is the sixth album by Mecca For Moderns The Manhattan Transfer. It was released in 1981 on the Atlantic records label.
This album was the highest charting album to date for the group, peaking on
Billboard Magazine's Top Pop Catalog Albums chart at #22. Additionally, the album helped the Manhattan Transfer make music history: they 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 ]
Tim Hauser, he picked up the name for this album from a Duke Ellington album entitled . "While reading the cover, he noticed it said 'The Blue Note was a haven for the smart set, in fact, the real Live At The Blue Note 1952 mecca for moderns.' The group liked the phrase, and it fit well with the album concept." [2 ]
Track listing [ edit ]
"On The Boulevard" (
Richard Page) - 4:08 "
The Boy from New York City" (George Davis, John T. Taylor) - 3:40 "(Wanted) Dead Or Alive" (S. Francisco) - 3:27
"Spies In The Night" (
David Foster, Jay Graydon) - 3:59 "Smile Again" (
Bill Champlin, David Foster, Jay Graydon, Alan Paul) - 4:33 "Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)" (
Freddie Green, Don Wolf) - 5:17 "(The Word Of) Confirmation" (
Charlie Parker) - 3:14 "Kafka" (Bernard Kafka, Jay Graydon) - 4:08
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" ( Eric Maschwitz, Manning Sherwin) - 3:46
Personnel [ edit ]
The Manhattan Transfer [ edit ]
Cheryl Bentyne, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, Tim Hauser: lead & backing vocals
Musicians [ edit ]
Mike Baird, Steve Gadd: drums
Alex Acuña: percussion Andy Narell:
steel drums, cowbell
Abraham Laboriel: bass
Jay Graydon: guitars, synthesizers Al Viola,
Dean Parks, Steve Lukather: guitars
David Foster: keyboards, synthesizers
Michael Boddicker, Steve George: synthesizers Greg Mathieson:
Victor Feldman: keyboards & piano Milchio Leviev, Yaron Gershovsky: piano
Tom Scott: saxophone & lyricon Don Roberts, Richie Cole: saxophone
Jerry Hey: trumpet Jon Hendricks:
Production [ edit ]
Arranged By Jay Graydon & Gene Puerling
Produced, Engineered & Mixed By Jay Graydon
References / Sources [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]