The Greatest Songs of the Seventies [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Barry Manilow not only lived through the '70s, but found most of his popular success during the Me Decade: he entered 1970 as a jingles writer and nightclub pianist but left 1979 as pop music's biggest star. While he was writing and performing the biggest hits of the decade, he undoubtedly was also admiring its best songwriting, from artists such as Paul Simon, Carole King, Elton John, Burt Bacharach, and Lennon/McCartney (the latter just barely fit in the '70s). And when the previous volume in his Greatest Songs series, The Greatest Songs of the Sixties, hit number two on the charts in late 2006, it was clear that a third volume would be just around the corner. The song ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Barry Manilow not only lived through the '70s, but found most of his popular success during the Me Decade: he entered 1970 as a jingles writer and nightclub pianist but left 1979 as pop music's biggest star. While he was writing and performing the biggest hits of the decade, he undoubtedly was also admiring its best songwriting, from artists such as Paul Simon, Carole King, Elton John, Burt Bacharach, and Lennon/McCartney (the latter just barely fit in the '70s). And when the previous volume in his Greatest Songs series, The Greatest Songs of the Sixties, hit number two on the charts in late 2006, it was clear that a third volume would be just around the corner. The song selection on The Greatest Songs of the Seventies appears perfectly suited to Manilow's talents -- nothing too energetic, nothing rough or ragged -- and Manilow treats these songs just as he did on his albums of '50s and '60s classics, singing them straight while his band plays it smooth, with soft adult contemporary arrangements in the background. "(They Long to Be) Close to You" is among the best here, partially since it begins with Manilow and solo piano instead of the soft keyboard wash that marks most of the songs. Also, Manilow has a thoroughly good time on "It Never Rains in Southern California," but doesn't sound inspired by the most poignant ballads here ("The Way We Were," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"). As an added bonus, six classic Barry Manilow songs appear at the end under the title "Acoustic Manilow", although these versions are just as slick as what comes before; still, "Mandy" and "Copacabana (At the Copa)" are loose and relaxed winners. As on the previous volumes of Greatest Songs, what you see is what you get -- timeless songs sung by a familiar voice, with nothing but the most polished production values. [A deluxe edition adds a second disc, a DualDisc with additional acoustic versions of classic Barry Manilow material on the audio side, and enhanced stereo versions of the entire album as well as a video on the DVD side.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886971422221
  • Catalog Number: 714222
  • Sales rank: 2,333

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Way We Were (2:53)
  2. 2 My Eyes Adored You (3:33)
  3. 3 Bridge Over Troubled Water (4:55)
  4. 4 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (3:31)
  5. 5 It Never Rains in Southern California (3:49)
  6. 6 You've Got a Friend (4:44)
  7. 7 He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother (3:57)
  8. 8 Sailing (4:36)
  9. 9 The Long and Winding Road (3:29)
  10. 10 (They Long to Be) Close to You (3:40)
  11. 11 If (2:49)
  12. 12 Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (4:06)
  13. 13 Mandy (3:24)
  14. 14 Weekend in New England (3:46)
  15. 15 Copacabana (At the Copa) (4:02)
  16. 16 Even Now (3:38)
  17. 17 Looks Like We Made It (3:33)
  18. 18 I Write the Songs (3:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Somewhere in the Night (3:32)
  2. 2 Can't Smile Without You (3:14)
  3. 3 This One's for You (4:14)
  4. 4 Could It Be Magic (5:01)
  5. 5 The Way We Were
  6. 6 My Eyes Adored You
  7. 7 Bridge Over Troubled Water
  8. 8 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
  9. 9 It Never Rains in Southern California
  10. 10 You've Got a Friend
  11. 11 The Way We Were
  12. 12 The Way We Were
  13. 13 The Way We Were
  14. 14 The Way We Were
  15. 15 The Way We Were
  16. 16 The Way We Were
  17. 17 Mandy
  18. 18 Weekend in New England
  19. 19 Copacabana (At the Copa)
  20. 20 Even Now
  21. 21 Looks Like We Made It
  22. 22 I Write the Songs
  23. 23 The Greatest Songs of the Seventies
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barry Manilow Primary Artist, Piano
Gary Foster Flute
Ron Dante Background Vocals
Alex Acuña Percussion
Jim Atkinson French Horn
Kevin Bassinson Piano, Conductor
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Kenneth Burward-Hoy Viola
Jorge Calandrelli Conductor
Darius Campo Violin
Bill Cantos Background Vocals
Dave Carpenter Rhythm Bass
Ronald Clark Violin
Luis Conte Percussion
Larry Corbett Celli
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Randy Crenshaw Background Vocals
Joel Derouin Violin
George Doering Guitar
Assa Drori Violin, Concert Master
Brandon Fields Flute
Ronald Folsom Violin
Gary Grant Trumpet
Daniel Greco Percussion
Karen Harper Background Vocals
Paula Hochhalter Celli
Greg Huckins Flute
Patricia Johnson Violin
Randy Kerber Piano
Miran Kojian Violin
Michael Landau Guitar
Roger Lebow Celli
Mike Lent Guitar
Warren Leuning Trumpet
Charles Loper Trombone
Larry McGuire Trumpet
Cynthia Moussas Violin
Ron Pedley Piano, Keyboards
Tim Pierce Guitar
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Harry Shirinian Viola
Haim Shtrum Violin
Sheridon Stokes Flute
Joe Stone Oboe
Josefina Vergara Violin
Doug Walter Conductor
Miwako Watanabe Violin
Chauncey Welsch Trombone
Margaret Wooten Violin
Gayle Levant Harp
Christina Soule Celli
Drew Dembowski Bass
Walter Afanasieff Keyboards
Steve Baxter Trombone
David Kossoff Oboe
Johana Krejci Violin
John Krovoza Celli
David Loucks Background Vocals
Russ McKinnon Drums
Tiffany Smith Background Vocals
Ron Walters Piano, Conductor
Dana Kelley French Horn
Angie Jeree Singers Background Vocals
Paul Klintworth French Horn
Irina Voloshina Violin
Ken Berry Guitar
Brian Benning Violin
Julie Berghofer Harp
Jennifer Munday Violin
Jennifer Walton Violin
Trevor Handy Celli
Oscar Hidalgo Bass
Liane Mautner Violin
Timothy Loo Celli
Samuel Formicola Viola
Chris Gray Trumpet
David Rozenblatt Percussion
Jason Migas Morales Background Vocals
Alyssa Park Violin
Lisa Dondlinger Violin
Andrew Duckles Viola
Becky Bunnell Violin
Songa Lee Violin
Audrey Solomon Violin
Neel Hammond Violin
Craig Gosnell Trombone
Raymond Kobler Violin
Dynell Weber Violin
Caroline Buckman Viola
Yan To Violin
Susie Stevens Background Vocals
Mabvuto Carpenter Background Vocals
Alma Fernandez Viola
Ray Tlscher Viola
Yue Deng Violin
Nina Eutuhov Violin
Paul Tseitlin Violin
Scott Erickson Piano, Conductor, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Ian Martin Bass
Tim Davis Background Vocals
Phillip O'Connor Clarinet
Steven Becknell French Horn
Sam Fischer Violin
David H. Speltz Celli
Kevin Connolly Violin
Technical Credits
Christopher Cross Composer
Elton John Composer
Carole King Composer
John Lennon Composer
Barry Manilow Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Paul McCartney Composer
Paul Simon Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Randy Edelman Composer
David Gates Composer
Robin Gibb Composer
Albert Hammond Composer
Bruce Johnston Composer
Richard Kerr Composer
Bob Crewe Composer
Kenny Nolan Composer
Marvin Hamlisch Composer
Barry Gibb Composer
Adrienne Anderson Composer
Eddie Arkin Producer
Greg Bartheld Engineer
Kevin Bassinson Arranger, Orchestration
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Bruce Botnick Engineer
Jorge Calandrelli Arranger, Orchestration
Steve Churchyard Engineer
Hal David Composer
Clive Davis Producer
Scott English Composer
Jack Feldman Composer
Mike Hazelwood Composer
Trevor Horn Producer
Will Jennings Composer
Garry Kief Executive Producer
Mike Lent Arranger
Geoff Morrow Composer
Marty Panzer Composer
Ron Pedley Arranger
Doug Sax Mastering
Bill Schnee Engineer
Robert Scott Composer
Bruce Sussman Composer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Tommy Vicari Engineer
Doug Walter Orchestration
David Benson Producer, Engineer
Walter Afanasieff Arranger, Programming, Producer
Koji Egawa Engineer
David Channing Engineer
Russ McKinnon Arranger
Chris Brooke Engineer
Sidney Keith Russell Composer
Ken Berry Arranger, Producer
David Hodge Director, Producer
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
Tawgs Salter Engineer
Tyler Gordon Programming, Digital Editing
Nick Reiber Graphic Design
Scott Erickson Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Orchestration
Ian Martin Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Manilover

    Barry does it again, but was there any question that he wouldn't. The songs flow so nicely into one another. By far, my favorite is IF, I can envision him sitting on the Hilton stage with the starlight background singing this song. I would just melt. The acoustic songs are great too. Weekend in New England is another fav.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MANILOW DOES IT AGAIN!

    You have to listen to this deluxe edition. it is amazing. the long and winding road is my favorite. it is haunting. and that could it be magic dance remix is powerful. what an ending to that. sounds like 100 angels singing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    even now

    buy this album for one song and that would be EVEN NOW. this will make you cry. it is so emotional. we need more music like this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This will be my last Barry CD

    I've loved his singing and albums over the years, but I'll stop here. He just can't hit those notes like he did in the past, and it shows on this CD.

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    Posted June 12, 2010

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