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Ultimate Manilow

Barry Manilow

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Is Barry Manilow a sensitive balladeer or a consummate, crowd-rousing showman? He’s both, of course, and Ultimate Manilow offers a no-filler survey of the singer/songwriter’s Top 40 glory years, concentrating upon his mid-‘70s through early ‘80s output. What comes through here is the deep connection Barry has to the Broadway and vaudeville traditions of his native New York — the unabashed romanticism, boyish humor and twinges of pathos that run through these tracks goes all the way back to era of Berlin and Gershwin. From the aria-like “Mandy” through the classically-rooted “Could It Be Magic” and the anthemic “I Write the Songs,” Manilow stirred the emotions of millions. He occasionally made surprising song choices; the poignant “Ships,” for instance, was composed by glam-rocker Ian Hunter. “Copacabana” proved that he could shake off his lovelorn blues with a kinetic upbeat tune. The bittersweet “Somewhere Down the Road” found him scoring hits even as New Wave rock began to dominate the charts. The tunes in this collection remain classics of pop songcraft, served up with the affection and gusto that has made Manilow an enduring talent.

Customer Reviews

Great!!!

All of the best of Barry Manilow. Everything from Mandy to Copacabana. A must have!! :)

Ultimate Manilow

Simply perfect! A must have for the 40+ plus generation.

A Classic!

If you don't have this disc, get it. You will know all of the songs and it will be a favorite in your collection. Barry, even though he may have had a bit to much cosmetic surgery, is a pop music god!!

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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