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Hey Ricky

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  • Audio CD (27 Nov. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B000FO45W0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,207,387 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
Having been let down by Amazon's pre-order arrangements on this CD, I was very pleased to obtain one from a marketplace seller, at a very good price! The music on this particular CD marks a bit of a departure for Melissa Manchester, although, in fairness, her music always displayed a good range of styles. "Hey Ricky" is a more pop-orientated offering, but no less appealing or successful for that. The opening track, "You Should Hear How She Talks About You" sets the pace, being an upbeat track with a typically 80s back beat. This style is repeated on the title track also. The rest of the album is once again a mix of styles, from the more lyrical "Slowly" to the more typically Melissa "Someone To Watch Over Me" and "I'll always Love You". The song "Race To The End" is a version of Vangelis's theme to Chariots of Fire with added lyrics, in my opinion the weakest moment of the album. Manchester is joined by David Gates for the duet "Wish We Were Heroes" and this, coupled with yet another reading of "Come In From The Rain", mark for me the high spots.
Any fans of Melissa Manchester's albums will find lots to enjoy in this release, showcasing once again the breadth of her repetoire and artistry in performance. Although now expensive in it's remastered form, it's a worthy addition to any collection.
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Format: Audio CD
Melissa Manchesters best selling album is also one of her best that is not always the case for any artist.
The album kicks off strong with the huge hit and award winning "you should hear how she talks about you" its a very 80s type hit song with electronic rythmics and a thump thump sound typical of that era when you absolutely had to avoid disco, right after how do like todance a 60s tempo very remenicent of prom nights take Miss M to her usual type of sound and her voice is sweet and elegant. She then brakes into the tittle song of the album a rock themed song co written by Sir Taupin himself an absolute gem of a song sexy and mean Eartha Kitt could have interpreted that song. the very elaborate race to the end theme to charriots of fire is over produced but gives a chance to hear the range of vocalise that MM is able to belt out.
a lovely duet wit Christopher Cross "heroes"starts off the second half of the album.
Come i from the rain written by MM is given a new orchestration
your place or mine and looking for the perfect ahh give the artist a chancr to have fu and be sexy and sultry.
the final title someone to watch over me from the julie andrews film Star,
copmletes this true masterpiece.
Melissa is absolutely gorgeous on the cover showing off a new wet look do while the back cover photo is an exact replica of a Marlene Dietrich photographe; It is not the first time MM emulates the hollywood star the cover of for the working girls is also a copy of a MD photo for one of her films
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1.0 out of 5 stars Arista Contemporary should be shot 29 Sept. 2011
By Donald F. King - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Melissa Manchester is a wonderful singer. Her progression from earth mother to Europop princess to Broadway style chanteuse is wonderful. Because the breadth of her work spans so large, you'll naturally prefer some styles of her albums over and above others.

Hey Ricky was a very good, very modern for 1982, album. Featuring production by Arif Mardin, photography by Helmut Newton, and songs by Melissa, the Gershwins, and others... it came together as a terrific package.

The 2006 re-release by Wounded Bird Records is, as always, most welcome. They offer fine reproductions for a good price... sleek looking and good sounding. You can never go wrong.

But for some reason (money) they lost the rights to that re-release, and now you can find this fine release withering away on "Arista Contemporary". The sound is good. But the package would be embarrassing, at best, by anyone's standards. The fine cover picture is now "framed" (read, smaller) in blue. There is no mention of producer, songwriters, recording location, date of recording, or even the date of the re-release. Most egregious of all, the entire song selection listed on the back is 100% erroneous.

Some fool re-released this good album, and didn't even listen to it!

It's the only production of this album we now have available to us, so purchase it if you must. But the good people at Arista Contemporary should be ashamed of themselves.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Ricky by Melissa Manchester 28 Aug. 2006
By Michael Lim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Finally managed to get this out of print CD! Great songs, especially the duet with David Gates, titled "Wish We Were Heroes". A truly 80s classic!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You should hear! 8 Nov. 2006
By D. Stikeleather - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Of course, this CD contains "You Should Hear how He Talks About you", a song that got me through some rough spots in the 1980s. I love the overdubbed vocals. Such a great pop song. My other favorite on this one is "Hey your place or Mine" such a great R&B spot. "Come in From the Rain" is classic Melissa, a kind of singing I wish she had stuck with on her latest (2005) CD where she sings through a frog. I love her belted vocals - they push past clouds and move my personal mountains.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "essence" of Melissa Manchester (not to be confused with the album "The Essence Of Melissa Manchester") 8 Sept. 2008
By Glen Zimmerman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Once called by one publication "Pop's Classiest Voice," that may be a tall title to give to one person, but Melissa Manchester is certainly a person of worthy consideration for the title. An amazingly versatile singer, she threw a bit of everything into this album, and no matter what she's doing, she does it all in good taste. This album spawned the Grammy-winning smash hit "You Should Hear How She Talks About You," a bouncy piece of pop perfection. Her versatility is well showcased on the cheerful, upbeat "Looking For The Perfect Ahh," the beautiful pop ballad "Come In From The Rain," the soul-tinged ballad "Your Place Or Mine," and the jazz chanteuse styled "Someone To Watch Over Me."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melissa is one of the most underrated performers ever! 18 Oct. 2010
By Just me! - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was very glad that Arista put Melissa Manchester's albums on cd finally! Though I knew they had been on Wounded Bird records earlier. I have always enjoyed 'Looking for the perfect Ahhhhh..' (Aren't we all!) as well as 'I Wish We Were Heroes. The only issue I have with the re-issues are that there are no liner notes and the track listing on all re-issues are not in correct order! Come on Arista, you could have done better than that! For instance, have you heard of bonus tracks and writers who have appreciated Ms. Manchester's writing and singing talents, who could have written them for you? I hope that future re-issues will be more professional.
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