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Pop Goes The Transfer

This album is the second release for the Atlantic label and this was (is) pure pop. The noted "Single Version" tracks are actually the album versions. Stand-out tracks for me are "Scotch And Soda" and the tender reading of Todd Rundgren's "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference." The pop classic "Helpless" is almost disco and a remix can be found on "Down In Birdland" Anthology. The French pop "Chanson D' Amour" is campy, it reminds me of the episode of the British "Are You Being Served" when the cast did this song dressed in outrageous costume. "Zindy Lou" is interesting and I really love the "Speak Up Mambo." One song I feel should not have been covered is "Popsicle Toes." Michael Franks recorded that song for his Warner Brothers debut "The Art Of Tea" and his version is more playful and seductive, Tim Houser's reading is a bit more straightforward lacking in the playfulness the lyric calls for. Overall this is an interesting listen from the historical standpoint for the group continued and continues, to evolve.

Scotch and Soda

It should be noted that the above review is incorrect. Laurel Masse sings on “Scotch and Soda”, not Janis Siegel. At the time this album came out, I was initially disappointed with the heavy pop slant. But it soon grew on me and became one of my favorites. There is much to enjoy. Janis really sells “Don’t Let Go” & “S.O.S.”, and “Zindy Lou” is super cool. Still reminds me of summer, the season in which it was released...


Formed: 1969 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Riding a wave of nostalgia in the '70s, the Manhattan Transfer resurrected jazz trends from boogie-woogie to bop to vocalese in a slick, slightly commercial setting that balanced the group's close harmonies. Originally formed in 1969, the quartet recorded several albums of jazz standards as well as much material closer to R&B/pop. Still, they were easily the most popular jazz vocal group of their era, and the most talented of any since the heyday of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross during the early '60s....
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