Billy Cobham - Total Eclipse
Billy Cobham - Total Eclipse
Billy Cobham - Total Eclipse
Billy Cobham - Total Eclipse

Billy Cobham - Total Eclipse

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Billy Cobham – traps, timpani, acoustic piano on "The Moon Ain't Made Of Green Cheese" & "Last Frontier"

John Abercrombie – electric & ovation guitars

Michael Brecker – flute, soprano & tenor saxes

Randy Brecker – trumpet, flugelhorn

Glenn Ferris – tenor & bass trombones

Milcho Leviev – keyboards

Alex Blake – electric bass

David Earle Johnson – congas on "Solarization" & "Moon Germs"

Sue Evans – marimba on "Solarization"

Cornell Dupree – first guitar solo on "Moon Germs"


1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’


Record Press : Pallas GmbH in Germany

Label : Speakers Corner

Original Label : Atlantic

Recorded in 1974 at Atlantic Recording Studios and at Electric Lady Studios, New York, N.Y. by Ken Scott

Re-mixed at Scorpio & Trident Studios, London, England

Produced by Billy Cobham & Ken Scott

Originally released in 1974

Reissued in 2021



Side A :

  1. Solarization: a) Solarization b) Second Phase c) Crescent Sun d) Voyage e) Solarization-Recapitulation
  2. Lunarputians
  3. Total Eclipse
  4. Bandits

Side B :

  1. Moon Germs
  2. The Moon Ain't Made Of Green Cheese
  3. Sea Of Tranquility
  4. Last Frontier


Reviews :

« This is Billy Cobham's third solo recording under his own name and is a fine follow-up to Crosswinds. The mini-suite "Solarization" not only showcases the band's technical abilities, but also Cobham's strong compositional skills. It also features a schizophrenic piano solo ("Second Phase") from the underrated pianist Milcho Leviev, who sounds like a mutation of Cecil Taylor and Bill Evans. The funky "Moon Germs," on which John Abercrombie is pushed to inspiring new heights, became a Cobham classic. "The Moon Ain't Made of Green Cheese" is a beautiful flugelhorn solo by Randy Brecker backed by Cobham's debut on piano. The band stretches out on the lengthy "Sea of Tranquility," while "Last Frontier" is a gratuitous drum solo. This recording is highly recommended as Cobham still sounds inspired. » AlMusic Review by Robert Taylor


Ratings :

AllMusic : 3.5 / 5 ,  Discogs : 4.02 / 5

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