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listen  3. Unchained MelodyBarry Manilow 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Love Is a Many Splendored ThingBarry Manilow 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Rags To RichesBarry Manilow 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (January 31, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1953
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000CNDIZO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,740 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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No one can reinvent the great classics of the 1950's better than Barry Manilow. He breathes new life and vitality into these truly wonderful songs and they sound fresh and timeless. Highlights include a guest appearance from Phyllis McGuire of the McGuire Sisters on the medley of 1954 hits and veritable jukebox of favorites such as Bobby Darin's 'Beyond The Sea', Frankie Avalon's 'Venus' and Johnny Mathis' 'It's Not For Me To Say'. Arista. 2006.

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Clive Davis's ear earns him more accolades than most of his talents' vocal chords. Now it's time to give it up for his enterprising instincts. The Greatest Songs of the Fifties arrives on the heels of another of the famous producer's backward-looking projects, the ubiquitous, uber-successful Great American Songbook series by Rod Stewart. The short story: same vibe, different era. With songs like "All I Have to Do Is Dream," "Venus," and "Unchained Melody" (first recorded in the '50s but best known for its '60s Righteous Brothers rendition), Manilow sidesteps the stuff that rocked the sock hops in favor of cheek-to-cheek selections--the better to remind longtime fans of his nostalgia-steeped '70s hits. Overall, the approach works, especially when the bona fide '50s legend Phyllis McGuire steps in to heat up the "Teach Me Tonight/Sincerely" medley, and Manilow swings across genres to lovingly tackle Dinah Washington's "What a Diff'rence a Day Made." Vocally, a warm haze covers these tracks; whether it's there to evoke fuzzier times or to mask a voice that's gone slightly south is unclear. What couldn't be more crystal, though, is Manilow and Davis's commitment to first-class, sophisticated record-making. --Tammy La Gorce

Customer Reviews

Brings back many great memories.
Karen K. Leonard
Too bad that this man has become a star without a chance to develop his very modest talents.
Mike Holland
This is a romantic and soothing CD, you feel in a good mood listening to it.
Maria Augusto

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. McDermott on February 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
It all started in the used record bin... As our son had recently discovered the wonders of vinyl, we bought him a nice turntable for Christmas. One of his cousins gave him a stack of used records, some of them classics, some of them silly and one of them a treasure for me. Buried among the albums was one of Barry Manilow's first efforts. I probably squealed like a school girl as I gave it a play. Suddenly, I was seventeen again and listening to these wonderful songs on the record player (the kind with a handle so you could carry it around!) in my room. Before the night was through, I was on Amazon ordering the Ultimate Manilow and was not disappointed. My husband, however, thought I was nuts. I think that's a pretty fair reflection of most people's reaction to Barry Manilow's music- you LOVE him or you DON"T, not much in between. While I'm not a weird, rabid fan, I do love his music and have especially enjoyed "The Greatest Songs of the Fifties." His more mature voice fits the genre and by giving the songs a little Manilow style he makes them both fresh and his. My favorites are Unchained Melody (makes me melt), All I Have To Do Is Dream, Venus and Young At Heart. If you like/love this man's music, then you'll like/love this CD.

In response to some of the critics:

1. If I wanted to hear Elvis or any other of the original artists do this material I would buy the original recordings- but I don't- I wanted to hear what Barry could do with these songs.

2. You're right, at 60+, he doesn't sound like he did when he was 32, neither did Sinatra, neither does Rod Stewart or any other singer, but that doesn't stop it from being a rich musical experience.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By William C. Wotring on January 31, 2006
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Five Stars? This CD deserves more. How many stars in the sky? Thank you Barry Manilow from all of us Seniors.This CD has us singing along and yes dancing to the fabulous songs of the 50's! As one of the tracks says...we are once again.."Young at Heart". Hats off to Rod Stewart(Great American Song Book) and Carly Simon{Moonlight Seranade}for starting this trend of bringing back these great oldies!My favorite track is the duet with Phyliss McGuire..."Sincerely-Teach Me Tonite" Buy this CD!! Then get yourself wonderfully lost once again in the 50's!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ERIN on February 26, 2006
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Good for Barry to be back on top. Like the young singer (and fellow Las Vegas Hilton Hotel Headliner) Michael Buble, Manilow knows how to inject himself into the music and make it sweet.

Talented beyond words as a song writer and gifted as a singer in his own right Manilow makes marvelous music!! Great buy!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By derek getz on February 6, 2006
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This is another great album by Barry Manilow. These songs were all #1 hits in the 1950's, and Barry does a great job of reinventing them once again. Someone said these songs sound "strained"? I don't think so. This is a soothing album worth listening to over and over. "Unchained Melody" may not top the Righteous Brothers version, but it's a well-done song beaatifully arranged. Other notables are "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing", "All I Have To Do Is Dream", and "Beyond the Sea". Barry always puts 100% effort into his music, and he does so again on this CD. I look forward to hearing some of these songs performed LIVE at his show in Vegas.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Henry Flood on February 7, 2006
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Songs of the Fifties: A Pop Artist Gives Them New Life Fifty-Five Years Later

In every era there is always room for nostalgia. This is especially true about music. As a product of the post World War II baby boomer generation, I grew up with the music of the 1950's. Many of these great popular vocal ballads and soft rock romantic tunes stayed with me through high school graduation (1968) and long afterwards.

Perry Como gave us "Moments to Remember" (1955) That's why "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing" (1955) according to the Four Aces. In song, Tony Bennett likened love to going from "Rags to Riches" (1953). Frank Sinatra believed that love definitely makes one "Young At Heart" (1954). Then and now, love has its ups and downs but "It's All In The Game" (1958) according to vocalist Tommy Edwards. Will this love last? "It's Not For Me to Say" (1957) sings Johnny Mathis. But "What A Difference A Day Made" (1959) when romance is on your menu according to Diana Washington.

The wildly popular Elvis asked "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" (1959) to which the Everly Brothers replied "All I have To Do Is Dream" (1958). So what's the riddle of this thing called love? Bobby Darin tells us it's "Beyond The Sea" (1959) So you might say "Sincerely" (1955) as did the Skyliners, "Teach Me Tonight" (1955) performed by the DeCastro Sisters.

No one individual can equal this parade of unique and unforgettable talent. But it is possible for a maga-talented person to come close by evoking the spirit of these times through a skillful re-making of some the greatest songs of the fifties in a manner that makes them come alive again. Barry Manilow has accomplished exactly that with the release of The Greatest Songs of the Fifties on the Arista label.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pamela R. Farris on January 31, 2006
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For those of us too young to remember these timless classics .Barry Manilow

Recreates the great old songs for everyone to enjoy. I have liked Barry for years

and each time he gets even better. If you are ever in Las Vegas Check out his live

show If you were not a fan before you will be now.

Barry you are the best!!!!

Pamela Farris
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