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Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes*Expansions

Label:Flying Dutchman – BDL1-0934
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Jazz
Style:Jazz-Funk

Tracklist

A1Expansions
BassCecil McBee
Bongos, PercussionLeopoldo*
Congas, PercussionLawrence Killian
DrumsArt Gore
Electric Piano, Keyboards [Electronic Keyboard Textures]Lonnie Liston Smith
PercussionMichael Carvin
Vocals, FluteDonald Smith
6:04
A2Desert Nights
BassCecil McBee
Bongos, PercussionLeopoldo*
Congas, PercussionLawrence Killian
DrumsArt Gore
FluteDonald Smith
PercussionMichael Carvin
Piano [Acoustic]Lonnie Liston Smith
Soprano SaxophoneDavid Hubbard*
6:45
A3Summer Days
BassCecil McBee
Bongos, PercussionLeopoldo*
Congas, PercussionLawrence Killian
DrumsArt Gore
FluteDonald Smith
Piano [Acoustic]Lonnie Liston Smith
Soprano SaxophoneDavid Hubbard*
5:53
B1Voodoo Woman
BassCecil McBee
Bongos, PercussionLeopoldo*
Clavinet, PercussionMichael Carvin
Congas, PercussionLawrence Killian
DrumsArt Gore
Electric Piano, Keyboards [Electronic Keyboard Textures]Lonnie Liston Smith
FluteDonald Smith
Flute [Alto], Tenor SaxophoneDavid Hubbard*
4:13
B2Peace
BassCecil McBee
DrumsArt Gore
Piano [Acoustic], Keyboards [Electronic Keyboard Textures]Lonnie Liston Smith
VocalsDonald Smith
4:13
B3Shadows
BassCecil McBee
Bongos, PercussionLeopoldo*
Congas, PercussionLawrence Killian
DrumsArt Gore
Electric Piano, Keyboards [Electronic Keyboard Textures]Lonnie Liston Smith
Flute [Alto], Soprano SaxophoneDavid Hubbard*
Flute, Vocals [Vocal Textures]Donald Smith
PercussionMichael Carvin
6:20
B4My Love
BassCecil McBee
Bongos, PercussionLeopoldo*
Congas, PercussionLawrence Killian
DrumsArt Gore
PercussionMichael Carvin
Piano [Acoustic], Electric PianoLonnie Liston Smith
Soprano SaxophoneDavid Hubbard*
VocalsDonald Smith
5:40
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℗ 1975 Flying Dutchman Productions, Ltd.
© 1975 - Flying Dutchman Productions, Ltd.
Stereo

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society (Tracks A1 to B1, B3, B4): BMI
  • Rights Society (Track B2): ASCAP
  • Price Code (Spine): 0698
  • Pressing Plant ID (Both sides stamped): I
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): BDL1-0934-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): BDL1-0934-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 side A runout, stamped): BdL1 0934A 1 I
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 side B runout, stamped): BdL1 0934B 4 I
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 side A runout, stamped): BdL1 0934A 1 I ⁄ \ 'I'
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 side B runout, stamped): BdL1 0934B 4 I < ⁄ \'I'

Other Versions (5 of 33)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Expansions (LP, Album, Stereo)RCA Victor, RCA Victor, RCA VictorSF8434, SF 8434, BDL1 0934UK1975
Expansions (LP)RCA VictorNL80934Germany1975
New Submission
Expansions (8-Track Cartridge, Album)Flying DutchmanBDS1-0934US1975
New Submission
Expansions (LP, Album, Gatefold)Flying DutchmanBDL1-0934Canada1975
New Submission
Expansions (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)RCA VictorBDL1-0934South Africa1975

Reviews

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Alain_Patrick
Edited one year ago
Lonnie Liston Smith, during an interview for Electronic Standards, starts to write the lyrics of the LP theme and prepare his explanations:

”Expand your mind! To understand! We all must leave… In Peace today! Extend your hand! To help the plan! Of Love to all… Mankind on Earth!”

— “That’s the whole message in all the sounds! Man, you can turn your TV on today and watch a war just happening! Right before your eyes! Things are really moving fast! This is … I don’t know what we are going to do… Too much lack of understanding… it’s unbelievable!”
‘Expansions’ tune was the title theme of the 3rd album with the Cosmic Echoes project. “I had never written lyrics before, it was the first opportunity, so I wanted to write lyrics with meaning, and at the same time I wanted to be Jazz, improvised, and contemporary lyrics. All of the musicians were Jazz musicians, to keep that improvised, creative Spirit. I was really happy with the result, because I wanted people to hear all that music and lyrics and at the same time dance to if they wanted. I wanted it all in the music, and it worked!”

Shadows (1975) came out on the same LP. Lonnie tries to explain its unique mood: “I used an echoplex that made the notes repeat themselves, like echoes, or shadows of them in the Space! It’s like when you’re floating in Space, you know… it gave me that feeling! I wanted it to sound at the same time futuristic, organic and human.”
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REENO
I wish the rest of the LP were more like "Expansions"....
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izipho_Zam
Spacey, spiritual, funky ... one of the classic "fusion" records before that became a dirty word.
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Amancay
Killer space ethnic jazz funk. One of the best of the 70s. And soooooooooooooooooooooo smoooooooth! :-) Really quiet beautiful music.
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rgould
Edited 16 years ago
A landmark pioneering jazz-funk album that is packed with goodies - apart from the obvoius anthemic title track which packs dancefloors across genres and decades. The other tracks are a combination of dirty funk and haunting mellowness that makes this and the LP that followed it, Visions of a New World, the perfect soundtrack for summer days and nights. Lonnie Liston Smith at his finest.