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Manhattan Transfer Live
     

The Manhattan Transfer Live

by The Manhattan Transfer
 

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Perhaps feeling that they should have a real up-to-date live album in their satchel after the half-cocked Bop Doo-Wopp -- and needing some product anyway after the triumphant Vocalese project -- the Manhattan Transfer went back to Tokyo's Nakano Sun Plaza Hall and did another live session. But, as in Bop Doo-Wopp, though these performances take up

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Perhaps feeling that they should have a real up-to-date live album in their satchel after the half-cocked Bop Doo-Wopp -- and needing some product anyway after the triumphant Vocalese project -- the Manhattan Transfer went back to Tokyo's Nakano Sun Plaza Hall and did another live session. But, as in Bop Doo-Wopp, though these performances take up a whole CD this time, you're not hearing the entire project; the rest of the tunes, all older material, can be seen on the video. What is left is mostly a live version of Vocalese -- eight of its 11 tracks are reprised -- which is perhaps redundant, but just the act of hearing the foursome perform these often-difficult Jon Hendricks-lyricized selections without a net adds to listeners' respect. "Airegin" is particularly challenging -- and yes, they pull it off quite deftly, though without Hendricks' bitter final verse -- and "That's Killer Joe" and "Move" have all of the electricity of the studio versions. The rest of the tunes date back to earlier incarnations of the Transfer -- "Four Brothers" again, a touch of a cappella doo wop in "Gloria," a fine "Shaker Song" -- backed by the Transfer's excellent small combo. Casual listeners who already bought Vocalese don't need this, and the fanatics will have to have it in any case, yet those who have neither album will get a good idea of the excitement that the Transfer could inspire in their hot 1980s creative period.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0075678172328
catalogNumber:
81723
Rank:
119757

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Performance Credits

Manhattan Transfer   Primary Artist
Janis Siegel   Vocals
Cheryl Bentyne   Vocals
Wayne Johnson   Guitar
Alex Blake   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Yaron Gershovsky   Keyboards,Musical Direction
Tim Hauser   Vocals
Alan Paul   Vocals
Don Roberts   Reeds
Buddy Williams   Drums
Laurel Massé   Vocals

Technical Credits

Seigen Ono   Engineer
Janis Siegel   Contributor
Cheryl Bentyne   Contributor
Yaron Gershovsky   Director
Jay Graydon   Songwriter
Tim Hauser   Producer
Brian Malouf   Contributor,Remixing
Stephen Marcussen   Contributor
Alan Paul   Contributor
Buddy Williams   Contributor
Dave Collins   Contributor
Fayette Hauser   Art Direction

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