Barry Manilow II

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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 the 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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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 the 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/1996
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 078221894425
  • Catalog Number: 18944

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Want to Be Somebody's Baby (4:18)
  2. 2 Early Morning Strangers (3:25)
  3. 3 Mandy (3:32)
  4. 4 The Two of Us (3:05)
  5. 5 Something's Comin' Up (2:48)
  6. 6 It's a Miracle (3:59)
  7. 7 Avenue C (2:39)
  8. 8 My Baby Loves Me (3:17)
  9. 9 Sandra (4:36)
  10. 10 Home Again (5:33)
  11. 11 Halfway over the Hill (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barry Manilow Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano, Background Vocals, Voices
Don Grolnick Piano
George Young Saxophone
Ron Dante Background Vocals
Bob Cranshaw Bass
Charlie Brown Guitar
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
Chris Parker Drums
Norman Pride Percussion, Conga
Stuart Scharf Guitar
Allan Schwartzberg Drums
Stanley Schwartz Saxophone
Jon Stroll Electric Piano, Clavinet
Jimmy Young Drums
Artie Kaplan Saxophone
Ken Williams Background Vocals
Ellen Starr Piano
Technical Credits
Barry Manilow Arranger, Producer
Ron Dante Producer
Gerald Alters Arranger
Jack Cortner Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Clive Davis Contributor
Michael Delugg Engineer
Harry Maslin Engineer
Joe Renzetti Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Bruce Tergesen Engineer
Wally Traugott Remastering
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