One of Barry's Best!
MANILOW was the only mainstream album Barry recorded with RCA. He did the soundtrack to the TV movie "Copacabana," but RCA was apparantly too "afraid" to release it, so one had to special order it (which I did, by the way..how I regret getting rid of all my old LPs). RCA did little to promote this album, so it got lost in the shuffle. I remember hearing at least half of the material from this album (for the first time) when I saw Barry in concert in Portland, ME, sometime during the summer of 1985, I believe. I was 23, and had been a fan since Jr. High. I was so certain "Some Sweet Day" was going to be a commercial hit. The audience went nuts for it. Sadly, it never hit the airwaves. There were several tracks that could have been huge for Barry, but again, he got no help from RCA. It's no wonder he
went back to Arista. I was one of the few, apparantly, who bought this CD the first time around. CDs were just becoming popular. In fact, I bought IT before I got a CD player. It has been one of my treasured CDs over the years. And, although I'm thrilled Barry and Arista have rereleased his early albums on CD, and have added bonus material, this one is still at the top of my list. I was just out of college at the time, and "It's a Long Way Up" became an anthem for me. So, boogie down to "I'm Your Man," and "At the Dance," or get the tissues out and listen to his power ballads (complete with key changes) "He Doesn't Care" and "If You Were Here With Me Tonight." You can even do the old soft-shoe to the wonderful "Sweet Heaven," which is an audience favorite at his concerts. You don't have to be a "Fanilow" to enjoy this remarkable album.
Thank you I tuns
By may may 6
I have been looking for this album for a long time. Nobody carried it. I love the fact that itunes is so in tune with their customers. I had this album when I was
very young. Thank you again for putting it on itunes.
Finally, RCA's "Manilow" arrives on iTunes
When Barry made the leap from Arista to RCA(albeit, short-lived), his first RCA album, "Manilow" was a breath of fresh air. Barry had a couple of hits off this CD and even included a track from another RCA release of his, the "Copacabana" TV Soundtrack. The 10 tracks show a vibrance of Barry's musical talent and variety of flavors. There's dancing, there's grooving, there's power ballads, and even a showtune included. While this CD has been MIA, well, since the cassette/album released in 1985, evey Manilow fan should have this and any curious folks would be served well to purchase this CD for a glimpse of why Barry Manilow is one of the top artists of ALL time.
The Long Last Pop CD, Finally released on ITUNES!!!
THe Best Manilow collection has been found and so glad BMG has re-released CD. From Pop, Techno, Ballads, & Showtunes...This is fantastic Manilow original material!
The Overlooked Techno-Pop album
By a song 4u
In 1985 Barry was at a career crisis and in spite of what the label credit for this cd is, left Arista for the first time and signed with then seperate recording company R.C.A.. What resulted is this album, the kind of music Barry always wanted to do but according to sources, wasn't allowed. Clive Davis was Barry's driving force regarding song selection, production, and exactly what to release. Listening to Barry's released work in chronological order, even past the pop-rock "Here Come The Night" album the techno progression can be heard and climaxed here. "I'm Your Man" was a huge hit and was remixed for the clubs and "In Search Of Love" was a very popular single, the French version of this album contained a bonus song "Don't Talk To Me Of Love" which was released stateside on his "The Complete Collection" boxed set. After this album release Barry would take an unfortunate trip to bankruptcy and re-appear two years later on his home label Arista to release the techno-jazz album "Swing Street."