Mecca for Moderns

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Mecca for Moderns
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Studio album by The Manhattan Transfer
Released June 1981
Recorded 1980–1981
Studio Dawnbreaker Studio, San Francisco, California
Genre Vocal jazz, pop
Length 36:12
Label Atlantic
Producer Jay Graydon
The Manhattan Transfer chronology
Mecca for Moderns
The Best of The Manhattan Transfer
(1981)The Best of The Manhattan Transfer1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
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AllMusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Mecca for Moderns is the sixth studio album by The Manhattan Transfer. It was released in 1981 by Atlantic Records.

This album was the highest charting album to date for the group, peaking on Billboard magazine's Top Pop Catalog Albums chart at No. 22. With this album, the Manhattan Transfer became the first group to win Grammy Awards in both the pop and jazz categories in the same year.


The song "The Boy from New York City" became their first top 10 hit, reaching #7 on Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 chart. This song also won the group the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals.

The song "Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)" also earned them a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group.

The song "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square" which was arranged by Gene Puerling, won the Grammy Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices.

The song "Spies In The Night", which incorporates the "James Bond Theme", also charted on Billboard Magazine's Bubbling Under chart, peaking at #103.

Album name[edit]

According to Tim Hauser, he picked up the name for this album from a Duke Ellington album entitled Live at the Blue Note 1952. "While reading the cover, he noticed it said 'The Blue Note was a haven for the smart set, in fact, the real mecca for moderns.' The group liked the phrase, and it fit well with the album concept."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "On the Boulevard" (Richard Page, Jay Graydon, Marc Jordan) - 4:08
  2. "The Boy from New York City" (George Davis, John T. Taylor) - 3:40
  3. "(Wanted) Dead or Alive" (S. Francisco) - 3:27
  4. "Spies in the Night" (David Foster, Jay Graydon) - 3:59
  5. "Smile Again" (Bill Champlin, David Foster, Jay Graydon, Alan Paul) - 4:33
  6. "Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)" (Freddie Green, Don Wolf) - 5:17
  7. "(The Word of) Confirmation" (Charlie Parker) - 3:14
  8. "Kafka" (Bernard Kafka, Jay Graydon) - 4:08
  9. "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" (Eric Maschwitz, Manning Sherwin) - 3:46


The Manhattan Transfer[edit]



  • Producer, Remix – Jay Graydon
  • Engineer – Joseph Bogan
  • Assistant Engineers – Bob Bullock and Deborah Thompson
  • Recorded at Dawnbreaker Studios (San Fernando, CA).
  • Overdubbed and Mixed at Garden Rake Studios (Studio City, CA).
  • Mastered by Bernie Grundman at A&M Studios (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Art Direction – Steve Arnold, Richard DeGussie and Sarah Richardson
  • Photography – Steve Arnold


  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S.. Mecca for Moderns at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Mecca For Moderns." The Manhattan Transfer. February 7, 2011. Accessed July 22, 2015.

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