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Album Review

This 2008 U.K. compilation offers up a decent 20-track overview of one of modern pop music's most successful singer/songwriters. Music and Passion: The Best of Barry Manilow doesn’t skimp on the classics ("Can't Smile Without You," "Mandy," Copacabana," "I Write the Songs"), and the inclusion of a track from each of his popular Greatest Songs of the 50's, 60's, and 70's albums, as well as a previously unreleased cover of Paul Young's "Everytime You Go Away" helps to sweeten the pot, resulting in a solid set of Cliffs Notes for the Manilow novice.

Customer Reviews

Average Compilation

Too many naff cover versions on here. Has also omitted some classics such as made it through the rain & tryin to find the feeling again. Ther are a lot better Manilow compilations than this about.

Continuing the best the of the best

Having been twice to his recent concerts in the UK (and no I am no way near the age of a granny!) no-one could help but buy this brilliant album - amazing on CD unbelievably amazing live.

Legend !!!!

Brilliant, what can I say, this will get you singing, love it x

Biography

Born: 17 June 1943 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In terms of record sales and career longevity, Barry Manilow is one of the most successful adult contemporary singers ever. That success hasn't necessarily translated to respect (or even ironic hipster appreciation) in most quarters; instead, Manilow's music has been much maligned by critics and listeners alike, particularly the romantic ballads that defined his career, which were derided as maudlin schlock even during his heyday. It's true that Manilow's taste for swelling choruses and lush arrangements...
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