Singin' with the Big Bands

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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 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 ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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: 078221877121
  • Catalog Number: 18771

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Singin' with the Big Bands (2:27)
  2. 2 Sentimental Journey - Les Brown & His Band of Renown (3:19)
  3. 3 And the Angels Sing (3:03)
  4. 4 Green Eyes - Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra (3:19)
  5. 5 I Should Care (3:01)
  6. 6 Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:58)
  7. 7 I Can't Get Started (4:28)
  8. 8 Chattanooga Choo Choo - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (3:24)
  9. 9 Moonlight Serenade (4:50)
  10. 10 On the Sunny Side of the Street - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (3:25)
  11. 11 All or Nothing at All - Harry James Orchestra (3:02)
  12. 12 I'll Never Smile Again - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (3:07)
  13. 13 I'm Getting Sentimental over You (3:27)
  14. 14 Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me) - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (2:52)
  15. 15 I'll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time (2:30)
  16. 16 Where Does the Time Go? (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barry Manilow Primary Artist, Vocals
Rosemary Clooney Vocals
Les 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
The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Duke Ellington Performing Ensemble
Les 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
Les 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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