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Original Album Classics Box set

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Product details

  • Audio CD (30 Mar. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B001P5VT5E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Astral Traveling - Astral Traveling
  2. Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord - Astral Traveling
  3. Rejuvenation - Astral Traveling
  4. I Mani (Faith) - Astral Traveling
  5. In Search Of Truth - Astral Traveling
  6. Aspirations - Astral Traveling
  7. Astral Traveling (alternate take) * - Astral Traveling
  8. Rejuvenation (alternate take) * - Astral Traveling
  9. I Mani Faith (alternate take) * - Astral Traveling
  10. In Search Of Truth (alternate take - Astral Traveling

Disc: 2

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

Disc: 3

  1. Cosmic Funk - Cosmic Funk
  2. Footprints - Cosmic Funk
  3. Beautiful Woman - Cosmic Funk
  4. Sais (Egypt) - Cosmic Funk
  5. Peaceful Ones - Cosmic Funk
  6. Naima - Cosmic Funk

Disc: 4

  1. A Chance For Peace - Visions Of A New World
  2. Love Beams - Visions Of A New World
  3. Colours Of The Rainbow - Visions Of A New World
  4. Devika (Goddess) - Visions Of A New World
  5. Sunset - Visions Of A New World
  6. Visions Of A New World (Phase I) - Visions Of A New World
  7. Visions Of A New World (Phase II) - Visions Of A New World
  8. Summer Nights - Visions Of A New World

Disc: 5

  1. Get Down Everybody (It's Time For World Peace) - Reflections Of A Golden Dream
  2. Quiet Down - Reflections Of A Golden Dream
  3. Sunbeams - Reflections Of A Golden Dream
  4. Meditations - Reflections Of A Golden Dream
  5. Peace & Love - Reflections Of A Golden Dream
  6. Beautiful Woman - Reflections Of A Golden Dream
  7. Goddess Of Love - Reflections Of A Golden Dream
  8. Inner Beauty - Reflections Of A Golden Dream
  9. Golden Dreams - Reflections Of A Golden Dream
  10. Journey Into Space - Reflections Of A Golden Dream

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I don't really like the term jazz-funk but the popularity of this type of music in the eighties at least means there are people out there who know who Lonnie Liston Smith (LLS) is.I have re-purchased nearly all his albums to own them on CD and what a gem this package has proved to be in helping me achieve this at a bargain price.The music? Well firstly this set contains the album entitled 'Expansions' which should make any self-respecting (ex?)clubber raise at least one eyebrow of interest due to the smash hit title track.Most of Lonnie liston Smith's music is really laid back piano jazz which is 'coloured' with a smattering of electronic wizadry to subtley give it a truly etheral feel i.e. cosmic funk.Of course these relaxing,heavenly tracks are broken up with some fine dance tunes which usually have a strong latin flavour in there danceable beats.LLS played with Pharoah Saunders and Miles Davis before developing his own sound.
'Reflections of a Golden Dream' was my first taste of LLS and I used to lay in bed mesmorised by the beauty of the jazz music this album poured lushly from my headphones.The album Astral Travelling is a new one to me so this makes this set essential to a fan like myself.It also demonstrates LLS during his purer jazz beginnings when there was less electronic instrumentation going on and just fine playing by all. I happened to hear the title track on mainstream radio the other day and the DJ was making the point that so many Hip Hop artists have sampled LLS to make the more intelligent jazz based rap that many people are probably unaware of.Check out the Blue Note stuff done by Madlib to see what I mean.He also stated that this music is just as relevant today as it was thirty years ago anf he is right!
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I had no idea who LLS was until I stumbled across Expansions on Youtube a few months ago. So when I saw this boxset I quickly snapped it up. Of the 5 albums, "Expansions" and "Visions of a new World" are my favourites. It's very relaxed music and advocates peace & love & good happiness stuff (as Steve Vai might put it). Some of the albums feature more straight-up jazz, but overall it's either laidback, relaxed funk tracks or really spacey chill-out jazzzz sounds that lower your heartrate and expand your mind...

Not sure how to pigeonhole this genre of music... I'll just call it beautiful music.
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The first 5 Lonnie Liston Smith albums boxed up and on sale for a snip! How good do you want it ?
"Expansions" started it all off for me and many others but I grew to love ALL his stuff.
I religiously searched out the rare vinyl copies back in the early eighties and now they're here in all their glory on CD.
Spaced out, love vibe, sweet keyboards with funky and mellow rhythms and brother Donald's sweet vocal on top.
It doesn't get any better. Just buy it!!
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HASH(0x9c7fc018) out of 5 stars The PRIME of LONNIE LISTON SMITH 1973-1976 14 Nov. 2011
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I started out listening to Lonnie Liston Smith's work just recently. His best of album I just reviewed was culled from these five albums (1973-1976) that form this boxset. I'll try to condense that review, then relate what i think of this 5CD box set packaging. If you're completely unfamiliar with who Lonnie Liston Smith is, he's a pianist/composer who started out playing with Pharoah Saunders on his KARMA album, then played with Gato Barbieri on his early 70s albums, which were slightly less avant-guard than Pharoah's material from that era. From there, L L Smith worked with MILES during the BIG FUN/ ON THE CORNER sessions. After that, he formed this COSMIC ECHOS band with his brother who sings. Most of these albums (the COSMIC ECHOs ones) comprise about one half instrumental songs, and one-half vocal songs, which have cosmic awareness type lyrics about love, peace, rainbows and brotherhood. I admit that the songs with lyrics his brother sings arent my favorite, but it doesnt interrupt the overall flow and vibe of the work. Most of the composistions are mellow, low keyed, smokey, atmospheric pieces, tho I wouldnt call this easy listening, "Fern Bar" music. Songs appear on these albums that almost sound like the song "AJA" by Steely Dan. Other albums in the collection, like "COSMIC FUNK", throw a bit more 70s R&B into the mix. Its the "solo" album ASTRAL TRAVELING, where you get some actual free jazz blowing on the sax. Actually, i'm SURE that's Pharoah Saunders jamming freaky and free on REJUVINATION, tho there are NO SESSION NOTES WHATSOEVER here to collaborate my suspicions.

Overall Lonnie's piano lines on the "COSMIC ECHOS" albums are enjoyable, inventive, even edgy without wandering for more than a bar or two in Free Jazz atonal territory. "COSMIC FUNK" has songs that run the gamet from James Brown mets 1973 era Marvin Gaye, to world fusion jazz numbers. On one song, what appears to be a shanai playing melody against the piano, moves along upon a sonic persian rug of world percussion instruments, that grabs you gentley but firmly by whisps of distant spice gardens perfuming the evening desert air. This might not exactly be purist jazz, but I love listening to it. I'd be forever explaining all these albums, but overall, expect half the songs to extoll peace and love, and the other half to be world fusion jazz rock, all in slow to middle tempos. Some of Donald Byrd's 1973 sound seems to creep into this music, yet at other times, like in the stand-out album ASTRAL TRAVELING, the sitar drones recall Miles 1973 work, and the sax screams Saunder's KARMA period. With five albums for the price of one or two, you dont have to enjoy everything you're presented with, in order to get your money's worth. Personally, I havent heard music that struck me this deeply, for a long time. Its the perfect combination of world music fusion, avant guard jazz lines, gentle new agey instrumental work, and utopianist R&B vocals, all sitting together on five albums from the golden age of hippy mysticism and jazz fusion.

The DOWNSIDE is how the material has been packaged. Now, compaired to the EU repackaging called "EIGHT CLASSIC ALBUMS", the ORIGINAL ALBUM CLASSIC series is pure perfection. I have a Brubeck boxset by ORIGINAL ALBUM CLASSICS, and the same thing holds true with those albums, as with the albums on this set. EACH CD contains the complete original album, including whatever BONUS TRACKS appear on modern CD reissues of the titles. Plus the ORIGINAL ALBUM COVER ART is faithfully reproduced. Considering the time spent on Vinyl Album cover art from this period, you're talking about some beautiful, iconic album covers. Three of the COSMIC ECHO albums covers were masterpieces of magic realism, morphing images in and out of each other, transporting the viewer into color saturated scenery, visualizing the cosmic utopia sung about on the albums. However, since these slip cases dont open up, you cant see the cover painting all at once. PLUS, NO SESSION NOTES, so I dont know who played on what album. Thats a huge disadvantage over owning the individual CDs. Except some of these album titles are not in print, or would cost you major money if you could find them. So, if you want session notes, I suspect you'd have to do what i'll end up doing: researching the internet for each album's session notes. Nevertheless, if you want to investigate Lonnie Liston Smith's creative prime, and dont have the money to shell out for expensive imports, this is your only real option. At least the alternate takes on ASTRAL TRAVELING are listed on the outside of the thick, heavy duty Cardboard Case that houses the individual CD slip cases. Also, these albums sound stellar, and its all about the music when all is said and done. Enjoy!
HASH(0x9d254ba0) out of 5 stars Mr. Lucky 20 Sept. 2013
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I owned the vinyl along time ago and did not think I would ever get all 5 discs from the 'Flying Dutchman' label produced by Bob Thile. I was in my wish list for about one year with an average price of $50 to $144. Of course my patience was rewarded by AMAZON U.K seller Overstocks for $15. At this moment it is unavailable.
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