One Voice [Bonus Tracks]

One Voice [Bonus Tracks]

by Barry Manilow
     
 

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One Voice, Barry Manilow's sixth studio album of new material, marked a decline in his commercial fortunes despite being a considerable hit. It reached the Top Ten and went platinum, while his previous five releases (including a live album and a greatest-hits collection) had all gone multi-platinum. But this commercial disappointment (which would not be

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One Voice, Barry Manilow's sixth studio album of new material, marked a decline in his commercial fortunes despite being a considerable hit. It reached the Top Ten and went platinum, while his previous five releases (including a live album and a greatest-hits collection) had all gone multi-platinum. But this commercial disappointment (which would not be reversed) did not reflect any fall-off in musical quality; One Voice was another well-constructed collection that balanced songs composed by Manilow and his various regular lyric partners (Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman, Adrienne Anderson, Marty Panzer, and Enoch Anderson) with outside material suggested by Arista Records President Clive Davis in a two-for-one ratio. (If you include "They Gave in to the Blues," the non-LP B-side added to the 1998 reissue of the album, there were 12 songs, eight written by Manilow & co., four brought in by Davis.) As usual, Davis' selections held sway when it came to singles. All three of the 45's issued from the album -- "Ships," "When I Wanted You," and "I Don't Want to Walk Without You" -- were covers. (And if there had been a fourth, no doubt it would have been the melancholy ballad "Where Are They Now," co-written by Richard Kerr, author of the Manilow hits "Mandy" and "Looks Like We Made It," and John Bettis, Richard Carpenter's lyricist.) The most successful of these on the Hot 100 was "Ships," a song Davis found on ex-Mott the Hoople leader Ian Hunter's solo album You're Never Alone With a Schizophrenic. This ballad about the distance between fathers and sons did not resonate with Manilow, who had lost his father as an infant. (When he put the song on his box set The Complete Collection and Then Some..., he used a live take, confessing that he only got into the song after performing it in concert.) But he gave it the kind of arrangement meant to make it the "Mandy" of the collection, and so it became, more or less. He felt a greater affinity for the 1942 Jule Styne-Frank Loesser standard "I Don't Want to Walk Without You," which he performed frequently despite its relative low placing at number 36, and indeed his original "(Why Don't We Try) A Slow Dance" was his own approximation of the style. That song began with a disco arrangement broken by a piano riff to indicate the composer's true sentiments, but he still bowed to the current fad with "Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed" and the dance-rock paean to a prostitute, "Bobbie Lee (What's the Difference, I Gotta Live)." These indifferently performed numbers were only included to break up the ballads with up-tempo tracks, however. Manilow clearly placed the greatest store by the lead-off title song, a choral work with vaguely anthemic lyrics he wrote himself in a dream. But that kind of overblown fluff wasn't what put the food on his table. The sales drop-off suggested that Manilow's time was passing and he might have been well advised to try something different next time out. He didn't, though. [One Voice was reissued with remastered sound in 2006 and sported four extra tracks including never before released demos for "Learning to Live Without You," "Where I Want to Be" and "I Let Myself Believe."]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972943022
catalogNumber:
729430
Rank:
14386

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barry Manilow   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bill Mays   Keyboards
Ron Dante   Background Vocals
Jim Gordon   Drums
Dennis Belfield   Bass
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Monica Burruss   Background Vocals
Alan Estes   Percussion
Ed Greene   Drums
Mitch Holder   Guitar
Jim Horn   Saxophone,Soloist
David Hungate   Bass
Will Lee   Bass,Bass Guitar
Sid Sharp   Concert Master
Ian Underwood   Synthesizer
Jai Winding   Keyboards
Muffy Hendricks   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ian Hunter   Composer
Barry Manilow   Composer,Producer,Author,Audio Production,Rhythm Track Arrangement
Ron Dante   Producer,Audio Production
Richard Kerr   Composer
Gino Cunico   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Adrienne Anderson   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
Artie Butler   Orchestration
Michael Delugg   Engineer
Jack Feldman   Composer
Jimmie Haskell   Orchestration,Horn Arrangements
Garry Kief   Personal Manager
Marty Panzer   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Bruce Sussman   Composer
David Wild   Liner Notes
Quaglieri   Reissue Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Donn Davenport   Art Direction
Enoch Anderson   Composer
Andreas Meyer   Engineer

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