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Herbie HancockSextant

Label:Columbia – KC 32212
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Santa Maria Pressing
Genre:Electronic, Jazz, Funk / Soul
Style:Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Experimental


A1Rain Dance9:16
A2Hidden Shadows10:13

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Ⓟ 1973 CBS, Inc / Ⓒ 1973 CBS, Inc
Recorded at Wally Heiders, San Francisco and Different Fur Trading Co., San Francisco.

Promos of this version are stock red label copies with timing strip enclosed from Columbia records radio station service and a sticker on the back cover that reads "Promotional record for broadcast and review not for sale".

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side A): AL 32212
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side B): BL 32212
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, Side A, etched): PAL 32212-1A
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, Side B, etched): PBL 32212-1D
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, Side A, etched): PAL 32212-1A 2 SX B
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, Side B, etched): PBL 32212-1C 2 SX B
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 side A etched): 0 PAL 32212 - IA SX I D I
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 side B etched): 0 PBL 32212 - ID 2 C
  • Pressing Plant ID (Etched in runouts): SX
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 35)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Sextant (LP, Album)ColumbiaC 32212US1973
Sextant (LP, Album)CBSS 65582Netherlands1973
Sextant (LP, Album, Quadraphonic)ColumbiaCQ 32212US1973
Sextant (8-Track Cartridge, Album, Quadraphonic)ColumbiaCAQ 32212US1973
Sextant (LP, Album)ColumbiaKC 32212Canada1973


Sinner_Lady's profile picture
The greatest record ever made! Still a light year ahead of it's time.
ELITE_MUSIC's profile picture
Three years after MILES & Co. spilled the BITCHES BREW all over the unsuspecting Elton John/Led Zeppelin/Streisand-listening planet, Master Hancock's "SEXTANT" is a logical and fitting follow-up. Nothing more to add to the already numerous superlatives and well-deserved accolades. *Except:

DR. PATRICK GLEESON, baby! The man got Herbie hooked on analog synths! A few years later, hear Gleeson all over the Coppolas' "APOCALYPSE NOW!" movie soundtrack, and "STAR WARS", too! Hey, Different Fur studios on 19th and Valencia, in SF's Mission District! Gleeson's first appearance on record with Herbie Hancock was "CROSSINGS", then followed up with more work with HEADHUNTER Bennie Maupin, Julian Priester, RETURN TO FOREVER's Lennie White, etc.; even on DEVO's "Are We Not Men?" (1978!), and MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO in the mid-'90s!!
Gleeson was recently interviewed on NPR (radio) for his longtime/current work on environmental recordings and preserving natural sounds/ambience essential for the survival of endangered species (I don't think NPR really knew the history of this electronic genius!) ...