Believe It

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Believe It
Believe It.jpg
Studio album by The New Tony Williams Lifetime
RecordedJuly 1975
GenreJazz fusion
ProducerBruce Botnick
The New Tony Williams Lifetime chronology
The Old Bum's Rush
Believe It
Million Dollar Legs
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[2]

Believe It is the first album by The New Tony Williams Lifetime, released in 1975 on Columbia Records. The New Lifetime was a jazz fusion band formed by the drummer Tony Williams with Allan Holdsworth on guitar, Alan Pasqua on keyboards and Tony Newton on bass.


AllMusic awarded the album with 4 out of 5 stars.[3] The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide also awarded 4 out of 5 stars and in his review, John Swenson describes the albums Believe It and Million Dollar Legs as "both funk fusion delights featuring the playing of ex-Soft Machine axeman Allan Holdsworth".[2]

The compositions Fred, Proto Cosmos and Red Alert are also featured on the Allan Holdsworth DVD Live at Yoshi's, released in 2007. Holdsworth has often stated that his time with the drummer was the most influential formative stage of his career.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Snake Oil" (Tony Newton) — 6:30
  2. "Fred" (Allan Holdsworth) — 6:48
  3. "Proto-Cosmos" (Alan Pasqua) — 4:02
  4. "Red Alert" (Newton) — 4:39
  5. "Wildlife" (Tony Williams) — 5:22
  6. "Mr Spock" (Holdsworth) — 6:15
  7. "Celebration" (Williams) — [Bonus Track] 4:01
  8. "Letsby" (Holdsworth) — [Bonus Track] 6:34



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 209. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ Nastos, G. Allmusic Review: Believe It accessed 10 April 2010
  4. ^ Hoard. C Allan Holdsworth: Reaching for the Uncommon Chord. Hal Leonard, 1987, ISBN 978-0-634-07002-0, p. 14.