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listen  1. If It Feels Good (Let It Ride)Melissa Manchester 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. EasyMelissa Manchester 5:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Bright EyesMelissa Manchester 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Midnight BlueMelissa Manchester 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Through The Eyes Of GraceMelissa Manchester 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Home To MyselfMelissa Manchester 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. AloneMelissa Manchester 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. O Heaven (How You've Changed Me)Melissa Manchester 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Good NewsMelissa Manchester 5:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Through The Eyes Of Love (Theme From The Motion Picture "Ice Castles")Melissa Manchester 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Just Too Many PeopleMelissa Manchester 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Lovers After AllMelissa Manchester & Peabo Bryson 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Fire In The MorningMelissa Manchester 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Whenever I Call You FriendMelissa Manchester 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Don't Cry Out LoudMelissa Manchester 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. You Should Hear How She Talks About YouMelissa Manchester 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. CaravanMelissa Manchester 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Just You And IMelissa Manchester 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Come In From The RainMelissa Manchester 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 20, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VT5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,338 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Pleasure to hear her voice again ... like an old friend.
Eileen Doublet
"The Essence of Melissa Manchester," is a good collection for any Melissa Manchester fan new or old.
Renee Overton
This hits compilation is well worth owning for any Melissa fan.
James J. Peters

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Lapins on April 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Only one other CD retrospect release did I anticipate with such hope that my favorite songs would be included. I was standing at the music store's door to find the answer to that question the day "The Essence of Melissa Manchester" was released. I was so completely disappointed by what had been left out. As other reviews have stated, songs like "Better Days"; "Happy Endings"; "Help Is On The Way"; "I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore"; "Pretty Girls" and "For The Working Girl" have all been excluded. As any MM lover would know, these are all foundation songs to her career. Plus they deserve to be on compact disc. However, how wonderful to have nineteen songs on disc, after all these years of waiting. MM's first two albums were still a bit of a mystery to me. The albums were scratchy sounding, so I hadn't listened to them as I would have liked to. The inclusion of "Home To Myself"; "Easy"; "Alone" and "Bright Eyes" make the CD worth the money. These early MM songs are her most intropsective and soulful. Her yearnings and conflicts are universal, and sung by a songbird. The next two albums "Melissa" and "Better Days & Happy Endings" are the two that hooked me on her soulful and silken voice and lyrics. "Essence" includes five songs from these two albums. However, these two albums verged on being greatest hit collections in themselves. MM and Carole Bayer Sager consummated the most serious female collaboration on these two albums. "Better Days & Happy Endings" is the 70's successor to "Tapestry", hence three songs were included. But the whole album needs to be on disc.Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Charles_Donovan@ipc.co.uk on December 16, 1998
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I was looking around for something new, wondering if there were any songwriters I didn't know who were as good as Carole King. Melissa Manchester is the one - I can't get over how good this collection is. Nearly all the material is self-written (and the few songs that aren't are tellingly inferior), and peerlessly beautiful. She covers a variety of styles - piano balladry not unlike Carole King (Just You and I), gospel (O Heaven), pop (You Should Hear How She Talks About You), soul (Lovers After All) and the lyrics (some supplied by Carole Bayer Sager, some Melissa Manchester herself) are uniformly heart-felt, direct, touching and honest. And all of this before you even consider her fantastic voice, which knocks all the competition into a cocked hat. I'd be surprised if anyone was disappointed with this fantastic CD. I was enchanted from the first listen. By the third , I couldn't understand why any of her individual albums were out of print.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Les McRae on April 8, 2000
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I agree with other reviewers! I also long for the first four albums on CD. I appreciate the ESSENCE albumn but question some of the inclusions. Her earlier muscial gems contained some of the best jazz vocals I have ever had the pleasure to not only hear but feel. The first time I heard LET IT RIDE on FM Radio I had to pull my VW over and write down the name of the artist/goddess/diva. I knew then and there that she was destined for great things and possessed unparreleled musical talent. She still remains an under rated writer, composer and vocal stylist. I think we should start a petition to get her orginals reprinted on CD.....
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 1999
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She's been called the female Stevie Wonder because of the ecletcic song/masterpieces she creates that defy categorization and because of her amazing, compelling vocal performances, ranging from R&B to gospel to standards to jazz. If she were a male or if she were black woman, she would get much more respect. Thank you, Melissa, for your musical integrity.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James J. Peters on October 23, 2002
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This hits compilation is well worth owning for any Melissa fan. First, it is more comprehensive than other such collections. Also, it includes songs that had been previously unavailable on CD form. As a long-time Melissa fan, to finally have "Fire in the Morning" and "Just You and I" in CD format is a treat. Her big hits are clearly present, including "Midnight Blue," "Don't Cry Out Loud," and "Through the Eyes of Love." A couple of songs that were written by Melissa but covered by others include "Come in From the Rain" and "Whenever I Call You Friend" (cowritten with Kenny Loggins) and are simply classics. Other highlights, including the rollicking "Caravan," the seductive "Easy," the affecting "Home to Myself," and the sad "Through the Eyes of Grace," illustrate Melissa's mastery of songwriting range. Melissa Manchester is and has been an incredible singer/songwriter whose presence on the pop charts was good but should have been great! Even the casual music fan should be able to appreciate this collection. This CD is the essence of beautiful music, songwriting, and voice!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2004
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Melissa Manchester is and always will be the one voice I like to listen to when I need cheering up. I like to refer to her as the "female Barry Manilow" and I mean it in a positive way! Like Manilow, she recorded for Arista for many years. Like Manilow, her style of music is very similar whether you want to label this music as MOR, adult contemporary, and/or easy listening. Like Manilow, she has LOTS of memorable songs! I have lots of respect of similar female artists who I enjoy listening to also (Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Carly Simon, Karen Carpenter, and Carole King), but in my opinion Melissa is the BEST! Listening to this CD will let you know why!
Before this collection was available, her "greatest hits" album from 1983 was the best compilation you can find. Thankfully, The Essence Of Melissa Manchester is a better collection! Nineteen wonderful tracks dating from her start in 1973 when her focus was on jazz-flavored songs. All her Top 40 hits are included except for the #39 hit "Pretty Girls" from 1979.
The packaging is superb: liner notes to highlight her music career along with comments on each individual songs. There are plenty of pictures with song credits. As a bonus, both Barry Manilow and Carole Bayer Sager have their own personal comments about Melissa. That alone was worth the price of this CD!
Finally, this collection works for both the casual fan (who will get her hits and full-portrait of Melissa) and for the Melissa fan (who would appreciate her best work on one CD).
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