Billy Cobham

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B.C. Review

by Robert Taylor

Billy Cobham had always incorporated elements of disco and funk into his solo recordings; however, this is the most painful example. Even his die-hard fans haven't forgiven him for this embarrassment. "Oh, Mendocino" and "What Is Your Fantasy" are pure disco, while "Bring Up the House Lights" is a ridiculous dialogue with George Duke during which they actually poke fun of Alphonse Mouzon's wardrobe. "A Little Travelin' Music" is the only song with any integrity, while "Vlastar - An Encounter" is a typical Cobham solo. Cross the street to avoid this one.

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