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Down In Birdland: The Manhattan Transfer Anthology [CD]

The Manhattan Transfer Audio CD
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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 (17 Jan 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino UK
  • ASIN: B0000032VC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,533 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Trickle TrickleManhattan Transfer 2:220.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. GloriaManhattan Transfer 3:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. OperatorManhattan Transfer 3:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. HelplessManhattan Transfer 2:570.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ray's RockhouseManhattan Transfer 5:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Hearts Desire (Live Version)Manhattan Transfer 2:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Zindy LouManhattan Transfer 2:540.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. MysteryManhattan Transfer 5:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Baby Come Back To Me (The Morse Code Of Love)Manhattan Transfer 2:560.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Route 66Manhattan Transfer 2:580.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Java JiveManhattan Transfer 2:510.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Chanson D'AmourManhattan Transfer 2:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Foreign Affair (Live Version)Manhattan Transfer 3:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Smile AgainManhattan Transfer 4:360.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Spice Of LifeManhattan Transfer 3:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Speak Up Mambo (Cuentame)Manhattan Transfer 3:010.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Soul Food To Go (Sina)Manhattan Transfer 5:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. So You Say (Esquinas)Manhattan Transfer 4:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Boy From New York CityManhattan Transfer 3:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Twilight Zone/Twilight ToneManhattan Transfer 6:060.59  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Four BrothersManhattan Transfer 3:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Blee Blop BluesManhattan Transfer 3:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. CandyManhattan Transfer 3:290.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. A Gal In CalicoManhattan Transfer 2:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Love For SaleManhattan Transfer 4:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. On A Little Street In SingaporeManhattan Transfer 3:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Tuxedo JunctionManhattan Transfer 3:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. That Cat Is HighManhattan Transfer 2:550.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Body And SoulManhattan Transfer 4:300.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. (You Should) Meet Benny BaileyManhattan Transfer 3:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sing Joy SpringManhattan Transfer 7:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. To YouManhattan Transfer 3:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Down South Camp Meetin'Manhattan Transfer 3:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Until I Meet You (Corner Pocket)Manhattan Transfer 5:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Why Not (Manhattan Carnival)Manhattan Transfer 2:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Another Night In TunisiaManhattan Transfer 4:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. CapimManhattan Transfer 5:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley SquareManhattan Transfer 3:510.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. BirdlandManhattan Transfer 6:010.59  Buy MP3 

Product Description


When Tim Hauser convened the original Manhattan Transfer in the early 1970s, there was more than a whiff of camp to the vocal group's pre-rock pop perspective, but what may have started with tongue-in-cheek quickly shifted into an earnest (if still good-humoured) mission--the preservation of closely-arranged choral pop. From their first mid-'70s hits forward, the Transfer has gone from strength to strength, extending their reach into R&B, jazz, Brazilian pop, and even the vocal equivalent of fusion. This first-rate two-CD package focuses on their long career at Atlantic Records, where they did their best work, and is correspondingly ripe with gorgeous group and solo vocals. --Sam Sutherland

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Birdland? This must be paradise 25 Feb 2004
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This superb and superbly packaged set reviews the best of Manhattan Transfer during their most successful, commercial period from 1975 to 1987, from their initial eponymous LP through to "Brasil". During that time they switched styles almost with each album and, indeed, this compilation is scheduled according to style - R+B, pop, big band and jazz, with latin and doo-wop scattered about - rather than in chronological order. The boundaries between the sections are, however, seamless, so that it makes a great two and a half hours worth of music for all tastes.
Musical arrangements, performance and production quality were always top quality on the original records, which sounded both fresh and clean, as well as warm in the bass and I'm glad to report that the transfer to CD has not lost anything in the process.
Artistically Manhattan Transfer were the bees' knees; two girls and two boys in perfect harmony with gorgeous backing arrangements (they still are, but we hear less of them these days). All the hits and well known numbers are here; if I try to single out any I'll have to list the whole lot. Never mind Birdland, it sounds more like paradise.
The booklet that comes with the packet has a full history (up to 1987), is sumptuously illustrated and carries a lot of information on each track. The only drawback is that the cover of it is shiny black paper, so that unless you wear gloves you will leave fingerprints on it, no matter how clean and dry your fingers are.
There are cheaper, and much shorter, "Best of...M/T" albums around; this is the best and well worth the extra. I bought this back in 1993 and it's never far from the top of the pile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Down in Birdland 19 Feb 2013
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I have long been a fan of MT for many many years : so unique, so original, such amazing vocal harmonies. This Anthology captures all their stand-out Standards, would love to see them Live some day.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing UK release.... 14 July 2006
By Gaz
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This Anthology does not feature the UK single release "Who What When Where And Why"

This is available on the 'Pastiche' album.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Without a doubt, the masters of vocal jazz ensemble 9 Dec 1998
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Format:Audio CD
My first Transfer exposure was Boy from New York City, and I enjoyed it, but as I got older, I began to appreciate just how special their talent was (and is) Tim Hauser & Janis Siegal do some great arrangements, and I just love how well their voices blend. Their collaborations with Djavan are great examples of how well this band can expand thie repertoire. If I had only two words to describe this 2 disc set, it would simply be, "Buy it!"
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Material too diverse for a 2-CD set 4 April 2002
By John S. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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An earlier reviewer was exactly right; the musical styles the MT have covered over the years are so diverse and all over the map that this anthology gives a hint of all of it but not a satisfying dose of any of it. Mind you, dear readers, that is not necessarily a criticism. The Transfer are the absolute masters of vocal harmonizing. Nobody, I mean NOBODY does it better (makes you feel sad for the rest). But just as you are settling in to listening to some of their swing jazz or doo-wop, the track selection changes gears on you and you are hearing Brazilian music or any one of a half dozen other styles. This collection is scratch on the surface of their vast and very impressive catalog, but if this is your introduction to them then you are only getting a teasing glimpse. There may not be enough tracks of the style(s) you like best to sustain your interest in the entire collection, even though it is all good. There is just so much ground being covered that the breadth of it all overshadows the depth of the individual records in their catalog. (Did that make sense or was I just being too wordy again?)
For those of us who are already MT fans and have most or all of their back catalog, the absolute BEST reason to buy this anthology is for the booklet insert. It provides a relatively thorough timeline history of the group, and extensive track-by-track notes on all the tunes, down to the musicians who played on them, and much more.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Anthology: Down in Birdland - Manhattan Transfer 26 Sep 2005
By Musings of a muso - Published on Amazon.com
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An album would have to be at the highest standard to warrant using Charlie Parker's moniker, and Manhattan Transfer have well and truly achieved that with this album. You will not hear crisper, cleaner harmonies. There are other groups and choirs that are as good, but none better.

The variety of music genres on this double album is very impressive; Jazz and Swing of course, Latin, Rock, Fusion, Soul and Folk, all performed with such skill, and in a manner true to the genre.

I saw Manhattan Transfer live recently, and wanted to buy one album that best decribed their work. I chose this album and was thoroughly pleased with the choice. If you like great music, and great harmonies, then this album will become one of your favourites.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A shining tribute to a truly great group. 4 Aug 1998
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I submit that The Manhatten Transfer is the greatest vocal group ever. As Evidence, listen to exhibit A...as in Anthology: Down In Birdland. The Manhatten Transfer has a collective ear for choosing songs with beautiful melodies, then they add a little spice of life to them with excellent close harmonies and rich musical arrangements. This Anthology contains their best known hits and Grammy-award winning songs, but also contains some lesser known tunes that show the group's strengths in a diversity of styles from pop to swing to ballads. Be sure to check the liner notes for guest artists! My only lament is for all the other great songs that weren't included (there are so many)!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff! But if you like this, then you'll love LHR. 19 July 2000
By "shead8" - Published on Amazon.com
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I fell in love with the Transfer as a teenager in the '70s and thought they were the most unique thing going. What I found out later though was that the true artists of "vocalese" are Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross. If you like MT you should definitely give Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross a spin. They started in the 50's and were truly a high wire act.
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