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For the Working Girl

Melissa Manchester

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Customer Reviews

When you think of Melissa, think of a big voice.

But there is so much more to her. Sure, she could write music too, but this album wasn't about that. It was another album put out to showcase one of the best voices in pop music history. Melissa Manchester also stepped into the fray by breaking the race boundaries and singing a duet with a black artist - something unheard of in the late '70's, early '80's. This is a great album from a great singer. I love this album and still listen to it often.

You really don't like "Lovers After All"?

That song is a classic. And beautiful. And those two voices are great together. Unbelievable that you defend Ms. Melissa and then bash that song of all songs. Melissa Manchester has always been a fave on not only pop radio but R&B radio which is quite a fete. If you really want to hear something special get her latest album. Very laid back, but extremely soulful. I'm sorry, I still can't believe the last reviewer bashed "Lovers" of all things. Open your ears, please!

wow - big songs for a big voice!

duh, the review of this album is way off! certainly this style of singing has gone out of fashion...but that doesn't take anything away from enjoying these songs. any active listener with some basic knowledge of what makes a record work can spot the obvious great moments on this album. and "you and me" is certainly one of them...perhaps one of melissa's greatest recordings. it's a big song perfectly suited for her pop-chantuse-meets-broadway-baby delivery. even frank sinatra was enamored with this performance and secured the rights to the song until he could put his own stamp on it later that year (a powerful record in its own right - check it out on his "Trilogy" cd). "if this is love" and "without you" are also near perfect recordings by melissa, as any fan of female vocalists can hear right off the bat. but perhaps the greatest joy on this album is the afterthought "happier than i've ever been" positioned at the end of the album. when that soaring last chorus combines with the superb string arrangement, its delicious - slick, 80s pop at its best. the album never found an audience, but it definately deserves some respect. kudos to itunes for making this available!


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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