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The Manhattans : I Kinda Missed You The Anthology 1973-1987

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UK release date 07.01.2017

The Manhattans were an American popular R&B vocal group. They are renowned for their million-selling song "Kiss and Say Goodbye" recorded in 1976 and 1980's "Shining Star".The Manhattans recorded twelve top 10 R&B hits in the United States first charting on the Billboard in 1965 and Their 1983 song "Forever By Your Side" remains especially popular thirty odd years after its release.

Fans of The Chi lites, Barry White,The Stylistics etc are going to love this choice retrospective,full of stirring string crescendos,fine harmonies and hefty arrangements featuring precision on every single phrasing (they really are artisans of perfect pitch)This band had a huge presence vibrating with sensual energy as they put their well crafted and lush songs across proving them to be fine exponents of R&B.They own the songs and they squeeze it and seize it until every last fragment of their musical emotion is extracted, kick back and relax to their sumptuous sounds,it's scintillating stuff............
Words Emrys Baird

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