If I Should Love Again [Bonus Track]

If I Should Love Again [Bonus Track]

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by Barry Manilow
     
 

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By 1981, when he released If I Should Love Again, his eighth studio album of new material, Barry Manilow had settled into the second echelon of pop artists after his glory years of 1975-1979. Now, instead of releasing albums that regularly reached the Top Ten and went multi-platinum, he put out records that made the Top 20 andSee more details below

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By 1981, when he released If I Should Love Again, his eighth studio album of new material, Barry Manilow had settled into the second echelon of pop artists after his glory years of 1975-1979. Now, instead of releasing albums that regularly reached the Top Ten and went multi-platinum, he put out records that made the Top 20 and went gold. It still wasn't a bad way to make a living, but things were going south. Nevertheless, Manilow and Arista Records President Clive Davis held to formula -- Davis found the singles, and Manilow wrote the album tracks to surround them. This time, Davis' choices included "The Old Songs," another ballad by David Pomeranz, who had given Manilow "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again"; the Tom Snow/Cynthia Weil ballad "Somewhere Down the Road"; and, for a change of pace, a synth pop cover of the old Four Seasons' hit "Let's Hang On." All made the Top 40, and the first two topped the adult contemporary chart. For his part, Manilow seemed to be trying to write the kind of ballads Davis liked, including the title song, the plaintive "I Haven't Changed the Room," and "No Other Love," either of which might have been a single. He was also collaborating with Davis-approved lyricist John Bettis (best-known for Carpenters' hits like "Goodbye to Love" and "Yesterday Once More"). In the studio, he had banished co-producer Ron Dante and was working with a crew of Los Angeles session aces. The result was a ballad-heavy collection, which was fine. Manilow always sounded like he was gritting his teeth and just getting through the up-tempo material, anyway. (Certainly, that was true of this album's "Break Down the Door.") In his liner notes to the 1998 reissue (which contained the previously unavailable bonus track "Runnin' Too Hard," an agreeable mid-tempo pop
ock tune), he described the set as "one of the most romantic albums I ever made." That's true, and, probably as the result, it's also one of his best.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972943329
catalogNumber:
729433
Rank:
39375

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barry Manilow   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bill Mays   Keyboards
Tom Scott   Saxophone
Bill Champlin   Background Vocals
Alan Estes   Percussion
Ed Greene   Drums
Bud Harner   Drums
Mitch Holder   Guitar
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Tom Kelly   Background Vocals
Will Lee   Bass
Robert Marullo   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Electric Piano,fender rhodes
Bill Page   Flute,English Horn
Richard Page   Background Vocals
Dean Parks   Guitar
John Pondel   Guitar
Carl Sealove   Bass
Sid Sharp   Concert Master
Victor Vanacore   Piano,Keyboards
Robert Forte   Percussion

Technical Credits

Barry Manilow   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Orchestration,Rhythm Track Arrangement
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Tom Snow   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Ken Perry   Mastering
Adrienne Anderson   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
Artie Butler   Arranger,Orchestration,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Michael Delugg   Engineer
Jimmie Haskell   Orchestration,Horn Arrangements
Sandy Linzer   Composer
Marty Panzer   Composer
David Pomeranz   Composer
Denny Randell   Composer
Robert Vosgien   Remastering
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Bob Caudio   Composer
Donn Davenport   Art Direction
Enoch Anderson   Composer
Roman Laszok   Reissue Producer
Victor Vanacore   Arranger,Orchestration,Horn Arrangements

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