Drummers don’t come much more legendary than Billy Cobham, whose work during the late ‘60s, throughout the ‘70s, and into the ‘80s and beyond helped define the concept of jazz fusion. That’s not to say that Cobham has ever limited himself solely to one genre, but that’s certainly the stuff that helped make him into a legend.
Although he first started getting major props when he and John McLaughlin co-founded Mahavishnu Orchestra, Cobham’s post-Orchestra work is the focus of The Atlantic Years: 1973-1978, an 8-disc collection which serves not just as an instant introduction to Cobham’s solo career but also provides jazz novices with a history lesson of what was going on in the jazz fusion world in the ‘70s. In other words, it’s a great set for a number of reasons, and it sounds great, too.
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Love, Forever Changes (2015 Remastered Version): Your personal mileage may vary on which album by the band Love is the best of the bunch, but many an aficionado of their catalog would happily declare that it doesn’t get any better than Forever Changes. It wasn’t their most commercially successful effort (that honor goes to their self-titled debut) and it didn’t provide them with much in the way of hit singles (even though its opening track, “Alone Again Or,” is arguably the band’s best known song), but it’s on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, it’s in the Grammy Hall of Fame, and in 2012 it was added to the National Recording Registry. Oh, and did we mention that a newly remastered version is now available for your digital purchasing pleasure? Hand to heart, we’re listening to it even as we type this sentence, and it sounds fantastic.