Manilow

Manilow

by Barry Manilow
     
 

Having indulged himself with a jazz album, 1984's 2:00 AM Paradise Café, Barry Manilow returned to being a contemporary pop artist with Manilow. The generic title, from an artist who had called an album Barry five years earlier, suggested the schematic nature of the project. Five producers in addition to…  See more details below

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Having indulged himself with a jazz album, 1984's 2:00 AM Paradise Café, Barry Manilow returned to being a contemporary pop artist with Manilow. The generic title, from an artist who had called an album Barry five years earlier, suggested the schematic nature of the project. Five producers in addition to Manilow himself were employed to come up with ten potential singles in a variety of styles. There were by-the-numbers Manilow ballads like "If You Were Here with Me Tonight," naturally. But Manilow led things off with the uptempo synth pop number "I'm Your Man," its romantic lyric interpretable as a re-introduction of the artist to his audience. More problematic in that regard was the ballad that followed, "It's All Behind Us Now," since, while the nominal message was that trouble for a couple had been passed, it also seemed an acknowledgement of Manilow's commercial decline. Elsewhere, "Some Sweet Day" had a light Latin flavor reminiscent of "Spanish Harlem" and "At the Dance" (produced by George Duke) a more overt one that echoed Lionel Richie's 1983 hit "All Night Long (All Night)." As with "I'm Your Man," other uptempo tracks such as "In Search of Love" used studios full of synthesizers and programmed drums to give Manilow a contemporary edge, but it was still the ballads that impressed, notably "He Doesn't Care (But I Do)," the one song (other than an unlikely cover of Ashford & Simpson's "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing") that Manilow didn't have a hand in writing. Those songs, of course, appealed to Manilow's aging audience, but not to the new ones he hoped to attract with the more trendy tracks, and for old fans, there weren't enough of them. So, Manilow's commercial decline continued. Manilow was his first album to miss the Top 40 and fail to earn a gold record certification.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2009
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886974729129
catalogNumber:
747291
Rank:
42258

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barry Manilow   Primary Artist,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bob Carlisle   Background Vocals
Kerry Ashby   Drums
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion,Drums
Raymond Crossley   Piano (Grand)
Kevin DiSimone   Keyboards,Background Vocals,Synclavier,DX-7,Linn Drum,Piano (Grand),Roland Synthesizer
Tommy Funderburk   Background Vocals
John Gilutin   Keyboards
Bud Harner   Drums
Barry Hirschberg   Background Vocals
Paul Jackson   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Randy Kerber   Piano,Keyboards
Michael Landau   Guitar
Will Lee   Bass
Jon Lind   Background Vocals
Ron Pedley   Piano,Keyboards
John Pondel   Guitar
Howie Rice   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Terral "Terry" Santiel   Percussion
Jason Scheff   Background Vocals
Rick Shlosser   Drums
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Luther Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Marc Levine   Bass
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington   Bass
Victor Vanacore   Conductor,Keyboards
Billy Hughes   Background Vocals
John "4 Daddman" Robinson   Drums
James Jolis   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Barry Manilow   Composer,rhythm arrangement
Adrienne Anderson   Composer
John Arrias   Engineer
Nick Ashford   Composer
John Bogosian   Engineer
Artie Butler   Arranger,Orchestration
Michael Delugg   Engineer
Kevin DiSimone   Arranger,Composer
Barry Fasman   String Arrangements
Charles Fearing   Composer
Jack Feldman   Composer
Bob Gaudio   rhythm arrangement
Robin Grean   Composer
Bud Harner   drum programming
Joe Marciano   Engineer
Peter Moshay   drum programming
Ron Pedley   Programming
Howie Rice   Composer,String Arrangements
Bruce Robb   Engineer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Bruce Sussman   Composer
Tommy Vicari   Engineer
Erik Zobler   Engineer
Allan Rich   Composer
Ria Lewerke   Art Direction
Glen Holguin   Engineer
Eric Borenstein   Composer
John Annesi   Composer
Daniel Reed   Engineer
Alan Foust   String Arrangements
Kevin "KAcey" Jones   Programming
George Del Barrio   String Arrangements

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