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Melissa

Melissa

by Melissa Manchester
     
 
Fired by Columbia Records in 1973, Clive Davis took over tiny Bell Records in 1974 and turned it into Arista, determined to re-establish his record-selling credentials. One beneficiary of this was Melissa Manchester, who had made two good, but poor-selling albums for Bell. Davis turned on the money tap, and the result was this L.A.-recorded See more details below

Overview

Fired by Columbia Records in 1973, Clive Davis took over tiny Bell Records in 1974 and turned it into Arista, determined to re-establish his record-selling credentials. One beneficiary of this was Melissa Manchester, who had made two good, but poor-selling albums for Bell. Davis turned on the money tap, and the result was this L.A.-recorded Vini Poncia/Richard Perry production that seemed determined to turn Manchester into a pop diva. She had demonstrated an eclecticism on her previous records, and she was run through a series of pop styles -- disco on "Party Music," Philly soul on "Just Too Many People" (a Top 40 hit), Stevie Wonder on both "Stevie's Wonder" and Wonder's own "Love Havin' You Around." Returning to pop lyricist Carole Bayer Sager, Manchester reined in the tendency toward sensitive singer/songwriterism she had revealed on Bright Eyes, with the hoped-for commercial result. "Midnite Blue" may have been more obvious and generic a romantic ballad than the beautiful "Inclined" from the previous album, but it was also sexier and had a more pronounced hook and a sweeter production, which, along with Arista's promotional muscle, made it a Top Ten hit and Melissa a gold album. (Originally released as Arista 4031, Melissa was reissued as Arista 8055.)

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2001
Label:
Buddha
UPC:
0744659980329
catalogNumber:
99803

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Melissa Manchester   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
James Newton Howard   Keyboards,Electric Piano
David Lasley   Vocals,Background Vocals
King Errisson   Percussion,Conga
Kirk Bruner   Trombone,Drums,Vocals
Brother Gene Dinwiddie   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Don Diego Goju   Percussion
Brie Howard   Vocals
Trevor Lawrence   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
John Cooker Lopresti   Bass,Vocals
Steve Madaio   Trumpet
Lew McCreary   Trombone
Arnold McCutler   Vocals
Vini Poncia   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Rotella   Saxophone
Morton K. Salt   Percussion
David Wolfert   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Sitar
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael Hill   Liner Notes
Trevor Lawrence   String Arrangements
Richard Perry   Executive Producer
Vini Poncia   Producer
Bob Schaper   Engineer,Remixing
Bill Schnee   Engineer,Remixing
Bob Heimall   Art Direction
Rob Santos   Reissue Producer
Experimental Audio Research   Illustrations

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