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© Columbia Records
I'll Never Find Another
Kiss And Say Goodbye
There's No Me
Do You Really
We Never Danced
To A Love Song
It Feels So Good
To Be Loved
I Kinda Miss You
Don't Take Your Love
The Manhattans related sites:
The Manhattans were a soul group from the 1970s -- their most popular hits
that come to mind is "Shining Star" (not to be confused with the song
of the same name by Earth, Wind & Fire), and their only #1 hit "Kiss And Say Goodbye"
(1976). Their Greatest Hits collection from Columbia Records features
their songs from 1973 to 1980.
Very soulful is the opening track, "I'll Never Find Another (Find
Another Like You)". "Kiss And Say Goodbye" and "Hurt"
features the deep Barry White-ish voice of Winfred "Blue" Lovett.
As you're listening to these romantic ballads, other popular 1970s soul groups
come to mind, such as Earth, Wind & Fire, and the Stylistics. "There's No
Me Without You" brings The Stylistics to mind, although The Manhattans
do have some high vocalization as The Stylistics did, but not as extremely
"Do You Really Mean Goodbye is a very impressive song for those
who aren't familar with it. It's a very beautiful soulful ballad, that
should get repeated listens, easily compared to that of Earth, Wind & Fire.
"We Never Danced To A Love Song" sets the romantic mood as well.
Blue Lovett's Barry White type-voice is the standout on "It Feels So Good
To Be Loved So Bad," likewise the remaining band members vocals, lead by
Gerald Alston. "I Kinda Miss You" also has Lovett's deep voice leading
off the vocals, as the remaining members' vocals follow. "Don't Take Your
Love" is another romantic number, just as soulful as the others, and a
The Manhattans may not have been best remembered as other popular soul
acts of the 1970s, but their romantic style sure sets the mood for all lovers.
A beautiful 10-song collection, the two songs that will stand out (for those
who remember) are "Shining Star" and "Kiss And Say Goodbye"
(although the latter song I personally did not remember growing up, as I was
12 years old at the time when it reached #1). Both songs are classics, and
the remaining tracks are just as beautiful, soulful and entertaining.
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