The Manhattan Transfer - The Best of the Manhattan Transfer

The Manhattan Transfer - The Best of the Manhattan Transfer
Genre: Vocal
Duration: 43:15
Artist: The Manhattan Transfer
Album: The Best of the Manhattan Transfer
Release Date: 1981
Styles: Adult Contemporary, Bop, Contemporary Jazz, Harmony Vocal Group, Mainstream Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Vocalese

There's no annotation to speak of on this 12-track collection, but little is needed, as this particular group's work speaks for itself. This is a smooth and impressive cross-section of the renowned vocal group's work across the first six years of its successful "reincarnation" -- nothing of the original late-'60s quartet is here, apart from the newer group's successful reworking of "Java Jive" near the end of the disc. But basically this album moves from strength to strength, in something of a jumble in terms of original release order -- the live "Tuxedo Junction," the hit single "Boy from New York City," their stylized homage to Marius Constant's (not Bernard Herrmann, as erroneously listed on the composer's credit) "Twilight Zone" theme, the soaring "Body and Soul," the doo wop homage "Gloria," etc. There are no personnel or detailed recording data, but the release dates and original album information make it easy for anyone who wants more of what they hear to track down the original Atlantic albums and CDs.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Tuxedo Junction / Julian Dash / Buddy Feyne / Erskine Hawkins / William JohnsonThe Manhattan Transfer3:06
Boy From New York City: Twilight Zone / George Davis / Bernard Hermann / John TaylorThe Manhattan Transfer3:42
Boy From New York City: Twilight Tone / Jay Graydon / Alan PaulThe Manhattan Transfer3:55
Body and Soul / Frank Eyton / Johnny Green / Edward Heyman / Robert SourThe Manhattan Transfer4:26
Candy / Mac David / Alex Kramer / Joan WhitneyThe Manhattan Transfer3:25
Four Brothers / Jimmy Giuffre / Jon HendricksThe Manhattan Transfer3:49
Birdland / Jon HendricksThe Manhattan Transfer5:59
Gloria / Adam R. Levy / Esther NavarroThe Manhattan Transfer2:56
Trickle Trickle / Clarence BassettThe Manhattan Transfer2:20
Operator / William SpiveryThe Manhattan Transfer3:09
Java Jive / Milton Drake / Ben OaklandThe Manhattan Transfer2:45
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square / Eric Maschwitz / Manning SherwinThe Manhattan Transfer3:43

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