Personnel: Dennis Harris , Danny Leake, Eric Gale , Byron Gregory, Keith Henderson, Michael Thompson , Norman Harris, Roland Chambers, Bobby Eli (guitar); Liz Cifani (harp); Elliott Golub, Adrian Da Prato, Philip Hilson, Carol Weiss, David K. Edge, David Hildner, Darrell Bloch, Marlou Johnston, Samuel Magad, Jerry Sabransky, Edgar Muenzer, Adrian Gola, Frank Fiatarone, Richard Ferrin, Phyllis McKenny, Richard Posner, Mary Ann Mumm, Edmund Bauer, Joyce Noh, Arnie Roth, Theodore Silavin (violin); Martin Abrams, Roger Moulton, Robert Swan, Craig Mumm (viola); Seals Steele, Kenneth Soderblom, Kaye Clements (flute, saxophone); Bobby Lewis , Elmer Brown, Dave Barber, Arthur Hoyle (trumpet); Thomas Howell, Melanie Kocher, Karl B. Fruh, Richard Oldberg, Nancy Howell, Elaine Mack, Barbara Haffner, Dale Clevenger (French horn); Michael Meyers, John Avant, Stephen Berry (trombone); James Mack, Richard Tee, Ron Kersey (piano); Lenny Pakula (organ); Terry Fryer (synthesizer); Vince Montana (vibraphone); Earl Young, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Morris Jennings (drums); Bobby Christian (percussion); Natalie Jackson, Lynn Davis (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Fil Brown; Kenny Present; Steve Goldman.
Audio Remasterer: Mark Chalecki.
Liner Note Author: Joe Evans & Arthur McClain.
Recording information: Carnegie Hill Studios; Celestial Sounds, New York, NY; Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY; Everygreen Recording; Mayfare Recording, New York, NY; Secret Sound; Sigma Sound, Philadelphia, PA; Skip Saylor Studios, Hollywood, CA; The Songshop; Total Experience Sound Studios, Hollywood, CA; Universal Studios, Chicago, IL; Vista Recorders, Van Nuys, CA.
Photographers: Anthony Barboza; Chuck Stewart.
Unknown Contributor Role: Christopher Brooks.
Arrangers: Chico O'Farrill; James Mack; Joe Evans & Arthur McClain; Chuck Sagle; Bobby Martin ; Jack Faith; Teddy Randazzo; Bert de Coteaux; Charles Chalmers.
One of the most prolific and influential sweet-harmony groups of the '60s and '70s, the Manhattans' recorded essential material for four separate record labels over the course of four decades. Their vast discography is a boon to soul fans but a nightmare for would-be anthologists. Thankfully, the folks at Shout Records have overcome a multitude of copyright obstacles to assemble SWEET TALKING SOUL, an expansive overview of the Manhattans' long and storied career that follows the group from their doo-wop origins to their mid-'70s heyday and beyond.