The smooth, high-tenor harmonies of the Manhattans are best known via their Top Ten hits "Kiss and Say Goodbye" of 1976 and "Shining Star" of 1980. With all 45 charting songs, this set marked the first time the best material from all four of their record labels appeared in one package.
"Beautifully blending crisp doo-wop harmonies with the emerging soul sound, the Manhattans made hits for a full quarter century. Sweet Talking Soul spreads the Jersey City–bred vocal group's classics over three CDs, beginning with eight of their splendid early sides for Carnival Records ('I Wanna Be [Your Everything],' 'Can I') and seven more hard-to-find cuts for DeLuxe. From there, the comp eases into the group's avalanche of slick '70s ballad smashes ... led by the spine-chilling R&B chart-topper 'Kiss And Say Goodbye,' and ultimately follows them all the way up to 1990."—Goldmine