Don't Cry Out Loud [Expanded]

Don't Cry Out Loud [Expanded]

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by Melissa Manchester
     
 

Melissa Manchester's seventh album, Don't Cry Out Loud, was preceded in the fall of 1978 by the single release of its title track, which went on to become a Top Ten hit, enabling the LP to become her highest and longest charting effort in several years. That's the way record company executives like things to work out, of course. But the success masked theSee more details below

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Melissa Manchester's seventh album, Don't Cry Out Loud, was preceded in the fall of 1978 by the single release of its title track, which went on to become a Top Ten hit, enabling the LP to become her highest and longest charting effort in several years. That's the way record company executives like things to work out, of course. But the success masked the essential differences between "Don't Cry Out Loud" the single and Don't Cry Out Loud the album. The song, written by Peter Allen and frequent Manchester collaborator Carole Bayer Sager, had been a minor R&B chart entry for the Moments in 1977 under the title "We Don't Cry Out Loud." Manchester's version, produced by Harry Maslin, used a tight band of top-flight Los Angeles session musicians -- Dennis Budimer and Lee Ritenour on guitars, Billy Payne on piano, David Hungate on bass, and Jim Keltner on drums. It was a moving, plaintive effort and a deserving hit. Don't Cry Out Loud the album was worthy, too, but it took a very different tack. Manchester collaborated with Motown-spawned writer/producer Leon Ware (Michael Jackson's "I Wanna Be Where You Are," Marvin Gaye's "I Want You") for this strictly New York session, which used another band of triple-scale session musicians including David T. Walker on guitar, Greg Phillinganes on electric piano, Richard Tee on acoustic piano, Chuck Rainey on bass, James Gadson on drums, and Lenny Castro on percussion. They produced a characteristically creamy jazz/pop sound, to which Ware added horn and string arrangements that made for a mild disco effect. He also brought in a minor Stevie Wonder song, "Bad Weather," which closed side one of the original LP. Otherwise, the songs were written or co-written by Manchester, with Ware joining in on "Almost Anything" and "Knowin' My Love's Alive." The R&B feel was less apparent on the second side (tracks six-ten), with Manchester even getting a solo piano performance on the ballad "Through the Eyes of Grace," a feeling examination of love and aging. The overall effect was a good mixture of artistic expression and commercial savvy, circa 1978, and although one might say the same thing of "Don't Cry Out Loud" the song, the single overshadowed the album to the extent that one of Manchester's better albums is rarely recognized as such. [An expanded version of the album was released in 2002.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2002
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0078221060226
catalogNumber:
10602

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Melissa Manchester   Primary Artist,Piano,Background Vocals
Chuck Rainey   Bass
David T. Walker   Electric Guitar
Harry Bluestone   Violin,Concert Master
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Claudia Cagan   Background Vocals
Michael Carnahan   Tenor Saxophone
Lenny Castro   Percussion,Bird Calls
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
James Gadson   Drums,Background Vocals,Electric Drums
Jay Graydon   Guitar
Ed Greene   Drums
David Hungate   Bass
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica
Bill Payne   Piano
Greg Phillinganes   Electric Piano
Lee Ritenour   Guitar
Art Rodriguez   Drums,Electric Drums
Tom Saviano   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Richard Tee   Piano
Slyde Hyde   Trombone
Leon Ware   Background Vocals
Sonny Burke   Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Gene Page   String Arrangements
David Blumberg   String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Woodwind Arrangement
Barry Fasman   Arranger
Carla Fredricks   Engineer
Michael Hill   Liner Notes
Bill Lacey   Mastering
Harry Maslin   Producer,Engineer
Tom Saviano   Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Jackson Schwartz   Engineer
Gary Starr   Engineer
Nick VanMaarth   Engineer
Steve Waldman   Engineer
Leon Ware   Producer,rhythm arrangement
Kosh   Art Direction
Paul Williams   Reissue Producer
Rob Santos   Reissue Producer
Pete Ciccone   Redesign
Milt Calise   Engineer
Kayla Steele   Cover Coordinator

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