Manhattan Transfer Import
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Someone was on our party line, so I decided to listen to the album first. And the most amazing thing happened: it was like being transported back to a time before anything I had known. As an average 11 year old, I didn't have the words to describe the silky jazz opener, "Tuxedo Junction," or many of the songs that followed. I just knew I was in love.
"Sweet Talking Guy" sounded better than I remembered, all those interwoven vocal lines swirling over the stacatto keyboard. I should say that some of the tracks didn't "click" with me at first, but I remember being impressed by the sincerity, the naturalness of the vocalists. "Java Jive" was my favorite singalong and "Blue Champagne" made me fantasize about cocktail romance, whatever that was.
Now when I play this album, and I do it often, I'm struck by the sheer talent that went into creating it, and pleasant sense of melancholy it registers in me.Read more ›
That said, the current groups first studio album is awesome, and while it borrowers heavily from the "swing" era, it also contains great salutes to Do-Wop (Gloria, Hearts Desire), Beat (Java Jive), Gospel (Operator), and Pop (Sweet Talking Guy).
The songs from the swing era are all excellent with my favorites being; Tuxedo Junction, That Cat Is High, and the song that started it all off, Blue Champange.
The Man-Tran would go onto many differnt styles in the long and continuing career, but this landmark album started it all!
I don't know if there were licensing issues or what reasons there may have been for not making the original tracks available as MP3, but I am disappointed. I can't give this less than 4 stars, because it IS Manhattan Transfer, but I can't give it 5 either because it's not what I expected to hear.
Tuxedo Junction - Live, not LP
Sweet Talking Guy - LP, as advertised
Operator - Live, not LP
Candy - LP version
Gloria - Live, as advertised
Clap Your Hands - LP version
That Cat Is High - LP version
You Can Depend On Me - LP version
Blue Champaign - Live, not LP as advertised
Java Jive - LP version
Occapella - LP version
Hearts Desire - LP version
This was their first album featuring Tim, Laurel, Alan and Janis. The album carried 12 songs of which Tuxedo Junction, a song written prior to 1941, had been a hit for big names such as Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, Frankie Avalon, Duke Ellington, Joe Jackson and finally, The Manhattan Transfer.
The Manhattan Transfer provides toe tappin', finger snappin' music for jazz enthusiasts world 'round. (Heck, I used to fill in for a local jazz program called Scratchy Grooves on Gateway Public Radio [WRQM] and would play Manhattan Transfer fitting it in with the music of the era.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another Manhattan Transfer example of great vocals, and studio arrangements. Most songs are keepers.Published 3 months ago by JR
Awesome as I remember, I lost my original CD, this is such a treasure. Thanks for prompt sending!Published 5 months ago by E. Wright
I bought this CD for my Grandaddy. Every time he listens to it he cries because it reminds him of his son.Published 5 months ago by Melody parker
This album should be in everyone's collection - a real winner!Published 10 months ago by Thomas Deerjohn
Enjoying the great music. So glad I was able to find and order it.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Neighbor had it at college (St. Scholastica, 1976) and I always thought it was their best. Made more poignant since the passing of Tim Hauser.Published 13 months ago by dan anderson