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Home to Myself

Melissa Manchester

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Album Review

"Now, I don't have the soul of Joni, and I cannot see myself like Miss Laura," sang Melissa Manchester on "Funny That Way," thus marking out the competition. Like Mitchell and Nyro, Manchester was a piano-playing female singer, but she was right in noting that while there was a surface similarity in their musical approaches, she did not dig quite as deep emotionally as her predecessors. Manchester came from a lighter pop, supper club tradition, and on her debut album, singing songs most of which had lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager, she explored a territory that seemed almost barren at the time — a sophisticated, non-rock pop/jazz style that emphasized delivery and chops over individualistic, confessional writing. (It bore some similarities to the style of Manchester's former employer, the more flamboyant Bette Midler.) Not surprisingly, she did not find an immediate audience for such an approach, though this promising album did reach the charts.

Customer Reviews


This is actually Wave's mom. I was in my early 20's when I discovered this Melissa Manchester album- her songs spoke to me and described what it was like to be a young woman in the 70's- the sexual revolution... not taking yourself too seriously... having lots of soul and depth. The song "If it Feels Good" became my anthem. I was not too happy when she became more of a pop artist and compromised her individuality-- but I guess everyone's got to pay their bills. I'm downloading this now into my iPhone and will remember the complicated times of my youth every time I hear it.

Home to Myself

This was the first album that I bought as a 10 year old, I am now 50 ad to re hear this album hasn't changed my opinion of Melissa as a writer or performer. She is fabulous !!!!

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Home to Myself is one of the lost treasures of the '70's. This album has the most extraordinary set of songs that blend together in a truly cohesive way. This should be ranked with the best of Carole King and Joni Mitchell. The songs, her voice, her soul pour forth. And it's extremely well produced with some great instrumentation.


Born: February 15, 1951 in New York, NY [The Bronx]

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

MOR singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester, whose father was a bassoonist for the New York Metropolitan Opera, began singing commercial jingles at age 15 and went on to become a staff writer for Chappell Music while attending the High School of Performing Arts. After taking a songwriting class at New York University taught by Paul Simon, Manchester took her talents to the Manhattan club scene, where she was discovered by Bette Midler and Barry Manilow; the two hired her as a backup singer in 1971....
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