1979 The Manhattan Transfer – Extensions

The Manhattan Transfer 1979Extensions was released by The Manhattan Transfer (Alan Paul, Cheryl Bentyne, Janis Siegel and Tim Hauser) on October 31, 1979, on the Atlantic Records label.

This album began a new era for the group: This album was the first one with Cheryl Bentyne, who replaced Laurel Massé. It was also the first album that contained songs that were hits in both the jazz and pop categories. The disco hit song “Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone” reached #12 on Billboard’s Disco chart, and on the Hot 100 reached #30. “Trickle, Trickle” reached #73 on the Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100 chart. Overall, the album reached #55 on the Billboard Magazine Top LP’s chart.

The most widely known song from this album, Joe Zawinul’s “Birdland,” won the group its first Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental in 1981.Jon Hendricks wrote lyrics for the vocal version on the album and Janis Siegel received a Grammy for her vocal arrangement of “Birdland”. Eddie Jefferson was writing the new lyrics for the song “Birdland”, but he was killed before finishing them. This album is dedicated to him. “Birdland” was the most played Jazz track in 1980and many regard “Birdland” as the “signature song” of the group.


1  Birdland (Joe Zawinul, Jon Hendricks) 6:02
2  Wacky Dust (Oscar Levant, Stanley Adams) 3:09
3  Nothin’ You Can Do About It (David Foster, Jay Graydon, Steve Kipner) 4:29
4  Coo Coo U (Bill Loughborough) 2:15
5  Body And Soul (Edward Heyman, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green, Robert Sour) 4:29
Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone(Bernard Herrmann, Jay Graydon) 3:55
Trickle Trickle (Clarence Bassett) 2:20
8  Shaker Song (Allee Willis, David Lasley, Jay Beckenstein) 4:27
9  Foreign Affair (Tom Waits) 3:55


1 Birdland

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
DrumsRalph Humphrey
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
SaxRichie Cole

2 Wacky Dust

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsRalph Humphrey
GuitarJimmy Wyble
KeyboardsMichael Boddicker
SynthesizerGreg Mathieson

3 Nothin’ You Can Do About It

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsRalph Humphrey
BassDavid Hungate
GuitarJay Graydon
KeyboardsIan Underwood
PianoDavid Foster
SynthesizerGreg Mathieson

4 Coo Coo U

SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
VocoderMichael Boddicker

5 Body And Soul

BassChuck Domanico
DrumsRalph Humphrey
PianoBill Mays

6 Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarJay Graydon
GuitarSteve Lukather
PianoJai Winding
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
FluteDon Roberts

7 Trickle Trickle

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsRalph Humphrey
GuitarDean Parks
PianoMichael Omartian
SaxDon Roberts
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa

8 Shaker Song

BassAndy Muson
DrumsAlex Acuna
GuitarDean Parks
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PianoGreg Mathieson
SaxRichie Cole

Liner Notes

Producer – Jay Graydon
Arranged By – David Foster (Track 3)
Arranged By – Jay Graydon (Tracks 3, 6, 7)
Arranged By – Greg Mathieson (Tracks 4, 8)
Arranged By – Tim Hauser (Track 4)
Arranged By – Phil Mattson (Track 5)
Arranged By – Alan Paul (Track 6)
Arranged By – The Manhattan Transfer (Track 7)
Arranged By – Gene Puerling (Track 9)
Arranged By (Rhythm Arranged By) – Michael Omartian (Track 1)
Arranged By (Rhythm Arranged By) – Greg Mathieson (Track 2)
Arranged By (Vocal Arranged By) – Janis Siegel (Tracks 1, 2, 8)
Arranged By Jay Graydon (Track 2)
Arranged By Tim Hauser (Track 8)
Conductor – Clair Fischer (Track 9)
Contractor (Musical Contractor) – Frank De Caro
Engineer (Overdubs & Mixing) – Jay Graydon
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Recorded By – Bill Thomas, Joseph Bogan

Design, Art Direction – Taki Ono
Illustration (Front Cover Illustration) – Pater Sato
Photography By (Back Cover Photography) – Matthew Rolston

Manufactured By – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Copyright (c) – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Pressed By – Specialty Records Corporation
Recorded At – Dawnbreaker Studios
Mixed At – Garden Rake Studios
Overdubbed At – Garden Rake Studios
Mastered At – A&M Studios
Recorded at Dawnbreaker Studio, San Fernando, California.
Overdubs and mixing at Garden Rake Studios, Studio City, Ca.
Mastered at A&M Studios, Los Angeles, Ca.