Tryin' to Get the Feeling [Bonus Tracks]

Tryin' to Get the Feeling [Bonus Tracks]

by Barry Manilow

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Tryin' to Get the Feeling [Bonus Tracks]

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.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/09/2006
Label: Arista
UPC: 0828768123522
catalogNumber: 81235

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
Quaglieri   Reissue Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Enoch Anderson   Composer

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