October 7, 2017 – 4:03 am


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New York 1970 [no label, 1CD]

Olmstead Sound Studios, New York, NY; July 14 (or 21?), 1970. Very good soundboard.

Thanks to jswetch for sharing the tracks at Dime.

jswetch noted:

These tracks came to me as “Turn it Over Session Outtakes” on two separate discs in separate cd-r trades many years ago. I’ve combined the material from these two discs in this torrent.

The material comprised six takes of One Word; 10 takes of Two Worlds, and two additional fragments from Two Worlds.

It seems that these are not actually outtakes from the Turn it Over sessions, but recordings done for the purpose of a single (a two-sided 45 rpm recording, for anyone unfamiliar with the meaning of the term from the time period in question). I’m guessing on this, but these tracks may have been an attempt to capitalize on Jack’s involvement with Lifetime. Tony himself did the lead vox on any other Turn it Over tracks that included them (to perhaps unintended comic effect for those familiar with This Night This Song and A Famous Blues). Might Two Worlds have been the B-side to One Word’s A-side?

One Word, written by John McLaughlin, was released eventually as a bonus track on some editions of Turn it Over. It’s identified in liner notes as being recorded for “The A-side of a single” and something of an attempt to reverse Lifetime’s fortunes in the marketplace. It’s unclear whether that single was ever pressed and released. Mahavishnu fans will recognize parts of Lifetime’s One Word from Birds of Fire’s Resolution (Jack’s main vocal line) and the very different MO song One Word (the middle here is an occasional instrumental refrain in Bird’s One Word).

Two Worlds did eventually get released on the Ego album, but without John McLaughlin (Ted Dunbar is credited as the guitarist on that release). They apparently tried it out with John at Olmstead at this same time they did One Word. Two Worlds on Ego is the only thing Jack is involved with on that album (Ron Carter played bass on the album and Jack is only credited for singing Two Worlds). The recording date listed for it on Ego is February or March of 1971 at a different studio (RCA Studio B). Whether they cobbled Jack’s vocals from Olmstead on to Ego, or if he went into RCA to do a new vocal when Ego was being recorded is another mystery.

One of the discs I got had the date of 1970/07/21, and my other disc had no date beyond 1970. None of the tracks on either discs have identical timings to each other. Therefore, I’m not exactly sure if any of these are identical takes or mixes to each other. That will be for the discerning among you to figure out. Some of the Two Worlds tracks start with someone saying take 6, but the timings of these tracks don’t match up. Sorry that I don’t have the mindset to note if everything played or sung is identical or not. Just thought that anyone likely to download this wouldn’t mind any possible duplication.

Please purchase official Lifetime releases and hopefully John or the other people’s survivors might get something back for their artistry all these years later.

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Picture by Jan Persson, posted at - Thanks!

Source-cd-r trade of a long ago recording of unreleased studio out-takes made on unknown equipment > EAC disc extraction
> TLH Wav to flac formatting > TLH torrent creation

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Track 01. One Word a 4:27
Track 02. One Word b 4:36
Track 03. One Word c 1:09
Track 04. One Word d 4:44
Track 05. One Word e 5:01
Track 06. One Word f 4:41
Track 07. Two Worlds a 5:09
Track 08. Two Worlds b 4:32
Track 09. Two Worlds c 6:14
Track 10. Two Worlds d 4:43
Track 11. Two Worlds e 4:31
Track 12. Two Worlds f 4:29
Track 13. Two Worlds g 4:30
Track 14. Two Worlds h 4:27
Track 15. Two Worlds i 5:41
Track 16. Two Worlds j 4:37
Track 17. Two Worlds k fragment 0:37
Track 18. Two Worlds l fragment 0:26
75 mins

Tony Williams - drums
John Mclaughlin - electric guitar
Larry Young - Hammond B3 organ
Jack Bruce - bass, vocals

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  1. One Response to “TONY WILLIAMS - NEW YORK 1970”

  2. Awesome, thanks Big O!!

    By McAlpine on Oct 8, 2017

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