Turn It Over

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Turn It Over
The Tony Williams Lifetime - Turn It Over.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 1970
RecordedJuly 1970[1]
GenreJazz fusion, jazz-rock
LabelPolydor Records
The Tony Williams Lifetime chronology
Turn It Over
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauB+[3]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD3.5/4 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[6]

Turn It Over is the second album by the American jazz fusion group the Tony Williams Lifetime, released in 1970 via Polydor Records.[7][8] It was rereleased by Verve Records in 1997, as part of Spectrum: The Anthology.[9]


Jack Bruce joined the group for Turn It Over, providing bass and vocals.[10] Tony Williams was excited by the amplification he could employ during the recording of the album; his liner notes repeatedly instruct the listener to play the album at a high volume.[8] Williams described the album as his version of the MC5's Kick Out the Jams.[11]

The album contains a cover of John Coltrane's "Big Nick".[12]

Critical reception[]

AllMusic called the album "one of the more intense pieces of early jazz-rock fusion around," writing that "in parts, it's like Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys with much better chops."[2] JazzTimes praised Larry Young's "fearsome long tones and wobbly distortions" and "psychedelic, dissonant harmonies."[13] Vibe deemed Turn It Over "one of the most violent, raucous recordings ever to issue from a noted jazz musician."[10] The Guardian called it "tougher" than the debut, singling out the cover of "Big Nick".[12]

Track listing[]

1."To Whom It May Concern - Them"4:18
2."To Whom It May Concern - Us"2:58
3."This Night This Song"3:45
4."Big Nick"2:43
5."Right On"1:52
6."Once I Loved"5:05
7."Vuelta Abajo"4:57
8."A Famous Blues"4:15
9."Allah Be Praised"4:39



  1. ^ Mandel, Howard (2010). Miles, Ornette, Cecil: Jazz Beyond Jazz. Routledge. p. 73.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b "Turn It Over - The Tony Williams Lifetime, Tony Williams | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" – via www.allmusic.com.
  3. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: The Tony Williams Lifetime". www.robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 8: MUZE. p. 693.CS1 maint: location (link)
  5. ^ Cook, Richard (2000). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD (5th ed.). Penguin Books. p. 912.
  6. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 772.
  7. ^ Meeder, Christopher (August 6, 2012). "Jazz: the Basics". Routledge – via Google Books.
  8. ^ Jump up to: a b Fellezs, Kevin (August 8, 2011). "Birds of Fire: Jazz, Rock, Funk, and the Creation of Fusion". Duke University Press – via Google Books.
  9. ^ "Energy, Sheer Musical Force Drive Williams' 'Spectrum'". Los Angeles Times. February 28, 1997.
  10. ^ Jump up to: a b Tate, Greg (Sep 1997). "The Real Music". Vibe. 5 (7): 242.
  11. ^ Macnie, Jim (Mar 8, 1997). "Renowned jazz drummer Tony Williams, 51, dies". Billboard. 109 (10): 10, 76.
  12. ^ Jump up to: a b Fordham, John (28 Nov 1997). "This week's jazz cd releases". The Guardian. Friday. p. 4.
  13. ^ West, Michael J. "JazzTimes 10: Key Post-Bitches Brew Fusion Albums". JazzTimes.
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