1977 Melissa Manchester – Singin’

Singin’… is a 1977 album release by Melissa Manchester on Arista Records.

This was Manchester’s sixth album and fourth and final collaboration with producer Vini Poncia who had produced her 1975 commercial breakthrough Melissa.

After the first of Manchester’s two 1976 album releases’: Better Days and Happy Endings failed to consolidate her stardom Arista had attempted to restore Manchester’s chart fortunes by making the lead single from the subsequent Help Is on the Way album not a Manchester original but rather the Michael Franks composition “Monkey See, Monkey Do”. This strategy proving unsuccessful Arista then had Manchester record “Singin’…” which eschewed Manchester’s songwriting – save for one track: “No One’s Ever Seen This Side of Me” – in favor of outside material including remakes of hits by Michael Jackson (“I Wanna Be Where You Are”), Sly and the Family Stone (“Stand”), Three Dog Night (“Let Me Serenade You”) and the Beach Boys (“The Warmth of the Sun”). The track listing was completed by Manchester’s versions of songs written and previously recorded by James Taylor (“You Make It Easy”) and Wendy Waldman (“My Love Is All I Know”) and a new song: “Sad Eyes” written by David Spinozza who played guitar on the album.

Upon its 1977 summer release Singin’… failed to boost Manchester’s faded chart presence, the release of “I Wanna Be Where You Are” as a single being overlooked. However the last-named track did attract the attention of the song’s composer Leon Ware who became Manchester’s producer for what would ultimately prove to be her comeback album Don’t Cry Out Loud (although that album’s top ten hit title cut would be produced by Harry Maslin).

Tracks

1  Sad Eyes (David Spinozza) 4:02
2  I Wanna Be Where You Are (Leon Ware, Arthur Ross) 3:46
3  A Love Of Your Own (Ned Doheny, Hamish Stuart) 3:59
4  No One’s Ever Seen This Side Of Me (Melissa Manchester) 3:14
5  You Make It Easy (James Taylor) 5:05
6  Stand (Sylvester Stone) 3:58
7  My Love Is All I Know (Wendy Waldman) 3:34
8  Time (John Miles, Bob Marshall) 4:13
9  Let Me Serenade You (John Finley) 3:46
10  The Warmth Of The Sun (Brian Wilson, Mike Love) 4:48

Media

Musicians

1 Sad Eyes

BassWill Lee
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarDavid Spinozza
GuitarJeff Mironov
KeyboardsDon Grolnick
SynthesizerJames Newton-Howard
PercussionLenny Castro


2 I Wanna Be Where You Are

BassTony Levin
DrumsSteve Gadd
KeyboardsDon Grolnick
GuitarDavid Spinozza
GuitarJeff Mironov
PercussionLenny Castro


3 A Love Of Your Own

BassWill Lee
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarSid McGinnis
KeyboardsDon Grolnick
PercussionLenny Castro


4 No One’s Ever Seen This Side Of Me

BassTony Levin
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarDavid Spinozza
GuitarJeff Mironov
KeyboardsDon Grolnick
PercussionLenny Castro


5 You Make It Easy

BassTony Levin
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarSid McGinnis
KeyboardsDon Grolnick
SynthesizerJames Newton-Howard
PercussionLenny Castro


6 Stand

BassWill Lee
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarDavid Spinozza
GuitarJeff Mironov
KeyboardsDon Grolnick
PercussionLenny Castro


7 My Love Is All I Know

BassWill Lee
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarDavid Spinozza
GuitarJeff Mironov
KeyboardsDon Grolnick
SynthesizerJames Newton-Howard
FlugelhornRich Felts
PercussionLenny Castro


8 Time

BassTony Levin
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarDavid Spinozza
GuitarJeff Mironov
KeyboardsDon Grolnick
PercussionLenny Castro


9 Let Me Serenade You

BassWill Lee
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarDavid Spinozza
GuitarJeff Mironov
KeyboardsDon Grolnick
PercussionLenny Castro


10 The Warmth Of The Sun

BassTony Levin
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarSid McGinnis
KeyboardsDon Grolnick
SaxStanley Schwartz
PercussionLenny Castro

Other Musicians

FluteLeo Potts
FluteMichael Carnahan
FluteTom Saviano
SaxTom Saviano
SaxStanley Schwartz
TromboneGeorge Bohanon
TrumpetRich Felts
Background VocalsBrie Howard
Background VocalsClaudia Cagan
Background VocalsThe Faragher Brothers
Background VocalsGail Kantor
Background VocalsVini Poncia

Liner Notes

Producer – Vini Poncia
Production Manager (Co-ordinator) – Anne Streer
Arranged By (Strings), Synthesizer – James Newton Howard (Tracks 1, 8)
Arranged By (Woodwinds) – Tom Saviano (Tracks 2, 3, 6)
Concertmaster – Sidney Sharp
Engineer – Bob Schaper
Engineer (2nd) – Tom Bush
Engineer (Mixing) – Galen Senogles
Mastered By – Ron Hitchcock

Cover (Co-ordinator) – Kay Steele
Design, Art Direction – John Kosh
Photography By – David Alexander

Produced For – Mad Vincent Productions
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Arista Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Arista Records, Inc.
Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria
Recorded At – A&R Studios
Recorded At – Sound Labs, Hollywood
Mixed At – Producers Workshop
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab