Black Tie (Expanded Version) The Manhattans

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Label: Columbia/Legacy Recordings/ROAR

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Soul

Artist: The Manhattans

Composer: L. Graham, B. Matthes, Jerry Ragovoy, P. Richmond, J. Mack, N. O'Byrne, G. Alston, B. Morr, E.K. King Jr., Winfred Lovett

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  • 1Just One Moment Away04:29
  • 2You Stand Out04:12
  • 3Let Your Love Come Down04:44
  • 4Honey, Honey03:46
  • 5When You See Me Laughing03:40
  • 6I Wanta Thank You03:50
  • 7Deep Water03:35
  • 8Just Can't Seem to Get Next to You03:33
  • 9I Was Made for You04:11
  • 10When I Leave Tomorrow04:34
  • 11Just One Moment Away03:22
  • 12Let Your Love Come Down04:27
  • 13Let Your Love Come Down03:23
  • 14Do You Really Mean Goodbye?03:41
  • 15Rendezvous04:15
  • 16I Wanta Thank You03:50
  • Total Runtime01:03:32

Info for Black Tie (Expanded Version)

The Manhattans Black Tie is Expanded for the First Time Ever Includes 6 Bonus Tracks Includes the chart hit Just One Moment Away which charted No #19 on the US R&B Singles Chart Produced by Leo Graham Liner Notes by Matt Bauer Re-Mastered from the Original Master Tapes by Sean Brennan, at Battery Studio s, New York Black Tie is the 1981 album by legendary soul band The Manhattans. The album is regarded the most melodic, emotional and soulful album ever release by the New Jersey outfit. As soon as you play the first track, 'Just One Moment Away', you are immediately drawn into the world of the Manhattans. A world filled with heartache, sorrow and unconditional love resonating from every track. Surprisingly, the album contain great compositions like 'Honey Honey,' the ballad 'When You See Me Laughing' and the closing number, 'When I Leave Tomorrow.' This album has the rare quantity of not including any track fillers and contains nothing but songs that will make you feel those goosebumps regardless of your age. Black Tie has been out of print for a while and every Manhattan fan will be queuing for this rare and collector‘s classic reissue.

„A good, although not classic or spectacular, early-'80s Manhattans album Black Tie songs. The group dipped a bit from their 1980 peak, in part because the company chose to issue a greatest-hits album in 1980 rather than just ride out an internal situation and wait for a fresh release Black Tie album for sale. They got two more chart hits out of the album, but never regained the momentum or status they enjoyed in 1980 Black Tie CD music.“ (Ron Wynn, AMG)

Winfred Lovett, vocals
Edward Bivins, vocals
Kenneth Kelly, vocals
Richard Taylor, vocals
Gerald Alston, vocals

Recorded at Universal Studios, Chicago, Illinois
Engineered by Stu Walder
Mastered at CBS Recording Studios, New York, NY
Produced by Leo Graham

Digitally remastered

The Manhattans
Legend has it that George "Smitty" Smith, Edward "Sonny" Bivins, Winfred "Blue" Lovett, Kenneth Kelly and Richard Taylor came to call themselves the Manhattans because, as teenage singers in Jersey City, New Jersey, they'd dream about the big time while gazing across the Hudson River at the Manhattan skyline. It's a nice story, but unfortunately it is not true. In fact, the quintet took its name from a cocktail known as the Manhattan that's made from whiskey, vermouth, and bitters. Still, the name suggested class, something the Manhattans have epitomized throughout their long career. First tenor Bivins, who characterizes the group's elegant style as "progressive doo wop," first got together with baritone singer Taylor while they were serving with the Air Force in Germany during the late 1950's. After being discharged, Bivins, Lovett and Smith formed the Dulcets in 1960. In 1961, The Dulcets recorded "Pork Chops" on the Sue Label. In 1963, with the addition of Kelly and Taylor, they formed The Manhattans.

Although they began making records in 1963, the Manhattans didn't strike it big until the mid 1970's, when they successfully bucked the disco trend with a series of romantic ballads for Columbia Records. They had eight songs in the R&B Top 10 between 1973 and 1978, with the composition "Kiss And Say Good Bye" going to Number One on both the R&B and Pop Charts in 1976 and placing in the top five in England and Australia. "Shining Star" made it to number five on the Pop Charts, staying on the charts for 14 straight weeks

The Manhattans continue to bring their smooth, classy live sound to their fans, with over 100 shows worldwide last year alone. With Edward "Sonny" Bivins at baritone, Al Pazant at bass, Lee "The Reverend" Williams at lead vocal and Charles "Charming Charlie" Hardy and Harsey "The Candyman" Hemphill sharing 1st and 2nd tenor, The Manhattans continue to be one of the most sought after live R&B units of the day.

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