The Manhattan Transfer, Mecca For Moderns (1981)
Many a time I was woken up during the school holidays with the opening cut from this record – On The Boulevard. Impossibly slick. I hear it now and can tell that Steves Lukather and Gadd are playing the guitar and drum parts respectively. I don’t even need to look that up to confirm it. I am, by the way, not proud of that. It’s just so glaringly, blaringly obvious. All you have to do is listen to this album to hear it. The Manhattan Transfer were very big in our house in the early 1980s. The Dinner Party Soundtrack of the time. Hip. Hard to believe. Cool. Hard to believe. Classy. Hard to believe. But I still have this album – my folks’ copy from the time. And I probably consider it something of a guilty-pleasure. Possibly.
Sample Track: On The Boulevard
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