The First Seven Days

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The First Seven Days
Studio album by Jan Hammer
Released 1975
Recorded 1975; Red Gate Studio, Kent, New York
Genre Jazz fusion, acid jazz
Label Nemperor Records/Atlantic Records
Producer Jan Hammer
Jan Hammer chronology
Like Children
(1974)Like Children1974
The First Seven Days
Oh Yeah?
(1976)Oh Yeah?1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[2]

The First Seven Days is an album recorded by jazz musician Jan Hammer in 1975. It features extensive use of synthesizers, including the synthesized "guitar" parts (as on his follow-up album, Oh Yeah?), with the record jacket stating, "For those concerned: there is no guitar on this album." it is considered one of the pioneering works of acid jazz. Other instruments used are grand piano, electric violin and percussion.

It is a musical telling of the Genesis creation story. The record jacket continues with "Assuming that each of these "days" lasted anywhere from one day to a hundred million years, the scientific and biblical views do meet in certain points. These points were the inspiration for this album, and, besides, they provided me with an excuse to write seven new pieces of music."

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Jan Hammer
(On the LP version, side 2 begins with track 5.)

  1. "Darkness/Earth in Search of a Sun" (4:30)
  2. "Light/Sun" (6:40)
  3. "Oceans and Continents" (6:14)
  4. "Fourth Day — Plants and Trees" (2:44)
  5. "The Animals" (6:09)
  6. "Sixth Day — the People" (7:11)
  7. "The Seventh Day" (6:08)




  1. ^ Gabriel, Robert. "The First Seven Days - Jan Hammer | AllMusic". Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 92. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 

The First Seven Days, Jan Hammer. Nemperor/Atlantic NE432 (jacket notes)

External links[edit]

The First Seven Days at MusicBrainz (list of releases)