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Manhattan Transfer

The Manhattan TransferAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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It’s been nearly forty years since Tim Hauser, a former Madison Avenue marketing executive, paid his bills by driving a New York City cab while aspiring to form a harmony vocal quartet sui generis that could authentically embrace varied musical styles, and still create something wholly unique in the field of American popular song.

Hauser had been in doo-wop groups, folk groups, and ... Read more in Amazon's The Manhattan Transfer Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1975
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002I8N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tuxedo Junction
2. Sweet Talking Guy
3. Operator
4. Candy
5. Gloria
6. Clap Your Hands
7. That Cat Is High
8. You Can Depend On Me
9. Blue Champagne
10. Java Jive
11. Occapella
12. Heart's Desire

Editorial Reviews

The debut album recorded in 1975. Contains "Operator," the first Transfer song to garner the public's attention. It's an impressive opening gambit, and is still consistent with their style-be it on "Candy," "Tuxedo Junction" or "Java Jive." "You Can Depend On Me" is a fast sprint, "Blue Champagne" an elegant toast to the era of the speakeasy. "Occapella" is a bluesy uptempo tune that sounds a bit like early Bonnie Raitt. Also, an early version of "Heart's Desire," (later re-recorded on "Bop Doo Wopp." ) All songs are accompanied, with particular depth in the horn/reed sections.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Pop for Then & Now January 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD
True (short) story: Waay back in '75 I had the good fortune to catch "Sweet Talking Guy" on the radio. So did a friend of mine, a kid who I had a competition "thing" with. Neither of us had seen the album, but he swore to me that of course, he would have it first. I was pretty sure he was right, because my allowance was about 50 cents a week. Strangely, I saved my money any way, and after a couple of months or so, I rode my bike ten miles up the road to the closest (rural) department store. By the time I got there I was afraid they wouldn't have a copy of the album, but there it was, with that nifty caricature cover. Though it had been weeks since I'd last heard "my song," I cycled home with my little triumph on my mind.
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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking Back, and Taking it Forward. August 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
First, yes there actually WAS a railroad station known as Manhattan Transfer, and as it's name implied it was a station where people could transfer for trains direct in NYC.

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!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not really the original... November 18, 2008
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I haven't had a copy of this album since the early 80s, when I had it on a cassette I practically wore out over the years. I never bought this on CD, so I decided it was time to replace that long-lost tape with the MP3 version of the album. I was disappointed to find that several of the tracks are NOT the original album tracks (as advertised on the track listing here). They have been replaced with live versions of the songs. Now, I have no objection to hearing Manhattan Transfer live -- I've been to many of their live shows over the years -- but to me, it's a rude and unwelcome experience to expect to hear one rendition of a song and hear another version instead!

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
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta have it May 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Classic. Utterly classic. If you like sweet harmonies, a digging back beat, and vocals that can growl and soar at the same time, you need to own this. One of my all-time favorites. (I'm buying it in CD [finally] after wearing out four vinyls and all of the attendant bootleg cassettes I made from them)!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very special May 26, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Blue Champagne and Heart's Desire demonstrate the uncommon versatility of this talented group. The closing notes of Heart's Desire show that Janis Siegel can compare favorably to an opera contralto when she uses that timbre of her golden voice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
1975 Manhattan Transfer hits the streets releasing their first LP, Manhattan Transfer, on Atlantic Records. Songs and styles ranged from Java Jive, Tuxedo Junction to the gospel inspired Operator. Manhattan Transfer had made their mark on the United States.

Their first 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.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars groovy as always
What's not to love about Manhattan Transfer? Hope to see them live some day.
Published 4 days ago by RobinRedbird
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I replaced my album with this CD since I don't have a turntable anymore, and it is great. Great group and a good mix of songs.
Published 2 months ago by M. Adamson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my true Go-To albums.
I first heart Manhattan Transfer on the A League of Their Own soundtrack and I liked those tracks so much I bought this album and two others. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Houckster
5.0 out of 5 stars nostalgia and good music
loved this when my older brother played it years ago. Lost him last year and this music brings back memories of happy times.
Published 9 months ago by lilibet
5.0 out of 5 stars Manhattan Transfer still great
Great music, great quality of material received
The harmony makes you feel involved with what is going on inthe songs. It energizes the soul
Published 15 months ago by Judith Cheek
4.0 out of 5 stars They Transfer Well
Grew up with this group (from my mother); this is one of their first CDs purchased; I'm glad I did.
Published 15 months ago by Mary Moehle
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool
Love the Manhatten Transfer. Saw them on TV years ago and was hooked. This is a good CD. Good songs, good singing
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Manhattan Transfer does it again.
One of my favorite groups and the Transfer do not disappoint with their fabulous harmonies. One of the worlds best groups.
Published 21 months ago by B. Gower
5.0 out of 5 stars Suave and Cool
I listen to different genres of music,Classical, Rock, Americana and Blue Grass this album is one of my all time favorites of any genre. Read more
Published on August 14, 2011 by Terry V. Haire
5.0 out of 5 stars Acapella pleasure
This album was the first time I heard this group in the 70's, I fell in love with the sound and harmonies this group projects, worthy classics in the acappella style, a very... Read more
Published on January 28, 2011 by Victoria
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