Les McCannLayers

Label:Atlantic – SD 1646
Vinyl, LP, Album, MO - Monarch Pressing
Style:Fusion, Jazz-Funk


Songs From Boston
A1Sometimes I Cry5:24
A2Let's Gather1:08
A4The Dunbar High School Marching Band6:06
A5Soaring (At Dawn) Part I5:53
Songs From My Childhood
B1The Harlem Buck Strut Dance5:55
B3Before I Rest4:44
B4Let's Play ('Til Mom Calls)3:20
B5It Never Stopped In My Home Town1:54
B6Soaring (At Sunset) Part II8:03

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-MO and Broadway address on labels

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: ST-A-732951-A AT △18340(1) PR
  • Matrix / Runout: ST-A-732958-AA AT △18340-X(1) PR

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Layers (LP, Album, Gatefold)AtlanticSD 1646Canada1973
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Layers (LP, Album, Gatefold)AtlanticK 50042 (SD 1646)Italy1973
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Layers (LP, Album)AtlanticATC 9488 (SD 16460South Africa1973
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Layers (8-Track Cartridge, Album)AtlanticTP 1646US1973
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Layers (LP, Album, Promo)AtlanticSD 1646US1973



  • HiddenImagination's avatar
    Look - Les is a musician’s musician.
    On this particular take, 36-year old Les shows up to the studio on time, and pretty much records the entire album in one take. Then goes back and overdubs himself with various instruments, hence the title.
    Spontaneity and self-assurance captured on two 16-track machines tied together for thirty two tracks, so as not to disturb the creative flow. An invitation to openness was received.
    • J-Keller's avatar
      This album is fantastic! Was pleasantly surprised with it. Funk grooves layered with synths combined with relaxed lounge synth jazz. Feels a bit like a great soundtrack to some random 70’s film. This pressing, in particular, is great. Wide stereo spectrum and great separation.
      • PerceptionShift's avatar
        An oddball in McCann's discography. After laying down some rhythms with his backing band, McCann then fills in the rest of the 32 tracks with a Fender Rhodes and ARP 2600 making one oddball synth jazz LP. Side 1 is a bit laid back with lots of Rhodes and the 2600 emulating various wind instruments riding over the grooves below. Side 2 is more scattered with some wandering and nice little drum breaks. This record makes me think side 2 of Headhunters or of McCann's label mates Eddie Harris and Phil Moore Jr. Fans of electric keyboard jazz would do well to find themselves a copy of this LP. I give it a 8/10.


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