The Manhattan Transfer (album)


The Manhattan Transfer (album)

Infobox Album
Name = The Manhattan Transfer
Type = studio
Artist = The Manhattan Transfer


Released = April 2, 1975
Recorded =
Genre = Jazz
Length =
Label = Atlantic Records / WEA
Producer = Ahmet Ertegün and Tim Hauser
Reviews =
Last album =
This album = "The Manhattan Transfer"
Next album = "Coming Out"
1976|

"The Manhattan Transfer" is the first of four albums to be released by Tim Hauser, Laurel Massé, Alan Paul and Janis Siegel as The Manhattan Transfer. It was released on April 2, 1975 on the Atlantic Records label. It is considered the "debut album", the previous incarnation of the group having recorded only one album ("Jukin'"). The album was produced by Ahmet Ertegün and Tim Hauser.

This incarnation of the group had been together for three years before this album was released. It was at "The Reno Sweeney" where Ahmet Ertegün, founder and chairman of Atlantic records, attended one of their performances. He offered them a contract, which they accepted.

Reviews

Shaun Considine reviewed the album in May 1975 for "The New York Times":

:"Vocally, The Manhattan Transfer is one of the slickest group's on today's market. Their intro number, "Tuxedo Junction", is a precise recreation of the 1940 Glenn Miller oldie, with the group's four part vocal harmonies and jazz riffs supplanting the Miller instrumentals. They have done their homework; they have studied their old 78s in detail. In the honors section, "Blue Champagne", a Dorsey beauty, and "Candy" evoke all of the magic and hazy charm of the 30's and 40's."

Charts

"The Manhattan Transfer" debuted on Billboard's Top Pop album chart on May 3, 1975, reaching #33. The single "Operator" went to #22 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart.

"Tuxedo Junction" reached #24 on the British pop charts.

Track listing

# "Tuxedo Junction" (3:03)
# "Sweet Talking Guy" (2:25)
# "Operator" (3:09)
# "Candy" (3:26)
# "Gloria" (2:57)
# "Clap Your Hands" (2:55)
# "That Cat Is High" (2:53)
# "You Can Depend on Me" (3:30)
# "Blue Champagne" (2:21)
# "Java Jive" (2:44)
# "Occapella" (3:04)
# "Heart's Desire" (2:36)

References / Sources

* [http://www.manhattantransfer.org/ The Manhattan Transfer Official Website]


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