Cozy Powell Over The Top
Label: Ariola ARL 5038
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre: Jazz, Rock, Hard Rock, Fusion, Jazz-Rock
A1 Theme 1 3:34 Rhythm Guitar Bernie Marsden
A2 Killer 7:12 Guitar Gary Moore
A3 Heidi Goes To Town 3:01
A4 El Sid 5:00 Guitar Bernie Marsden
B1 Sweet Poison 6:23 Guitar Dave Clempson*, Piano, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] Max Middleton
B2 The Loner 4:46 Guitar Dave Clempson*, Piano, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] Max Middleton
B3 Over The Top 8:36
Manufactured By Pye Records
Distributed By Pye Records
Bass Jack Bruce
Drums Cozy Powell
Mastered By Ian Cooper
Piano, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Synthesizer Don Airey
Producer Martin Birch
Matrix / Runout (Runout Area Side A): ARL 5038 A3 G
Matrix / Runout (Runout Area Side B): ARL 5038 B4 A
Over The Top is an album by British rock drummer Cozy Powell. It was Powells’ first solo album, and it featured many well-known musicians playing alongside him.
Cozy Powell drums
Gary Moore guitar (track 2)
Clem Clempson guitar (tracks 5, 6)
Bernie Marsden guitar (track 4)
Jack Bruce bass guitar
Don Airey keyboards (except track 6)
Max Middleton keyboards (track 6)
Produced and engineered by Martin Birch. Mastered by Ian Cooper of Utopia Sounds
Recorded at Central Sound and Track 2 at The Town House, London.
Mixed at The Town House.
All tracks arranged by Don Airey.
Cover concept: Cozy Powell
Max Middleton appears courtesy of Epic Records.
Gary Moore appears courtesy of MCA Records.
Bernie Marsden appears courtesy of United Artists Records
Cozy Powell appears courtesy of Swindon Town Football Club.
Thanks to: Roger Glover, Neil Murray, Tchaikovsky, Terry Yeardon and Silverstone.
Mr Powells drums by Yamaha, his cymbals by Paiste.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gargantuan,
Talk about overlooking the obvious. This has been one of my all time favorites for two decades but it never dawned on me to submit a review for it. Though the late Cozy Powell drummed with half the known world -to the point where his very name had taken on a Spinal Tap connotation- THIS is his crowning moment. (Subsequent Cozy solo jobs were more or less pedestrian efforts that never aimed half as high as OVER THE TOP.) The lineup is a menu to make a 70s rivetheads mouth water: Jack Bruce, Don Airey, Clem Clempson, Max Middleton, Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden. We are most assuredly NOT talking phoned-in efforts here. These guys showed up wearing their jammin’ shoes, all of ’em playing at the peak of their powers, spread over seven tracks that take stylistic cues from ELP (‘Theme One’), Colosseum II (‘Killer’ – featuring Gary Moore’s best solo EVER, hands down), Jeff Beck (‘The Loner’, a blues which has achieved near-classic status), and much, much more. The album moves from thundering symphonic to scalding metal fusion to prog to blues to the closing bombast of Cozys signature Beethoven-pastiche title track – and you’re joyously stunned by not just the compositions and brilliant musicianship, but the clean, powerful Cinemascope-audio of Martin Birchs production as well, epic without being overwhelming. Further note to bass players: take a good long listen to the clinic conducted by Mr Bruce on this outing, and then tell me there’s ever been a better bass player in rock. His solo at the end of ‘El Sid’ is alone worth the price of the LP, were it not for the fact that hes just as inspired on the other six tracks. OVER THE TOP is the kind of back-catalogue title that only seems to be sporadically available, so if you happen to see a copy, leap on it like nobody’s business. Given the nature of his passing, you’ll find the cover (Cozy on a Yamaha leaping over a drum kit, bathed in a ghostly bluish tint) to be both eerily prophetic and endearingly definitive.
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly recommended showcase of famous hard rock artists,
It is a rare opportunity to enjoy the combined talents of the late great Cozy Powell (drums), Jack Bruce (bass), Don Airey (keyboards) and Gary Moore (lead guitar on “Killer”). An instrumental effort, Over the Top showcases Cozys’ drumming from his heyday (circa 1978), at the time he was with Ritchie Blackmores Rainbow. The music is straight forward and used as a release for Cozy to expand on the glowingly commercial music from Rainbow. The bass guitar and keyboards are also worth getting this. Highlights are Theme One, Heidi Comes to Town, bluesy The Loner (dedicated to Jeff Beck) and Over the Top. Hard rock DRUMMERS SHOULD OWN THIS
5.0 out of 5 stars overlooked super session,
Bassist extraordinaire Jack Bruce, keyboard great Don Airey, Jeff Becks Max Middleton, Humble Pies Dave Clemson along with the Mighty Cozy Powell and Gary Moore Tear into a mix of Hard Rock/Fussion instrumental tracks that will move, inspire and yeah Rock yer Socks off.
Don’t miss this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars ThunderSticks,
Cozy was one of the best drummers ever — his solo work gives you a chance to get a much better sense of his work than you can when he was backing bands like Rainbow or Whitesnake.
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish you were still with us Cozy, one of thee greatest drummers of our time,
one of the greatest drummers to grace the skins,this album features amazing collaborations with some of the gifted wonders ex. Gary Moore on killers wow!what a cut, a must have album, you will not be able to stop listening to this! ENJOY
COZY POWELL Over the Top LP was part of Cliff Burton’s vinyl collection (presented by his dad) VIDEO IS WORKING PROPERLY
September 27, 2016 marked 30 years without Metallica’s Cliff Burton. His father, Ray, who keeps his son’s memory alive with his family, appeared in a video posted on the Cliff Burton Family fan page. Ηe presented some of Cliff Burton’s favorite records, which the bassist, had in his collection. According to Ray Burton, they have kept Cliff’s records and are trying to make sure they do not wear out. Ιn Cliff Burton’s collection we find the COZY POWELL Over the Top album