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Scores: Songs from Copacabana and Harmony

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
On Scores, Barry Manilow treats his audience to songs he composed for two stage productions, Copacabana and Harmony. There’s always been a strong theatrical streak in Manilow’s work, and his tunes for these two shows are solidly in that vein. The results give proof that this perennial showman also has a real knack for stagecraft: Some of his most memorable songs of the past decade are contained here. And Manilow himself sounds as inspired and technically assured as ever, his voice remaining in truly remarkable condition nearly 30 years after his first hit single. The various songs aren’t overly tied to the their sources, allowing each to be enjoyed without an ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
On Scores, Barry Manilow treats his audience to songs he composed for two stage productions, Copacabana and Harmony. There’s always been a strong theatrical streak in Manilow’s work, and his tunes for these two shows are solidly in that vein. The results give proof that this perennial showman also has a real knack for stagecraft: Some of his most memorable songs of the past decade are contained here. And Manilow himself sounds as inspired and technically assured as ever, his voice remaining in truly remarkable condition nearly 30 years after his first hit single. The various songs aren’t overly tied to the their sources, allowing each to be enjoyed without an understanding of plot or character. Among the highlights are the ballads, "Who Needs to Dream?" and "Every Single Day"; the bouncy "Sweet Heaven (I'm in Love Again)" and "Harmony"; the brassy crowd-pleasers "Just Arrived" and "Dancin' Fool"; and the inspirational finale "Stars in the Night." The inclusion of Manilow’s “Copacabana,” in a successfully revamped disco version, brings continuity to the project. With this album, Manilow fans will be able to hum the tunes from these musicals on their way into the theater.
All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
Long before the world new him as a hit-maker and entertainer, Barry Manilow wrote an original song score for an adaptation of The Drunkard. The show was a success and it fueled Manilow's dreams to take his music to the Great White Way, but a job with Bette Midler and a song called "Mandy" forever changed his career trajectory. Years later after the hits had stopped, Manilow and his writing partner Bruce Sussman rediscovered their love for Broadway musicals and looked to their 1978 hit "Copacabana" as inspiration for a show. Written with Jack Feldman, Copacabana - The Musical played in London's West End in 1994 and a successful American tour followed in 2000. Still, Broadway proved elusive and Manilow set his sights on a new project, Harmony, an original musical about the Comedian Harmonists, who were a popular German vocal act during the '20s and '30s and whose demise was instigated by the rise of the Nazi regime. The musical debuted at the La Jolla Playhouse in 1997, but it has yet to be launched as a Broadway production. In the meantime, Manilow revives songs from Copacabana and Harmony for Scores and, for the most part, successfully reshapes them into solo pop songs that stand on their own. The campy tunes from Copacabana are ripe for this format as the show's genre-shifting songs already lean toward pop. The big-band workout "Dancin' Fool" captures the excitement of that era, while the bombastic "Bolero de Amor" works better in this context rather than the appropriately cheesy stage version. But Manilow's penchant for going over the top gets the best of him with most of the Copa songs as the clichéd "Just Arrived" sounds like a weak cousin to Funny Girl's "I'm the Greatest Star" and tepid ballads like "Who Needs to Dream" demonstrate that Manilow hadn't fully abandoned his saccharine past. The Copa set ends with an unnecessary dance mix update of "Copacabana" that eliminates all the campy fun of the original. Fortunately, Manilow and Sussman took a good leap forward with their score for Harmony. Musically and lyrically these songs are denser and their textures blend together forming a more consistent piece of work. The songs are more theatrical and they outshine Copa's scattershot pop with belters like "This Is Our Time!" and quieter songs like "And What Do You See?" sounding like they leapt off a Broadway stage and onto disc. Manilow and Sussman may not be Rodgers & Hammerstein or Kander & Ebb, but with Harmony they prove that they are capable of writing good melodies, solid lyrics, and big showstoppers. Scores may be the final curtain call for these songs, but it is a fitting tribute to two of Barry Manilow's pet projects.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431225126
  • Catalog Number: 2251
  • Sales rank: 70,440

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barry Manilow Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Olivia Newton-John Vocals
Bruce Dukov Violin, Concert Master
Rick Baptist Trumpet
Chuck Berghofer Double Bass, Acoustic Bass
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Kenneth Burward-Hoy Viola
Bryant Byers Trombone
Lee Callet Woodwind
Darius Campo Violin
Bob Carr Woodwind
Gene Cipriano Woodwind
Mark Converse Percussion
Joel Derouin Violin
Assa Drori Violin, Concert Master
Jeff Driskill Woodwind
Phil Feather Woodwind
Ronald Folsom Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
Daniel Greco Percussion
Dan Higgins Woodwind
Greg Huckins Woodwind
Alan Kaplan Trombone
Peter Kent Violin
Armen Ksadjikian Cello
Mike Lent Guitar
Warren Luening Trumpet
Bob McChesney Trombone
Larry McGuire Trumpet
Ron Pedley Synthesizer, Piano
Kazi Pitelka Viola
Katia Popov Violin
Dave Reitzas Percussion, Drums
Harry Shirinian Viola
Tina Soule Cello
Frank Szabo Trumpet
Cecilia Tsan Cello
Chauncey Welsch Trombone
Shari Zippert Violin
Gayle Levant Harp
Haim Strum Violin
Steve Welch Piano
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Johana Krejci Violin
John Krovoza Cello
Timothy Landauer Cello
Russ McKinnon Drums
Ron Walters Piano
Dana Kelley French Horn
John A. Reynolds French Horn
Paul Klintworth French Horn
Julie Berghofer Harp
Eve Butler Violin
Jennifer Munday Violin
Trevor Handy Cello
Jim Stärk Violin
Bob Becker Viola
Lisa Dondlinger Violin
Becky Bunnell Violin
Lauren Evans Background Vocals
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Viola
Craig Gosnell Trombone
Raymond Kobler Violin
Dynell Weber Violin
Caroline Buckman Viola
Charlie Morialias Trombone
Andy Rumble Piano
Trish Skye French Horn
Yan To Violin
Olivia Tsui Irina Voloshina Violin
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Brett Banducci Viola
David H. Speltz Cello
Kevin Connolly Violin
Technical Credits
Barry Manilow Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Artie Butler Arranger, Composer
Jez Colin Arranger, Producer
Don Sebesky Arranger
Jack Feldman Composer, Lyricist
Marc Hulett Personal Assistant
Ted Jensen Mastering
Garry Kief Executive Producer
Phil Ramone Producer, Audio Production
Dave Reitzas Engineer
Bruce Sussman Composer, Lyricist, Liner Notes
Jonathan Tunick Arranger
Doug Walter Arranger
David Benson Arranger, Producer
Larry Hochman Arranger
Jonathan Barrick Griffiths String Arrangements
John Adams Art Direction
Rob Kief Executive Producer
Andy Rumble Arranger
Sara Zickuhr Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Barry Manilow is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This C.D. is swell. I have loved barry manilow since 1974. I wish he had been arouind when I was 10 in 1930.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HAUNTING HARMONY

    buy this cd! stars in the night will make you cry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SCORES IS AWESOME...BRAVO, BARRY!!!

    After listening to the entire Scores album/CD, I have one word for Barry...BRAVO!!! IMHO the music/songs on Scores represent exactly why the world fell in love with Barry Manilow and his music and so did I. The arrangements are beautiful, lush and spellbinding, and Barry's voice is stronger and better than ever. The new version of "Copacabana" is fabulous because it stays true to the original while combining a fresh, energetic element to make it new and fresh for the 21st century. As for the additional lyrics and the new version of "Sweet Heaven" I totally love it!!! The additional lyrics like "So glad to be hooked again" and "My Saturdays are booked again" just make "Sweet Heaven" that much more energetic and fresh than the original. In addition, the studio versions of "Every Single Day" and "Stars In The Night" are some of the best studio recordings Barry has ever made IMHO. In addition, "Where You Go" is definitely one of the most (if not the most) emotional song Barry has ever recorded live or in the studio. WYG is a hauntingly beautiful song, and I can't get enough of it or the song "In This World." I also enjoyed Barry and Olivia Newton-John's duet of "This Can't Be Real", which is an absolutely beautiful song. I have always loved their voices individually, and hearing them together is a real treat for me. Barry and Bruce Sussman's liner notes are wonderful, too. In conclusion, the "Scores" CD has moved right to the top of the list of my favorite Barry Manilow studio albums along with "Here At The Mayflower," "2:00 AM Paradise Cafe" and "Swing Street." Congratulations, Barry! IMHO "Scores" is definitely one of the best albums of your career.

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