Ultimate Manilow [Arista]

Ultimate Manilow [Arista]

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by Barry Manilow
     
 

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The all-time No. 1 Adult Contemporary artist, Barry Manilow was a true pop king of the 1970s. Beginning with the smash hit “Mandy” in 1974, he remained a radio staple throughout the remainder of the decade, ultimately racking up an incredible 12 No. 1 singles and eight Top Ten charting songs. Hip he never was, but with that kind of immense popularity, the

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The all-time No. 1 Adult Contemporary artist, Barry Manilow was a true pop king of the 1970s. Beginning with the smash hit “Mandy” in 1974, he remained a radio staple throughout the remainder of the decade, ultimately racking up an incredible 12 No. 1 singles and eight Top Ten charting songs. Hip he never was, but with that kind of immense popularity, the piano-playing singer-songwriter had the last laugh. All of Manilow’s most memorable, and successful, work can be found on this comprehensive set, from the ballads “Could It Be Magic,” “Tryin’ to Get the Feeling,” and “Looks Like We Made It” to the upbeat “Can’t Smile Without You,” “Copacabana,” and “It’s a Miracle” -- and plenty more. (Three worthy non-hit bonus tracks -- “Bandstand Boogie,” “New York City Rhythm,” and “When October Goes” -- round out the set). Although “I Write the Songs” was actually written by someone else, we forgive Barry; he brought some badly needed heart to a disco-dominated decade.

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Unlike some other MOR pop stars, Barry Manilow never enjoyed the sort of swinging-hipster revival that made him a hot name to drop, ironically or otherwise. Incredibly enough, until the release of Ultimate Manilow in early 2002, there was no comprehensive single-disc hits package on the market -- a shockingly long wait for one of the most popular hitmakers of the '70s, hip or not (and clearly the demand was there; Ultimate Manilow entered the charts at number three). The 20 selections on Ultimate Manilow are arranged in the chronological order in which they became hits, and the emphasis here is on hits -- i.e., chart singles. Between 1974 and 1981, Manilow reached the Top 40 20 times, and 18 of those songs are present; the other two (minor early-'80s hits) were bumped by "Bandstand Boogie," Manilow's well-known version of the American Bandstand theme song, and "When October Goes," a track from his 1984 jazz-pop album, 2:00 AM Paradise Café. It's an extremely straightforward approach to a greatest-hits compilation, which is actually something to be commended given Arista's botched Whitney Houston best-of (where they omitted several songs to protect back-catalog sales, although that's not likely a concern with Manilow). So is anything missing? Nothing crucial; the only potential disappointment is for fans who love Manilow's detours into flamboyant, Broadway-style production numbers. The concentration on hits means that several great B-sides in that vein ("New York City Rhythm," "Riders to the Stars," "Beautiful Music," the endearingly awkward "Jump Shout Boogie") are not included. But that's really a small quibble, and there simply wasn't room for them anyhow. Ultimate Manilow lives up to its title by including everything a casual fan would want. The only question is, what took so long?

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2002
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0078221060028
catalogNumber:
10600
Rank:
891

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Ultimate Manilow [Arista] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After seeing Barry Manilow on The View a few months ago I have been looking forward to a new release. This is a new release of his old tear jerking songs. Barry delivers the Ultimate Love Ballard like no other. I listen to his melodic tunes and remember how love was, how it changed and how it grew into another stage. I have been married 25 years, I can tell you love goes through many stages. But Manilow's songs are timeless.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Songs that bring back such vivid memories it makes your heart hurt--in a good way, of course :) Highly recommended!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For feel-good music, put this CD on and melt! All Manilow lovers will take a step into the past and some wonderful memories when they listen to this! Some of the songs bring tears to my eyes because of the memories! No one can sing a ballad like Mr. Manilow!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This is a fantastic collection of ballads worth buying even if you aren't a Manilow fan. This CD doesn't leave my stereo in my car. Barry's kind of music is like Sinatra's music.....always in style!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I`ve been disowned by alot of friends for listening to Barry Manilow! Gag!(finger in mouth) But I dont care! I love Barry! One of the most prolific and memorable of the 70s singer/songwriters.A great musician,singer,songwriter and a damn nice guy too!Forget your ''cool'' friends,buy this CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You'll play this CD over & over. Every song is a Manilow delight. Barry is a musician, song writer and vocalist that will be around when all others fade. He has a special gift inside of him that comes out in his music. The ballads bring a lump to your throat and his other songs can have you dancing wherever you happen to be. Barry is truly a one-of-kind performer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All of the best of Barry. They come and they go but a true talent like Barry writes and sings the songs that will be around forever. One of the truly great artists of our time. MORE, MORE, MORE, Barry!!! Keep 'em coming!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great CD! All of the great old songs and some new ones - Barry is better than ever! He has a gift of writing, singing and performing wonderful music and his songs will be around forever! He's right up there with Como, Sinatra and Crosby! It's great to have him back, stronger than ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Each song is a Manilow delight. His music comes from deep inside and has a quality that can bring a tear to the eye and yet can make you want to dance. Barry is truly a one of a kind performer, musician and song writer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Barry is back and greater than ever before! He tears your heart out with his love songs and then comes right back at you and makes you want to dance! He is, indeed, among the very best and it's great to have him back recording and performing, stronger than ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
barry manilow is the greatest and we love him. want to send a cassette to my son. I want to know if that can be done? He has ask for Barry Manilow's Greatest Hits with "Mandy", "Brandy" "I write the song" and many others. It has to be a cassette only. Please let me know.I will be waiting for your answer. When it is being sent, you have to send it. Not me. He is living out of town. Sincerely Ruthann
kbt56 More than 1 year ago
My roommate and I used to listen to Barry Manilow in the late 70's, early 80's and loved his music. Not long ago I saw him on TV and remembered how much I enjoyed listening to him. So I went to B & N and looked for the CD that had the most of his hits. This one really delivers. I listen to it at work and it is soothing and fun to sing along with and takes me back to such a fun time in my life. I can't say enough good things about this CD.