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Couldn't Be Hotter Live

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It’s been nearly forty years since Tim Hauser, a former Madison Avenue marketing executive, paid his bills by driving a New York City cab while aspiring to form a harmony vocal quartet sui generis that could authentically embrace varied musical styles, and still create something wholly unique in the field of American popular song.

Hauser had been in doo-wop groups, folk groups, and ... Read more in Amazon's The Manhattan Transfer Store

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  • Audio CD (28 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B0000C9JCV
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,674 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Old Man Mose
2. Sing Moten's Swing
3. A-Tisket, A-Tasket
4. Sugar (That Sugar Baby O'Mine)
5. Up A Lazy River
6. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?
7. Stars Fell On Alabama
8. Gone Fishin'
9. Blue Again
10. Clouds (Adapted From 'Nuages')
11. Stompin' At Mahogany Hall
12. Nothing Could Be Hotter Than That
13. Its Good Enough To Keep
14. Don't Let Go
15. Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone
16. My Foolish Heart

Product Description

2003 album and debut for Telarc from The Manhattan Transfer, now available at mid-price. The quartet of Tim Hauser, Janis Siegel, Alan Paul and Cheryl Bentyne have combined their voices into an incomparable four-part harmony that has consistently set new standards for vocal music.

Easily the most respected and honoured jazz vocal group since the 1960s heyday of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, The Manhattan Transfer's biggest influence is swing music from the 1930s and 1940s. 'Couldn't Be Hotter' features some of their best-loved hits and the sixteen songs chosen for this special live recording convey the depth of the group's talent and variety of their music. Classic favourites such as "Sing Moten's Swing", "Clouds" and "A-Tisket, A-Tasket", recorded while on tour in Japan, capture the essence of The Manhattan Transfer, and their enthusiasm is evident in these performances.

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By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jun. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Live albums are usually aimed fairly and squarely at the fans, those completists who want everything by a particular artist or band. 'Couldn't be Hotter' from 2003 deserves a better fate then fall victim of such a fate. It is entertaining album,pacey and sufficiently varied to sustain from start to finish, no mean achievement given the generous 77 minute playing time. On this set we have the MT swinging enthusiastically through a whole bunch of (trad) jazz and pop standards from 'A Tisket, A Tasket' to 'Stars Fell on Alabama' and 'Gone Fishin'. The quartet are accompanied by a superb band, who add plenty of deft solos to the brew as well as proving suitably sympathetic backing throughout. As always though, it is the sophisticated vocal arrangements that makes the Transfer so special. So tunes that might seem a little shop-worn are reinvented with wit and imagination to produce something that even the most jaded ears might appreciate.

There are plenty of standout tracks, but one of my favourites has to be the superb 'Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans'- an arrangement for solo voice and guitar that shows how much can be made from the simplest of materials. Anther prime track is 'Clouds' a reworking of the Django tune 'Nuages', featuring a wonderful ensemble vocal arrangement and standout guitar from Wayne Johnson. So a very good album, if not a great one. The recording quality is excellent, though it does seem a little 'recessed'.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Steve - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Ok, I guess I'm a little biased. As a long time TMT fan (yeah, the one who knows all the words to their music), I have been looking forward to their live recordings and of course they don't disappoint. I have to say I wasn't a real fan of Louis Armstrong - but listening to these four interpet his music is a different experience all together. One thing that's seems to be overlooked in most reviews of live sessions are the musicians, and let me tell you that TMT ALWAYS has the best backing them. Kudos to Yaron Gershovsky and Wayne Johnson, both long time sidemen for the Transfer. Yaron is the eighty eight man who can make a piano do things you'd think it couldn't and Wayne is from the Les Paul school of guitar - both of them incredible. This recording is crisp and cool. Many TMT fans will recognize selections from their "Spirit of St. Louis" CD, their version of "Nothing Could Be Hotter Than That," swings like nothing I've heard before. Janis Siegel's and Cheryl Bentyne's musicianship shines brightly and their vocals are hotter than ever. These four have been together for a grand total of 31 years and let me tell you they just get better with time. Their on stage chemistry should be the standard by which all others are measured. If you haven't heard this group before you won't be disappoined and if you're a fan like me, you'll be glad they do what they do. Here's to another 31 years!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic! 29 April 2004
By Pegleg - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I just got this yesterday, and have listened to the album twice and a couple of cuts (#s 11,12) more than that. I'd rate this album 10 stars if I could.
The title track, "Nothing could be hotter than that" is the best single jazz song I have ever heard. Better than Bechet. MT joined with a band that is every bit their equal, and the refreshing, 'new' sound is a joy to hear.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Next Best Thing... 17 Jan. 2004
By Gavin Lennard - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Like Glenn below, I also took in the Transfer's concert in Sydney last October. In a word, sensational! Last time I saw them live was in Sydney in 1983, and frankly I'd forgotten just how good they are live. You just won't ever go to a better concert. Wish I'd invited more of my musically narrow friends along. Technically brilliant, but they just put on such a good show even my inveterate U2-fan girlfriend thought it was "fantastic".
To the album then, which I bought straight afterwards. Pretty much a condensed version of the show - they just left out all the stuff from previous live albums. As a keepsake from the show it is brilliant - takes you right back to the State Theatre. Agree with Glenn, the standout track is "Nothing Could Be Hotter Than That", but the whole set is terrific, showcasing the tight-knit vocal artistry of the group, plus that "everyone is having a ball" feeling. Janis is the star of the show and her rendition of "Stars Fell On Alabama" is spine tingling (wish that one was in the Sydney show!). And don't forget that band - brilliant, tight, punchy.
I thought about taking a star-off though, because I do agree with a couple of the other reviewers that the sound quality really is a bit ordinary - quite muddy in places and lacking depth of image - definitely not an album to use to show off your new million dollar hi-fi system, sadly. Particularly disappointing from Telarc from whom I've come to expect state-of-the-art recordings - what went wrong guys?
The studio albums, Swing and Spirit of St Louis are arguably better technical recordings, but they sound like studio recordings and lack that edge and energy that only comes through in live sets. There is no substitute for being there, so if you missed the concert this is definitely the next best thing, all things considered.
And, at the end of the day it's been the most-played album for me for a long time and I'm still not tired of it, three months and a hundred plays later! How can I not give it five stars! And guys, come back soon!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
One of the Best Yet! 18 Jan. 2004
By Robert S. Weaver - Published on
Format: Audio CD
OK, so the sound isn't prime studio quality... it was LIVE! If you stuff this CD onto your chiclet-sized MP3 player you may have to adjust the volume, but it's LIVE! As usual the vocal blend is as good as it gets and the instrumental backup is superb. I've followed the group since they were a warm-up act for Tom Jones and this is one of the best collection of songs and arrangements yet. Of course I'm wierd: I play the Christmas album all year long.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Couldn't Be Hotter . . . Or Better! 31 Oct. 2003
By Glenn Morris - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Manhattan Transfer turns up the heat full force in a blazing style of Louis Armstrong feel good jazz. The showstopper is "Nothing Could Be Hotter Than That" - a fun, rollicking track starring Janis Siegel's gorgeous lead vocals backed by the MT's amazingly tight support band. These guys mean business and sound the best in the business. Clearly everyone on this live set is having a great time. Could Telarc please release a DVD of one of these great concerts?
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