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Contrary to what he famously sang, Barry Manilow didn't always write the songs that made the whole world sing "I Write the Songs" was, in fact, composed by Beach Boy Bruce Johnston, but what the timeless performer has proven is that he knows a good tune when he hears it. The Greatest Songs of the Sixties picks up where Manilow's previous "decade" project, The Greatest Songs of the Fifties, left off, culling popular hits that fit Manilow's welcoming style. If this new collection necessarily calls on rock-era favorites, don't expect, say, psychedelia. Manilow's choices lean, unsurprisingly, to the mellow -- the Beatles, for example, are represented by "And I Love Her," ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Contrary to what he famously sang, Barry Manilow didn't always write the songs that made the whole world sing "I Write the Songs" was, in fact, composed by Beach Boy Bruce Johnston, but what the timeless performer has proven is that he knows a good tune when he hears it. The Greatest Songs of the Sixties picks up where Manilow's previous "decade" project, The Greatest Songs of the Fifties, left off, culling popular hits that fit Manilow's welcoming style. If this new collection necessarily calls on rock-era favorites, don't expect, say, psychedelia. Manilow's choices lean, unsurprisingly, to the mellow -- the Beatles, for example, are represented by "And I Love Her," and the Four Seasons, who could grit it up when needed, are summoned up by "Can't Take My Eyes off You." But who ever came to Manilow to rock out? The repertoire, calling on some of the most memorable pop hits of the decade, fits him to a tee. In fact, Barry sounds like he's been itching to croon gems like Bacharach's "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" and the Sinatra signature hit "Strangers in the Night" for some time now. He has particular fun with a cleverly intertwined medley of the Association classics "Cherish" and "Windy" with vocal support by the group itself. With production assistance from Clive Davis, Manilow finds himself in good hands for another loving tribute to songs that obviously made him want to sing when he was younger. These are songs -- and versions -- that we'll be playing for decades to come.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Barry Manilow's Greatest Songs of the Fifties turned out to be a surprise smash upon its January 2006 release, debuting at number one on the Billboard charts, so a sequel was inevitable. Ever the show biz pro, Manilow knew to strike when the iron was hot, so a mere nine months later he delivered The Greatest Songs of the Sixties, which is not just a continuation of the original, but an improvement. Again, Manilow chooses to largely ignore rock & roll -- he covers the Beatles' "And I Love Her," but that was a ballad, like "Yesterday," that found its way onto many easy listening pop records of the '60s, the kind recorded by José Feliciano, the Lettermen, and the Sandpipers. In its sound and sensibility, The Greatest Songs of the Sixties is strongly reminiscent of these easy listening records -- the production may not be quite as warm, but it features the same blend of Lennon/McCartney and Bacharach/David, augmented by hits from both Dean Martin and Herb Alpert, from both Frank Sinatra and the Association who indeed back Manilow on a nice medley of "Cherish" and "Windy". It's not adventurous -- the arrangements are either faithful to the original hits or do not stray much; either way, they could have fit on a record released in 1968 -- but it is well-executed. Like on the Fifties set, Manilow never pushes hard; he eases back, keeping the focus on the song. Occasionally, a synthesizer might be a bit too prominent "Strangers in the Night" could have used a little less keyboard, but they don't detract from a record that is, at its core, proudly old-fashioned -- and yet Sixties feels a bit less old-fashioned than its predecessor, and that's because Manilow has chosen songs that are popular standards still played on oldies radio and still covered by other singers. He may not improve on these original versions, and he might not find something new in the song, but he sings them well and serves them well, making for a thoroughly pleasant affair.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2006
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 828768264027
  • Catalog Number: 82640

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barry Manilow Primary Artist, Piano
Gary Foster Saxophone
Steve Kujala Flute
Ron Dante Background Vocals
Walt Harrah Background Vocals
Kevin Bassinson Conductor
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Douglas Besterman Conductor, Keyboards
Kenneth Burward-Hoy Viola
Darius Campo Violin
Dave Carpenter Bass
Gene Cipriano Saxophone
Larry Corbett Celli
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Randy Crenshaw Background Vocals
Assa Drori Violin, Concert Master
Ronald Folsom Violin
Daniel Greco Percussion
Linda Harmon Background Vocals
James Harrah Electric Guitar
Dan Higgins Saxophone
Carrie Holzman-Little Viola
Greg Huckins Saxophone
Jon Joyce Background Vocals
Armen Ksadjikian Celli
Mike Lent Guitar
Warren Leuning Trumpet
Dane Little Celli
Rick Logan Background Vocals
Charles Loper Trombone
Cynthia Moussas Violin
Dean Parks Guitar
John Pena Electric Bass
John Pisano Guitar
Harry Shirinian Viola
Tina Soule Celli
David Stenske Violin
Joe Stone Saxophone
Randy Waldman Piano
Doug Walter Conductor
Chauncey Welsch Trombone
Cary Grant Trumpet
Gayle Levant Harp
Marcia Dickstein Harp
John Walz Celli
Tommy Johnson Tuba
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Steve Baxter Trombone
Russ McKinnon Drums
Andrew Picken Viola
Michael Skloff Keyboards
Paul Klintworth French Horn
Ken Berry Guitar, Conductor
PierGiorgio Bertucelli Keyboards
Jennifer Munday Violin
Daphne Chen Violin
Liane Mautner Violin
Greg Field Drums
Timothy Loo Celli
Sam Fisher Violin
Samuel Formicola Viola
Chris Gray Trumpet
Dick Wells Background Vocals
Lisa Dondlinger Violin
Neel Hammond Violin
Craig Gosnell Trombone
Raymond Kobler Violin
Dynell Weber Violin
Yan To Violin
Susie Stevens Background Vocals
Connie Nassios Background Vocals
Mark Adams French Horn
Thomas Rainier Piano
Ray Tlscher Viola
Steven Becknell French Horn
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Barry Manilow Arranger, Producer
Paul McCartney Composer
Bert Kaempfert Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Artie Schroeck Arranger
Bob Crewe Composer
Phil Spector Composer
Ruthann Friedman Composer
Greg Bartheld Engineer, Digital Editing
Kevin Bassinson Arranger, Orchestration
Douglas Besterman Arranger, Orchestration, Rhythm Sequencing
Bruce Botnick Engineer
Luigi Creatore Composer
Hal David Composer
Clive Davis Producer
Bob Gaudio Arranger, Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Ken Lane Composer
Garry Kief Executive Producer
Terry Kirkman Composer
Hugo Peretti Composer
Don Murray Engineer
Phil Ramone Producer
Doug Sax Mastering
Charlie Singleton Composer
Geoff Stephens Composer
Doug Walter Arranger, Orchestration
Bernie Wayne Composer
Cynthia Weil Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Victor Young Composer
David Benson Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
Lee Morris Composer
Eddie Snyder Composer
Koji Egawa Engineer, Digital Editing
Michael Skloff Rhythm Sequencing
Leslie Reed Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Irving Taylor Composer
Ken Berry Arranger, Orchestration
PierGiorgio Bertucelli Rhythm Sequencing
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i love everything that he has done

    every thing he has sang has been execellent i have all of his albums

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A BEAUTIFULLY DONE REMAKE OF CLASSICS

    This is truly one of Barry's best albums in years. His rendition of the songs of the 50s was okay, but this one blows me away. Cherish/Windy has a unique ending keeping with the style of both songs. Just awesome! I love it, love it, love it!

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