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Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 [LP Record]


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  • Vinyl (October 17, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B00008EOV1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,965 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mandy
2. New York City Rhythm
3. Looks Like We Made It
4. Daybreak
5. Can't Smile Without You
6. It's a Miracle
7. Even Now
8. Bandstand Boogie
9. Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again
10. Some Kind of Friend

Customer Reviews

Barry Manilow is a great singer.
Carl R. Kannady
This is clearly not the case with "Greatest Hits Volume 1 (1989)" "Greatest Hits Vol 1 (1989)" focuses on 1978 and before.
L.A. Scene
Thank you so much, you made my Mom a very happy Valentine.
Michelle Candler

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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Pearlman on March 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The two stars are not because of the music...Arista has done Barry Manilow and his fans a terrible disservice with this rip-off CD and its two companions. Ten songs each, each guaranteed to leave off plenty of favorites. Plus, the beginning of "Mandy" on this is hissy and it uses the (non-hit) studio version of "Daybreak." The hit version came from "Barry Manilow Live." I had to look around to find the out-of-print CD version of the vinyl greatest hits album from 1978, which had 18 tracks. (The original Greatest Hits Vol. 2, also replaced by these atrocities, covered the hits from 1979-1983). Better as well to look for the British import "The Songs 1975-1990" than to reward Arista U.S. for its greed.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By L.A. Scene on August 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
When it comes to Barry Manilow, he often gets unfair deal when it comes to both the critics and the publics. In addition to being a terrific vocalist, pianist, songwriter, and arranger - Barry Manilow provides the ability to entertain. Much of this comes from the excellent songwriting (whether it's Manilow's or third party) and the passion that is delivered by Barry Manilow. Manilow's career spans more than 30 years - but the peak of Manilow's career came in the early years of his career that took place in the mid 1970s. While there are many Greatest Hits compilations that are available by Barry Manilow. While Barry Manilow had already released some greatest hits collections, in 1989 Barry would release three CDs. I'm not sure what the logic is behind these re-compilations. While there is still good Barry Manilow music on this collection, I would question why this would be the set you would get.

One thing that makes Barry Manilow's music special is his ability to work the song and "build it to a climax/crescendo". The music group Air Supply employed a similar approach with many of their songs. Like Air Supply, Manilow does a fabulous job at building the song to this "climax". It was during the "peak" period of the mid 1970s where Manilow did this better than he ever did. It is worth listening to the "build up" to a "climax" in many of the Manilow songs such as "Mandy", "Looks Like We Made It", "Daybreak", and "Can't Smile Without You". While Barry didn't write all of these songs, his style works just as well to "build up" the song as it did with the songs he wrote.

The naming of this collection is something that is going to be very confusing.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chris Stevens on December 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
It's not Barry that earned the 3 stars, it's Arista. This album needs more songs than just the ones listed. All three volumes should be on one CD. Try the Platinum Collection or some other compilation. It's good music, but you can find more Barry for a lesser price
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
intended to buy this CD to replace my original cassette tape of
Barry Manilow Greatest Hits (tape is many years old and damaged).
What a surprise! The original cassette contains all the selections of the CD version of Greatest Hits Volume 1 and Volume 2 and 1 selection from Volume 3. Would take 3 CDs to replace 1 cassette. Not such a great deal. The music is the tops but I am passing on the opportunity to pay triple for the privilege of hearing it all.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you are looking for a great cd to listen to, here it is. Mandy is the main reason I wanted the cd, and the nine following made it even better. Can't Smile without you is the prettiest song I ever heard. Barry Manilow can sing any type of music if he wanted to, his voice was made for anything. You listen to any one of the songs on this cd and you hear why he is the best, at least to me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I didn't know Manilow or his music, except "Looks Like We Made It," which sort of remained in my subconscious since I was a tot in the 70's. I didn't even know he sang it. I bought this CD for "Looks Like ..." only, and was really surprised to discover his other hits that I didn't even know nor heard. I love the beat of New York City Rhythm; Looks Like We Made It is a spare-no-melodrama love ballad. Daybreak and Can't Smile Without You are too commercial for my taste. It's A Miracle has a good beat. Even Now is another passionate ballad. Bandstand Boogie is swing. Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again is my ultimate favorite. When I heard this song for the first time from this CD, it was like discovering a new hit song. Some Kind Of Friend will get you dancing, sounds fresh too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
It isn't much of a stretch to see the similarity of the songs in this CD to the hits of the 90's from Shania Twain, LeeAnn Rimes, Celine Dion, Elton John, N Sync, etc. The arrangement and structure and style of the Manilow hits here are the grandaddy of the big hits of this decade, like Shania's "You're still the one", Lee anne's "How can I live". The lush arrangements, rich melodies, and lyrics about love and life and passion of these Manilow hits and the basic structure and elements of the songs in this CD are still the basic elements of today's pop hits.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Okay, Barry isn't the coolest guy in the music business, but he doesn't have to be. He is a extremely talented singer and all his songs are simply gorgeous. I think people in the music biz today are too concerned with projecting the right image and catering to the music critics instead of just being themselves and making good quality music. That what I like about Barry--that stuff doesn't seem to matter much to him. I bought this CD when it was first released and I must have listened to it a million times. Every song is uplifting and emotional. I don't agree with people who say every song of his sounds the same. He plays with different musical styles on this CD and explores various subjects. I think a lot more people would listen to his music if the media didn't stigmatize him so much. If you're into Celine Dion, Elton John, and upcoming artist Alicia Keyes (who appears to be the female hip-hop version of him) I think you will really enjoy this CD. The only things I don't like about it is that the sound quality isn't quite up to par and that I wish there were more than ten songs. Other than that, it's perfect.
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