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Because It's Christmas

Barry Manilow

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Album Review

Pretty much what you'd expect, as Manilow tackles the usual seasonal standards, accompanied on "Jingle Bells" by labelmates Expose, and on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" by K.T. Oslin. If you like him, you'll like this; if not...

Customer Reviews

Great album

We used to listen to Barry all the time in the car with my mother. Swing Street and this Christmas album Because it's Christmas are his best albums. Now that I'm older I still love them! Definitely staples on my ipod :-P Buy it you won't regret it at all!

He Got It Right The First Time

This is Barry's first Christmas album and the concept is a non-stop listening experience. The whole album is crossfaded so listening to the tracks seperately will be abrupt. Barry chose a jazz theme not unlike his 2 a.m. Paradise Cafe effort. "Jingle Bells" a duet with the defunct girl group Expose is a note for note recreation of the Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters recording. The title track "Because It's Christmas" would be re-recorded with Rosie O'Donnell for her Christmas album, the medleys, tracks 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, feature non-secular instrumental intros with Barry picking up the vocal for the second song. "When The Meadow Was Bloomin'" features lyric written by Johnny Mercer, this song would be revisited on the album produced by Barry for Nancy Wilson featuring almost the whole body of work of the Manilow/Mercer collaboration. "Baby It's Cold Outside" is a playful duet with country singer KT Oslin, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" features Barry accapella and multi-tracked. The album closes with an abbreivated version of the single "It's Just Another New Year's Eve." Overall as a continual listen because of the crossfading this is a good album but because it's sold track by track it'll be kind of annoying; too bad there isn't a custom iTunes version.

great memories

I am 22 years old and writing a review for Barry Manilow!!! Track 5, was like the official christmas song for me. lol. But it's a great album and i'm speaking for a lot of people when i say it brings back christmas memories :-)

Biography

Born: June 17, 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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