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Here at the Mayflower

Barry ManilowAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 13, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: November 13, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B00005QB5W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,898 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Following up Barry Manilow's Copacabana, the musical based on the jingle master pop schmaltz sensation's early hit "At the Copa," Manilow's back on the high-concept train with Here at the Mayflower. Each of the 16 piano-driven numbers correlates with an apartment located in the legendary Mayflower, and with the man in the know: the Elevator Operator. At the top of his narrative and melodic game, Manilow spins a goldplate of cheese with the earnestness of songs like "Welcome Home" and the record's high-energy first single, "Turn Up the Radio." "Come Monday," on which the Neil Sedaka/Neil Diamond peer employs vocal gating much like that on recent outings of Cher and Blondie, throws modernity into the base mix of Manilow's long-unwavering formula. All in good fun, Here at the Mayflower will never pass for high art, but that's never been a requisite for fans of this piano man. --Paige La Grone

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An All-Time Classic Pop Album February 17, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Evidence of a great album: even after weeks of listening, all or parts of different songs keep popping into the part of my brain that makes me hum. Like runners in a relay race, a new song takes over as soon as I force the one before it out of my head. This return to original pop music after albums of Broadway, Big Band, '70's remakes, and Sinatra reminds us that Barry Manilow is capable of pure genius like few others. And it is a sweet reward for those of us who have endured so much Barry-bashing over the years, such as the patronizing "Editorial Review" ... above.
The 16 songs here are sung from the perspective of different tenants in the same apartment building, a bit of a concept that allows a range of musical styles to play under the same...roof. (Ouch. Sorry.) Yet the overall sound is consistent, as Barry plays most of the instruments himself. Also, some musical and lyrical phrases repeat in various songs.
The punchy opening track describes the Mayflower as a "battered and brown" warehouse of hopes and dreams. The two most beat-savvy numbers come from Ken and Diane, who are dissatisfied with their lives in "Come Monday" but deal by tearing up the dance floor in "They Dance." The former features a slight hip-hop groove and some "Believe"-era Cher vocal effects; the latter is straight-ahead disco. Personally, I love when Barry does this stuff; it separates him from most of the Adult Contemporary artists he's most often compared to.
Three songs revolve around an unnamed, moody lady living in Apartment 2H. On the rebound from some lying dog ("Say Goodbye"), she blasts her radio (with the unbelievably catchy "Turn The Radio Up") even as she ignores her next-door neighbor's efforts to meet her ("I Hear Her Playing Music").
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Home, Barry! November 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Ok, I'm ready to dive in and start reviewing this one- -
Here at the Mayflower is one of the most refreshing CD's to be released in a
long time-by any artist. With the Manilow-maniac view, this CD has Barry
stamped all over it.
I'll do the general review first and if you wish to read the tracks, there
are below.
General Review-Manilow is the Man who writes the music. His diversity is
extremely evident. The album notes that Barry arranged and played each
track-and it shows. This album is a Manilow fan must-have. His passion and
musical genuis are apparent on every track of this labor of love album.
Barry's heart and souls just drips off the CD song by song. If I Should Love
Again is my favorite all time album and HATM is in the top 3 behind Even
Now.
Barry sounds refreshed and like he is having a great time doing this album.
This wasn't evident on the purple album(Sorry, that one sounded forced and
lifeless-like Summer of 78).
This IS the album we've waited for and so much more-Barry delivered on this
one and I look forward to more releases under the Concord label. I hope
this CD makes Arista look incompetent in marketing a talent like Barry and
what a smaller label can do with a talent like Barry's. Kudos!
I will be eyeballing Kmart for my limited edition when they get it in!
You WILL enjoy this CD whether you like it or not. My 11 year old loves the
groovin' tracks and it making her friends listen to it--Hmm..wonder where
that could go....
ENJOY the Mayflower..It's waiting for you!
After listening to each track a few times, here's my rundown
1. Do You Know Who's Living Next Door?-I can't imagine a better opening song
than this once.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The album we've been waiting for November 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
As a diehard fan, I will buy and -to some extent- enjoy anything Barry Manilow records. But I'll try to make my review as unbiased as possible so that the non-fan can decide for him/herself whether or not to buy Here at the Mayflower.
1- The facts:
-Here At the Mayflower is a collection of 16 songs (it runs for approximately 60 minutes) based on the lives of some of the people living in the Mayflower Building. Barry has been working on this album since 1996 and it has been "almost ready" for release at least since 1998.
-Aside from 1984's Paradise Café, this is the only Manilow album in which he has written or co-written ALL songs. And the first album of original songs (not remakes or tributes) since 1989.
-It's virtually impossible to pigeonhole this album into any given music genre. It's not pop, it's not jazz, it's not swing, it's not dance. It's a mix of all these styles, which will probably prompt some listeners to say "Oh, there's something for everyone" and others to say that it lacks consistency and doesn't really hang together well enough as an album. One way or another, Barry can't be accused on sticking the old 70s/80s ballad formula.
-This is Barry's first release for Concord Records after 25 years with Arista. Interestingly, Arista's reluctance to release such a non-commercial album is said to have been one of the reasons Barry decided to try his luck elsewhere.
2- Song by Song commentary
-Do you know who's living next door: Cool intro, great sax, great ending. My rating: 5 out of 5.
-Come Monday: One of my favorite cuts. Great rhythm, interesting vocal arrangements. Lyrics by Manilow himself. My rating: 5 out of 5.
-Border Train: Slow, piano-driven. Grew on me after 5 or 6 listens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Here at the Mayflower Barry Manilow
After seeing several of these songs performed during his Vegas show, just had to have to cd, one of his best, in my opinion. Different for Manilow, but great!
Published 2 months ago by Susan Hoffman
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 of Barry's Best Recordings-Some Great Tunes
This very Broadway-esque 'classic-old/big' Apartment House 'stories' Recording contains some of BMs best slow & Fast tunes, and does sound better after several attentive,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by singer2
5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU LOVE ROMANCE BUY THIS
THIS IS A PERFECT CD TO HAVE ON A DATE. IM A HUGE FAN AND THIS HELPS ME POUR OUT THE PASSION
Published 10 months ago by donald a high
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
There are many reviews below which describe this album song by song. I listen to this album song by song but after each listening I take away a different song in my head. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Wyckette
5.0 out of 5 stars A new one on me
I heard this on a radio program and decided it was worth buying--I was right....It is very different from many of his others--but it was a new way to enjoy his music--which I do... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Barbara A. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Barry Manilow at his best.
Love Barry. Love his arrangements. SO veristal. So glad I got it. My whole family loves to listen to it.
Published 16 months ago by Melissa In
5.0 out of 5 stars Barry Manilow Tries A New Concept !
Here At The Mayflower is Barry Manilow's attempt to feature a CD built around stories about residents of the Mayflower. A great effort that I like. Read more
Published 18 months ago by K. Nolting
5.0 out of 5 stars unique and moving
I've never been a fan of Mr. Manilow's music in general, but I was introduced to this album by a close (now late) friend and enjoyed every note of it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Steve Dallas
5.0 out of 5 stars BARRY ALAN PINCUS YOU DID IT AGAIN!
HEY ALL MANILOW FANS THIS IS A MUST HAVE CD TO ADD TO YOUR BARRY MANILOW COLLECTION EVER SINCE I HEARD MANDY I WAS HOOKED ON BARRY. Read more
Published on April 29, 2011 by Rickey Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars First I hated it, then I loved it.
Having grown up with Barry Manilow music I always know what to expect when a new album is released. However, with the release of "Here at the Mayflower" I got a huge surprise. Read more
Published on January 18, 2010 by misterposter
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