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The Manhattans - With These Hands (1970/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


13-02-2018, 13:43. Author: hdsound
The Manhattans - With These Hands (1970/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: The Manhattans
Title: With These Hands
Genre: R&B, Soul, Quiet Storm, Northern Soul, Doo Wop
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1970/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:55:32
Recorded: 1970, Mayfair Recording Studios


The Manhattans were one of those classic R&B vocal groups who manage to achieve incredible career longevity by adapting their style to fit changing times. Formed in the ’60s as a doo wop-influenced R&B quintet, the Manhattans reinvented themselves as sweet smooth soul balladeers during the ’70s. In doing so, they somehow overcame the death of lead singer George Smith, and with new frontman Gerald Alston became more popular than they’d ever been, landing an across-the-board number one hit in 1976 with “Kiss and Say Goodbye“. Influenced by : The Moonglows, the Dells, the Flamingos, Sam Cooke and Johnnie Taylor, they also influenced groups like Boyz II Men.


Life after Carnival Records finds the Manhattans recording for the Deluxe label, where they cut some charmers. George "Smitty" Smith had polished his God-given, captivating, crying tenor into an instrument that ranked with the greats. With These Hands is the closest the Manhattans came to recording an album of standards or pop material. The album's ten songs consist of five standards and five cold-blooded originals. You can't help but feel the aching pain in "It's Gonna Take a Lot to Bring Me Back," a minor R&B hit that had major potential; the slow weeper oozes soul. "Give Him Up" displays the quintet's lovely uptempo harmony; the shuffler unfortunately got lost as a B-side. The tear jerking "If My Heart Could Speak" is a slow, tenderly sung ballad and one of their best. Winnie Lovett, Kenny Kelly, Ernest Bivens and Richard Taylor provides splendid backing to Smitty's lead on "People Get Ready," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "Georgia on My Mind," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and the title track, all ably arranged by Chico O'Farrill. --AllMusic Review by Andrew Hamilton



Tracklist:
1 Can't Take My Eyes Off You 3:38
2 Loneliness 2:58
3 By the Time I Get to Phoenix 3:09
4 Straight from My Heart 2:47
5 It's Gonna Take a Lot to Bring Me Back 2:50
6 If My Heart Could Speak 3:51
7 With These Hands 4:11
8 Georgia on My Mind 2:59
9 Give Him Up 2:32
10 People Get Ready 2:24
11 From Atlanta to Goodbye 3:25
12 Rainbow Week (Single Version) 3:50
13 Let Them Talk (Single Version) 3:13
14 Fantastic Journey (Single Version) 4:41
15 Windmills of Your Mind (Single Version) 3:09
16 The Picture Became Quite Clear (Mono) 3:10
17 Oh, Lord I Wish I Could Sleep (Mono) 2:38


Personnel:
Edward "Sonny" Bivins
Winfred "Blue" Lovett
Kenny "Wally" Kelley
Richard "Ricky" Taylor
Chico O'Farrill, arranger


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