1981 The Manhattan Transfer – Mecca For Moderns

Mecca For Moderns is the sixth album by The Manhattan Transfer. It was released in 1981 on the Atlantic records label.

This album was the highest charting album to date for the group, peaking on Billboard Magazine’s Top Pop Catalog Albums chart at #22. Additionally, the album helped the Manhattan Transfer make music history: they became the first group to win Grammy Awards in both the pop and jazz categories in the same year.

The song “The Boy from New York City” became their first top 10 hit, reaching #7 on Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100 chart. This song also won the group the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals.

The song “Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)” also earned them a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group.
The song “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” which was arranged by Gene Puerling, won the Grammy Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices.
The song “Spies In The Night”, which incorporates the “James Bond Theme”, also charted on Billboard Magazine’s Bubbling Under chart, peaking at #103.

Tracks

1  On The Boulevard (Richard Page, Jay Graydon, Marc Jordan) 4:09
Boy From New York City (George Davis, John Taylor) 3:40
3  (Wanted) Dead Or Alive (Art Decoteau, Slinger Francisco) 3:25
4  Spies In The Night (David Foster, Jay Graydon, Alan Paul) 4:03
5  Smile Again (Bill Champlin, Jay Graydon, Alan Paul) 4:33
6  Until I Met You (Corner Pocket) (Freddie Green, Don Wolf) 5:17
7  (The Word Of) Confirmation (Charlie Parker, Eddie Jefferson) 3:14
8  Kafka (Bernard Kafka, Jay Graydon) 4:13
9  A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley (Eric Maschwitz, Manning Sherwin) 3:47

Musicians

1 On The Boulevard

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsSteve Gadd
PianoVictor Feldman
GuitarSteve Lukather
Guitar (solo)Jay Graydon
SynthesizerJay Graydon


2 Boy From New York City

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarJay Graydon
GuitarDean Parks
PianoDavid Foster
SaxDon Roberts
TrumpetJerry Hey


3 (Wanted) Dead Or Alive

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarJay Graydon
OrganGreg Mathieson
SynthesizerGreg Mathieson
SynthesizerJay Graydon
SaxTom Scott
LyriconTom Scott
PercussionAlex Acuna
Steel DrumsAndy Norell

 

4 Spies In The Night

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarJay Graydon
GuitarSteve Lukather
PianoDavid Foster
KeyboardsMichael Boddicker

 

5 Smile Again

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarSteve Lukather
PianoDavid Foster
Fender RhodesDavid Foster


6 Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarAl Viola
PianoYaron Gershovsky


7 (The Word Of) Confirmation

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsSteve Gadd
PianoMilchio Leviev


8 Kafka

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarJay Graydon
GuitarDean Parks
PianoYaron Gershovsky
SynthesizerMilchio Leviev
SynthesizerSteve George

Liner Notes

Producer – Jay Graydon
Arranged By – Jay Graydon (Tracks 1, 3, 5, 8)
Arranged By – Milcho Leviev (Track 7)
Arranged By – Gene Puerling (Track 9)
Arranged By [Rhythm & Horns] – Jay Graydon (Track 2)
Arranged By [Vocals] – Alan Paul (Tracks 2, 4)
Arranged By [Rhythm & Vocals] – Jay Graydon (Tracks 4, 6)
Arranged By [Strings] – David Foster (Track 5)
Arranged By [Vocals] – Janis Siegel (Track 6)
Engineer [Assistant] – Bob Bullock, Debbie Thompson
Contractor – Frank DeCaro
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Recorded By – Joe Bogan
Remix – Jay Graydon

Art Direction – Richard De Gussi, Sarah Richardson, Steven Arnold
Photography By – Steven Arnold

Recorded at Dawnbreaker Studio, San Fernando, California.
Overdubs & Mixing at Garden Rake Studios, Studio City, California.
Mastered at A&M Studios, Los Angeles, California