Billy Cobham: On a Magic Carpet Ride


On a Magic Carpet Ride


Billy Cobham (drums)


Magic (Columbia 492526 2)

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Billy Cobham (drums),

Joachim Kuhn (electric & acoustic pianos), Mark Soskin (acoustic piano, synthesizer), Pete Maunu (guitar), Randy Jackson (bass)


Composed by Billy Cobham


Recorded: New York, released 1977


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

"On a Magic Carpet Ride" shares one quality with another cut on the album, "'Anteres' the Star." The opening moments of both tunes sound like game-show themes. I can hear the announcer now: "Are you ready to win?!" But this piece is more substantial than "Anteres." Cobham does some heavy-duty bashing and double and triple timing. Guitarist Maunu catches fire as the tune moves along at breakneck speed. Kuhn plays impressive piano. Jackson works his bass overtime. Everyone has a foot on the accelerator. The tune combines good melody and jazz-rock power.

Many fusion fans were losing patience with Cobham during this period. It was good to hear that he could still bring it, even if he was bringing it less and less. Too bad about most of the rest of the tunes on the album. Ah, well…

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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