very weak for manilow
some nice songs here that manilow played long before recording.....please dont be scared....some good things never last...where the live versions sounded warm and beautiful and lush....the studio versions sounded tinny and weak and plastic sounding. I think he made the mistake of arranging too much according to the time where the usage of teen pop arrangements must have made an impression on him and he tried hard to sound contemporary but it just didnt sound good.
Fantastic return to Pop!
Keep each other warm and The One that Got Away best tracks on cd! Of course A little Traveling Music is a gem! Pure Manilow here. Key changes, ballads that build, and songs that make you feel good!
An Overlooked Gem
By a song 4u
I remember watching a late-night talk show and seeing Barry Manilow perform "Keep Each Other Warm." It would prove to be a moderate hit from this album, made past his commercial prime. Standout tracks from this cd include "Please Don't Be Scared" and "A Little Travelling Music, Please" Arista was really getting know for it's sonics and audiophiles were fans, although this cd may come off a bit quiet by today's standards. The songs here are mostly introspective and Barry was posed on the cover looking pensive complete with trendy manicured facial stubble. Outside of the climax of "Keep Each Other Warm" Barry's vocal is subdued, only going "full voice" for one song. Orchestra was widely used by Barry early on but strings are traded for electric keyboards and string simulators but this album with it's tender readings comes off warm.