Extensions (The Manhattan Transfer album)

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Studio album by The Manhattan Transfer
Released October 31, 1979 (1979-10-31)
Genre Vocal jazz, pop
Length 37:02
Label Atlantic
Producer Jay Graydon
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Extensions is the fourth 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".


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

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Birdland" Jon Hendricks, Joe Zawinul 6:00
2. "Wacky Dust" Stanley Adams, Oscar Levant 3:10
3. "Nothin' You Can Do About It" David Foster, Jay Graydon, Steve Kipner 4:25
4. "Coo Coo-U" Bill Loughborough, David "Buck" Wheat 2:13
5. "Body and Soul" Frank Eyton, Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour 4:26
6. "Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone" Jay Graydon, Bernard Herrmann, Alan Paul 6:05
7. "Trickle Trickle" Clarence Bassett 2:19
8. "Shaker Song" Jay Beckenstein, David Lasley, Allee Willis 4:30
9. "Foreign Affair" Tom Waits, Tony Joe White 3:54


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

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