Singin' with the Big Bands

Singin' with the Big Bands

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by Barry Manilow
     
 

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Like Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow embarked on a transition during the 1990s from being a contemporary pop singer/songwriter to being an interpretive singer on the model of Tony Bennett, who achieved a career resurgence around the same time with a series of thematic albums. Manilow followed 1991's See more details below

Overview

Like Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow embarked on a transition during the 1990s from being a contemporary pop singer/songwriter to being an interpretive singer on the model of Tony Bennett, who achieved a career resurgence around the same time with a series of thematic albums. Manilow followed 1991's Showstoppers, an album of songs from Broadway shows, with Singin' with the Big Bands, which found him covering swing-era standards, in some cases accompanied by the ghost bands of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Harry James, and Glenn Miller. Les Brown & His Band of Renown were still active, and he backed Manilow on a rendition of his hit "Sentimental Journey." For the most part, the songs covered were known more for their instrumental power than for the vocals of people like Bob Eberly and Ray Eberle, and Manilow matched them, while soloists re-created the signature sounds of the big band musicians and the arrangements were subtly updated. So, for example, when Manilow sang Benny Goodman's "And the Angels Sing," he equaled Martha Tilton's vocal, and Warren Leuning aped Ziggy Elman's famous trumpet solo. Manilow got in more trouble with songs like "Sentimental Journey," originally sung by Doris Day with a marked sultriness he didn't even try to evoke, and with Frank Sinatra trademarks like "All or Nothing at All" and "I'll Never Smile Again." Born just after World War II, Manilow seemed to respond to the effervescence of the sweet swing sound, but to have no grasp whatsoever of the underlying longing and pain that went with and informed these songs of wartime separation.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/1994
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0078221877121
catalogNumber:
18771

Tracks

  1. Singin' with the Big Bands
  2. Sentimental Journey  -  Brown & His Band of Renown
  3. And the Angels Sing
  4. Green Eyes  -  Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  5. I Should Care
  6. Don't Get Around Much Anymore  -  Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  7. I Can't Get Started
  8. Chattanooga Choo Choo  -  Glenn Miller Orchestra
  9. Moonlight Serenade
  10. On the Sunny Side of the Street  -  Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  11. All or Nothing at All  -  Harry James Orchestra
  12. I'll Never Smile Again  -  Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  13. I'm Getting Sentimental over You
  14. Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)  -  Glenn Miller Orchestra
  15. I'll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time
  16. Where Does the Time Go?

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barry Manilow   Primary Artist,Vocals
Rosemary Clooney   Vocals
Brown   Conductor
Mercer Ellington   Leader
Dick Hyman   Conductor
Harry James   Performing Ensemble
Buddy Morrow   Trombone,Leader
Bill Watrous   Trombone
Susan Boyd   Background Vocals
Artie Butler   Trombone,Conductor
Debra Byrd   Vocals,Background Vocals
Donna Davidson   Background Vocals
Art Depew   Conductor,Leader
Kevin DiSimone   Background Vocals
Margaret Dorn   Background Vocals
Jon Joyce   Background Vocals
Warren Leuning   Trumpet
Mike Melvoin   Conductor
Jim Miller   Leader
Larry O'Brien   Leader
Don Shelton   Background Vocals
Jimmy Dorsey   Performing Ensemble
Duke Ellington   Performing Ensemble
Brown & His Band of Renown   Band
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Bill Tole   Trombone
Charlie Young   Alto Saxophone
James Jolis   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rosemary Clooney   Contributor
Richard Harris   Contributor
Barry Manilow   Producer
Brown   Contributor
Dick Hyman   Arranger
Harry James   Contributor
Sy Oliver   Arranger
Julia Fordham   Composer
Allen Abrahamson   Engineer
Artie Butler   Arranger
Debra Byrd   Contributor,Vocal Arrangements
Art Depew   Arranger
Jimmy Dorsey   Contributor
Tommy Dorsey   Contributor
Don Hahn   Engineer
Marc Hulett   Contributor
Jon Joyce   Vocal Arrangements
Mike Melvoin   Arranger
Glenn Miller   Contributor
Phil Ramone   Producer
John Richards   Engineer
Wally Traugott   Mastering
Bill Wilson   Contributor
Richard "Dickie" Reed   Contributor
Larry Walsh   Contributor,Digital Editing
Duke Ellington   Contributor
Christopher Stern   Contributor
Susan Mendola   Art Direction
Kird Bonin   Contributor
Robert Wieger   Contributor
Jay Hill   Arranger
Joe J. Simon   grooming
Bill Molina   Engineer
Cord Himelstein   Contributor
Gary Chester   Engineer

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