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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

12 Ratings

Defining moments...

JessinMA,

The 80's were defined by dramatic ballads. This album is full of them.....and I love it! I remember the day when this album came on a cassette tape (kids ask your parents) in a box from a music club. I played it and I was hooked. I grew up and lost the tape of course but always remembered how much I loved her music. Finally, now on iTunes I am brought back to my childhood. I know EVERY single word of the first 5 tracks...and I haven't heard these songs in 20 years! They are catchy, dramatic, emotional and shockingly relevant to relationships and life. Maybe more so now that I understand what some of the lyrics actually refer to!!! Enjoy!!!

Hey Hey Ricky!

HairDisc,

In spite of the critisism surrounded by the onset of a talented pianist, songwriter and vocalist turn synth dance diva, this LP/cd was actually one of Manchester's most successful LP due mostly in part of the one time dance track You Should Hear How She Talks About You. The song reached the top 5 and earned a Grammy. The title song Hey Ricky, written by Manchester and Elton John's partner Bernie Taupin, was a sassy rock track that also stood on it's own in this diverse collection. The initial single was actually Race To The End, The theme to Chariots Of Fire put to words. Melissa's soaring vocals did not sway the buying public. Your Place Or Mine with it's tech-jazz arraingement was featured in the movie A Little Sex. Carole Bayer Sager wrote Looking For The Perfect Ahh... which was another pop track reflecting the day. I'll Always Love You always reminded me of an Anne Murray song instead of Manchester, though she fairs well with it. One of my favorite tunes here is Someone To Watch Over Me, a Gershwin classic that was also featured recently in an alternate take on a compilation CD.

About Melissa Manchester

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. She recorded her debut album, Home to Myself, in 1973, co-writing many of the songs with Carole Bayer Sager. Released in 1975, Melissa produced her first Top Ten hit, "Midnight Blue," and set the tone for most of her career with its direct, slickly produced MOR pop sound. She and Kenny Loggins co-wrote the latter's 1978 duet hit with Stevie Nicks, "Whenever I Call You Friend," and the following year, Manchester returned to the Top Ten with "Don't Cry Out Loud." In 1980, Manchester became the first singer to have two movie themes nominated for Academy Awards (Ice Castles and The Promise); two years later she achieved her highest Billboard singles chart placement with the number five hit "You Should Hear How She Talks About You," which won a Grammy for Best Female Vocal Performance. Through the '80s and '90s, Manchester alternated occasional recording with scriptwriting and acting, appearing with Bette Midler in For the Boys and on the television series Blossom as the title character's birth mother. In spring 2004, Manchester returned with her first album in ten years. When I Look Down That Road, which included collaborations with Beth Nielsen Chapman and Keb' Mo' and marked her first proper release with Koch. ~ Steve Huey

  • ORIGIN
    New York, NY [The Bronx]
  • BORN
    Feb 15, 1951

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