Picks and Pans Review: Forever by Your Side
updated 11/07/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/07/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST
One of the most durable of the rhythm and blues singing groups, the Manhattans began in Jersey City in 1962. Three of the four current members-Blue Lovett, Kenny Kelley and Sonny Bivins—were part of the quartet then and the fourth, Gerald Alston, came on only because lead singer George "Smitty" Smith died in 1970. They sound as fresh as ever on this album, which mixes the mildly up-tempo—Locked Up in Your Love and Crazy—with the mellow—Just the Lonely Talking Again and Love Is Gonna Find You. The Manhattans have developed a warm, smooth sound that they don't tamper with—and don't need to tamper with. They represent predictable entertainment in the best sense of the words.