Emergency! was the 1969 debut of The Tony Williams Lifetime, an early jazz-rock group fronted by longtime Miles Davis drummer Tony Williams. The Lifetime at this stage was a Power Trio featuring guitarist John McLaughlin and organist Larry Young. As with much early fusion jazz, Emergency! received mostly negative reviews from the jazz press upon release, though Robert Christgau was an admirer; he gave this album an A, and compared the follow-up Turn It Over it to a less "stupid" Led Zeppelin.
- "Emergency" (9:35)
- "Beyond Games" (8:17)
- "Where" (12:10)
- "Vashkar" (4:59)
- "Via the Spectrum Road" (7:49)
- "Spectrum" (8:50)
- "Sangria for Three" (13:07)
- "Something Spiritual" (5:37)
- Alliterative Title: "Something Spiritual".
- Cover Version: "Vashkar" by Carla Bey and "Something Special" by Dave Herman
- Epic Rocking: While short by fusion standards, four tracks break eight minutes and a fifth clocks in at 7:50.
- Excited Episode Title!: Emergency!
- Face on the Cover: A shot of Williams playing the drums.
- Genre-Busting / Genre Adultery: A member of the second great quintet playing "primitive" guitar rock? Blasphemy!
- Good People Have Good Sex: The lyrics of "Beyond Games" invite the listener to invoke this trope, arguing that good sex shouldn't end at marriage.
- Instrumentals: The majority of the album, aside from some poetry read by Williams.
- Lead Drummer: Aside from having his name in the band name, Williams did the few vocals, albeit not well.
- One-Word Title: "Emergency". Also the tracks "Where", "Vashkar" and "Spectrum".
- Psychedelic Rock: Type 2. A recording accident pumping up the distortion - responsible for the "drinking" sound on Young's organ - made it more of an example than intended.
- Questioning Title?: "Where?"
- Rock Trio: This lineup of the Lifetime, later averted with the addition of Jack Bruce.
- Rule of Three: "Sangria For Three".