Reflections of a Golden Dream

Reflections of a Golden Dream

by Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic EchoesLonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes


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Reflections of a Golden Dream is the last LP Lonnie Liston Smith cut for Flying Dutchman and it's hard not to see the record as an aural manifestation of the label's shifting fortunes. As the jazz marketplace shifted during the '70s, the label had its financial hand forced and they needed to abandon their esoteric ways for something that was a bit more commercial. Of all their artists, Smith was the best positioned to do this because he already struck upon a blend of the spiritual and funk with 1975's Expansions. Released a year later, Reflections of a Golden Dream tips the scales a bit closer to funk, opening up with a Sly Stone workout called "Get Down Everybody (It's Time for World Peace)," a cut where Lonnie takes a rare vocal lead. After this, Reflections starts to seem as meditative as its title, achieving a kind of elegant spiritual suspension while also feeling as fleet and slick as satin. The only other time Smith returns to flat-out funk is on "Beautiful Woman," a late-night groove that kicks off side two, and while the rest of the record contains many period accouterments -- sustained strings, electric pianos, deep echoes -- the essence of the record is indeed meditative. Perhaps these are polyester paisley dreams but that doesn't make them any less real or affecting.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/04/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667529624
catalogNumber: 3024266
Rank: 58408

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes   Primary Artist
Patti Austin   Choir, Chorus
Jon Faddis   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Lonnie Liston Smith   Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals
Vivian Cherry   Choir, Chorus
Leopoldo Fleming   Guitar,Percussion,Conga,Vocals
Wilby Fletcher   Drums
Guilherme Franco   Percussion
Arthur Kaplan   Baritone Saxophone
George Opalisky   Tenor Saxophone
Donald Smith   Flute,Vocals
Joe Shepley   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Anderson   Bass
Maeretha Stewart   Choir, Chorus
David Hubbard   Flute,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone

Technical Credits

Lonnie Liston Smith   Composer,Director,Producer,Liner Notes,Coloration
Jack Martin   Cover Art
Leopoldo Fleming   Composer
Horace Ott   Arranger
Bob Thiele   Producer
Alan Varner   Engineer
Bob Chiaramonte   Engineer
Dean Rudland   Liner Notes
Acy Lehman   Art Direction

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