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Melissa

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2001
  • Label: Buddha
  • UPC: 744659980329
  • Catalog Number: 99803

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, 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
E.A.R. Illustrations
Elliot Freedman Mastering
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