Dexter WanselLife On Mars

Label:Philadelphia International Records – PZ 34079
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Terre Haute Pressing
Genre:Jazz, Funk / Soul
Style:Fusion, Funk, Disco, Jazz-Funk


A1A Prophet Named K.G.4:20
A2Life On Mars
Performer [Rhythm]Instant Funk
A3Together Once Again
VocalsTerry Welles*
Written-ByV. Barrett*
Arranged ByJack Faith
B1One Million Miles From The Ground5:00
B2You Can Be What You Wanna Be
Performer [Rhythm]Instant Funk
B3Theme From The Planets4:53
B4Rings Of Saturn3:43

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Label and pressing variation, labels have white 'holes' in Philadelphia International Records logo. Differs from Life On Mars, which has green 'holes' in the Philadelphia International Records logo, in addition to unique runout etchings.

Recorded at Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, PA.
Mastered at Frankford/Wayne Mastering Labs, Philadelphia, PA.
TSOP "The Sound Of Philadelphia" T.M.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side label): AL 34079
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side label): BL 34079
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side runout etching variant 1): o TI P.I.R. AL-34079-1D F/W NS. B
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side runout etching variant 1): p P.I.R. BL-34079-1B F/W NS.
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side runout etching variant 2): 1 S P.I.R. AL-34079-1H RE F/W B
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side runout etching variant 2): o T1 P.I.R. BL-34079-1D F/W NB D6

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Life On Mars (LP, Album)Philadelphia International RecordsPIR 82211Spain1977
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Life On Mars (LP, Album, Reissue, Unofficial Release)Philadelphia International RecordsPZ 34079UK2000


  • Discog38's avatar
    Thundercat was definitely listening to this along with George Duke.
    • lubizianrecord's avatar
      Keyboard wiz in action. Enjoy the spectacular layered cosmic Arp Key Synth sound with jazz funk groove .

      A thematic concept album ..funky voyage to Mars !

      • Alain_Patrick's avatar
        Edited 5 years ago
        When I finally had the chance to ask Dexter Wansel about the ideas behind his magnificent album, he said joyfully: "Well Alain, very early on I was into synthesis. And I really didn't understand sinewaves, oscillators, envelope generators, etc. I also didn't understand the the Solar System, or the Universe - (and still don't), but trying to merge the two paths of thinking was very exciting to me. Like on "Rings Of Saturn". I imagined what the rings might sound like as they circled around the gaseous planet itself and came up with some sounds on the Arp 2600 V that I thought would make sense. When I first got ARP 2600, Al Pearlman basically walked me through patching the components in their proper order. He created ARP synthesizer."
        • EthansWaxStacks's avatar
          After many listens this album still moves me and it is incredible how well Wansel executed the core concept of the title, from fun and funky to just plain touching and romantic, always with space travel in mind. Of course there are a few great samples and lots of funk, but just listen to the honesty of Together Once Again, about lovers divided by the distance of Earth and Mars, to get a feel for just how well the theme informed the tracks. They dont make them like this anymore.
          • enabler's avatar
            "Theme From The Planets" is an absolute funk / disco-y masterpiece. Tip: Play it at 45 and its really good to dance to



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