Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Dexter Wansel - "Life On Mars" 1976

In it's day, I really did not appreciate the music from this LP, but as I go back and listen to it with more mature ears, I really dig this LP, and I hope you will too.  Dexter Wansel is keyboardist and main composer for this LP, and recognized by many as his best work.  Sure there are some touches of Disco-esque sound in this LP, but hey it was produced in 1976!  Dexter Wansel was a major influence to the popular Soul group of MFSB.  This PL was released the same time the Voyager Space probe was to explore the surface of Mars (hence the name).  Interestingly, the liner notes mentions that "why should we be searching for life on other planets, when we have not mastered life on Earth...".  This LP was released on CD but since has gone out of print, so I present my best attempt at a LP digital archival of this fantastic work from DW and the "photo-shopped" attempt to clean up the LP scan...so please enjoy!
P.S.  Found out that this LP was re-leased on CD as double CD along with another great DW LP, so I am going to purchase the CD version to get the cleanest sound available.  Sorry, link removed...but get the CD, "no regrets"!
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Backing Vocals - Barbara Ingram , Carla Benson , Evette Benton
Bass - Derrick Graves
Drums, Percussion - Darryl Brown
Engineer - Jay Mark , Jim Gallagher
Guitar - Calvin Harris (3)
Producer, Written-By, Arranged By, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocals - Dexter Wansel
Saxophone, Flute - Bobby Malach*
Trumpet, Flugelhorn - Al Harrison


  1. EEWhiz this album available as 2-fer CD along with another album What's The World's Coming right here: http://www.amazon.com/Life-Mars-What-Worlds-Coming/dp/B0009B0H6C. Note this was re-issue in 2005.

  2. thanks for the heads-up, link removed