That Cat Is High - Manhattan Transfer, Williams, J. Mayo
Body and Soul - Manhattan Transfer, Eyton, Frank
Meet Benny Bailey - Manhattan Transfer, Hendricks, Jon
Sing Joy Spring - Manhattan Transfer, Brown, Clifford [Ja
To You - Manhattan Transfer, Jones, Thad
Down South Camp Meeting - Manhattan Transfer, Henderson, Fletcher
Until I Met You (Corner Pocket) - Manhattan Transfer, Green, Freddie
Why Not! (Manhattan Carnival) - Manhattan Transfer, Camilo, Michel
Another Night in Tunisia - Manhattan Transfer, Gillespie, Dizzy
Capim - Manhattan Transfer, Djavan
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - Manhattan Transfer, Maschwitz, Eric
Birdland - Manhattan Transfer, Hendricks, Jon
This 39-track retrospective of the Grammy Award-winning Manhattan Transfer's Atlantic years contains such hits as "Birdland," "Route 66," "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" and "Another Night in Tunisia." — No Track In... more »formation Available
This 39-track retrospective of the Grammy Award-winning Manhattan Transfer's Atlantic years contains such hits as "Birdland," "Route 66," "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" and "Another Night in Tunisia."
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Media Type: CD
Artist: MANHATTAN TRANSFER
Title: ANTHOLOGY-DOWN IN BIRDLAND
Street Release Date: 10/13/1992
"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."
Good stuff! But if you like this, then you'll love LHR.
shead8 | Rome, GA USA | 07/19/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Without a doubt, the masters of vocal jazz ensemble
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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!""
The Anthology: Down in Birdland - Manhattan Transfer
Musings of a muso | QLD, Australia | 09/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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.
A shining tribute to a truly great group.
John S. Harris | 08/05/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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)!"