1978 Melissa Manchester – Don’t Cry Out Loud

Don’t Cry Out Loud is the title of the seventh album by Melissa Manchester. It was released by Arista Records in October 1978.

Most of the album’s tracks were recorded with Leon Ware producing; Ware had expressed an interest in recording Manchester based on the singer’s version of the Ware composition “I Wanna Be Where You Are” featured on the 1977 album release Singin’…. The tracks Manchester recorded with Ware intended as the singer’s 1978 album release – which Manchester planned to name Caravan – were all original material except “Bad Weather”, a Stevie Wonder composition which had been a single for the Supremes in 1974. When Manchester submitted the Caravan tracks to Arista, label owner Clive Davis felt none of the tracks would afford Manchester the Top 40 hit required to revive her career and at Davis’ strong suggestion Manchester recorded the Peter Allen and Carole Bayer Sager composition “Don’t Cry Out Loud” with Harry Maslin producing. With the addition of the “Don’t Cry Out Loud” track, Manchester’s album was released in October 1978 with “Don’t Cry Out Loud” issued as a single; the album was renamed for the single despite Manchester’s desire to retain the title Caravan. “Don’t Cry Out Loud” did indeed return Manchester to the Top 40 in fact attaining a #10 peak in March 1979 in its twentieth week on the Billboard Hot 100; the single’s popularity was paralleled by the ascent of the Don’t Cry Out Loud album to #33.

Rather than release a second A-side single from the Don’t Cry Out Loud album, Arista attempted to follow-up the success of the “Don’t Cry Out Loud” single with “Through the Eyes of Love”, the theme song from the movie Ice Castles; the track, for which “Such a Morning” from the Don’t Cry Out Loud album served as B-side, failed to consolidate Manchester’s comeback, peaking at #76. In spite of “Through the Eyes of Love” reaching the lower end of the Hot 100, it peaked at #13 on the AC Chart and became a popular wedding song request of its time. She also recorded “I’ll Never Say Goodbye”, the theme song from the film The Promise and earned her the distinction of being the only artist to record two Oscar nominated songs from a movie in the year 1979.

Tracks

1  Shine Like You Should (Melissa Manchester) 3:13
2  Caravan (Melissa Manchester) 3:43
Don’t Cry Out Loud (Peter Allen, Carole Bayer Sager) 3:50
4  Almost Everything (Melissa Manchester, Leon Ware) 2:44
5  Bad Weather (Stevie Wonder, Ira Tucker Jr) 3:23
6  Through The Eyes Of Grace (Melissa Manchester) 4:02
7  To Make You Smile Again (Melissa Manchester, Carole Bayer Sager) 4:52
8  Such A Morning (Melissa Manchester, Steven Cagan) 2:53
9  Knowing My Love’s Alive (Melissa Manchester, Leon Ware) 4:02
10  Singin From My Soul (Melissa Manchester, Andrienne Anderson) 3:10
11  We Had This Time (Melissa Manchester, Larry Weiss) 4:49

Musicians

1 Shine Like You Should

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarDavid T. Walker
PianoGreg Phillinganes
PianoRichard Tee
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsLeon Ware


2 Caravan

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarDavid T. Walker
GuitarLee Ritenour
PianoGreg Phillinganes
PianoMelissa Manchester
ViolinHarry Bluestone
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsLeon Ware


3 Don’t Cry Out Loud

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarDennis Budimir
GuitarLee Ritenour
PianoBill Payne


4 Almost Everything

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarDavid T. Walker
GuitarLee Ritenour
PianoGreg Phillinganes
PianoRichard Tee
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsLeon Ware


5 Bad Weather

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarDavid T. Walker
GuitarLee Ritenour
PianoRichard Tee
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
SynthesizerSonny Burke
TromboneDick Hyde
TromboneLew McCreary
TrumpetChuck Findley
TrumpetSteve Madaio
Background VocalsClaudia Cagan
Background VocalsLeon Ware


6 Through The Eyes Of Grace

PianoMelissa Manchester


7 To Make You Smile Again

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarDavid T. Walker
PianoGreg Phillinganes
PianoRichard Tee
HarmonicaTommy Morgan
PercussionLenny Castro


8 Such A Morning

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsArt Rodriguez
GuitarLee Ritenour
PianoGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
PercussionLenny Castro


9 Knowing My Love’s Alive

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarDavid T. Walker
GuitarLee Ritenour
PianoGreg Phillinganes
PianoRichard Tee
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsLeon Ware
Background VocalsJames Gadson


10 Singin From My Soul

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarDavid T. Walker
GuitarJay Graydon
PianoGreg Phillinganes
PianoMelissa Manchester
PianoRichard Tee
PercussionLenny Castro

Liner Notes

Producer – Leon Ware
Producer – Harry Maslin (Track 3)
Arranged By – Barry Fasman (Track 3)
Arranged By (Horns) – Tom Saviano (Tracks 1, 4, 5)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Tom Saviano (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 10)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Leon Ware (Tracks 7, 9)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – David Blumberg (Track 9)
Arranged By (Strings) – Gene Page (Tracks 1, 4, 7, 10)
Arranged By (Strings) – David Blumberg (Tracks 2, 6, 9)
Arranged By (Woodwind) – David Blumberg (Tracks 2, 9)
Mastered By, Edited By – Jo Hansch
Mixed By – Phil Schier

Design, Art Direction – John Kosh

Manufactured By – BMG Victor Inc.
Recorded At – A&M Studios