Billy Cobham: Red & Yellow Cabriolet


Red & Yellow Cabriolet


Billy Cobham (drums)


Warning (GRP GRP-D-9528)

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Billy Cobham (drums),

Gerry Etkins (keyboards), Dean Brown (guitars), Baron Browne (bass), Sa Davis (percussion)


Composed by Billy Cobham


Recorded: Suffern, NY, 1985


Rating: 78/100 (learn more)

The opening statement of "Red & Yellow Cabriolet" sounds dangerously close to a 1980s theme song for some Robin Leach Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous special. It doesn't help that the passage of time has made the synthesizers sound now as cheesy as a jar of Cheez Whiz. (Though I thought they sounded cheesy even then.) But in those days a lot of fusion was cheesy synthesizer happy. I suppose the multi- layered effects were somewhat cool. Everyone was trying to sound like Jan Hammer from the soundtrack of Miami Vice. And there are some good lines played over them. But I don't hear the fine guitarist Dean Brown at all through the layers. I just assume he was one of them. Of course, anytime you can hear Billy Cobham at work, it is worthwhile to invest a few minutes of your time. But this piece is important only in the historical sense, being representative of what this great fusion hero was putting out at the time.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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