Tonin' CD (1995)

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Product Overview


Label Wea/atlantic
SKU 60148777
UPC 075678266126
UPC 14 00075678266126
Format CD
Release Date 2/14/1995
Author Manhattan Transfer
Associated Artist/Work Dickins, Erin
Technical Info
Engineer David Richards; Ed Cherney; Jack Joseph Puig; Jeremy Smith; Michael O'Reilly
Producer Arif Mardin
CatalogID 7567826612
Lable Name Atlantic (Label)
Released 02/14/1995
Original Release 1995
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 51m : 28s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075678266126
Musical Guests
Phil Collins
Bette Midler
James Taylor
Laura Nyro
Chaka Khan
Ruth Brown
B.B. King
Frankie Valli
Album Notes and Credits
Manhattan Transfer: Cheryl Bentyne, Tim Hauser, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel (vocals).
Additional guest artists: Ben E. King, Smokey Robinson, Felix Cavaliere (vocals); Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar); Jimmy Johnson (bass); Luis Conte, Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).
Additional personnel includes: Rene Toledo, Mike Landau, Dean Parks (guitar); Tommy Morgan (harmonica); Chris Hunter, Roger Rosenberg (saxophone); Jim Hines, Tony Cadlic (trumpet); Herb Besson (trombone); Robbie Buchanan (synthesizer, keyboards); Clay Ostwald (keyboards, programming); Abe Laboriel, Will Lee (bass); Jorge Casas (bass, programming); John Robinson, Mike Baird, Chris Parker, Carlos Vega (drums); Edwin Bonila, Lenny Castro (percussion); Steve Skinner (programming).
One would suspect that the Manhattan Transfer had as much fun recording TONIN' as the listener will have savoring its many attributes. This album is an uninhibited tribute to the Transfer's pop influences and favorite recording artists, effectively achieved by recording the golden oldies with the original artists. The familiar falsetto of Frankie Valli permeates "Let's Hang On," while the smooth '60s pop-soul voice of Felix Cavaliere carries the Young Rascals' "Groovin'." But there are many surprises. In one of her best recorded efforts, the reclusive Laura Nyro reminds us of her own great past reworkings of oldies. And things really heat up with the dynamic vocals of R&B great Ruth Brown, B.B. King and Chaka Khan, who rips "Hot Fun In The Summertime" to awesome bits.
But two songs performed on their own show the true talent and the sophisticated harmonies of Manhattan Transfer. The songs are both strongly identified with their original artists, and yet the quartet honors and interprets them properly.
Personnel: Laura Nyro (vocals, piano); Cheryl Bentyne , Felix Cavaliere, Frankie Valli, Janis Siegel, Alan Paul, Phil Collins, Ruth Brown, Tim Hauser, Ben E. King, Bette Midler, Smokey Robinson, Chaka Khan (vocals); David Spinozza, Dean Parks, David Williams , Michael Landau, Michael Thompson , Paul Jackson, Jr. , Rene Toledo, B.B. King (guitar); Joel Peskin (flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Tommy Morgan (harmonica); Dan Wilensky (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Chris Hunter, Roger Rosenberg (saxophone); Jim Hines (trumpet); Herb Besson (trombone); Robbie Buchanan, Randy Kerber (keyboards, synthesizer); Steve Skinner, Robbie Kondor (keyboards, programming); Clay Ostwald, Greg Phillinganes (keyboards); Tom Ranier (synthesizer); Joe Mardin (drums, cymbals, hi-hat, percussion, programming); Chris Parker , Michael Baird , John "J.R." Robinson , Harvey Mason, Sr. , Carlos Vega (drums); Lenny Castro, Luis Conte, Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Marc Mann (programming).
Audio Remixer: Michael O'Reilly.
Recording information: Conway Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Crescent Moon St; Hit Factory, New York, NY; Unique Recording Studios, New York, NY.
Photographer: Firooz Zahedi.
Arrangers: Clay Ostwald; Janis Siegel; Jorge Casas; Laura Nyro; Alan Paul; Arif Mardin; Steve Skinner; Robbie Kondor.
The idea on Tonin' was to turn the Manhattan Transfer loose on a baker's dozen of good old 1960s pop and R&B hits in league either with the original artists or prominent guests from that period and beyond. And yes, it's a stellar list, guaranteed to stir warm and fuzzy memories, and the tunes echo the old lament of an earlier age, "They don't write songs like they used to." ~ Richard S. Ginell
Disc 1
1 Let's Hang On
2 Groovin'
3 It's Gonna Take a Miracle
4 I Second That Emotion
5 La-La (Means I Love You)
6 Too Busy Thinking About My Baby
7 Thrill Is Gone, The
8 Hot Fun in the Summertime
9 Along Comes Mary
10 Dream Lover
11 Save the Last Dance for Me
12 God Only Knows
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