2 Nights Live

2 Nights Live

by Barry Manilow

If Barry Manilow is a crowd-pleaser on his studio recordings, nothing quite compares to his enthusiasm and commitment in front of a live audience. Here is a man born to perform onstage, and the vibrant results can be heard on this double-disc live recording. The hits are here -- “Looks like We Made It,” “Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again,” “Could It Be Magic,” and, of… See more details below


If Barry Manilow is a crowd-pleaser on his studio recordings, nothing quite compares to his enthusiasm and commitment in front of a live audience. Here is a man born to perform onstage, and the vibrant results can be heard on this double-disc live recording. The hits are here -- “Looks like We Made It,” “Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again,” “Could It Be Magic,” and, of course, “I Write the Songs” -- all performed with gusto, proving that Manilow is anything but tired of these pop classics. And there’s plenty of more recent material, including six previously unreleased tunes; songs that Manilow is obviously proud of and that his long-term fans appreciate. With interspersed dialogue throughout, the convivial mood of the shows is fully captured. Manilow, now in the fifth decade of a remarkable career is, as this exhilarating document exhibits, a performer for the ages.

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All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
No one could have predicted the phenomenal multi-platinum success of Barry Manilow's 2002 hits collection, Ultimate Manilow. Coming on the heels of the well-reviewed concept album Here at the Mayflower, the disc debuted on the charts at a stunning number three and began a resurgence of all things Manilow. A six-week promotional tour suddenly turned into a nine-month gig as folks of all ages crowded venues across the country to relive some of "The Old Songs." Capitalizing on the revival, Manilow simultaneously released a concert DVD version of Ultimate Manilow and a double-CD titled 2 Nights Live. Splicing together a couple of New Jersey concert dates, 2 Nights Live covers a gaggle of Manilow hits along with a few lesser-known songs from his concept albums and six previously unrecorded tunes. The discs are divided as if they were two separate concerts complete with their own opening numbers. The "Night One" disc is loaded with hits, including an energetic opening medley that includes "Ready to Take a Chance Again," "Daybreak," "Somewhere in the Night," and "This One's for You." Several more hits follow until the streak is broken by "Harmony," the title tune from Manilow's yet-to-be-seen Broadway musical that he co-wrote with longtime collaborator Bruce Sussman. From that point on, the disc is unable to maintain the momentum generated by the opening nine hit songs, as weaker material like "The Best of Me" and "Let Freedom Ring" are mixed with classics like "Weekend in New England" and "It's a Miracle." On "Night Two," most of the songs are from Manilow's latter-day concept discs with a few hits scattered throughout. Although the disc is more subdued than the manic first half of "Night One," there are several highlights, including two first-rate songs from Here at the Mayflower, "She Should'a Been Mine" and "They Dance!" The pacing of this disc is much more in tune with its material, and the previously unrecorded song "Forever and a Day" is an eloquent concert closer following the double slam of his two biggest hits, "Copacabana" and "I Write the Songs." Throughout the disc, Manilow cruises through these songs with the same effervescence that he displayed on his first live disc (and only number one album) back in 1977. Although his voice is a little ragged at times (perhaps due to the unexpected tour), he can still sell a song better than most pop singers. In his early years, Manilow knew the value of entertaining a crowd, and he continues to do so in every performance. He makes sure that every person who attends one of his concerts leaves happy, fulfilled, and feeling as if the event delivered more than his or her money's worth. 2 Nights Live is a testament to Barry Manilow's enduring popularity and proves that a beloved singer/songwriter/entertainer can't be counted out no matter what musical trends dominate the day.

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Disc 1

  1. The Walk to the Stage  - Barry Manilow
  2. Gonzo Opening: Ready to Take a Chance Again/Daybreak/Somewhere in ...  - Barry Manilow
  3. Looks Like We Made It  - Barry Manilow
  4. Can't Smile Without You  - Barry Manilow
  5. Bandstand Boogie  - Barry Manilow
  6. Mandy  - Barry Manilow
  7. Even Now  - Barry Manilow
  8. Dialogue No. 1  - Barry Manilow
  9. Harmony  - Barry Manilow
  10. Turn the Radio Up  - Barry Manilow
  11. Dialogue No. 2  - Barry Manilow
  12. The Best of Me  - Barry Manilow
  13. Weekend in New England  - Barry Manilow
  14. Could It Be Magic  - Barry Manilow
  15. Let Freedom Ring  - Barry Manilow
  16. It's a Miracle  - Barry Manilow
  17. Dialogue No. 3  - Barry Manilow
  18. You're There  - Barry Manilow
  19. We Live on Borrowed Time  - Barry Manilow
  20. Could It Be Magic  - Barry Manilow

Disc 2

  1. Fanfare/I'm Comin' Back  - Barry Manilow
  2. Sweet Heaven (I'm in Love Again)  - Barry Manilow
  3. Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed  - Barry Manilow
  4. Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again  - Barry Manilow
  5. Somewhere Down the Road  - Barry Manilow
  6. Dialogue No. 4  - Barry Manilow
  7. That's Life  - Barry Manilow
  8. Dialogue No. 5  - Barry Manilow
  9. Every Single Day  - Barry Manilow
  10. New York City Rhythm (Intro)  - Barry Manilow
  11. New York City Rhythm  - Barry Manilow
  12. I Made It Through the Rain  - Barry Manilow
  13. She Should'a Been Mine  - Barry Manilow
  14. The Dance!  - Barry Manilow
  15. Dialogue No. 6  - Barry Manilow
  16. When October Goes  - Barry Manilow
  17. If Tomorrow Never Comes  - Barry Manilow
  18. Copacabana (At the Copa)  - Barry Manilow
  19. I Write the Songs  - Barry Manilow
  20. Old Friends  - Barry Manilow
  21. Forever and a Day  - Barry Manilow

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barry Manilow   Primary Artist
Herb Besson   Trombone
Debra Byrd   Choir Director
David Gale   Trumpet
Larry Lunetta   Trumpet
Keith O'Quinn   Trombone
Ron Pedley   Keyboards
John Winder   Reeds
Larry Antonino   Bass,Vocals
Steve Welch   Keyboards,Vocals,Musical Direction
Ed Joffe   Reeds
Russ McKinnon   Drums
Lisa Pike   French Horn
Michael Lent   Guitar,Vocals
Ron Walters   Choir Director
Mike Faue   Percussion
Stan Sargeant   Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Garth Brooks   Composer
Barry Manilow   Composer,Producer,Writer,Liner Notes
Jeremy Lubbock   Composer
David Friedman   Composer
David Foster   Composer
Randy Edelman   Composer
Kelly Gordon   Composer
Bruce Johnston   Composer
Richard Kerr   Composer
Tom Snow   Composer
Alix Korey   Composer
Charles Albertine   Composer
Adrienne Anderson   Composer
Chris Arnold   Composer
Larry Elgart   Composer
Elgart   Composer
Scott English   Composer
Jack Feldman   Composer
Charles Fox   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Bob Horn   Composer
Will Jennings   Composer
Gerard Kenny   Composer
Garry Kief   Producer,Executive Producer
David Martin   Composer
Richard Marx   Composer
Kooster McAllister   Engineer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Geoff Morrow   Composer
Marty Panzer   Composer
David Pomeranz   Composer
Doug Sax   Mastering
Bruce Sussman   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Ken Welch   Writer
Mitzie Welch   Writer
Robb Wenner   Pro-Tools
Jean Carbain   Graphic Design
Kent Blazy   Composer
Drey Shepperd   Composer
Dean Kay Thompson   Composer
Enoch Anderson   Composer
Robert Hadley   Mastering
John Adams   Art Direction
Bill Airey Smith   Pro-Tools
Larry Amoros   Special Effects
Steve Greco Jr. Band   Pro-Tools
Kye Brackett   Choreographer
Rob Kief   Executive Producer
Sara Zickuhr   Art Direction
Tom Davis   Producer

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