Manilow

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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: 2/24/2009
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886974729129
  • Catalog Number: 747291
  • Sales rank: 40,930

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 Jr. 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
Vic Anesini Mastering
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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