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Barry Manilow - The Greatest Songs of the Seventies

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • ASIN: B000SMYTZ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 22, 2008
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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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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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I have Rod Stewart singing the oldies, all of the albums and they are really Great, but Barry Manilow's are no less Great. I would recommend buying Barry singing with the Big Bands and all of the singing the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's. every one is Great!! So if you have been a Manilow fan as I have been, then get them all, you will not be disappointed!
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Wow, I loved this album. I grew up with the songs of the 70s, and all of these songs have special meaning to me. It was wonderful to hear them sung in Manilow's warm and soothing voice. I especially enjoyed the acoustic versions of several of his own songs.
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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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Another album I wish I could give 4.5 stars to. I really enjoyed this CD with Barry's smooth voice singing old favorites. The revisit of his earlier songs was interesting and refreshed the songs. This CD is perfect for a quiet evening at home.
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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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I grew up with Barry Manilow, he was always good and he wrote all of these songs. I saw this concert on TV and knew I had to have this sound track. It is great if you like easy listening and Barry Manilow.
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