Sweet Talking Soul 1965-1990

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
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 Although the Manhattans were superseded in the '70s by a myriad of acts doing more exciting music, their '60s output for the Carnival label holds up very well indeed; it may not equal the high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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2008
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663109429
  • Catalog Number: 10942
  • Sales rank: 51,995

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
Al 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
Stew Romain Mastering
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
Mark Chalecki Remastering
Karen Lee Grant Cover Design
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 & His Orchestra Producer
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