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The Manhattan Transfer

  • 1. Tuxedo Junction
    2. Sweet Talking Guy
    3. Operator
    4. Candy
    5. Gloria
    6. Clap Your Hands
    7. That Cat Is High
    8. You Can Depend on Me
    9. Blue Champagne
    10. Java Jive
    11. Occapella
    12. Heart's Desire
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 18133

  • Credits
    ProducerAhmet Ertegun; Tim Hauser

    The Manhattan Transfer's self-titled debut shows off the vocal quartet's sterling chops to excellent effect. The album is self-consciously retro: everything from the cover art to the group's clean, jazzy harmonies evokes America's musical and cultural zeitgeist of the 1930s and '40s. But the Transfer cook up an original musical stew with their mix of be-bop, doo-wop, and swing, so while one can almost imagine the covers of "Candy" and "Tuxedo Junction" accompanied by the crackle of a wartime radio, the overall project is executed with contemporary style and postmodern panache. The group would, ultimately, go on to record better albums, but the seeds of their amazingly tight skills and cut-and-paste approach to jazz history are sown on this 1975 debut.

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