1985 Melissa Manchester – Mathematics

Mathematics is the twelfth studio album by singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester, issued in April 1985.

The album was Manchester’s first studio album since leaving Arista Records, her label for eight years, after her 1983 album Emergency. Signed to MCA Records, the album was a progression of that last album, in that it relied more on a synth-pop/new wave sound rather than on her earlier singer-songwriter-styled records.

Roughly half the songs on the record were produced by George Duke, with the rest produced by Brock Walsh and a then-unknown Robbie Nevil. Robbie Buchanan produced the song “Thunder in the Night” (a song co-written by Martin Page and Diane Warren), and Trevor Veitch produced the song “Energy”. Veitch also produced the song “So Full of Yourself”, which was only released as the b-side to all three singles off the album. Quincy Jones served as executive producer on four songs on the LP.

The song “Just One Lifetime” was sung by Barbra Streisand to James Brolin during their wedding in 1998, and she recorded it for her 1999 album A Love Like Ours. Streisand liked the chorus of the song but not the verses, so it was asked that original songwriters Tom Snow and Manchester herself wrote new lyrics for the verses before recording it, which they duly did.

The album spawned three singles: the uptempo title track “Mathematics” was the first single and peaked at #74 in the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Manchester’s last entry to date on that chart. The next two singles, the Hi-NRG track “Energy” (the only one to have a music video) and the ballad “Just One Lifetime”, failed to chart. The album itself had limited success and continued Manchester’s chart decline, peaking at a low #144 in the USA. To date, it is her last album to chart in that country.

The album has never been released on CD, but in June 17, 2014 Geffen Records re-released a digital version of the album through itunes.

This would be Manchester’s only album with MCA Records. Her only other release with the label happened in early 1986, when Manchester recorded the song “The Music of Goodbye”, a duet with Al Jarreau, for the soundtrack of the film Out of Africa, which was also released as a single. She left the label not long after.

Tracks

1  Victims Of A Modern Heart (Roy Freeland, Tom Snow) 4:12
2  Mathematics (Brock Walsh, Melissan Manchester, Robbie Nevil) 3:59
3  Energy (Chip Halstead, George Michael Elian, Janis Tunnel) 3:39
4  Shocked (Brock Walsh, Robbie Nevil) 3:35
5  All Tied Up (Brock Walsh, Robbie Nevil) 3:48
6  The Dream (Billy Livsey, Brock Walsh, Melissa Manchester) 4:15
7  Restless Love (Brock Walsh, Melissan Manchester, Robbie Nevil) 3:39
8  Thunder In The Night (Diane Warren, Martin Page) 3:53
9  Night Creatures (Jon Lind, Martin Page) 3:50
10  Just One Lifetime (Melissa Manchester, Tom Snow) 4:02

Musicians

1 Victims Of A Modern Heart

Guitar Paul Jackson Jr
Synthesizer George Duke
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Vocals Melissa Manchester


2 Mathematics

Drums Brock Walsh
Drums (programming) Robbie Nevil
Synthesizer Brock Walsh
Synthesizer Tommy Faragher
Synthesizer Larry Williams
Flugelhorn Gary Grant
Sax Danny Pelfrey
Sax Larry Williams
Piccolo Gary Grant
Trombone Bill Reichenbach
Trumpet Gary Grant
Trumpet Jerry Hey
Background Vocals Brock Walsh
Background Vocals Julia Tillman Waters
Background Vocals Maxine Willard Waters
Vocals Melissa Manchester


3 Energy

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums Carlos Vega
Guitar Lee Ritenour
Guitar Mike Landau
Guitar Trevor Veitch
Keyboards Richard Gibbs
Keyboards Greg Mathieson
Synthesizer Richard Gibbs
Synthesizer Greg Mathieson
Background Vocals Richard Page
Background Vocals Steve George
Vocals Melissa Manchester


4 Shocked

Drums Brock Walsh
Drums (programming) Robbie Nevil
Programming Robbie Nevil
Background Vocals Brock Walsh
Background Vocals Robbie Nevil
Vocals Melissa Manchester


5 All Tied Up

Drums Brock Walsh
Drums (programming) Robbie Nevil
Synthesizer Tommy Faragher
Programming Robbie Nevil
Sax Larry Williams
Trombone Bill Reichenbach
Trumpet Gary Grant
Trumpet Jerry Hey
Background Vocals Julia Tillman Waters
Background Vocals Brock Walsh
Background Vocals Maxine Willard Waters
Vocals Melissa Manchester


6 The Dream

Drums JR Robinson
Guitar (solo) Steve Lukather
Guitar Paul Jackson Jr
Piano George Duke
Synthesizer George Duke
Vocals Melissa Manchester


7 Restless Love

Drums Brock Walsh
Drums (programming) Robbie Nevil
Synthesizer John van Tongeren
Synthesizer Brock Walsh
Synthesizer Tommy Faragher
Programming Robbie Nevil
Background Vocals Andrae Crouch
Background Vocals Jean Johnson
Background Vocals Maxine Anderson
Background Vocals Rose Banks
Background Vocals Tata Vega
Vocals Melissa Manchester


8 Thunder In The Night

Drums (programming) Martin Page
Drums (programming) Robbie Buchanan
Guitar Dann Huff
Keyboards Robbie Buchanan
Background Vocals Tom Kelly
Background Vocals Tommy Funderburk
Vocals Melissa Manchester


9 Night Creatures

Drums JR Robinson
Guitar Paul Jackson Jr
Synthesizer George Duke
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Background Vocals Carl Carwell
Background Vocals Lynn Davis
Background Vocals Marcy Levy
Background Vocals Petsye Powell
Background Vocals George Duke
Vocals Melissa Manchester


10 Just One Lifetime

Bass Freddie Washington
Guitar (solo) Michael Sembello
Piano George Duke
Synthesizer George Duke
Vocals Melissa Manchester

Other Musicians

Cello – Douglas Davis, Earl Madison, Ray Kelley, Ronald Cooper (Track 10)
Viola – Janet Lakatos, Roland Kato, Rollice Dale, Virginia Majewski (Track 10)
Violin – Alexander Horvath, Arnold Belnick, Assa Drori, Bonnie Douglas, Brenton Banks, David Frisina, Edward P Green, Irma Neumann, Karen Jones, Paul Shure, Reginald Hill, Stuart Canin (Track 10)

Liner Notes

Producer – George Duke (Tracks 1, 6, 9, 10)
Producer – Brock Walsh (Tracks 2, 4, 5, 7)
Producer – Trevor Veitch (Track 3)
Producer – Robbie Buchanan (Track 8)
Producer (Associate) – Robbie Nevil (Tracks 2, 4, 5)
Producer (Associate) – John Van Tongeren (Track 7)
Producer (Executive) – Quincy Jones (Tracks 2, 4, 5,7)
Arranged By – Robbie Nevil (Tracks 2, 4, 5, 7)
Arranged By – Greg Mathieson (Track 3)
Arranged By – George Duke (Tracks 6, 9)
Arranged By (Backing Vocals) – Andrea Crouch (Track 7)
Arranged By (Horns) – Jerry Hey (Tracks 2, 5)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – George Duke (Track 1)
Arranged By (Strings) – George Del Barrio (Track 10)
Arranged By (Synthesizer, Strings) – John Van Tongeren (Track 7)

Art Direction, Design – Larry Vignon
Photography – Brian Aris

Recorded At Le Gonks West
Recorded At The Complex
Recorded At Ocean Way Recording
Recorded At Ground Control Studios
Recorded At Sunset Sound Factory
Recorded At Starlight Studio
Recorded At Ocean Way Recording
Recorded At Bill Schnee Studios
Recorded At Mama Jo’s