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Dreams/Imagine My Surprise

December 17, 2012 on 9:33 pm | In Dream Types | 2 Comments

Digitally remastered two CD set containing a pair of albums from the Jazz outfit led by Billy Cobham: Dreams (1970) and Imagine My Surprise (1972). Fusion drummer Cobham’s pedigree goes from Miles Davis through many Jazz artists. Dreams was formed with the Brecker brothers. BGO. 2010.

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  1. Hooked on Dreams I don’t know what happened to my LP versions of these CD’s but I am glad Amazon has this import for sale. I was hooked on Dreams the first time I heard the first few notes of “Devil Lady” in 1970. Jazz, Rock and Funk all rolled into one plus the Brecker Brothers and Billy Cobham on drums. It doesn’t get any better. If you are a fan of fusion music this Band was at the forefront.

    Comment by ttuck4 — December 17, 2012 #

  2. Maybe the most underappreciated band in history Dreams, their eponymous first album deserves much more attention than it ever received. While not as good as a live performance (Literally for decades I’ve been searching for a recording of one)it is good and keeps the interest for multiple plays. Imagine My Surprise was well titled – I was certainly surprised by how it left me flat.The real reason this band still deserves attention is the levels of success its members went on to achieve. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say Dreams deserved the title ‘Supergroup’ as much or more than Blind Faith or Traffic.Billy Cobham Jr. on drumsThe Brecker BrothersJohn Abercrombie – guitarSteve Cropper – GuitarWill Lee – bass (David Letterman’s band)Don Grolnick- pianoJeff Kent went on to be better known as a composer,but he, Doug Lubahn, Barry Rogers,and Robert Mann went on to have distinguished careers as studio musicians.I’d pay to see these artists perform together. Actually, I did.I was one of the lucky few who had the privilege of seeing Dreams perform live. It was December, 1070, at the Fillmore East. Dreams opened, followed by the Allman Brothers Band (with Duane), and Canned Heat. I still think of this as the best show I’d ever attended and Dreams was MAJORLY responsible.It is hard to understand why the band never achieved success. As the prior reviewer stated, they certainly were not promoted, and the records never captured the talent and intensity of the band. They were difficult to categorize: not really rock, or jazz, or blues but all of those. I think they were just ahead of their time.I consider Dreams, along with Al Kooper’s Blood, Sweat, and Tears, and Tower of Power as the top tier in horns-based Rock bands.Sorry Chicago and the other Blood, Sweat, and Tears, you are just too ‘pop’ for me.

    Comment by M. Brant "Observer" — December 17, 2012 #

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