Bossa Nova Hotel

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Bossa Nova Hotel
Studio album by Michael Sembello
Released September 25, 1983 (U.S.)
Recorded 1983
Bossa Nova Hotel, Rumbo Recorders, Soundcastle Studios, Westlake Audio, EFX Studios
Genre Rock, pop rock, Hi-NRG
Length 39:53
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Phil Ramone
Michael Sembello chronology
Bossa Nova Hotel
(1983)
Without Walls
(1986)
Singles from Bossa Nova Hotel
  1. "Maniac"
    Released: 1983
  2. "Automatic Man"
    Released: 1983
  3. "Talk"
    Released: 1983
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Bossa Nova Hotel is the debut album of rock singer/guitarist Michael Sembello. The album contained ten tracks including the smash hit "Maniac" from the motion picture Flashdance, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 on September 1983. The album itself peaked at #80 on the Billboard 200. "Automatic Man" and "Talk" were the other singles released from the album. "Automatic Man" had three other versions released on an LP and 45 single (which were the Extended mix, Instrumental mix and Single Version). The version of "Maniac" that appeared on the soundtrack to Flashdance is different from the one that appears on this album. "Maniac" also had remixed and instrumental versions of the song.

Singer Marilyn Scott covered the song "First Time" on her 1983 album Without Warning.

The album was re-issued in 2007 on CD by Wounded Bird Records.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Automatic Man"   David Batteau, Michael Sembello, Danny Sembello 4:13
2. "First Time"   David Batteau, David Freeman, Michael Sembello 3:04
3. "Cowboy"   Davd Batteau, Michael Sembello, Danny Sembello 3:35
4. "It's Over"   Alfred Rubalcava, Michael Sembello 4:56
5. "Maniac"   Dennis Matkosky, Michael Sembello 4:18
6. "Godzilla"   Phil Ramone, Michael Sembello, Danny Sembello 3:50
7. "Talk"   Michael Sembello, Danny Sembello 3:26
8. "Cadillac"   Michael Sembello 4:11
9. "Lay Back"   Michael Sembello 4:02
10. "Superman"   Michael Sembello 4:36

Personnel[edit]

  • Michael Sembello - lead vocals, bass synth, bass, guitar, marimba solo, synthesizers, acoustic guitar, Linn Drum, Fender Rhodes
  • Danny Sembello - bass synth, tack piano solo, keyboards, synthesizers, marimba, piano
  • Vinnie Colaiuta - drums
  • Nathan Watts - bass
  • Paulinho Da Costa - percussion
  • Carlos Vega - Simmons drums
  • Don Freeman - keyboards
  • Larry McNeely - banjo
  • Chris Page - additional synthesizer
  • Cruz Baca Sembello - guest vocals on "Talk"
  • Dennis Matkosky - keyboards, synthesizers
  • George Duke - synthesizer solo
  • Dennis Karmazyn - cello
  • Oscar Castro Nieves - string arranger, conductor
  • Michael Sembello, John Sembello, Danny Sembello, Cruz Baca Sembello, Leza Miller - background vocals
  • Jerry Hey, Gary Herbig, Gary Grant, William Reichenbach - horns
  • Thom Wilson, James Gallagher, Peter Chaiken - recording engineers
  • Tommy Vicari - mixing
  • Bernie Grundman - mastering
  • Richard Seireeni, Simon Levy - art director
  • John Colao - photography