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Expansions Import, Original recording remastered


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 21, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA Victor Europe
  • ASIN: B00005IAX2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,893 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Expansions
2. Desert Nights
3. Summer Days
4. Voodoo Woman
5. Peace
6. Shadows
7. My Love

Editorial Reviews

Remastered reissue of the crossover jazz keyboardist/pianist's 1974 album. Featuring all original artwork with sleevenotes packaged in a digipak. BMG.

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Dr. Lonnie Liston Smith has always produced thought-provoking, sensual music.
Patricia Smith-Rice
Most of the ones looking for this album are only familiar with the track "Expansions", since it has been released on many compilations.
Didier Red
Smooth jazz evolved from music like this so while there are similarities it is just one influence.
bluetrane

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By bluetrane on September 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This disk is timeless. Anyone who likes funk-jazz, smooth jazz, hard bob or plain good music will like this disk. Lonnie Liston Smith is one those forgotten about guys who got lost in the void of the 70's. However this disk just proves that great music is always being made no matter how bleak the scene may be. As The previous reviewer said there are elements of smooth jazz but I don't think that's fair. Smooth jazz evolved from music like this so while there are similarities it is just one influence. Kinda like comparing rock and roll to the blues. That being said my favorite tracks are summer days and shadows the solos by Smith on them are great. Unfortunately as much as I love this disk I always skip over peace (Check out Horace Silvers Blowin the blues away for the real version) and my love. However the other songs more then make up for this. Give this one a shot if you want to hear something truly original for its time.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Terry Keppard (Faatih) on May 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This man is as passionate, spiritual, melodic and sensuous on the keyboards as the impressionist renoir was on canvas. Lonnie Liston Smith paints a multitude of colors and rainbows in his divine interpretation of improvisation. This second Cosmic Echoes release is truly off the planet, how can we forget the ensemble that catapulted Lonnie Liston Smith into his greatest success in the 70's, with musicians such as David Hubbard, Cecil Mcbee, Lawrence Killian, Art Gore, and the unforgettable one two combination of brother extraordinaire Donald Smith. This album along with Visions of a New World which was the sucessor to Expansions are truly remarkable in style and innovativeness, you can feel the power of his presence as he speaks volumes of spiritual fortitude and oneness, Donald Smith vocals on "My Love" is inspirational and erotic. His vocal talents have not received the accolades he deserves, check Donald Smith out on Lonnie Liston Smith's album "Renaissance", the cut is "Starlight and You", when you hear this cut you'll see what I mean, this man's voice is so very erotic, and sensuous with deep spiritual intonations, you just got to give it up. I often wonder what has happen to Donald Smith, I am so happy that his brother included him in the creation of the Cosmic Echoes, and I am so very pleased to see the reissue of such wonderful and unique compositions, treat yourself to a truly wonderful solitary experience and check out who I call the renoir of the keyboards, you will not be disappointed.
Peace, One Love Faatih
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nick Pappalas on October 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Everything between Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock, Lonnie takes you on a journey of his own. A combination of funk, jazz and some psychedelia, Expansions shares a time in place with such artists as Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Herbie Mann, and Freddie Hubbard just to name a few. Lonnie and his Cosmic Echoes will take you on a mind trip with the title song "Expansions. A song with spacious keyboards a funky beat and peace loving lyrics. A real treat.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album occupies a middle ground between the all out jazz/funk of Herbie Hancock's "Headhunters" and the soul/R&B of Marvin Gaye.
Be warned: there is a strong element of "smooth" jazz here. There's a good amount of soprano sax and breeziness that may be off-putting to you if you're not thorougly into EVERYTHING from the 70's.
But to be fair, the Cosmic Echoes' sound here is equally characterized by some very dank bass lines, excellent drumming, latin percussion, and the great piano/electric synthesizer work of Smith himself. At many points, just when the music seems about to sway into the schmaltz realm, Smith shows up with some spacey organ to remind you that this is more about a lazy, burnt-out afternoon by the pool than a trip to Sears.
Smith's brother contributes some high pitched, Marvin Gaye-esque vocals on a couple of tracks that some people may like, while some people may wish weren't there. The lyrics to these songs are pretty idealistic, which is a nice way of saying "dated," and the delivery again is breezy--- almost at odds in certain points (particularly on the title track) with the knotty funk being laid down by the rhythm section.
But given time and taken on its own terms, "Expansions" reveals itself to be a great summer album. It's happy, it's bright, it's silky, it's funky.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Terry Keppard (Faatih) on May 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This man is as passionate, spiritual, melodic and sensuous on the keyboards as the impressionist renoir was on canvas. Lonnie Liston Smith paints a multitude of colors and rainbows in his divine interpretation of improvisation. This second Cosmic Echoes release is truly off the planet, how can we forget the ensemble that catapulted Lonnie Liston Smith into his greatest success in the 70's, with musicians such as David Hubbard, Cecil Mcbee, Lawrence Killian, Art Gore, and the unforgettable one two combination of brother extraordinaire Donald Smith. This album along with Visions of a New World which was the sucessor to Expansions are truly remarkable in style and innovativeness, you can feel the power of his presence as he speaks volumes of spiritual fortitude and oneness, Donald Smith vocals on "My Love" is inspirational and erotic. His vocal talents have not received the accolades he deserves, check Donald Smith out on Lonnie Liston Smith's album "Renaissance", the cut is "Starlight and You", when you hear this cut you'll see what I mean, this man's voice is so very erotic, and sensuous with deep spiritual intonations, you just got to give it up. I often wonder what has happen to Donald Smith, I am so happy that his brother included him in the creation of the Cosmic Echoes, and I am so very pleased to see the reissue of such wonderful and unique compositions, treat yourself to a truly wonderful solitary experience and check out who I call the renoir of the keyboards, you will not be disappointed.
Peace, One Love Faatih
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