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Barry Manilow - The Greatest Songs of the Seventies

Barry ManilowAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000SMYTZ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,783 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Way We Were
2. My Eyes Adored You
3. Bridge Over Troubled Water
4. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?5. You ve Got A Friend (w/ Melissa Manchester)
5. The Long And Winding Road
6. Sailing
7. It Never Rains In Southern California
8. He Ain t Heavy, He s My Brother
9. If
10. Solitaire
11. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
12. (They Long To Be) Close To You
13. Mandy (Manilow Acoustic)
14. Weekend In New England (Manilow Acoustic)
15. Copacabana (At The Copa)(Manilow Acoustic)
16. I Write The Songs(Manilow Acoustic)
17. Could It Be Magic? (Trevor Horn Dance Mix) (Bonus Track)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fine CD of songs from the seventies by Barry Manilow April 22, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The Greatest Songs of the Seventies is a solid Barry Manilow album that offers us a chance to hear some of the greatest songs of the 1970s performed by Barry Manilow. The sound quality is excellent and I like the artwork, too. Oh, sure, we're not going to hear ALL the greatest songs of the 1970s; but what we do get is rather good material from a man who can really sing!

Manilow starts the CD off with an elegant rendition of "The Way We Were" from the movie of the same name. Barry plays with the tempo and keys a bit to place his own stamp on this ballad. It's not quite the high level of quality we got from Barbra Streisand; but I still like Barry Manilow's performance here and his excellent diction bolsters his singing, too. "My Eyes Adored You" was always one of my very favorite love songs; and this torch song shines brilliantly when Barry sings it. The musical arrangement is very pretty as well. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" gets the royal treatment from Barry Manilow who uses this chance to showcase more of his vocal range. Great!

"How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?" by The Bee Gees has Barry singing his heart out. This works especially well on this tune. "The Long And Winding Road" by The Beatles stuns me with its beauty; the Fab Four would be very proud of how well Barry Manilow delivers this! The arrangement makes good use of the strings as well.
Listen also for Barry to perform "(They Long To Be) Close To You." "(They Long To Be) Close To You" was a great song for The Carpenters; and Barry does great justice to this timeless love song. Barry sings this without a superfluous note; and I am very impressed.

"Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" by Elton John gets a fine treatment from Barry and this places him squarely front and center--right where he belongs!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Barry & The 70's September 23, 2007
Format:Audio CD
There are some great songs here, specifically tracks 1-12. Why in the world re-record Mandy and the rest? Barry does seem somewhat uninspired. Barry, your much better than this. There are so many great songs from the 70's that you could have done, even a double cd and not even scratched the surface of the 70's material. The re-records are extremely boring. Five stars for tracks 1-12, one for 13-18. Avg. three. Very disappointing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Previous Two Were Better October 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Although I am a huge Manilow fan I was dissappointed with his 70's CD. The song selection could have been better and more upbeat. Hey if Johnny Mathis can do a version of I Will Survive why can't Barry???
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just a repeat September 22, 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you love Barry Manilow, you probably already have all you need. Don't bother.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Enough is enough! September 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I realize I'm about to enrage all the Fanilows out there, but this CD is a huge step down from his other nostalgia efforts. It's time to move on.

To hear Barry attempt to sing classics by the Carpenters, James Taylor, McCartney, Elton and Streisand is painful.

His version of "It Never Rains in Southern California" is less offensive, since it's basically pop pablum anyway. But to Albert Hammond's credit, he hit a home run with it in 1972, so why Barry feels compelled to do a note-for-note remake is a mystery.

Barry also does remakes of his own hits at the end of the CD. Sadly, it shows his always limited range is now...more limited.

And although this has nothing to do with the music, it must be said: the guy on the cover looks faintly like Barry Manilow; kind of like the guy who's going around the country now claiming to be Kenny Rogers.

But seriously, folks, I have two suggestions for anyone considering this purchase.

If you like the songs, look at your CD collection. It's probably not that hard to make a mix CD of the original, impossible-to-surpass hits.

If you like Manilow's songs, there's always "Ultimate Manilow."
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointed Fan October 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've been a huge Manilow fan for decades, but the 70s CD was a real disappointment. The choice of songs was not good and they certainly weren't songs that go with Barry's voice. He made a total mess of "The Way We Were" and "Sailing." The man who is known for "music and passion" certainly had no passion for this CD. At best, he manages "mediocre" on a few cuts. I think Manilow has gotten to the point where the people around him are afraid to tell him the truth. He does have a nice voice, but not for these songs. Buying the CD at full price is a rip-off. Buy a used copy, listen once, and then re-sell it to get your money back. Let's pray he doesn't feel compelled to do an 80s CD!

Save your money and go see him in Vegas. He really does rock in person!
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Karaoke Mishegas Volume 3 September 19, 2007
Format:Audio CD
On Barry's third collection of Greatest Songs remakes, this 70's collection has not improved the quality of arrangements nor softened the aging of his voice. He is not known as the greatest singer, though more of an entertainer and former songwriter. There are some redeeming highlights here such as the duet with Melissa Manchester (fellow label mate and 70's Songstress). Together their somber aging voices balance off in song and emotion for Carole King's You've Got A Friend sung by James Taylor back then. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, Bridge Over Troubled Water and The Long And Winding Road are done very Barry like though not consistent throughout. Elton John's Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word is the second best track here. Kept simple and Barry embraces it as his own creation.

There are two different versions of this recording. The simple 18 track including some of Barry's own acoustic versions of his 70's hits. The second is a double sided disc that includes 4 other Manilow 70's tracks including a Trevor Horn dance remix of could It Be Magic which was done in the 1990's. This version may not be played on all CD players and thankfully it says on the back of the CD which prevented me from buying that version. There is a UK version with bonus tracks like Solitaire and a few other differences compared to the US version. There is also a 3 CD QVC out of print version. Still missing in all is the Rosie O'Donnell duet Don't Go Breaking My Heart. Hurray!

Although I wanted to keep this a review of his CD, I can't help but to interject my opinion of the latest drama surrounded the promotion of this CD. Refusing to go on The View because of Elizabeth Hasselbeck is child like and plain stupid. I believe everyone is entitled to their opinions including Hasselbeck.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great music.
Great cd from my early years. I know every song and my wife is the true love of his music. Thanks. Kevin t.
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Tipton
5.0 out of 5 stars Barry Manilow - The Greatest Songs of the Seventies
This was a gift to my son. He loves the songs on this album. and he said it arrived on time and in good condition. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vicky Bolen OHara
5.0 out of 5 stars BARRY MANILOW
I ORDERED THIS FOR MY DAD. HE IS VERY HAPPY WITH IT. I AM SO GLAD I ORDERED 2 OF THEM INCASE SOMETHING HAPPENS TO IT.
Published 2 months ago by HEATHER
2.0 out of 5 stars Guess I've outgrown Barry
All his greatest hits are here, I guess I've changed and just don't like his style and songs any longer. But, remember, that's just MY opinion.
Published 3 months ago by Mike E.
4.0 out of 5 stars Barry Manilow's, "The Greatest Songs of the Seventies) CD
The only thing I wish I could have viewed on the computer was all the songs in this CD. I think it lacked some of the songs I was looking for. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jeanne Marciante+
2.0 out of 5 stars DEAR BARRY
A dreary,dreary cd! !A big disappointment !! Poor selection of songs! The piano was too loud and dominated the entire cd. Too bad because Barry has a great voice!
Published 7 months ago by obleo
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST have for all Mannilow fans
Barry is at his crooning best in this album. I loved every single cut! Highly recommend to his fans and those who like the 70's music.
Published 8 months ago by Littlduck15
4.0 out of 5 stars Had good songs..? ?...
I liked all the selections he had on CD...however I must agree with another review I saw why were his songs included? Read more
Published 9 months ago by suemae1962
5.0 out of 5 stars Barry Manilow - YES!
Loved the album and enjoyed going back to the days of music you could understand the words to.......this music had a message that wasn't filled with anger and killing.... Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. Podbregar
4.0 out of 5 stars Still like Barry
I have always liked Barry Manilow's music and this his interpretation of the 1970's hits I remember.
Is there any decade he hasn't recorded?
Published 13 months ago by Rosemary Bonelli
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what`s happened to his face ?
Michael Jackson - move over! You have just met your match. Wouldn't you love to see those two duke it out in a ring??? Wonder whose face would crack first or whose nose would fall off? While we're at it, let's get Richard Simmons in the ring with those two. ROFL
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