Barry Manilow I [Bonus Tracks]

Barry Manilow I [Bonus Tracks]

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Barry Manilow's debut album proves to be a far different animal than its glitzier successors; it's fairly raw and unpolished, though his dramatic vocal style is already well established here. The material roams from impassioned balladeering ("I Am Your Child," "One of These Days") to chunky country ("Sweetwater Jones"), driving rock ("Oh My Lady"), and '40s-style… See more details below

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Barry Manilow's debut album proves to be a far different animal than its glitzier successors; it's fairly raw and unpolished, though his dramatic vocal style is already well established here. The material roams from impassioned balladeering ("I Am Your Child," "One of These Days") to chunky country ("Sweetwater Jones"), driving rock ("Oh My Lady"), and '40s-style swing ("Cloudburst") -- and that's just side one. "Could It Be Magic," of course, is what pulled Manilow above the pack; it's a textbook summary of the dramatic orchestration and swooning vocals that have long marked his style. Some deft arranging doesn't hurt, either; the song glistens from an arrangement that keeps the backing band well in check, where other producers might have let them step all over it. The musical schizophrenia continues unchecked as the album progresses. Guitars surely never sounded so heavy again on as they did on "Flashy Lady," whose trebly, high-end leads could almost be mistaken for Kiss' own Ace Frehley. But just when you think you've got the artist pegged down, he comes back with the poppy R&B of "Friends" and the more familiar mid-tempo musings of "Sweet Life" -- a promise, of sorts, that Manilow will adjust to the hand that fame dishes out. He had the confidence to pull it off; anyone opening his debut album with a minute-long spoken-word track that featured his grandfather was obviously not laboring under anybody else's notions of hip. Judging by this unpolished outing, Manilow came across as having plenty to say, but without a clear roadmap of how he wanted to say it. Manilow and producer Ron Dante would clear up that problem on the next album, Barry Manilow II, but if you want a sense of where it began, here's where you start. [The 2006 reissue of the albums adds four bonus tracks including the previously unreleased "Caroline," "Rosalie Rosie" and "Star Children"as well as the rare "Let's Take Some Time to Say Goodbye," which was released as a single and sank without a trace.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972941028
catalogNumber:
729410
Rank:
38513

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barry Manilow   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Melissa Manchester   Background Vocals
Jane Scheckter   Background Vocals
Ron Dante   Guitar,Background Vocals
Jimmy Maelen   Percussion
Kathe Green   Background Vocals
Adrienne Anderson   Background Vocals
Bob Babbitt   Bass
Dick Frank   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Steve Gadd   Drums
Russell George   Bass
Gail Kantor   Background Vocals
Bob Mann   Guitar
Merle Miller   Background Vocals
Norman Pride   Conga,Tambourine
Stuart Scharf   Acoustic Guitar
Stu Woods   Bass,Bass Guitar
Laurel Massé   Background Vocals
Janette Stuart   Background Vocals
Robert Danz   Background Vocals
Pamela Pentony   Background Vocals
Sheilah Rae   Background Vocals
Andrew Smith   Drums

Technical Credits

Barry Manilow   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Ron Dante   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Buzzy Linhart   Composer
Adrienne Anderson   Composer
Arthur Friedman   Remixing
Jerome Gasper   Engineer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Garry Kief   Personal Manager
Mark "Moogy" Klingman   Composer
Marty Panzer   Composer
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
David Wild   Liner Notes
Mark Wilder   Mastering
Quaglieri   Reissue Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Beverly Weinstein   Art Direction
Andreas Meyer   Engineer
Kenneth Duncan   Cover Photo

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