Brasil (The Manhattan Transfer album)

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Studio album by The Manhattan Transfer
Released 1987
Genre Jazz
Length 41:12
Label Atlantic
Producer Tim Hauser
The Manhattan Transfer chronology
The Offbeat of Avenues
(1991)The Offbeat of Avenues1991

Brasil was The Manhattan Transfer's tenth album. It was released in 1987 on Atlantic records

This album was a new foray for the group into Brazilian music. During the recording sessions they worked with many songwriters, including Ivan Lins, Milton Nascimento, Djavan, and Atlantic records Jazz recording artist Gilberto Gil. After the initial recording sessions, the songs were re-arranged and then fitted with English lyrics.


This album won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals.


The song "Soul Food To Go" reached #25 on Billboard Magazine's Top Adult Contemporary chart.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Soul Food to Go" (Djavan, Doug Fieger) (5:08)
  2. "The Zoo Blues" (Djavan, Doug Fieger) (3:55)
  3. "So You Say" (Djavan, Amanda McBroom) (4:47)
  4. "Capim" (Djavan) (4:58)
  5. "Metropolis" (Ivan Lins, Vitor Martins, Brock Walsh) (4:15)
  6. "Hear the Voices" (Gilberto Gil, Tracy Mann) (4:06)
  7. "Agua" (Djavan, Brock Walsh) (5:08)
  8. "The Jungle Pioneer" (Márcio Borges, Milton Nascimento, Brock Walsh) (3:30)
  9. "Notes from the Underground" (Ivan Lins, Vitor Martins) (5:45)




  • Producer: Tim Hauser (Tracks 1–7 & 9); Tim Hauser and Mazzola (Track 8)
  • Executive Producer on Brazillian sessions: Alberto Traiger
  • Recorded by Ed Thacker
  • Second Recordng: Carlos Ronconi and Mike Ross
  • Vocal Engineer: Keith Cohen
  • Second Vocal Engineer: Ted Blaisdell
  • Mixed by Brian Malouf
  • Second Mixing Engineers: Jim Dineen and Clif Jones
  • Recorded at Ocean Way Recording, Studio 55 and Skip Saylor Recording (Los Angeles, CA); Bill Schnee Studios and The Grey Room (Hollywood, CA); JHL Studios (Pacific Palisades, CA); Som Livre Studios (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
  • Mastered by Stephen Marcussen at Precision Mastering (Hollywood, CA).
  • Album Coordination: Marsha Loeb
  • Project Coordination: Ivy Skoff
  • Art Direction: Fayette Hauser
  • Back Cover Photo: Lawrence Manning

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