15 Minutes

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like Here at the Mayflower before it, 15 Minutes -- Barry Manilow's first collection of original pop tunes since that 2001 record -- is a concept album, this time chronicling the ups and downs of fleeting fame in the 21st century. The concept is modern and, appropriately, so is some of the music on this 16-track collection. Most notably, Manilow not only rides a tightly wound drum loop on "Work the Room," he also raps, a development nearly as disconcerting as the cuss he slips into its chorus. So, don't let it be said that Manilow shies away from risks on 15 Minutes, but he's still Barry, and he still favors sharp songcraft and melodies so ingratiating they ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like Here at the Mayflower before it, 15 Minutes -- Barry Manilow's first collection of original pop tunes since that 2001 record -- is a concept album, this time chronicling the ups and downs of fleeting fame in the 21st century. The concept is modern and, appropriately, so is some of the music on this 16-track collection. Most notably, Manilow not only rides a tightly wound drum loop on "Work the Room," he also raps, a development nearly as disconcerting as the cuss he slips into its chorus. So, don't let it be said that Manilow shies away from risks on 15 Minutes, but he's still Barry, and he still favors sharp songcraft and melodies so ingratiating they unwittingly worm their way into the subconscious. Nevertheless, ballads take a back seat to sprightly pop throughout 15 Minutes and he comes up with some of his liveliest numbers in years here, highlighted by the Sedaka-esque bounce of "Who Needs You" and the slowly escalating "Winner Go Down." These may be the snappiest songs here, but 15 Minutes offers something unexpected: here, Barry Manilow is trying hard to deliver serious, sharply crafted pop, and even if the album doesn't entirely work, it's hard not to give him considerable credit for his ambition, not to mention the couple of cuts where it all clicks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2011
  • Label: Stiletto Ent.
  • UPC: 874402009202
  • Catalog Number: 0001
  • Sales rank: 64,288

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barry Manilow Primary Artist, Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Ron Dante Background Vocals
Laurence Juber Guitar
Gregg Bissonette Drums
Matt Bissonette Bass
Jim Cox Keyboards
Randy Crenshaw Background Vocals
Muffy Hendrix Background Vocals
Mike Lent Guitar
Michael Lloyd Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Tim Pierce Guitar
Kye Brackett Background Vocals
Carmel Echols Background Vocals
Keely Vasquez Background Vocals
Judith Hill Background Vocals
M.B. Gordy Drums
Melanie Nyema Background Vocals
Bill Santos Background Vocals
Navanna Holley Background Vocals
Matt Rawlings Keyboards
Technical Credits
Barry Manilow Arranger, Composer, Programming, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer, Orchestral Arrangements
Greg Bartheld Producer, Engineer
Marc Hulett Producer
Garry Kief Executive Producer
Michael Lloyd Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, overdub engineer
Nigel Lundemo Digital Editing
Enoch Anderson Composer, Lyricist
George Leger III Digital Editing
Sara Zickuhr Art Direction
Scott Erickson Programming, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
James Doser Engineer
Jason Irwin Art Direction
Colin Davis Artwork
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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    Manilow Amazes

    I have long been a fan of Barry Manilow, but not a great fan of the cover albums he's released over the past 10 years. I enjoyed the fifties album, but my waning interest in each subsequent cover album seemed to depress any hopes that Barry could still create something wonderful and unique. "15 Minutes" is wonderful and unique. It's a Grammy contender. This is a worthwhile CD for fans and non-fans alike. If you're a fan, you already know the man has a gift of interpretation; he can take any lyric and wrap it up in music that conveys a mood or emotion better than anyone else in the business. "15 Minutes" - which is a rags-to-riches-to-rags tale of a young man's ascent into superstardom and descent into hell - doesn't have one weak song on it. If you're a non-fan, then you'll probably be surprised by how much you'll enjoy it, because this isn't your typical milk-chocolate bevy of ballads Barry is famous for. Most of the material is dark and bittersweet; the songs are either up-tempo and driving or dark and fairly disturbing. Together they tell a compelling story of success and failure that's hard to resist and easy to relate to in a culture that glories in making and breaking its celebrity demigods. One song in particular - "Letter From A Fan/So Heavy So High" intertwines the torment of a stalker fan and the anguish of a performer whose substance abuse has thrown him over the edge of all reason. The songs portraying the singer's rise to fame are great - but the songs depicting his fall from grace are even better. They're beautifully tragic, strangely inspiring and gloriously cathartic. Even more inspiring is that all this came from a 68-year-old singer who fearlessly broke his own mold in daring to try something new, be something new, and embrace his creativity in a way the Clive Davises of the music industry could never understand or support.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2011

    Pure Joy for fans, a real pleasure for everyone else

    Can't wait to hear more of this CD. So far the snippets blow me away! Long time coming for so many of Manilow's loyal fans and all will find this CD to be exactly what we have been waiting for.
    For the casual listener this CD is a must, each well crafted song expresses an emotion like nothing other than music can do. Manilow aims to make us "feel" and he does just that with this CD. looking forward to hearing "Bring on Tomarrow" played at every wedding an anniversary for years to come.
    Bravo Barry! Home run for sure.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2011

    Brilliant

    Well, for all the Barry Manilow fans everywhere it's been a long old wait but our Barry's back with a new album ,having heard clips off it, all i can say is wow can't wait for the whole thing Mr Manilow has done it again LOVE YOU BARRY XX

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Barryfan1974

    YES!!!!!!!! This new CD of Barry Manilow's is just amazing ! The songs are incredible and are being sung by an extermly talented performer . Theres only one male performer who can always do justice to beautiful Love songs like these . And thats Barry Manilow! He is simply the BEST! So, don't hesitate to order your copy of this CD 15 Minutes you won't be sorry. But you will be sorry if you don't. This is a must have CD. After all its one of Barry's . And like I said he is simply the best theres is! And evah will be. There will never be another wonderful performer who has captured my heart for all of these years like Barry . Hes just simply the BEST!

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    "15 MINUTES" A MASTERPIECE FOR OUR TIMES

    A definite must have for any music library. From "Work The Room" to "WINE song" and "Reflections";such a wide range of music. Can't wait to get this cd in my hands to listen to it all!!! A MASTERPIECE from a Master Musician. Thanks Barry, lyricist Enoch Anderson and co-producer Michael Lloyd. Definitely a "No. 1) hit!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2011

    Highly recommend!

    Love what I've heard so far of this CD, well done Barry! So good to have some original songs! I'm 100% behind everything you do, thank you for all the wonderful music over the years x

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

    This is great - can't wait to get it.

    New and original music from Barry and it sounds as good as I expected. Quite a diversity for him which just shows the enormous talent this man has. Lets hope it is appreciated with all who listen to it. Love it Barry - congratulations.xx

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

    I Love 15 Minutes

    I am really looking forward to this cd of original songs!! :)

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    Posted May 21, 2011

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