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||Sad Eyes||Melissa Manchester||4:03||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Wanna Be Where You Are||Melissa Manchester||3:48||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||A Love of Your Own||Melissa Manchester||4:00||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||No One's Ever Seen This Side of Me||Melissa Manchester||3:16||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||You Make It Easy||Melissa Manchester||5:06||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Stand||Melissa Manchester||4:01||$0.69||View In iTunes|
||My Love Is All I Know||Melissa Manchester||3:35||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Time||Melissa Manchester||4:15||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Let Me Serenade You||Melissa Manchester||3:50||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Warmth of the Sun||Melissa Manchester||4:51||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Come In from the Rain (Alternate Take)||Melissa Manchester||4:18||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Long Goodbyes||Melissa Manchester||2:57||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||My Boyfriend's Back (Extended Version 12")||Melissa Manchester||5:32||$0.99||View In iTunes|
The title was actually "Singin'..." including quotations marks and an ellipsis, and the three dots might have been meant to stand for "in the Rain," from the evidence of the classy Kosh-designed cover picture. But the title also signaled that Melissa Manchester, previously known primarily as a singer/songwriter, was acting mostly as an interpretive singer on this collection, a point also hinted at in the name of her sole original composition, "No One's Ever Seen This Side of Me." "Singin'..." was released as Manchester's sixth album a mere eight months after her fifth, Help Is on the Way, and maybe that wasn't enough time to write an LP's worth of new material. Instead, Manchester and producer Vini Poncia scrounged around for outside material, starting with session guitarist David Spinozza's "Sad Eyes," and also recorded a bunch of covers. Manchester was at home with such selections as James Taylor's "You Make It Seem Easy" (which she turned into a bluesy tour de force) and Wendy Waldman's "My Love Is All I Know," but her ventures into R&B on the Michael Jackson hit "I Wanna Be Where You Are" and Sly & the Family Stone's "Stand" were more of a stretch. Nor did she do much with the Beach Boys' "The Warmth of the Sun." "Singin'..." reached the same Billboard chart peak, at number 60, as its predecessor, but it was hard to think of it as anything more than a placeholder in her discography, marking time until she had a chance to write a new batch of songs.
Is this reviewer on crack?!?
MM's cover of "The Warmth of the Sun" is one of those recordings that, when played for unsuspecting listeners, blows them completely away. Before this became available on iTunes, I spent a small fortune to get this CD as an import just to get that track -- not that there is any shortage of other gems here. Her tribute to Sly Stone is fun and full of funky affection, "Time" is moving, and overall the vocal interpretations show that, even if she couldn't write a song to save her life, MM deserved accolades heaped on so many others with half the chops. Also interesting to note is that she made this album to get back to what it was in music that she loves so much, and it shows that she found it in no time. In fairness, I can't comment on the bonus tracks, as they only came out very recently. But why, oh why would "My Boyfriend's Back" get tacked on here? This is NOT the place for a dance record!
I agree, WHO is this ITunes Reviewer and who has stolen his/her brain?
BTW I'm LTC Dave's WIFE <g> While there are Albums of Ms. Melissa I was disappointed in, Singin' certainly ISN'T one of them! Let me get this straight. . .Reviewer seems to be saying if one is a singer-songWRITER one can only sing one's own compositions? How. . .ridiculous, GOOFY is that? I agree with the other reviewer. I hadn't heard Warmth Of The Sun in YEARS (no turntable in years) but I only needed to see the title for the musical memory to engage. Oh, how wonderful. 1977, it's original release. . .I'm young woman fresh on my own with an A.A. degree. . .No One's Ever Seen This Side of Me, I Wanna Be Where You Are, You Make It Easy, What else does a youngster need to stretch her vocals and warm up a solitary night? Thank goodness this is available again. Thanks Itunes!
GREAT VOICE, GREAT ALBUM
Melissa Manchester is one of my favorite singers. Her great voice is always a great joy to listen to. I honestly have never heard of this album, but I really enjoyed it. Plus, I look forward to listening to her other albums with that beautiful voice of hers.
Born: February 15, 1951 in New York, NY [The Bronx]
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s