Extensions (The Manhattan Transfer album)

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Extensions
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Studio album by The Manhattan Transfer
Released October 31, 1979 (1979-10-31)
Genre
Length 37:02
Label Atlantic
Producer Jay Graydon
The Manhattan Transfer chronology
The Manhattan Transfer Live
(1978)
Extensions
(1979)
Mecca for Moderns
(1981)

Extensions is the fifth studio album by The Manhattan Transfer, released on October 31, 1979, by Atlantic Records.

Marking a new era for the group, the album was the first one with Cheryl Bentyne, who replaced Laurel Massé the previous year. It was also the first album that contained songs that were hits in both the jazz and pop categories. The song "Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone" reached No. 12 on the Billboard Disco chart and No. 30 on the Hot 100. "Trickle, Trickle" reached No. 73 on the Hot 100. The album reached No. 55 on the Billboard Top LP's chart.

The most widely known song from this album, "Birdland" by Weather Report, won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance in 1981.[1] Jon Hendricks wrote lyrics for the vocalese version on the album and Janis Siegel received a Grammy for her vocal arrangement of "Birdland".

Charts[edit]

Extensions debuted on Billboard's Top Pop Album chart on December 8, 1979.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Birdland"Jon Hendricks, Joe Zawinul6:00
2."Wacky Dust"Stanley Adams, Oscar Levant3:10
3."Nothin' You Can Do About It"David Foster, Jay Graydon, Steve Kipner4:25
4."Coo Coo-U"Bill Loughborough, David "Buck" Wheat2:13
5."Body and Soul"Frank Eyton, Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour4:26
6."Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone"Jay Graydon, Bernard Herrmann, Alan Paul6:05
7."Trickle Trickle"Clarence Bassett2:19
8."Shaker Song"Jay Beckenstein, David Lasley, Allee Willis4:30
9."Foreign Affair"Tom Waits3:54

Personnel[edit]

The Manhattan Transfer

  • Tim Hauser – vocals, arrangements (4, 7, 8), vocal arrangement (8)
  • Alan Paul – vocals, arrangements (6, 7)
  • Cheryl Bentyne – vocals, arrangements (7)
  • Janis Siegel – vocals, vocal arrangement (1, 2, 8), arrangements (7, 8)

Musicians

  • Alex Acuña – drums (8)
  • Michael Boddicker – synthesizer (1, 4, 6), synthesizer programming (2), vocoder (4)
  • Richie Cole – alto saxophone (1), alto sax solo (8)
  • Paulinho da Costa – congas (7), percussion (8)
  • Frank De Caro – musical contractor
  • Chuck Domanico – bass guitar (5)
  • Clare Fischer – conductor (9)
  • David Foster – arrangement (3), acoustic piano (3), string synthesizer (3)
  • Jay Graydon – vocal arrangement (2), arrangement (3, 6, 7), guitar (3, 6, 7), muted guitars (6), guitar solo (6), additional vocals (6), gut-string guitar (8), synthesizer programming (8)
  • Ralph Humphrey – drums (1, 2, 3, 5, 7)
  • David Hungate – bass guitar (2, 3, 6)
  • Abraham Laboriel – bass guitar (7)
  • Steve Lukather – rhythm guitar (6)
  • Greg Mathieson – rhythm arrangement (2, 8), bass (2), synthesizer (2), synth solo (3), arrangement (4), acoustic piano (8), Fender Rhodes (8)
  • Phil Mattson – arrangement (5)
  • Bill Mays – acoustic piano (5)
  • Andy Muson – bass guitar (8)
  • Michael Omartian – rhythm arrangement (1), acoustic piano (1, 7)
  • Dean Parks – guitar (7), electric guitar (8)
  • Jeff Porcaro – drums (1, 6), anvil (6), bongos (6)
  • Gene Puerling – arrangement (9)
  • Don Roberts – piccolo flute (6), tenor sax solo (7)
  • Ian Underwood – synthesizer (3)
  • Jai Winding – acoustic piano (6)
  • Jimmy Wyble – rhythm guitar (2)

Production[edit]

  • Producer, Mixing and Overdub Tracking – Jay Graydon
  • Basic Tracks recorded by Joseph Bogan and Bill Thomas.
  • Basic Tracks recorded at Dawnbreaker Studios (San Fernando, CA).
  • Overdubs and Mixing at Garden Rake Studios (Studio City, CA).
  • Mastered by Bernie Grundman at A&M Studios (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Art Direction and Design – Tako Ono
  • Front Cover Illustration – Pater Sato
  • Back Cover Photo – Matthew Rolston
  • Costume Design – Jean-Paul Gaultier
  • Hair – Pascal
  • Make-Up – Koelle

References[edit]

  1. ^ LA Times Grammy winners database Accessed 2008 April 14.

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