Bodies and Souls

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Bodies and Souls
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Studio album by The Manhattan Transfer
Released September, 1983
Genre Vocal jazz, pop, R&B
Length 42:40
Label Atlantic
Producer Richard Rudolph
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Bodies and Souls was released in September 1983 by The Manhattan Transfer on the Atlantic Records label.

This album took the Manhattan Transfer in a different direction from their previous releases, offering a new, revised style of their music. There were several collaborations on this album, including Stevie Wonder, Rod Temperton, and Jeremy Lubbock. Also appearing as a guest artist on the album was Frankie Valli, who appears on the song "American Pop".

The final track on the album, "The Night That Monk Returned to Heaven", is a tribute to American jazz pianist Thelonious Monk.[1]

Alan Paul co-wrote two songs on the album, "Malaise En Malaisie" and "Code of Ethics".


This album was the first Manhattan Transfer album to be included in the Rhythm & Blues charts. The song "Spice of Life", was a hit on both the R&B chart, reaching #32, and on the Pop chart, reaching #40. This song featured a distinctive harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder. The song has a similar structure to the album cut "Baby Be Mine" on Michael Jackson's Thriller album. The song was written by Rod Temperton and Derek Bramble.

The song "Mystery", also written by Rod Temperton, reached #80 on the R&B chart and #102 on the Pop chart. The song was later covered by Anita Baker on her 1986 album Rapture. "This Independence", written by Canadian composer Marc Jordan (famous for "Living In Marina Del Rey") was also released on a 12" disco single format.


The group won a Grammy Award for "Why Not!" in the category of Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Writers Length
1 "Spice of Life" Derek Bramble, Rod Temperton (3:40)
2 "This Independence" John Capek, Marc Jordan (5:01)
3 "Mystery" Rod Temperton (5:00)
4 "American Pop" John Capek, Marc Jordan (3:34)
5 "Soldier of Fortune" John Capek, Marc Jordan (4:21)
6 "Code of Ethics" Wayne Johnson, Alan Paul, Randy Walman (5:06)
7 "Malaise En Malaisie" Alain Chamfort, Serge Gainsbourg, Alan Paul (3:58)
8 "Down South Camp Meetin'" Fletcher Henderson, Jon Hendricks, Irving Mills (3:00)
9 "Why Not! (Manhattan Carnival)" Michel Camilo, Julie Elgenberg, Hilary Koski (2:33)
10 "Goodbye Love" Jeremy Lubbock, Richard Rudolph (3:04)
11 "The Night That Monk Returned to Heaven" Robert Kraft (3:23)


  1. ^ Milwaukee Journal. "Listen Up - record review". Retrieved 11 January 2014. 

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