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Offbeat of Avenues

The Manhattan TransferAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Sassy (Album Version) 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. 10 Minutes Till The Savages Come (Album Version) 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. What Goes Around Comes Around (Album Version) 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Blue Serenade (Album Version) 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Gentleman With A Family (Album Version) 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Woman In Love (Album Version) 6:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. A World Apart (Album Version) 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Confide In Me (Album Version) 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Quietude (Encuentro de Animales) (Album Version) 6:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Blues For Pablo (Album Version) 6:53$0.99  Buy MP3 

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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.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 13, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000027HM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,142 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music...thy initials are MT December 31, 2003
Format:Audio CD
What a CD! THis is just bubbling over with rhythm, beat, originality, excitement and, above all, an incredible musicality that never wavers. Whoever selects the music for this group deserves a medal. Whoever does the transcribing and arranging deserves a knighthood.
The individual members of the group sound like a single unit, as if they could read each other's mind. The sound is nearly perfect. Once again, I find it difficult to select any one piece as outstanding so I'll just say, if you know anything about the MT, this is the album for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but more than a goodie! May 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I got into Manhattan Transfer through an old girlfriend back in college. Although this album is fairly old now it's still my favorite of the Man Tran albums I have or have heard. The entire album is superb with great songwriting and of course, their incredible harmonies! The only song I don't really care for is "Women In Love" mainly because of the programmed drum tracks and monotonous rhythm. Otherwise the rest of the album just sparkles!! Definitely a must have for any vocal jazz/pop fan!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like A Fine Wine.... June 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I concur with the other reviews of this title; the album is one that gets better every time you hear it. The harmonies cascade out of the speakers like the finest maple syrup and the rhythm arrangenments are eclectic and fun. This certainly proves that after so may years together, their talent, skills and ears have only gotten better. I highly recommend this, especially if you only own a "Best Of" by this group. If oyu purchas eonly one other album of theirs (and you won't want to stop with one!) make it this one, and enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big blues in the city December 28, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I remember the first time I heard the song 'Offbeat of Avenues'. Me and my sister Jane were listening to the CBC radio late at night, around 4:20 am, and this song came on. By the time it ended, we were both stunned at .. the vocal performance, the songwriting, the groove. The sheer joy of music, no deep message or heavy vibe, just a well written jazzy pop groove, nice thumpy kick drum, overlaid with an ASTOUNDING 4 part harmony. (You can probably tell that I like the song). I went out and got the tape and was pleased to find the whole album is excellent (though honestly nothing really tops the title track). Blue Serenade is an odd, very energetic romp through 20s and 30s jazz, the vocals in this case are not beautiful like the title track but more comical and snappy. The Donald Fagen track is nice and poppy, like something off "The Nightfly". This is the first album where they wrote most of the songs themselves, as far as I know, and makes me wonder why they didn't do that earlier. I had always considered them a novelty group with their 'Boy From NYC' ditty, but this album surprised me.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD is DA BOMB!!!! June 24, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was 15 when I heard the first track on VH1. Only it was just the end and I had no idea who the artists were. I spent a year humming the chorus to bewildered salespeople. When I finally found it and listened to the whole thing, I was totally blown away by how cool it was. I love "Offbeat..." and "Confide In Me" , and Blues for Pablo the Best. Recommended for driving and singing like a maniac in your car.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Transfer's finest February 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This happens to be, in my opinion the greatest CD put out by the Manhattan Transfer.
The Music in the title song has a driving beat that is infectous. I have been looking for a replacement copy of this CD since mine was stolen from my car. If you own this one hold on to it and if you don't own it get yourself a copy any way you can (the person who took my copy did).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another solid MT record October 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Other reviews have hit some highlights, so let's talk trivia here: "World Apart" is a song Janis Siegel co-wrote with David Pack (of the underrated Ambrosia) about love and a life lost. She lost her unborn child during a pregnancy many years back, and this song is about that lost relationship.
"Confide In Me" was penned by Steely Dan's Donald Fagen. It sure sounds a little like Steely Dan, too. Great mid-tempo song - engaging and fun.
All in all, this record is more "pop" in spots (in the arrangements) than most of their other records, but all is forgiven due to their masterful harmonies (as always).
This is a great group to see in live performance, by the way. Don't miss 'em!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album Ever October 22, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have been a MT fan since their first self titled album. This, however, has got to be their best album ever. I hear something new everytime I listen because of the complex harmonies and chord changes. The first eight songs blow me away. If I had to choose, my favorites would be "Offbeat of Avenues" and "What Goes Around..."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Music Experience
Though they disspelled some time ago, their music is still a wonderfull listening experience. I enjoy sharing it with my guest.
Published 16 months ago by Demetrius L. Daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars Unfairly overlooked/underrated
As a long-time MT fan, I remember being thrilled when this album was released (seemingly out of nowhere... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Plant Waterer
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing
I first heard the title track on the radio and fell in love with it. Then I found the album and fell in love with that too. Read more
Published on April 29, 2009 by David Hardison
4.0 out of 5 stars offbrst of avenues
this is a fantanstic CD, in typical style of Manhattan Transfer.
I take adult tap and we are using 2 songs from the CD.
Published on April 5, 2009 by jane rhoades
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhythm of the Avenue
Just buy it. You have to hear it for yourself. (Not for people who love living and thinking in boxes)


Looking back the first review... Read more
Published on December 24, 2008 by Otaku Star
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous
cd was in perfect condition got it on time excactly what i wanted great job.
Published on December 16, 2008 by Barrett B. Wynn
4.0 out of 5 stars A return to favor.
I hadn't liked some of their "newer" stuff (Mecca for Moderns, etc.), but this was the first album of theirs that I liked after I almost stopped liking them ... Read more
Published on January 19, 2008 by R. Gab
4.0 out of 5 stars The Offbeat of Avenues, The Manhattan Transfer
This is one of my favorite Manhattan Transfer albums, not their best but one of my favorites.
Published on March 12, 2007 by William L. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC CD
I have owned this CD since it first came out but somehow it keeps walking off. I'm on my third copy now and will ALWAYS keep a copy of this CD in my collection. Read more
Published on September 2, 2006 by RickC3C4
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