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100 Greatest Fusion Albums

Definition & Criteria: In the late 1960s, jazz musicians began mixing the forms and improvisational techniques of jazz with the electric instruments of rock and the rhythms of soul and rhythm and blues. At the same time, some rock artists began adding jazz elements to their music. Fusion has gone on to often include world music and other elements. At its best, fusion music is often considered to be one of the most inventive, original and virtuosic musical genres.

Criteria: - These Fusion Albums were chosen to showcase the artists musical vision through their originality, influence, instrumental quality and creative inspiration. 
Edited By: Tom M
List Begun: 8-29-07

100 Greatest Fusion Albums
  1. In A Silent Way (1969) - Miles Davis
  2. Bitches Brew (1969) - Miles Davis
  3. The Inner Mounting Flame (1971) - Mahavishnu Orchestra
  4. Weather Report (1971) - Weather Report
  5. Third (1970) - Soft Machine
  6. Return To Forever (1972) - Chick Corea
  7. Tribal Tech (1991) - Tribal Tech
  8. Atavachron (1986) - Allan Holdsworth
  9. Emergency! (1969) - Tony Williams Lifetime
10. Electric Bath (1967) - Don Ellis Orchestra
11. 8:30 (1979) - Weather Report
12. Love, Devotion & Surrender (1972) - Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin
13. Rocket Science (2000) - Tribal Tech
14. Lotus (1974) - Santana
15. Blood, Sweat & Tears (1969) - Blood, Sweat & Tears
16. The Lost Trident Sessions (1999) - Mahavishnu Orchestra
17. Chicago Transit Authority (1969) - Chicago
18. Light As A Feather (1972) - Return To Forever
19. Birds Of Fire (1972) - Mahavishnu Orchestra
20. Quantum (2007) - Planet X
21. Amandla (1989) - Miles Davis
22. Head Hunters (1973) - Herbie Hancock
23. The Grand Wazoo (1973) - Frank Zappa
24. The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys (1971) - Traffic
25. Six (1973) - Soft Machine
26. Sand (1987) - Allan Holdsworth
27. Reality Check (1995) - Tribal Tech
28. Aja (1977) - Steely Dan
29. Pick Hits Live (1987) - John Scofield
30. Elegant Gypsy (1977) - Al Di Meola
31. Michael Brecker (1986) - Michael Brecker
32. Spectrum (1973) - Billy Cobham
33. Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar (1981) - Frank Zappa
34. Believe It (1975) - The New Tony Williams Lifetime
35. Live At The Village Gate (1971) - Larry Coryell
36. World Gone Strange (1991) - Andy Summers
37. Short Stories (1987) - Bob Berg
38. Where Have I Known You Before (1974) - Return To Forever
39. Sunburst (1975) - Eddie Henderson
40. Steps Ahead (1983) - Steps Ahead
41. Vertical Vision (2003) - Christian McBride
42. Seven (1974) - Soft Machine
43. Closer To The Light (1989) - Leni Stern
44. Romantic Warrior (1976) - Return To Forever
45. The Forbidden Zone (1994) - Tom Coster
46. I Sing The Body Electric (1972)- Weather Report
47. Pat Metheny Group (1978) - Pat Metheny
48. School Days (1976) - Stanley Clarke
49. Petite Blonde (1992) - Bill Evans
50. Getting Even (1998) - Dennis Chambers
51. Unorthodox Behaviour (1976) - Brand X
52. Crossings (1972) - Herbie Hancock
53. King Kong (1969) - Jean-Luc Ponty
54. Vital Tech Tones (1998) - Vital Tech Tones
55. Kinesethetics (2006) - Scott Kinsey
56. Stories To Tell (1974) - Flora Purim
57. Expansions (1974) - Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes
58. Cycles (1998) - Bob Berg
59. Metro (1994) - Metro
60. Tutu (1986) - Miles Davis
61. The Rotters' Club (1975) - Hatfield & The North
62. Bass Desires (1985) - Marc Johnson
63. National Health (1977) - National Health
64. We'll Talk About It Later (1971) - Nucleus
65. Train Of Thought (1985) - Mitchel Forman
66. Upside Downside (1986) - Mike Stern
67. To The Heart (1976) - Mark-Almond
68. Captain Marvel (1972) - Stan Getz
69. B,S & T 4 (1971) - Blood, Sweat & Tears
70. Dreams (1969) - Dreams
71. Introducing The Eleventh House (1974) - Larry Coryell
72. Forty Reasons (1991) - Chad Wackerman
73. Arrowhead (1980) - Wayne Johnson
74. Still Warm (1986) - John Scofield
75. Secrets (1989) - Allan Holdsworth
76. Don Ellis At Fillmore (1970) - Don Ellis Orchestra
77. Crosswinds (1974) - Billy Cobham
78. Expresso II (1978) - Gong
79. Music On The Edge (1991) - Chroma
80. Cross-Collateral (1975) - Passport
81. Compost (1971) - Compost
82. If 2 (1970) - If
83. Electric Guitarist (1978) - Johnny McLaughlin
84. Blue Matter (1986) - John Scofield
85. Enigmatic Ocean (1977) - Jean Luc-Ponty
86. Thick (1999) - Tribal Tech
87. Smash & Scatteration (1984) - Bill Frisell & Vernon Reid
88. Mountain In The Clouds (1969) - Mirolslav Vitous
89. CAB 2 (2001) - CAB
90. My Goals Beyond (1970) - John McLaughlin
91. Volume Two (1969) - Soft Machine
92. MoonBabies (2002) - Planet X
93. Illusion (1975) - Isotope
94. Like Children (1975) - Jan Hammer & Jerry Goodman
95. Unity (1974) - Catalyst
96. Live (2006) - Michael Landau Group
97. Wardenclyffe Tower (1992) - Allan Holdsworth
98. Vinnie Colaiuta (1994) - Vinnie Colaiuta
99. Live And More - Marcus Miller
100. Mobo II (1984) - Kazumi Watanabe

Honerable Mentions
Animal Logic II (1991) - Animal Logic
Azteca (1972) - Azteca
Ginger Baker's Air Force (1970) - Ginger Baker's Air Force
The Journey (1990) - Joe Beck
In Harmony's Way (2001) - Jeff Berlin
Child Is Father To The Man (1968) - Blood, Sweat & Tears
Blood Sweat & Tears 3 (1970) - Blood, Sweat & Tears
Jaco (2002) - Brian Bromberg
Duster (1967) - Gary Burton
CAB (2000) - CAB
CAB 4 (2003) - CAB
Septober Energy (1971) - Centipede
Boston T Party (2006) - Dennis Chambers
Chase (1971) - Chase
Chicago II (1970) - Chicago
Chicago III (1971) - Chicago
Valentyne Suite (1969) - Colosseum
The Elektric Band (1986) - Chick Corea
Just Us (1972) - Elton Dean
Untitled (1976) - Jack DeJohnette's Directions
Tears Of Joy (1971) - Don Ellis Orchestra
Tricycle (1982) - Flim & The BB's
The Flock (1969) - The Flock
Talk To Your Daughter (1988) - Robben Ford
Big Sky (2003) - Brett Garsed
Gilgamesh (1975) - Gilgamesh
Mwandishi (1970) - Herbie Hancock
Live (2005) - Scott Henderson
Metal Fatigue (1988) - Allan Holdsworth
Hard Hat Area (1994) - Allan Holdsworth
1984 (1973) - Hugh Hopper
If 3 (1971) - If
Summerhill (1992) - Dieter Ilg
Decode Yourself (1985) - Ronald Shannon Jackson
Fission (1998) - Jens Johansson
2 Drink Minimum (1995) - Wayne Krantz
Powers Of Ten Live! (2001) - Shawn Lane
Wanderlust (1981) - Mike Mainieri
Little Red Record (1972) - Matching Mole
Street Dreams (1988) - Lyle Mays
Layers (1972) - Les McCann
Industrial Zen (2006) - John McLaughlin
American Garage (1980) - Pat Metheny
Mingus (1979) - Joni Mitchell
Shadows And Light (1980) - Joni Mitchell
Wild Things Run Fast (1982) - Joni Mitchell
Jaco Pastorius (1976) - Jaco Pastorius
Live From Oz (2002) - Planet X
Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy (1974) - Return To Forever
Welcome (1973) - Santana
First Minute Of A New Day (1975) - Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson
Inertia (2001) - Derek Sherinian
Vitalive! (1999) - Steve Smith/Vital Information
Soft Heap (2006) - Soft Heap
Bundles (1975) - Soft Machine
Smokin' In The Pit (1980) - Steps (Ahead)
Modern Times (1984) - Steps Ahead
Secrets (1988) - Leni Stern
Give And Take (1997) - Mike Stern
Time In Place (1990) - Mike Stern
Nothing Like The Sun (1987) - Sting
The Dream Of The Blue Turtles (1985) - Sting
Charming Snakes (1990) - Andy Summers
Meet The Podium Three (2006) - Jamaaldeen Tacuma
Illicit (1992) - Tribal Tech
Face First (1993) - Tribal Tech
Uncle Moe's Space Ranch (2001) - Uncle Moe's Space Ranch
Moe's Town (2007) - Uncle Moe's Space Ranch
VTT 2 (2000) - Vital Tech Tones
The View (1993) - Chad Wackerman
Sweetnighter (1973) - Weather Report
Black Market (1976) - Weather Report
Synergy (1999) - Dave Weckl
The Joy Of Flying (1978) - Tony Williams
Bent (1998) - Gary Willis
The End Of An Ear (1971) - Robert Wyatt
Dreamland (1995) - Yellowjackets
Hot Rats (1969) - Frank Zappa
Waka/Jawaka (1972) - Frank Zappa
Dialects (1986) - Joe Zawinul
My People (1992) - Joe Zawinul
The Immigrants (1998) - Zawinul Syndicate
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