Don't Cry Out Loud (Melissa Manchester album)
|Don't Cry Out Loud|
|Studio album by Melissa Manchester|
|Producer||Leon Ware, Harry Maslin|
|Melissa Manchester chronology|
Most of the album's tracks were recorded with Leon Ware producing; Ware had expressed an interest in recording Manchester based on the singer's version of the Ware composition "I Wanna Be Where You Are" featured on the 1977 album release Singin'.... The tracks Manchester recorded with Ware intended as the singer's 1978 album release - which Manchester planned to name Caravan - were all original material except "Bad Weather", a Stevie Wonder composition which had been a single for the Supremes in 1974. When Manchester submitted the Caravan tracks to Arista, label owner Clive Davis felt none of the tracks would afford Manchester the Top 40 hit required to revive her career and at Davis' strong suggestion Manchester recorded the Peter Allen/Carole Bayer Sager composition "Don't Cry Out Loud" with Harry Maslin producing.
With the addition of the "Don't Cry Out Loud" track, Manchester's album was released in October 1978 with "Don't Cry Out Loud" issued as a single; the album was renamed for the single despite Manchester's desire to retain the title Caravan. "Don't Cry Out Loud" did indeed return Manchester to the Top 40 in fact attaining a #10 peak in March 1979 in its twentieth week on the Billboard Hot 100; the single's popularity was paralleled by the ascent of the Don't Cry Out Loud album to #33.
Rather than release a second A-side single from the Don't Cry Out Loud album, Arista attempted to follow-up the success of the "Don't Cry Out Loud" single with "Theme from Ice Castles", the theme song from the movie Ice Castles; a track - for which "Such a Morning" from the Don't Cry Out Loud album served as B-side - which failed to consolidate Manchester's comeback, peaking at #76.
In spite of "Theme From Ice Castles (Through The Eyes Of Love)" reaching the lower end of the Hot 100, it peaked at #13 on the AC Chart and became a popular wedding song song request of its time. She also recorded the "Theme From The Promise (I'll Never Say Goodbye)" and earned the distinction of being the only artist to record two Oscar nominated songs from a movie in the year 1979. She is currently up for an Oscar for her original composition "Rainbird" from the movie "Dirty Girl". The CD includes bonus tracks like the single mix of Through The Eyes Of Love, My Boyfriends Back/Runaway Medley and the B-side to Don't Cry Out Loud, We Had This Time.
- "Shine Like You Should" (Manchester) 3:13
- "Caravan" (Manchester) 3:42
- "Don't Cry Out Loud" (Peter Allen, Carole Bayer Sager) 3:50
- "Almost Everything" (Manchester, Leon Ware) 2:44
- "Bad Weather" (Ira Tucker Jr., Stevie Wonder) 3:20
- "Through the Eyes of Grace" (Manchester) 4:01
- "To Make You Smile Again" (Manchester, Bayer Sager) 4:51 A different version of this song was recorded again in 1989 for her Tribute CD.
- "Such a Morning" (Manchester, Steve Cagan) 2:51
- "Knowing My Love's Alive" (Manchester, Ware) 4:00
- "Singin' from My Soul" (Manchester, Adrienne Anderson) 3:29 This song originally appeared on 1976 Help Is On The Way. This track has added lyric with a totally different arrangement.
- "We Had This Time" -4:40 (Melissa Manchester & Larry Weiss) Dionne Warwick also recorded this song for her album No Night So Long.
- "Theme From ICE CASTLES" (Through The Eyes Of Love)-3:42 (Single Mix)
- "My Boyfriend's Back/Runnaway"-7:11
- Drums: James Gadson, Jim Keltner, Art Rodriguez, Ed Greene
- Percussion: Lenny Castro
- Bass: Chuck Rainey, David Hungate
- Keyboards, Synthesizers, Piano: Greg Phillinganes, Richard Tee, Melissa Manchester, Bill Payne, Michael Boddicker, Sonny Burke
- Guitars: David T. Walker, Lee Ritenour, Dennis Budmir, Jay Graydon
- Harmonica: Tommy Morgan
- Saxophone: David Lewell, Mike Carnahan
- Trombone: Dick Hyde, Lew McCreary
- Trumpet: Chuck Findley, Steve Madaio
- Violin: Harry Bluestone
- String Arrangements By David Blumberg, Gene Page, Harry Maslin, Barry Fasman
- Produced By Leon Ware & Harry Maslin
- Mixed By Phil Schier, except "Don't Cry Out Loud" produced and mixed by Harry Maslin
- Edited & Mastered By Jo Hansch
- allmusic review
- Billboard vol 93 #26 (4 July 1981) p.6
- Billboard vol 90 #38 (23 September 1978)