The Manhattan Transfer

The Anthology: Down in Birdland

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As the Manhattan Transfer went on, so did the legacy of the jazz vocal ensemble. In that regard, though the competition was scarce, this group did elevate the art form to a higher level without much compromise. This two-CD, 39-track compilation represents many of the high points of the group. If anything is missing, some of the vocalese influenced by Eddie Jefferson should have been included. Still most fans will recognize "Ray's Rockhouse," "Route 66," "Four Brothers," "Tuxedo Junction," "That Cat Is High," "(Sing) Joy Spring," and their immortal take of the Jon Hendricks lyric to "Birdland." Unless it is a complete collection, you'd be hard pressed to find a better grouping of the Manhattan Transfer's prime body of works.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:22
2 3:00
3 3:12
4 2:57
5 5:10
6 2:45
7 2:54
8 5:03
9 2:56
10 2:57
11 2:48
12 2:57
13 3:55
14 4:36
15 3:43
16 3:04
17 5:17
18 4:59
19 3:42
20 6:06

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:51
2 3:06
3 3:30
4 2:42
5 4:01
6 3:18
7 3:06
8 2:55
9 4:30
10 3:35
11 7:13
12 3:57
13 3:03
14 5:22
15 2:36
16 4:15
17 5:11
18 3:52
19 6:01
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