The Greatest Songs of the Eighties

( 6 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Barry Manilow's Greatest Songs series enters its fourth decade with no reason to quit, not when the 1980s produced cartloads of adult contemporary nuggets and certainly not when the first three volumes performed so well on the charts. As on previous editions, Manilow and co-producer Clive Davis display a sure hand in their song selection. Virtually all of these are ballads originally performed by Manilow contemporaries or inheritors, artists such as Phil Collins "Against All Odds", Christopher Cross "Arthur's Theme", Bill Medley "I've Had the Time of My Life", Cyndi Lauper "Time After Time", Journey "Open Arms", Richard Marx "Right Here Waiting", and Wham! "Careless Whisper"....
See more details below
CD
$9.49
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$9.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (21) from $1.99   
  • New (8) from $4.54   
  • Used (13) from $1.99   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Barry Manilow's Greatest Songs series enters its fourth decade with no reason to quit, not when the 1980s produced cartloads of adult contemporary nuggets and certainly not when the first three volumes performed so well on the charts. As on previous editions, Manilow and co-producer Clive Davis display a sure hand in their song selection. Virtually all of these are ballads originally performed by Manilow contemporaries or inheritors, artists such as Phil Collins "Against All Odds", Christopher Cross "Arthur's Theme", Bill Medley "I've Had the Time of My Life", Cyndi Lauper "Time After Time", Journey "Open Arms", Richard Marx "Right Here Waiting", and Wham! "Careless Whisper". The songs will all be familiar to anyone who lived through the '80s and Manilow sings the songs straight, wringing maximum emotion out of each with the warmth and character of his strong voice. Granted, there's precious little room here for new musical interpretations, barring only a light Brazilian vibe for Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You." The biggest surprise on The Greatest Songs of the Eighties is a cover of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up," a large hit in England and America, but one that retained its popularity in the 2000s when the "rickrolling" prank phenomenon gave it more YouTube popularity than a thousand Richard Marxes. Still, there's no trace of irony in Manilow's version; like all the other songs here, he brings little more to it than what the song originally possessed. One of the intriguing characteristics of earlier volumes in the Greatest Songs series was discovering how Manilow and his co-arrangers would treat their updates of classic songs; here there's virtually no difference between Barry Manilow's covers and the sound of the originals.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2008
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 886973716120
  • Catalog Number: 737161
  • Sales rank: 60,641

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barry Manilow Primary Artist, Piano, Background Vocals
Gary Foster Flute
Dave Koz Saxophone
Ron Dante Background Vocals
Eddie Arkin Guitar
Darius Campo Violin
Oscar Castro-Neves Guitar
Larry Corbett Celli
Jim Cox Keyboards
Randy Crenshaw Background Vocals
Joel Derouin Violin
Assa Drori Violin, Concert Master
Ronald Folsom Violin
Jeff Gunn Background Vocals
Ray Herrmann Horn
Greg Huckins Flute
Roland Kato Viola
Randy Kerber Piano
Armen Ksadjikian Celli
Michael Lloyd Percussion, Background Vocals
Charlie Morgan Drums
Greg O'Connor Piano, Background Vocals
James Pankow Horn
Tim Pierce Guitar
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Jason Scheff Background Vocals
Haim Shtrum Violin
Lee Sklar Bass
Sheridon Stokes Flute
Lee Thornburg Horn
Cecilia Tsan Celli
Marcia Dickstein Harp
Daniel Kelley French Horn
Christina Soule Celli
John Walz Celli
Johana Krejci Violin
Vangie Gunn Background Vocals
Irina Voloshina Violin
Liane Mautner Violin
David Rozenblatt Percussion
Windy Wagner Background Vocals
Ira Glansbeek Celli
Lisa Dondlinger Violin
Becky Bunnell Violin
Songa Lee Violin
John "Hot Fat Reynolds" Ferraro Drums
Raymond Kobler Violin
Tereza Stanislav Violin
Alma Fernandez Viola
Scott Erickson Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Rita Weber Violin
James Atkinson French Horn
Phillip Levy Violin
Steven Becknell French Horn
Kala Balch Background Vocals
Brian O'Connor French Horn
Technical Credits
Reba McEntire Duet
Phil Collins Composer
Christopher Cross Composer
Cyndi Lauper Composer
Barry Manilow Arranger, Producer
George Michael Composer
Steve Perry Composer
Andrew Ridgeley Composer
Peter Allen Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Jonathan Cain Composer
Robin Gibb Composer
Barry Gibb Composer
Oscar Castro-Neves Arranger
Peter Cetera Composer
Clive Davis Producer
Maurice Gibb Composer
Garry Kief Executive Producer
Nathaniel Kunkel Engineer
Michael Leonard Engineer
Michael Lloyd Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing, Vocal Engineer
Richard Marx Composer
Van Morrison Composer
Greg O'Connor Arranger, Programming, Producer
James Pankow Horn Arrangements
Doug Sax Mastering
Bill Schnee Engineer
Mike Stock Composer
Pete Waterman Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Bob Kearney Rhythm Engineer
Erwin Gorostiza Art Direction
Nigel Lundemo Engineer, Digital Editing
Koji Egawa Digital Editing
Ken Sluiter Engineer
Donald Markowitz Composer
George Leger III Engineer
Scott Seviour Artist Development
Matt Aiken Composer
Scott Erickson Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
M. Jeffrey Lloyd Engineer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3
( 6 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(2)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 6 Customer Reviews
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    big snooze

    this had so much potential! Sounds like he mailed it in - no pazzazz at all! Was he singing in his sleep when he recorded this? got it for Christmas & gonna sell it a Half Price Books next week - huge disappointment

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Manilow does it again!

    Love the songs on this cd can't wait to get it. Sure to be a hit!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 6 Customer Reviews