1982 Melissa Manchester – Hey Ricky

Hey Ricky is the title of the tenth album release by Melissa Manchester issued on Arista Records in April 1982.

During the interim between the release of Hey Ricky and that of the precedent For the Working Girl in September 1980 Melissa Manchester had attempted to extricate herself from her recording contract, filing suit in May 1981 for contractual release from Arista. However it was announced that October that the singer and label had reached terms and the track “Race to the End” – a vocal version of the Chariots of Fire theme – was recorded for single release. The producer was Arif Mardin who had previously collaborated with Manchester in 1979 on “Theme from Ice Castles”.

Mardin proceeded to collaborate with Manchester on the tracks which would comprise the album Hey Ricky released in April 1982. The lead single “You Should Hear How She Talks About You” radically reinvented Melissa Manchester as a synthpop dance artist and was heavily promoted by the singer who displayed a new image complementing the track; “You Should Hear How She Talks About You” accrued gradual interest entering the Top 40 of the “Billboard” Hot 100 in July 1982 proceeding to the Top Ten that August with a career best peak for Manchester at #5. The single’s popularity was reflected in that of its parent album which Billboard ranked with a #19 peak.

The other cuts on Hey Ricky included the 1981 “Race to the End” single, a duet with David Gates: “Wish We Were Heroes”; a new version of “Come in From the Rain” introduced by Melissa Manchester on her 1976 Better Days and Happy Endings album; and “Your Place or Mine” from the soundtrack of the feature film A Little Sex. The album’s title cut – written with Bernie Taupin – was issued as the followup to “You Should Hear How She Talks About You” but failed to chart. After a 1983 Greatest Hits album release Manchester would release only one more album on Arista, then part company with the label, retaining the dance artist focus of her “You Should Hear How She Talks About You” hit for her one album with MCA, after which she seemingly retired as a career recording artist, with four subsequent album releases between 1989 and 2004.

Tracks

You Should Hear How She Talks About You (Dean Pitchford, Tom Snow) 4:17
2  Slowly (Jerry Lee Wallace, Ken Bell, Terry Skinner) 3:31
3  Hey Ricky (Bernie Taupin, Melissa Manchester) 4:15
4  I’ll Always Love You (Eric Kaz, Tom Snow) 3:32
5  Race To The End (Jon Anderson, Vangelis) 3:52
6  Wish We Were Heroes (Austin Gravelding) 4:12
7  Come In From The Rain (Carole Bayer Sager, Melissa Manchester) 4:20
8  Looking For The Perfect Aah (Carole Bayer Sager, Melissa Manchester, Robbie Buchanan) 3:14
9  Your Place Or Mine (Allee Willis, David Paul Bryant, Melissa Manchester) 3:52
10  Someone To Watch Over Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) 3:51

Media

Musicians

1 You Should Hear How She Talks About You

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Steve Lukather
Synthesizer Robbie Buchanan
Sax Larry Williams
Background Vocals Millie Whiteside
Background Vocals Ula Hedwig
Background Vocals Will Lee


2 Slowly

Bass Nathan East
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Mike Landau
Keyboards Robbie Buchanan
Synthesizer Robbie Buchanan
Background Vocals Millie Whiteside
Background Vocals Ula Hedwig
Background Vocals Will Lee


3 Hey Ricky

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Mike Landau
Piano Robbie Buchanan
Synthesizer Robbie Buchanan
Sax Larry Williams
Background Vocals Millie Whiteside
Background Vocals Robin Beck
Background Vocals Will Lee


4 I’ll Always Love You

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Acoustic Guitar Dean Parks
Piano Robbie Buchanan
Keyboards Robbie Buchanan


5 Race To The End

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Dean Parks
Piano Robbie Buchanan
Keyboards Robbie Buchanan


6 Wish We Were Heroes

Bass Dennis Belfield
Drums Ed Greene
Acoustic Guitar David Gates
Acoustic Guitar Hugh McCracken
Acoustic Guitar David Spinozza
Guitar David Spinozza
Piano Robbie Buchanan
Synthesizer Robbie Buchanan
Vocals David Gates


7 Come In From The Rain

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Dean Parks
Piano Robbie Buchanan
Synthesizer Robbie Buchanan
Synthesizer Bob Christianson


8 Looking For The Perfect Aah

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Dean Parks
Keyboards Robbie Buchanan
Synthesizer Robbie Buchanan
Background Vocals Hamish Stuart
Background Vocals Lani Groves
Background Vocals Melissa Manchester
Background Vocals Robin Beck
Background Vocals Will Lee


9 Your Place Or Mine

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Dean Parks
Keyboards Robbie Buchanan
Synthesizer Robbie Buchanan
Percussion Sammy Figueroa
Background Vocals Hamish Stuart


10 Someone To Watch Over Me

Bass Cliff Hugo
Drums Sinclair Lott
Guitar Jim Henken
Piano Stewart Elster
Fagott David Manchester

Liner Notes

Producer – Arif Mardin
Concertmaster (Los Angeles) – Jean Hugo
Concertmaster (New York) – Gene Orloff
Coordinator (Assistant) – Chrissy Allerdings
Coordinator (Production) – Frank DeCaro
Engineer (Additional Recording) – Jay Messina
Engineer (Additional Recording), Mixed By (Remix Aide) – Lew Hahn
Engineer (Additional Recording), Mixed By (Remixing) – Michael O’Reilly
Engineer (Assistant) – Gray Russell, Larold Rebhun, Terry Christianson
Engineer (Recording) – Jeremy Smith (Tracks 5)
Mastered By – George Marino
Mixed By – Arif Mardin
Mixed By – Jeremy Smith (Tracks 5)

Art Direction – Ria Lewerke-Shapiro
Photography By – George Hurrell

Printed By – Mohndruck Graphische Betriebe GmbH
Distributed By – Ariola Group Of Companies
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Arista Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Arista Records, Inc.
Recorded At – Sunset Sound
Recorded At – Westlake Studios
Recorded At – Cherokee Studios
Recorded At – Atlantic Studios
Recorded At – Record Plant, N.Y.C.
Mastered At – Sterling Sound