Les McCann ‎– Layers

Atlantic ‎– SD 1646
Vinyl, LP, Album


Songs From Boston
A1 Sometimes I Cry 5:24
A2 Let's Gather 1:08
A3 Anticipation 0:48
A4 The Dunbar High School Marching Band 6:06
A5 Soaring (At Dawn) Part I 5:53
Songs From My Childhood
B1 The Harlem Buck Strut Dance 5:55
B2 Interlude 0:33
B3 Before I Rest 4:44
B4 Let's Play ('Til Mom Calls) 3:20
B5 It Never Stopped In My Home Town 1:54
B6 Soaring (At Sunset) Part II 8:03

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  • Arranged By, Conductor, Piano, Electric Piano, Synthesizer [Arp], Clavinet, Drums, Timpani, Composed By, Liner NotesLes McCann
  • Bells, PercussionJimmy Rowser
  • Co-producer [Production Associate]Jack Shaw
  • Congas, Bells, PercussionRalph MacDonald
  • Congas, Bongos, Bells, Wood Block, PercussionBuck Clarke
  • Double Bass [Bass Violin]Jimmy Rowser (tracks: A1, A5)
  • Drums, Bells, PercussionDonald Dean
  • Electric BassJimmy Rowser (tracks: A2, A4, B1)
  • Engineer [Recording & Re-mix]Bob Liftin
  • Liner NotesRobert Liftin*
  • Other [Special Thanks] – Marty Cohen, Tom Oberheim
  • Photography [Cover] – Jesse Califano
  • Producer, Liner NotesJoel Dorn


Recorded & re-mixed at Regent Sound Studios, New York, N.Y.
Album design: Graphic Projects, Inc., New York, N.Y.
℗ © 1973 Atlantic Recording Corporation
Printed in U.S.A.
Mfg. by Atlantic Recording Corp.

Gatefold sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side A): ST-A-732957 PR
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side B): ST-A-732958 PR
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A): ST - A - 732957 - A AT PR
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B): ST - A - 732958 - B AT PR

Other Versions (5 of 15) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SD 1646 Les McCann Layers(LP, Album, Promo) Atlantic SD 1646 US 1973 Sell This Version
SD 1646 Les McCann Layers(LP, Album, Gat) Atlantic SD 1646 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
ATL 50 042 Les McCann Layers(LP, Album) Atlantic ATL 50 042 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
R2 71280 Les McCann Layers(CD, Album) Rhino Entertainment Company R2 71280 US 1993 Sell This Version
K 50042 (SD 1646) Les McCann Layers(LP, Album, Gat) Atlantic K 50042 (SD 1646) Italy 1973 Sell This Version



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August 12, 2016
Golden nugget of laid down jazz funk complete with ARP synthesizer "cosmos", smooth bell toned Fender Rhodes, and a bed of tight drum and bass lines. No vocals of which McCann was prone to in the gospel sense are ousted for instrumental genius.
This is a laid back affair in the catalog of 70s jazz and on par with the sort of vibe Miles conveyed on his quintessential Kind of Blue. Check out McCann's Invitation if you like this release its in the same instrumental mindset albeit the tracks are longer context and theres less synth is any.