Barry Manilow II [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Ralph Heibutzki
Barry Manilow II proves a more focused affair than his debut album; he's refined the hallmarks of his style, the arrangements aren't so busy, and he's not trying so hard to show all the genres that he's mastered. "The Two of Us" shows how fast Manilow matured since his debut album; the stripped-down, intimate production suits his lovelorn lyrics. In fact, nearly all the songs cover affairs of the heart, giving the album a thematic unity that it might otherwise lack. "I Want to Be Somebody's Baby" and "Somethin's Comin' Up" glow with the sunny optimism for which Manilow is so rightly known and viciously lampooned at times, too. Burt Bacharach's lyricist, Hal David, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ralph Heibutzki
Barry Manilow II proves a more focused affair than his debut album; he's refined the hallmarks of his style, the arrangements aren't so busy, and he's not trying so hard to show all the genres that he's mastered. "The Two of Us" shows how fast Manilow matured since his debut album; the stripped-down, intimate production suits his lovelorn lyrics. In fact, nearly all the songs cover affairs of the heart, giving the album a thematic unity that it might otherwise lack. "I Want to Be Somebody's Baby" and "Somethin's Comin' Up" glow with the sunny optimism for which Manilow is so rightly known and viciously lampooned at times, too. Burt Bacharach's lyricist, Hal David, proffers his usual incisive contributions to "Early Morning Strangers" "It's hard to make small talk when there's nothing to say"; the bright horns and bouncy tempo effectively contrast the mood. "Avenue C"'s giddy '40s-era swing forecasts Manilow's later moves into torch songs and jazz standards, but the most remarkable songs are two largely solo piano ballads that follow each other near the end. "Sandra" takes the voice of a lonely housewife looking back at missed opportunities, while "Home Again" looks at a couple who've fallen apart and want to make up for lost time. Both songs reflect yet another quality that endears Manilow to audiences -- the ability to connect with life's underdogs and give life to their feelings. "It's a Miracle" and "Mandy" are rightly the best-known songs, but listeners will find no shortage of rewards to divert them here. [This 2006 edition of Barry Manilow II features significantly updated sound remastering, new liner notes, a lyric booklet containing rare photographs, and the previously unreleased track "Good News."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972941325
  • Catalog Number: 729413
  • Sales rank: 47,238

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Want to Be Somebody's Baby (4:22)
  2. 2 Early Morning Strangers (3:29)
  3. 3 Mandy (3:36)
  4. 4 The Two of Us (3:09)
  5. 5 Something's Comin' Up (2:51)
  6. 6 It's a Miracle (4:02)
  7. 7 Avenue C (2:43)
  8. 8 My Baby Loves Me (3:21)
  9. 9 Sandra (4:39)
  10. 10 Home Again (5:39)
  11. 11 Good News (3:09)
  12. 12 Halfway Over the Hill (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barry Manilow Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Don Grolnick Piano
George Young Saxophone
Ron Dante Background Vocals
Bob Cranshaw Bass
John Barranco Guitar
Sam T. Brown Guitar
Charlotte Crossley Background Vocals
Dick Frank Guitar
Russell George Bass
Robin Grean Background Vocals
Lee Gurst Percussion
Melvin Kent Background Vocals
Bill Lavorgna Drums
Will Lee Bass
Bob Mann Guitar
Norman Pride Conga
Stuart Scharf Guitar
Allan Schwartzberg Drums
Stanley Schwartz Saxophone
Jon Stroll Electric Piano, Clavinet
Jimmy Young Drums
Artie Kaplan Saxophone
Christopher Parker Drums
Sharon Reed Background Vocals
Charlie Brown Jr. Guitar
Ken Williams Background Vocals
Ellen Starr Piano
Technical Credits
Melissa Manchester Composer
Barry Manilow Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, rhythm arrangement
Buck Clayton Composer
Dave Lambert Composer
Ron Dante Producer
Richard Kerr Composer
Jack Cortner Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Hal David Composer
Clive Davis Contributor
Michael Delugg Engineer
Scott English Composer
Jon Hendricks Composer
Garry Kief Personal Manager
Harry Maslin Engineer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Marty Panzer Composer
Joe Renzetti Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer
Bruce Tergesen Engineer
David Wild Liner Notes
Mark Wilder Mastering
Al Quaglieri Reissue Producer
Joel Brodsky Cover Photo
Enoch Anderson Composer
Rob LoVerde Engineer
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