April 14, 2013 – 4:44 am

For the New Lifetime, Tony Williams made a left turn.

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Live in Iowa City 1976 [Zooey Records ZR-013/014, 2CD]

Live at Gabe & Walkers, Iowa City, Iowa, USA; March 3, 1976. CD1 soundboard source. CD2 likely FM b’cast. Ex- to EX stereo.

“In 1975, Williams put together a quartet that appears here, he called the New Tony Williams Lifetime featuring bassist Tony Newton, pianist Alan Pasqua, and guitarist Allan Holdsworth. This lineup recorded two albums for Columbia/CBS Records, Believe It in 1975 and Million Dollar Legs in 1976.” - wikipedia

Although Million Dollar Legs doesn’t sound like a 1976 fusion or jazz-rock outing, when the new Lifetime went out to play, they were hot.

“This concert was taped at a local bar in Iowa City. There is a terrible FM version which although more complete sounds awful. This is from the cassette master. This is a re-seed from 4-5 years ago, I think it’s been that long since I uploaded it originally.” - Scooter, 2012

Taper Scooter recorded at least half of this show from the soundboard.

“The story is this. I recorded this gig from my 24ch Stevens soundboard. A local college FM station often took a feed from the soundboard and transmitted the show.  Soundboard feeds are notorious for being ‘hot’ and the Stevens was no exception. I recorded this off a Tandberg machine off a limited quarter inch Soundboard feed with a C-90.

The radio station took the feed off a hot non-limited feed and was clipping like crazy. My C-90 ran out of tape space on side one, e.g., 45 mins. That’s why my tape is short.

The FM feed was probably recorded by someone in town and is probably multi-generational by the time you guys got it. I’m not sure where that second tape came from, but it wasn’t from me and it definitely came from the Stevens board albeit a hot feed.

That’s the story. Whether that is the same source or not I will leave up the technical definition guys.” - Scooter, 2012

The show was bootlegged by Zooey Records. But since the soundboard tape emerged in 2012, we’ve replaced disc 1 with that.

This show is representative of where Tony Williams and Alan Holdsworth and Lifetime were heading, a small club gig but with fire in their fingertips.
- The Little Chicken

Thanks to Scooter, matthughen and Shinobu (for the bootleg discs).

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
(For Disc 1, we are using the better source shared by Scooter at DIME. The titles are from kinebee’s list.)
Track 101. Mr Spock (11.9MB)
Track 102. Proto-Cosmos (9.0MB)
Track 103. Bloodshot (9.7MB)
Track 104. Snake Oil (13.7MB)
Track 105. Wildlife (11.0MB)
Track 106. Drum Solo & Fred (20.4MB)
TT: 45:03

Disc 2
(For Disc 2, it is the Zooey Records source but with titles courtesy of matthughen. However, the Zooey Records disc is missing Tracks 204 and 205, added here from the Scooter set.)
Track 20
1. Red Alert (11.3MB)
Track 20
2. What You Do to Me (16.7MB)
Track 20
3. Velvet Darkness Medley (11.4MB)
Track 20
4. Snake Oil #2 (12.8MB)
Track 20
5. Inspirations of Love (24.2MB)

Tony Williams - drums
Tony Newton - bass
Alan Pasqua - piano
Alan Holdsworth - guitar

Million Dollar Legs was released in 1976 and was a mixed bag. The cover of a shirtless Williams was suggestive but what’s inside was leaning towards mainstream. The live concert presented above, away from record company fiddling, showed what New Lifetime delivered. Buy the album to hear the difference.

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  1. 14 Responses to “TURN LEFT”

  2. thanks for all the tony williams/lifetime. had the privilege of doing a phone interview with tony back in the late 80’s, when i was doing college radio at the university of connecticut, a few days before an appearance in hartford. i’ll never forget his graciousness and humor, not to mention a great aural tour of his drum kit. at that time he was sporting a hard bop quintet featuring a bunch of young, up and coming players: mulgrew miller, charnett moffett, billy pierce, and wallace roney. he had become, much like miles davis, a man who exposed some of the new lions to the modern jazz audience. the concert did not disappoint, and neither did tony.

    By Billy Jack on Apr 14, 2013

  3. billy jack aren`t you going to tell us you took pictures that we can`t see?

    By choo choo carl the legendary mailman on Apr 15, 2013

  4. coulda gone there choo, but i figured i’d let sleeping dogs lie. but i promise to be guilt ridden for rest of the week for telling an off point story. some day soon i will be less self-
    absorbed. thanks for the reality check.

    By Billy Jack on Apr 15, 2013

  5. yer a good man billy .

    By choo choo carl the legendary mailman on Apr 15, 2013

  6. Have the “terrible FM” recording seeded a few years ago. Thanks so much to Scooter for the upgrade, which is a mammoth improvement over the version I have. The clipping was only tolerated in order to hear this very hot band one more time.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Apr 16, 2013

  7. Thanks. Tony Williams is always appreciated!

    By Jonathan on Apr 17, 2013

  8. Well done on getting this compiled and heard by as many music fans as possible!

    By matthughen on Apr 30, 2013

  9. OK- so, I was at this concert. Quite simply, the most mind-blowing concert I ever heard. And I’ve heard a lot. I was a student at U of I music school, there with a fine local rock/jazz drummer. The crowd was simply stunned. And that’s not just the fine cheeba I shared with Watzy before talkin’ either.

    By PianoJim on Dec 31, 2013

  10. hi, Is it possible to post a download link.

    (I clicked on each track and they play, but don’t download). Thx

    By Nick on Feb 4, 2014

  11. nick ,try right click and save as..

    left click will cause the link to play.

    By sluggo on Feb 4, 2014

  12. thx v.much. Nick

    By Nick on Feb 6, 2014

  13. Thank You for putting this amazing concert on line. What a gem! One of the all time great bands.

    My brother Mike Hoffmann (John Handy, Ed Mann, Bad Haggis & ect.) played guitar in The New Tony Williams Lifetime right after this group parted ways. Always a treat to hear this music. RIP Tony!

    By KIM HOFFMANN on Jul 5, 2014

  14. Allan Holdsworth’s like, will not be seen for another Century

    By harry howell on May 19, 2016

  15. Thank you SO MUCH!!!

    By D on May 13, 2017

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