This Is A Favorite
By a song 4u
I loved this album when it came out despite Barry's decline. Barry was coasting a bit on this album but the songs are amazing and this remastered version is the best, this was one of the 1996 24-bit remasters but like "Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again" the overall sound was muted, this cd was again released in 2006 with added bonus tracks and corrected sonic levels, the song "Sunday Father And Son" is missing from iTunes song lineup. This album as a whole really became more of a fan favorite than a commercial success but that doesn't deter this collection from being an overall great album. "One Voice" came to Barry in a dream, in a daze from r.e.m. stage sleep he scribbled down the melody in the middle of the night and awoke to the composition wondering how it came to be and wrote the lyric later. This song features Barry doing his stacked vocal, "Why Don't We Try A Slow Dance" starts with a disco coda then fades to a doo-wop type of arrangement again with Barry overdubbing the background vocals, "Rain" is a rather introspective song with a disco backbeat, "Ships" is an amazing song featuring a huge climax and was a hit, Barry again pays tribute to the Big Band era with the World War II standard "I Don't Want To Walk Without You" and is a fan favorite, "Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed" is straight-up disco questioning fidelity, "Where Are They Now" is reflection of people and friends gone by, "When I Wanted You" is a huge, huge ballad where Barry is in full voice all the way through and displays his amazing vocal strength, "They Gave In To The Blues" is a bonus track first issued in 1996. Barry may have been slipping a bit and he may have been aware of it but that did nothing from making this album a great release.