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The Manhattans - It Feels So Good (1977/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
The Manhattans - It Feels So Good (1977/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: The Manhattans
Title: It Feels So Good
Genre: R&B, Soul, Quiet Storm, Northern Soul, Doo Wop
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1977/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:02:53
Recorded: 1976

Originally formed in 1962 in Jersey City, New Jersey, The Manhattans enjoyed some success in the R&B world from 1965- 1972 recording for the Carnival and DeLuxe labels. A move to Columbia Records in 1973 brought greater prominence for the then-quintet when the single “There’s No Me Without You” became a Top 3 R&B and Top 50 pop hit. In 1975, the group topped the US pop and R&B charts (also reaching the UK Top 10) with their now-classic “Kiss And Say Goodbye,” from their first gold album, The Manhattans. With the departure of original member Ricky Taylor, the quartet of Gerald Alston, Blue Lovett, Sonny Bivins and Wally Kelley returned to the recording studios in 1976 with renowned Philadelphia producer/arranger/musician and songwriter Bobby Martin to cut their fourth Columbia album, IT FEELS SO GOOD. The ten-track LP became The Manhattans’ second gold album, buoyed by the success of ‘I Kinda Miss You’ (US R&B #7, Pop #46), the title track (US R&B #6, Pop #66) and ‘We Never Danced To A Love Song,’ another Top 10 R&B hit.

Another addition to the Manhattans' bulging cache of mellow sounds. Gerald Alston, Winnie Lovett, Ernest Bivens and Kenny Kelly made a career of recording romance, heartache and make-out tunes. The popular 'We Never Danced to a Love Song' fits in well with their other ballads, as does the majestic 'It Just Can't Stay this Way' and 'Let's Start All Over Again.' They hit the charts with the somewhat contrived 'I Kinda Miss You,' and the title track, the eloquent 'It Feels So Good to Be Loved So Bad' is classic -- the harmony is tight and they add a little doo wop for good measure. You can't go wrong with any Manhattan album; they give their fans what they want, and never do they offend or alienate them by recording and releasing something out of character. --AllMusic Review by Andrew Hamilton

1. I Kinda Miss You 05:20
2. Up on the Street (Where I Live) 03:39
3. Let's Start It All Over Again 05:15
4. It's You 04:02
5. I'll See You Tomorrow 03:10
6. It Feels so Good to Be Loved so Bad 04:36
7. It Just Can't Stay This Way 05:17
8. We Never Danced to a Love Song 04:17
9. Mind Your Business 03:47
10. Too Much for Me to Bear 03:41
11. I Kinda Miss You (Single Version) 03:40
12. Let's Start It All Over Again (Single Version) 03:50
13. Let's Start It All Over Again (12" Version) 05:14
14. It Feels so Good to Be Loved so Bad (Single Version) 04:00
15. We Never Danced to a Love Song (Single Version) 03:05

Edward "Sonny" Bivins
Winfred "Blue" Lovett
Kenny "Wally" Kelley
Richard "Ricky" Taylor
Bobby Martin, Teddy Randazzo, arranger

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