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4.3 out of 5
37 Ratings
37 Ratings

Not Really Complete

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This boxed set was to clean up Barry's catalog, to once and for all contain the absolute best of Barry but instead of again re-remastering the hits and once again assembling them here Barry served up alternate takes, demos, and live versions of the bulk of his hits. As fans we should already have all of the staples so why the re-hash? Well, this set while containing a smattering of hits in their original versions the real collectibles are the unreleased songs and new recordings. "Another Life" found on disc four is classic Barry and was a moderate hit. "Brandy" evolves into the smash "Mandy," "Could It Be Magic" was a pop radio single upbeat and full of cow bells, "If I Should Love Again" sounds to me more rehearsed and a bit more polished than the released version, The unreleased alt take of "Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again" is closer to the original lyric, the unreleased duet with Melissa Manchester is a real treasure. Comprehensive but not manic, this set is a must for fans, very well mastered.

BARRY MANILOW: The Complete Collection...and Then Some

Cris Pian

IS A VERY GOOD HISTORY LESSON OF: BARRY MANILOW. WITH NEVER BEFORE HEARED OF SONG'S.
IT IS AN ULTIMATE MUST FOR ANY COLLECTOR OF MUSIC. ESPECIALY THE SONG:BRANDY (ORIGINAL SCOTT ENGLISH SINGLE)
HIS: I WRITE THE SONG'S,MANDY,COULD IT BE MAGIC,IT'S AMIRACLE AND COPACABANA ARE ALL OF HIS BEST RECORDING'S
NOT INCLUDING MANY OTHER'S. THAT BRING'S BACK MANY CHILDHOOD MEMORIES.

BEST SONG EVER

Will Skinner

COPACABANA IS THE BEST SONG EVER!!!!!!!!!! IT IS MY FAVORITE SONG

About Barry Manilow

Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow embodies a style of pop showmanship that all but disappeared by the end of the 20th century. Born in Brooklyn in 1943, Manilow was a lower-class kid who worked his way through Juilliard, backing Bette Midler on piano at a gay bathhouse and writing jingles for the likes of Band-Aid and State Farm before becoming one of the most successful performers of the ’70s and ’80s. Bridging the traditions of the Great American Songbook with the polish and immediacy of pop, he tackles all his material—even the lightest fare—with dignity and often a touch of humor. But it’s the vision behind his sound that makes him such a singular artist. Even in the soft and sentimental '70s, there was nothing like a Manilow tune: Two of his defining efforts, “Mandy” and "Looks Like We Made It”—with their swelling strings, anthemic arrangements, and all-encompassing production—manage to make bittersweetness feel damn good. Both as a writer and master interpreter, Manilow has shown unusual range, touching on disco (1978’s “Copacabana”) and jazz-noir (1984’s 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe), folk and show tunes, big band and holiday music. (“For a Jewish guy, I’ve recorded a lot of Christmas albums,” he once quipped.) While his songs might be opulent, emotion-stoking things of grandeur, Manilow’s approach, at its core, is humble and workmanlike—in service of the audience more than the artist himself.


HOMETOWN
Brooklyn, NY
GENRE
Pop
BORN
June 17, 1943

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