Recorded in Tokyo, Japan, November 22 & 23, 1983.
Recorded by FM Toyko for airplay in Japan; broadcast in the US on Westwood One. The term “Man-Tora” is a popular nick-name for the group in Japan. Considering the technology available back then, the sound isn't bad at all. It's certainly a mixed bag of jazz vocalese, street corner doo-wop, West Coast pop, ballads, and R&B, but the group's repertoire has always been eclectic.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: 187
Tracks: My favorites are Route 66, Trickle Trickle, How High The Moon, and Operator. Unfortunately, since the band was touring to promote their Bodies and Souls album, the set list is heavy on songs from that release, which isn't their best effort.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I saw the group on this tour, three months before this was recorded. The setlist represented on this release is slightly different from what I remember hearing, but not much. So while I had lost interest in the band by the time this was finally released, it brings back some memories of that show.
3 of the live recordings (tracks 2, 3, & 11) were released in 1984 on the group's album, Bop Doo Wopp, which I owned on LP.
Previously revisited for the blog:
The Christmas Album (1992)
Bodies and Souls (1983)
Mecca For Moderns (1981)