The Manhattan Transfer (album)

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The Manhattan Transfer
The Manhattan Transfer.jpg
Studio album by The Manhattan Transfer
Released April 2, 1975
Genre Jazz
Label Atlantic / WEA
Producer Ahmet Ertegün and Tim Hauser
The Manhattan Transfer chronology
The Manhattan Transfer
Coming Out

The Manhattan Transfer is the second album by The Manhattan Transfer. However, it is the first of four albums to be released by the line-up of Tim Hauser, Laurel Massé, Alan Paul and Janis Siegel, and the first to establish the sound and style for which the group would become known. It was released on April 2, 1975 with Atlantic Records as distributor, and was produced by Ahmet Ertegün and Tim Hauser.

This incarnation of the group had been together for three years before this album was released. Ertegün, founder and chairman of Atlantic Records, attended one of their performances at the New York cabaret Reno Sweeney. He offered them a contract, which they accepted.

The melody of track 12, "Heart's Desire" is virtually identical to the 1931 song "That's My Desire," which has music by Helmy Kresa and lyrics by Carroll Loveday.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Shaun Considine reviewed the album in May 1975 for The New York Times:

"Vocally, The Manhattan Transfer is one of the slickest group's on today's market. Their intro number, "Tuxedo Junction", is a precise recreation of the 1940 Glenn Miller oldie, with the group's four part vocal harmonies and jazz riffs supplanting the Miller instrumentals. They have done their homework; they have studied their old 78s in detail. In the honors section, "Blue Champagne", a Dorsey beauty, and "Candy" evoke all of the magic and hazy charm of the 30's and 40's."


The Manhattan Transfer debuted on Billboard's Top Pop album chart on May 3, 1975, reaching #33.[2] The single "Operator" went to #22 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart.[3]

"Tuxedo Junction" reached #24 on the British pop charts.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tuxedo Junction" (3:01) (Erskine Hawkins, William Johnson, Buddy Feyne, Julian Dash) [4]
  2. "Sweet Talking Guy" (2:25) (Doug Morris, Elliot Greenberg)[5]
  3. "Operator" (3:09) (William Spivery)[6] (derived from "Operator, Operator" by Sister Wynona Carr
  4. "Candy" (3:26) (Mack David, Joan Whitney, Alex Kramer)[7]
  5. "Gloria" (2:57) (Esther Navarro)[8]
  6. "Clap Your Hands" (2:55) (Ira Newborn, The Manhattan Transfer)[9]
  7. "That Cat Is High" (2:53) (J. M. Williams)[10]
  8. "You Can Depend on Me" (3:30) (Earl Hines, Charles Carpenter )[11]
  9. "Blue Champagne" (2:21) (Frank Ryerson, Grady Watts, Jimmy Eaton)[12]
  10. "Java Jive" (2:44) (Milton Drake, Ben Oakland)[13]
  11. "Occapella" (3:04) (Allen Toussaint)[14]
  12. "Heart's Desire" (2:36) (Hugh X. Lewis, George Cox, James Dozier, Ralph Ingram, Bernard Purdie)[15]


  1. ^ allmusic review
  2. ^ The Manhattan Transfer: Billboard Albums
  3. ^ The Manhattan Transfer: Billboard Singles
  4. ^ Atlantic Album, 1975, SD 18133, (entered by Joe Cox on 14Nov2010, Stumpjumper27695)
  5. ^ Atlantic Album, 1975, SD 18133
  6. ^ Atlantic Album, 1975, SD 18133
  7. ^ Atlantic Album, 1975, SD 18133
  8. ^ Atlantic Album, 1975, SD 18133
  9. ^ Atlantic Album, 1975, SD 18133
  10. ^ Atlantic Album, 1975, SD 18133
  11. ^ Atlantic Album, 1975, SD 18133
  12. ^ Atlantic Album, 1975, SD 18133
  13. ^ Atlantic Album, 1975, SD 18133
  14. ^ Atlantic Album, 1975, SD 18133
  15. ^ Atlantic Album, 1975, SD 18133

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