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

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listen  2. Sing A Study In Brown 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Sing Moten's Swing 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. A-Tisket, A-Tasket 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I Know Why (And So Do You) 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Down South Camp Meetin' 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Clouds (Adapted From "Nuages") 7:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Skyliner 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. It's Good Enough To Keep (Air Mail Special) 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Choo Choo Ch' Boogie (Live At The Ryman Auditorium) 3:00$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.

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

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 24, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002JD8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,893 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

All of the Manhattan Transfer's albums are laden with nostalgia, but few work as well as a time machine as Swing. This disc collects 13 classics from the swing era, from "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" to "Skyliner." All recall the past with the immediacy of a Burma Shave sign would. The Transfer felt the desire to recruit such talents as Ray Brown, Stephane Grappelli, Asleep at the Wheel, Ricky Skaggs, and Mark O'Connor this time out. The country contributions make these swing classics add interest to these covers, making this a Transfer CD that bears repeated listenings. --Charles R. Cross

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A study in the nature of swing, the Transfer have recorded a definitive musical treatise on the topic. Using their voices as instruments-specifically, the horn and reed sections-the group performs material that could be categorized broadly as either urban or rural swing. For example, on "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," (featuring Asleep At The Wheel) the instrumentation includes steel guitar and fiddles. "Java Jive" is performed at a more relaxed tempo and with a warmer feel. Long time Manhattan Transfer collaborator Jon Hendricks stepped up to write lyrics to Jelly Roll Morton's "King Porter Stomp" and Basie's "A Study In Brown." "Clouds" (music by Django Reinhardt) features a splendid violin solo by Stephane Grappelli and a breathy vocal solo passage that evokes the atmosphere of a smoky Paris nightclub. Wonderful listening.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Too often vocal groups attempting swing get too cutsy, and tend to emphasize the pop aspects of Swing. This is not that.

This is the vocalese heirs of Lambert Hendricks and Ross blowing hard with their singing on all of these swing tunes as a great vocalese group. They mimick the arrangements, or create their new ones in the ensemble singing here.

If that isn't enough they have not the usual studio groups that accompany them, but a bunch of Swing stars and neoswingers accompanying them. My favorite here is Stephen Grappelli who does some nice work here. No less than Mark O'Conner, the great classical and bluegrass fiddler and composer, and Buddy Emmons join the Transfer for a live cut. It is also interesting that Ricky Scaggs does a lot of the rhythm guitar playing on this CD.

Of course, my friends in Asleep at the Wheel who would be terrific if they presented themselves as a jazz group, add an excitement I adore. On most selections, Asleep at the Wheel provides the basic band along with the Transfer's rhythm section. They also add to the harmony of the Transfer in several places. If you are a deep ASAW fan, you will be happy to know that this CD was made when the great Cindy Cashdollar was still with the band. She does some very nice fills and obligatoes on a number of the slower tunes. Working with the Transfer adds just like working with any good soloist or combo does.

If you are into chord rhythm guitar playing, a sometimes lost and forgotten art, you will delight in the standout work that is done on every cut of this album. Myself, I am thrilled with the work that Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel does on the selections he plays on.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These Four JUST SING GOOD! February 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
...In this cd, Manhattan transfer continue with a great history of blending voices they began back in 1975--yes, 75! They have a knack of picking songs in which you can hear all the words, and also put in some EMOTION--listen to "I Know Why" on this cd as an example...Yes, the M.T. were 'ahead of their time', swing-music wise,but their songs for the most part are "standards" sung in a new way--from this cd, the song "Topsy" is a great example of what MT is about--they're JAZZ SINGERS,they use their VOICES to emulate the various jazz instruments(clarinet,etc.)and DO IT VERY WELL---They have possibly the best VOICES of any Pop group in the past 30 years--You can't go wrong with this cd if you like vocals and like Jazz...
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ....definitely worth the wait! September 25, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I've been an enthusiastic fan of the Manhattan Transfer since I first heard them in 1985, and own all but one of their many recordings.
Recently, I stood in line at the fabulous Biltmore Estate for three hours to get a first come, first serve front row center seat for their outdoor show there. Their swinging, happy-go-lucky rendition of "A-Tisket-A-Tasket" from this great CD alone was worth the wait.
That cut, plus the incomparably dreamy "Clouds" with its Stephane Grappelli solo, and smoothly blended teamwork with Asleep At the Wheel on the smokin' "Choo-Choo Ch-Boogie" make this a not-to-be-passed-up CD for any lover of swing. This is simply unmatched harmonious vocals and get-your-body-moving swing.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Swingin' Stuff April 6, 2000
By Kim K.
Format:Audio CD
I love this album & love everything Manhattan Transfer has done so far. I remember their summer replacement tv show back in '74 & was impressed with them from that moment on. Started collecting their albums & enjoying every one of them. Now this album they're joined by another fave band of mine, Asleep At The Wheel-no slouches themselves when it comes to swing music. These 2 groups do great versions of Java Jive, Molten Swing & A-Tisket-A-Tasket, but every song here is golden. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys great music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "HARD SWINGING, JIVE SINGING" October 19, 2005
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Five DELIGHTFUL Stars. The Manhattan Transfer is amazing and this CD shows why, in many compelling ways. MT fans, as well as vocalese fans of Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross/Bavan, the Double Six of Paris, the Swingle Singers, and New York Voices will LOVE this CD. It's just plain fun to listen to, over and over. Janis, Cheryl, Tim and Alan are ridiculously talented vocalists and swing meisters. I love the way they jump into a track at full tilt, like a hot needle hitting a vinyl record's first track, with no buildup. And don't let the song selection fool you, it's all currently and timelessly rendered, at the same time. It's Great!

My favorite 'Pieces D'Resistance' are: a jumping "Motem Swing", an Ella-licious "A Tisket, a Tasket", the beautiful Alan Paul ballad "I Know Why (And So Do You)", a totally wild "Down South Camp Meeting", a poignant "Skyliner" with it's stair-step harmonies, an insane "Topsy", and "It's Good Enough To Keep" (Air Mail Special) which more than lives up to it's title. "Cho Cho Boogie" is recorded live and the group is on fire.

But Belgian jazz master Django Reihhardt's "Nuages" ("Clouds", in French) is the big number for me. Taken at a loping pace with great unison harmonies, it has a sizzling surprise appearance by Reinhardt associate, the late violinist Stephane Grapelli, in what must have been one of his last recorded appearances. 80'ish Grapelli's technical facility is so touching, so convoluted, and 'dead on' that it literally shrinks time and takes us back to the 'Hot Club' days. The gypsy guitarist is a direct musical descendant of Django, Stochelo Rosenberg, who is on fire. The deep harmonics are absolutely beautifully rendered. And Janis' solo is great and humorous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review
The item was received on time and as described. It was packed for shipment in a careful and protective manner. I recommend this vendor.
Published 22 months ago by Ron A
5.0 out of 5 stars superhuman
what Manhattan Transfer does with voices ... and their professionalism ... leaves my hair tingling and lungs gasping! They are beyond 'Good'. I am stunned.
Published on March 3, 2010 by Discoveror
5.0 out of 5 stars A Swinging Dream
The Transfer offers a bit of the best in in "Swing" that keeps you grinnin', tappin' and swinging all the way through. Read more
Published on May 19, 2008 by K. J. Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Best MT recording yet.
I just rediscovered MT after years of neglect -- purchasing Swing after hearing the samples on Amazon. IMHO, Swing is their best recording yet!
Published on February 25, 2008 by Big Gym Kid
5.0 out of 5 stars Swing--the real thing
This is a great nostalgic revisitation of the swing era. It's a good balance between the gospel and the fun side. This is my favorite of the Transfer's music. Read more
Published on July 12, 2007 by R. Kyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding-Marvelous-Great
I think this is the best complete selection they have ever done. I was blown away by it. I have several of their cd's, and this is the only one where I loved every song. Read more
Published on July 5, 2007 by Plez N. Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best albums ever
I can't rave about this enough. Every song is great. That's NOT true of many of their albums.
Published on November 25, 2006 by mickey starrs
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Perfect!
What more can be said then "this is quintessential" Manhattan Transfer. It's perfect in every way. I can listen to this CD over and over . . . it's timeless!
Published on March 21, 2005 by George Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars The Transfer's Second Best
The Manhattan Transfer has never topped "Vocalese" from 1985; but this one is second, and worth the purchase. Read more
Published on January 24, 2004 by Rick Cornell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Amazing Transfer
This CD is a testimony to the great style of swing. Hands down, it is the single most innovative and amazing CD of its kind in years. Read more
Published on January 14, 2003
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