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5.0 out of 5 stars Birdland? This must be paradise, 25 Feb 2004
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Mr. R. B. Ager "Ronald Ager" (Nottingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Down In Birdland: The Manhattan Transfer Anthology (Audio CD)
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
This review is from: Down In Birdland: The Manhattan Transfer Anthology (Audio CD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 Oct 2014
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Great to have their music back, after vinyl copies got damaged.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Missing UK release...., 14 July 2006
This review is from: Down In Birdland: The Manhattan Transfer Anthology (Audio CD)
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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