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Barry Manilow once again takes us through time with his upcoming release, The Greatest Songs of the Sixties featuring endless classics including a remake of the Righteous Brothers "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling'" (1965) to the Beatles' "And I Love Her"(1964), to Herb Alpert's "This Guy's In Love With You" (1968), the Lettermen's "When I Fall In Love" (1962) and Burt Bacharach's "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" (1969).
The premise is debatable (can you really call a disc with only one Beatles song a compendium of top '60s tunes?), but the product is anything but. The success of The Greatest Songs of the Fifties, released ten months prior to this latest exercise in musical time-travel, must have stoked Barry Manilow's interpretive skills, or else he's more a flowerchild at heart than his once overly wide lapels and disco shoes let on. Because formulaic as this disc is, it bespeaks a not easily achieved vocal mastery and a gift for gently prying a song away from its original owner. Which is to say it's better than its predecessor. Hand Manilow a Righteous Brothers tune ("You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'") and he magically minimizes its scale, making it seem more intimate still; pass him a classic made famous by both the Carpenters and Herman's Hermits ("There's a Kind of Hush"), and instead of sending his listeners off on undulating waves of nostalgia, he quietly makes them aware he should have sung it all along (no offense, Herman). "Cherish/Windy," a medley with the Association, works well, but it's the Bacharach numbers that will nudge themselves to the top of easy-listening fans' favorites lists. "This Guy's in Love with You," "What the World Needs Now is Love," and "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head," memorable as the original renditions are, have been reawakened; given the Manilow spin, they become the kind of songs the whole world wants to sing. --Tammy La Gorce
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|I'm so sick of Barry Manilow||
Please take some medicine - you obviously have the flu. When you recover, I recommend you turn off the lights, turn up the volume, and listen to Mr. Manilow's "One Voice" over and over until you get it! Don't give up - happier days are ahead.
Oct 16, 2006 by Book Lover | See all 35 posts
|MANILOW! MORE TALENT IN HIS LITTLE FINGER THAN ANYONE I KNOW!!||
Thank you from one Barry Manilow fan to another. I stongly agree everything to said.
Jan 27, 2007 by Rosana11220 | See all 3 posts
|Greatest Songs of the Sixties is fantastic!||
I heard Barry do 6 of the songs from this album on QVC recently. Sounded G-R-E-A-T to me! Never heard anything that good in an elevator. Maybe I've been on the wrong elevators. H-m-m-m-m.
Update: I just received this CD and it is FANTASTIC!!! It blew me away! It is sooooo upbeat and feel good!... Read More
Oct 30, 2006 by Kathy W | See all 8 posts
|His facelift is TERRIBLE! He's starting to look like Scabbers/Peter...||
Barry is a classic and looks and sounds great and has a totally awesome career that spans 4 decades now...what are your accomplishments that make you so high and mighty...it takes a small person to be so hostile against one with so much talent...get a life and realize that it will take alot of... Read More
Nov 11, 2006 by Bradly Briggs | See all 3 posts
|Barry's sings the greatest hits of the '60s||
Well, one person's elevator music, is another's well arranged music from another era... The idea is not to sound exactly or even remotely like the original... The idea is to give these songs a new arrangment and make them sound like new songs... If you're the kind of person that wants the old... Read More
Oct 2, 2006 by Tradivoro | See all 6 posts
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