Tryin' to Get the Feeling [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Barry Manilow made it to number one for the second time during his first year as a hit recording 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 came back to work here with Manilow singing with a seriousness on "I Write the Songs" that is as determined as his voice is on the title track, David Pomeranz' "Trying to Get the Feeling Again." Both titles are light years beyond the rest of the album, including Bruce Sussman and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Barry Manilow made it to number one for the second time during his first year as a hit recording 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 came back to work here with Manilow singing with a seriousness on "I Write the Songs" that is as determined as his voice is on the title track, David Pomeranz' "Trying to Get the Feeling Again." Both titles are light years beyond the rest of the album, including Bruce Sussman and Manilow's reworking of the American Bandstand theme, which was included on his Ultimate Manilow collection. Like the Four Seasons before him, 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. Co-produced by Manilow and Archies' lead singer Ron Dante, the quest for chart supremacy had a formidable team pooling their talents. Bette Midler, Miles Laurie, and Dick Fox are thanked for showing Manilow "Trying to Get the Feeling Again," the truncated three-minutes-and-fifty-one seconds missing the extra verse Pomeranz' original contained, something Manilow would sing live in concert. 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 with tunes like "She's a Star," "You're Leavin' Too Soon," and "A Nice Boy Like Me," material that might have gotten some Top 40 action due to Manilow's momentum, but without 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, with its lingering instrumentation, 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 Manilow 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 rough spots. [This 2006 edition of Tryin' to Get the Feeling features significantly updated sound remastering, new liner notes, a lyric booklet containing rare photographs, and the previously unreleased track "I'll Make You Music."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972941721
  • Catalog Number: 729417
  • Sales rank: 17,264

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barry Manilow Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Ron Dante Background Vocals
Charlie Brown Guitar
Alan Axelrod Keyboards
Debra Byrd Background Vocals
Steven Donaghey Bass
Lee Gurst Percussion, Drums
Sid McGinnis Pedal Steel Guitar
Jimmy Maeulen Bongos, Conga, Shaker
Lorraine "Reparata" Mazzola Background Vocals
Ramona Brooks Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Buddy Guy Composer
Barry Manilow Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Ron Dante Producer
Bruce Johnston Composer
Larry Weiss Composer
Bill Emerson Composer
Charles Albertine Composer
Gerald Alters Arranger
Adrienne Anderson Composer, Lyricist
T.G. Conway Arranger
Michael Delugg Engineer
Larry Elgart Composer
Les Elgart Composer
Phil Galdston Composer
Norman Harris Arranger
Bob Horn Composer
Arif Mardin Arranger
Marty Panzer Composer, Lyricist
David Pomeranz Composer
Joe Renzetti Arranger
Bruce Sussman Composer, Lyricist
Peter Thom Composer
Enoch Anderson Composer, Lyricist
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