and it wasn’t very analytical. It was more flying by the seat of your pants. That’s where great accidents happen, which seems impossible these days. We never did more than a couple of takes on any of it. It was more or less a two-day record. It went by so fast.”


1  Quadrant 4 (Billy Cobham) 04:31
2  Searchin For The Right Door (Billy Cobham) 01:24
3  Spectrum (Billy Cobham) 05:10
4  Anxiety (Billy Cobham) 01:42
5  Taurian Matador (Billy Cobham) 03:03
6  Stratus (Billy Cobham) 09:49
7  To The Women In My Life (Billy Cobham) 00:51
8  Le Lis (Billy Cobham) 03:20
9  Snoopy’s Search (Billy Cobham) 01:02
10  Red Baron (Billy Cobham) 06:37


BassLeland Sklar
DrumsBilly Cobham
GuitarTommy Bolin
MoogJan Hammer
SynthesizerJan Hammer
PercussionBilly Cobham

Other Musicians

3 Spectrum

BassRon Carter
DrumsBilly Cobham
FlugelhornJimmy Owens
FluteJoe Farrell
SaxJoe Farrell
PercussionRay Barretto

8 Le Lis

BassRon Carter
DrumsBilly Cobham
GuitarJon Tropea
SaxJoe Farrell
FlugelhornJimmy Owens
PercussionRay Barretto

Liner Notes

Producer – Billy Cobham
Engineer (Recording, Re-mix) – Ken Scott

Design – Stanislaw Zagorski
Painting – Jeff Snider
Photography – Armen Kachaturianm Urve Kuusik

Mastered At Atlantic Studios
Recorded At Electric Lady Studios
Remixed At Trident Studios
Phonographic Copyright (p) Atlantic Recording Corporation
Copyright (c) Atlantic Recording Corporation