Sweet Talking Soul 1965-1990

Sweet Talking Soul 1965-1990

by The ManhattansThe Manhattans


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Amidst considerable competition in soul music, the Manhattans are often forgotten and seldom repackaged, which makes this career-spanning collection -- the first box set in their chronology -- all the more valuable. It's easy to understand the lack of recognition; the Manhattans' two pop hits were severely slick ballads that may have ruled the pop charts but never gained a foothold among discriminating soul fans. Further, their material wasn't a match for the Top Five or Top Ten soul groups of the '70s, and although they recorded at Philly's vaunted Sigma Sound studio, they naturally didn't get the high-quality charts that the O'Jays or Harold Melvin did. Still, from the mid-'60s through the '80s, the Manhattans maintained a high quality of smooth, sweet soul harmonies -- no matter how times and tastes changed. Early on it was supper-club soul akin to the Impressions, then after vocal frontman George Smith died and was replaced with Gerald Alston, slick Philly soul from Sigma Sound. While there, the group recorded the songs that led to the highest chart placing of its career -- the pop and R&B number one "Kiss and Say Goodbye" in 1976. They continued charting high during the '70s, and notched their second Top Ten hit in 1980 with "Shining Star." Although the Manhattans were superseded in the '70s by a myriad of acts doing more exciting music, their '60s output for the Carnival label holds up very well indeed; it may not equal the high example of the Impressions, but the band's high-tenor harmonies were just as exquisite.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2008
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663109429
catalogNumber: 10942
Rank: 66813

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Manhattans   Primary Artist
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Gerald Alston   Group Member
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Martin Abrams   Viola
John Avant   Trombone
Edmund Bauer   Violin
Regina Belle   Group Member
Stephen Berry   Trombone
Elmer Brown   Trumpet
Roland Chambers   Guitar
Bobby Christian   Percussion
Liz Cifani   Harp
Kaye Clements   Flute,Saxophone
Dale Clevenger   French Horn
Lynn Davis   Background Vocals
Don Renaldo   Horn Section
Bobby Eli   Guitar
Richard Ferrin   Violin
Michael Foreman   Bass
Karl B. Fruh   French Horn
Terry Fryer   Synthesizer
Eric Gale   Guitar
Adrian Gola   Violin
Byron Gregory   Guitar
Barbara Haffner   French Horn
Dennis Harris   Guitar
Norman Harris   Guitar
Roger Harris   Group Member
Keith Henderson   Guitar
David Hildner   Violin
Thomas Howell   French Horn
Arthur Hoyle   Trumpet
Natalie Jackson   Background Vocals
Morris Jennings   Drums
Ron Kersey   Piano
Melanie Kocher   French Horn
Danny Leake   Guitar
Elaine Mack   French Horn
James Mack   Piano,Conductor
Samuel Magad   Violin
Phyllis McKenny   Violin
Cornelius Mims   Bass
Vince Montana   Vibes
Roger Moulton   Viola
Richard Oldberg   French Horn
Lenny Pakula   Organ
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Paul Richmond   Bass
Arnie Roth   Violin
Jerry Sabransky   Violin
Theodore Silavin   Violin
Kenneth Soderblom   Flute,Saxophone
Richard Tee   Piano
Earl Young   Drums
Bert de Coteaux   Conductor
Robert Swan   Viola
Marlou Johnston   Violin
Edgar Muenzer   Violin
Craig Mumm   Viola
Mary Ann Mumm   Violin
Joyce Noh   Violin
Pazant   Group Member
Edward "Sonny" Bivins   Group Member
Kenneth "Wally" Kelly   Group Member
Winfred "Blue" Lovett   Group Member
George "Smitty" Smith   Group Member
Bobby Lewis   Trumpet
David Tyson   Group Member
Darrell Bloch   Violin
Philip Hilson   Violin
Carol Weiss   Violin
Richard Posner   Violin
Phil Terrell   Group Member
Dave Barber   Trumpet
Adrian Da Prato   Violin
David K. Edge   Violin
Frank Fiatarone   Violin
Nancy Howell   French Horn
Seals Steele   Flute,Saxophone
Ronnie Baker   Bass
Michael Meyers   Trombone
Elliott Golub   Violin

Technical Credits

Sam Cooke   Composer
Billy Joel   Composer
Chuck Sagle   Arranger
Gerald Alston   Composer
Lotti Golden   Producer
Bunny Sigler   Composer
Evan Rogers   Composer
Teddy Randazzo   Arranger,Composer
Marvin Hamlisch   Composer
Alvin Fields   Composer
Steve Addabbo   Engineer
Chuck Ange   Engineer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Fil Brown   Engineer
Morris Brown   Producer,Executive Producer
Charles Chalmers   Arranger
Larry DeCarmine   Engineer
Don Renaldo   Horn Conductor,String Conductor,String Section
Brenda Lee Eager   Composer
Jack Faith   Arranger,Producer
Allan Felder   Composer
Jim Gallagher   Engineer
Bob Gallo   Engineer
Steve Goldman   Engineer
Geoff Keehn   Engineer
George Kerr   Producer
Ron Kersey   Composer
Bert Keyes   Composer
Frank Laico   Engineer
James Mack   Arranger,Composer
Jay Mark   Engineer
Joe McEwen   Executive Producer
Don Meehan   Engineer
Alan Meyerson   Engineer
Don Murray   Engineer
Chico O'Farrill   Arranger
Vargus Pike   Composer
Kenny Present   Engineer
Don Puluse   Engineer
Paul Richmond   Composer
Bob Riley   Producer
Richard Scher   Producer
Carl Sturken   Composer
Peter Weiss   Engineer
Hilliard Wilson   Composer
Bert de Coteaux   Arranger,Producer
Marc Blatte   Producer
Myrna March   Composer,Producer
Carl Paruolo   Engineer
Hal Neely   Producer
Edward "Sonny" Bivins   Composer
Kenneth "Wally" Kelly   Composer
Winfred "Blue" Lovett   Composer
Ken Roberts   Engineer
Christopher Brooks   Contributor
Ted Brosnan   Engineer
Joe Shay   Engineer
Mathieu Bitton   Art Direction
Leon Carr   Composer
Jimmie Crane   Composer
Larry Gottlieb   Producer
Bobby Martin   Arranger,Producer
Joe Evans & Arthur McClain   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Steve "Syco Steve" Williams   Producer
Hillery Johnson   Executive Producer
Barbara Morr   Composer
Jeff Palo   Producer
Pete Dauria   Engineer
Buddy Scott   Producer
Eddie Smith & the Hornets   Engineer
Bobby Smith   Producer
Karenlee Grant   Cover Design

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