Barry Manilow II [Bonus Tracks]

Barry Manilow II [Bonus Tracks]

by Barry Manilow
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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:
04/29/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972941325
catalogNumber:
729413

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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
Quaglieri   Reissue Producer
Joel Brodsky   Cover Photo
Enoch Anderson   Composer
Rob LoVerde   Engineer

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