Tryin' to Get the Feeling [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Barry Manilow made it to number one again during his first year as a hit artist with a rendition of Beach Boy Bruce Johnston's "I Write the Songs," beating out covers by David Cassidy and Captain & Tennille (who also released a version in Spanish). The modernized (read: no distortion) take-off on Phil Spector's Wall of Sound was what made "Mandy" so very special, and it came back to work here; Manilow sings with a seriousness on "I Write the Songs" that is as determined as his voice is on the title track, David Pomeranz' "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again." Both titles are light years beyond the rest of the album, even including Bruce Sussman and Barry's reworking of the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Barry Manilow made it to number one again during his first year as a hit artist with a rendition of Beach Boy Bruce Johnston's "I Write the Songs," beating out covers by David Cassidy and Captain & Tennille (who also released a version in Spanish). The modernized (read: no distortion) take-off on Phil Spector's Wall of Sound was what made "Mandy" so very special, and it came back to work here; Manilow sings with a seriousness on "I Write the Songs" that is as determined as his voice is on the title track, David Pomeranz' "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again." Both titles are light years beyond the rest of the album, even including Bruce Sussman and Barry's reworking of the American Bandstand theme. Like the Four Seasons before him, Barry Manilow is known for his ability to take a song up the charts; the album tracks are secondary and reserved for his most devoted followers. This quest for chart supremacy had a formidable team pooling their talents. It was co-produced by the star and Archies' lead singer Ron Dante, while Bette Midler, Miles Laurie, and Dick Fox are thanked for showing Manilow "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again." Peter Thom and Phil Galdston's "Why Don't We Live Together" is nice enough, but indicative of the near-miss compositions Manilow himself contributes -- "She's a Star," "You're Leavin' Too Soon" and "A Nice Boy Like Me" -- that might have gotten some Top 40 action due to Manilow's momentum, but didn't have the staying power of the established hits. At least the co-write with Adrienne Anderson, "As Sure as I'm Standin' Here," has a bit of a future, with the David Pomeranz/Manilow hit, "The Old Songs," something to look forward to. The problem with Barry Manilow is also his strength -- that he skillfully mixes Johnny Mathis' adult contemporary charm with Liberace's flamboyance. Both Mathis and Liberace knew how to reign in the excesses, while Barry could care less -- and he doesn't have to. By the same token, his fan base might be more prone to spinning Ultimate Manilow and avoiding the few rough spots of this album. [This edition includes two bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/9/2006
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 828768123522
  • Catalog Number: 81235
  • Sales rank: 41,187

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barry Manilow Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Voices, Group Member
Ron Dante Background Vocals
Alan Axelrod Keyboards, Group Member
Debra Byrd Background Vocals
Steven Donaghey Bass, Group Member
Lee Gurst Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Sid McGinnis Guitar, Group Member
Jimmy Maeulen Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Shaker
Lorraine "Reparata" Mazzola Background Vocals
Ramona Brooks Background Vocals
Charlie Brown Jr. Guitar
Sid McGuiness Guitar
Charlie Brown Guitar
Steve Donaghey Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Barry Manilow Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Audio Production
Ron Dante Producer, Audio Production
Bruce Johnston Composer
Larry Weiss Composer
Gerald Alters Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Adrienne Anderson Composer
T.G. Conway Arranger
Michael Delugg Engineer
Phil Galdston Composer
Norman Harris String Arrangements
Bob Horn Composer
Garry Kief Personal Manager
Arif Mardin Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Marty Panzer Composer
David Pomeranz Composer
Joe Renzetti String Arrangements
Bruce Sussman Composer
Peter Thom Composer
David Wild Liner Notes
Mark Wilder Mastering
Al Quaglieri Reissue Producer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Enoch Anderson Composer
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