A pair of great lost albums from The Manhattans – both from the early years, and presented here in a single package with bonus tracks too! First up is With These Hands – a real lost chapter in the career of The Manhattans – some wonderful harmony sides cut for the Deluxe label in the years before they moved to Columbia! The approach here is sweeter than their work on Carnival, but jazzier than their sides for Columbia – with arrangements by Chico O'Farrill, production by Buddy Scott, and an overall approach to the material that really lets their magical harmonies open up on some nice groovers, and some even more compelling mellow moments! There's a nice groove to the material – which makes for some slightly funky numbers at times – and titles include "Give Him Up", "It's Gonna Take A Lot To Bring Me Back", "Loneliness", "Straight From My Heart", and "If My Heart Could Speak". On Million To One, The Manhattans really hit a deep new level of sound – in a style that takes off strongly from their early singles, and really paves the way for their more sophisticated sounds to come during the Columbia Records hit years! The quintet are completely sublime here – fused wonderfully together on the harmonies, at a level that beats most of their east coast contemporaries – yet still getting a nice sort of indie approach in the production, which means that things are never too commercial – and the group can really open up and do their thing! There's a few badass tracks that fit with the group's Superfly look on the cover – but as always, some of our favorites are the mellow cuts – which these guys can almost do better than anyone else. Titles include "I Can't Stand for You To Leave Me", "Do You Ever", "Back Up", "Million to One", and "Cry If You Wanna Cry". CD also features 7 more bonus tracks – including "The Picture Became Quite Clear", "Let Them Talk", "Rainbow Week", "From Atlanta To Georgia", and "Fantastic Journey".