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Johnny HammondGears

Label:Milestone (4) – M-9062
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Genre:Jazz, Funk / Soul
Style:Fusion, Jazz-Funk


A1Tell Me What To Do5:16
A2Los Conquistadores Chocolatés
Vocals [Recitation]William Jordan
A3Lost On 23rd Street6:36
Written-ByHammond*, L. Mizell*
B2Shifting Gears5:19
B3Can't We Smile4:35

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Some copies include a 'Promotional Record For Broadcast & Review Not For Sale' sticker on back sleeve.

"© Milestone Records 1975 Printed in U.S.A" on spine.

Produced for Sky High Productions, Inc.
Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, July 1975.
Remixed at Sound Factory, Hollywood, September 1975.
℗ 1975, Milestone Records

Harvey Mason appears courtesy of Arista Records. Roger Glenn appears courtesy of Prestige Records.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side A): M-9062-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side B): M-9062-B
  • Pressing Plant ID (Etched both sides runout): SXT
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A etched; TML-M stamped [Var 1]): M9062 A•1B TML-M SX SXT
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B etched; TML-M stamped [Var 1]): M9062-B-1A TML-M SXT
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A etched; TML-M stamped [Var 2]): M9062 A•1B TML-M SX SXT AI S 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B etched; TML-M stamped [Var 2]): M9062•B-1A TML-M SXT C S2 SX

Other Versions (5 of 13)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Gears (LP, Album, Reissue)Milestone (4)MX-9062Europe1987
Gears (LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered)Milestone (4)MX 9062UK1993
Gears (LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered)Milestone (4)MX 9062France1993
Gears (CD, Album, Reissue)Original Jazz Classics, Milestone (4)OJCCD-914-2, M-9062Europe1996
New Submission
Gears (CD, Album, Reissue)Original Jazz Classics, Milestone (4)OJCCD-914-2, M-9062US1996


Buzzman3535's profile picture
Holy cow. Finally got a copy and it sounds even better than i had hoped. Loved the music for years on various funk comps that i thought sounded good. The OG is on another planet!
redrabbie's profile picture
Superbly produced Mizell Bros album. A standout 70s funk album
ruderoy121's profile picture
This always reminds of Honest Jons in London U.K. every time i would look at the most recent releases displayed at the shop front display this album cover would be there for years since it came out, they held the album in high regard and its such an unusual cover of a gear box cogs.
The Mizell brothers did there bit to bring this album alive in a similar style to the Donald Byrd "Spaces and places".
gordysgroovesuk's profile picture
The 'Creme de la Creme' of funk fusion music really. Absolute knockout rare groove
cult LP from Mr Johnny Hammond and produced by the Mizells and in the same
league as 'Places and Spaces' LP by Donald Byrd........but different !!!
SpareGrooves's profile picture
Edited 9 years ago
10/10 legendary jazz funk LP. The finest jazz funk grooves, every track breaking boundaries, sounds even as fresh today. Antoher Mizell Brothers production and arrangement, probably they're finest work. 'Tell Me What To Do' is a nice mid tempo hook with subtle vocals, 'Shifting Gears' is a serious breaks and block party track with every ingredient - heavily sampled by hiphop in the 80s and 90s. 'Los Conquistadores Chocolatés' is perhaps the most ground breaking track on this LP that could be considered one of the first disco funk tracks - heavy driving bassline, guitar. organ all in melody - 10/10 Perfect all the way through... Play this LP now! DJ Mr 'Soul' Strutt - 45 CENTRAL