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THE MANHATTANS

"A Million To One"

(LP) DeLuxe 12004 (498) Stereo
August 1972 (total time: 34:30)




Side one

01. A MILLION TO ONE (45 137A)
(T. Randazzo/V. Pike) Razzle Dazzle/BMI

02. IT'S THE ONLY WAY (45 139B)
(W. Lovett) Ft. Knox Music/Nattahnam/BMI

03. BACK UP (45 144A)
(Kenneth Kelly) Ft. Knox Music/Nattahnam/BMI

04. YOU ON MY MIND
(Edward Bivins) Ft. Knox Music/Nattahnam/BMI

05. FEVER (45 144B)
(J. Davenport/E. Cooley) Jay & Cee Music/BMI

06. DO YOU EVER (45 136A '71)
(Myrna March) Make Music/Arnel Music/ASCAP



Side two

07. STRANGE OLD WORLD
(Richard Taylor) Ft. Knox Music/Nattahnam/BMI

08. ONE LIFE TO LIVE (45 139A)
(W. Lovett) Ft. Knox Music/Nattahnam/BMI

09. BLACKBIRD
(R. Hayes) Ft. Knox Music/Jupace Music/BMI

10. CRY IF YOU WANNA CRY (45 137B)
(M. March/B. Keyes) Make Music/Arnel Music/ASCAP

11. TEENAGE LIBERATION
(E. Bivins/K. Kelly/K. Nash/C. Reid) Ft. Knox Music/Nattahnam/BMI

12. I CAN'T STAND FOR YOU TO LEAVE ME (45 136B '71)
(M. Taylor) Ft. Knox Music/Nattahnam/BMI



CREDITS:

Manhattans  Winfred "Blue" Lovett
            Kenny Kelly
            Edward Bivins
            Richard Taylor
            Gerald Alston

Produced by Hal Neely
            Bob Riley
            Bobby Smith
            "Hoss" Allen

Audio:    Mike Stone, King Studios, Nashville
          Mike Goodrich, King Studios, Macon
          Knox Phillips, Sam Phillips Studio, Memphis

Arrangements: Macon Staff, Charlie Chalmers,
              Chuck Sagle

Photography & Art: David Rosenberg

Production Coordinator: Hermie Hanlin


©1972 Tenn. Recording and Publishing Co., Inc.


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PRODUCERS NOTE:

The Manhattans were sorrowed when lead singer George "Smitty" Smith died of a sudden illness. An intensive search was launched by the group to find that "right" voice to continue the tradition of the unique Manhattans sound. They found it on the campus of small Kitrell College in the hills of Henderson, North Carolina. . . . the voice and person of Gerald Alston. This is the first album with Gerald. (note: GA was former member of the New Imperials [NOT Little Anthony's group] and nephew of Shirley Alston of the Shirelles.)

Hal Neely





The test of any great group is their staying power... the ability to sustain their popularity; to continue to be what the show business world refers to as "box office." In the field of entertainment, this greatness is measured by a number of standards. Radio and television shows are the victims or victors of audience ratings. Motion pictures and Broadway plays are similarly affected by attendance figures; night club and concert performers also depend on their drawing power. So it follows that recording stars are judged according to the position they attain on the best selling charts with each and every new release. The Manhattans easily make the weight in this division. For the past twelve years, The Manhattans have consistently recorded a seemingly endless string of best selling records and they have matched this consistency with a long list of sell-out performances in night clubs, theatres, and concert halls. This album is a further tribute to the greatness that is uniquely The Manhattans. Let the "new" sounds have their say, but let's be grateful for the likes of The Manhattans who will not cut themselves off from the past, but build upon it. This is what longevity in the brittle field of artistic success is all about.

Donny Brooks
KATZ Radio
St. Louis



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DISTRIBUTED BY STARDAY-KING, P.O. BOX 8188, NASHVILLE, TENN. 37207




starday45.jpg 20 year old R. Stevie Moore played overdubbed lead guitar on "Teenage Liberation", as duly hired by then-current GOODS producer Chuck Sagle, a quick post-production session w/o any others present, at legendary Starday-King Studio, Dickerson Road, Nashville. Photobooth pic at right was from hours afterwards. Hear the mp3 here.


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