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The Complete Collection and Then Some... (4 CD's + 1 DVD) [Box set, Content/Copy-Protected CD]

Barry ManilowAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Content/Copy-Protected CD
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000AMWIZ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,507 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Best Of Me (Intro Only)
2. Sweet Life (Live)
3. I Am Your Child (Live)
4. Could It Be Magic
5. Could It Be Magic
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Copacabana (At The Copa)
2. Copacabana (At The Copa)
3. Dancin' Fool
4. I'm Your Man
5. Hey Mambo
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. This One's For You (Demo)
2. Lay Me Down
3. Big City Blues
4. Somewhere Down The Road (Demo)
5. A LIttle Travelling Music, Please
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Give My Regards To Broadway
2. Send In The Clowns/Looks Like We Made It (Live)
3. Can't Smile Without You
4. Beautiful Music
5. Fugue For Tinhorns
See all 18 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

In '92, a 4-CD Manilow set came out with a VHS tape of rare performances. Now, the set is back, better and bigger; those performances are on DVD for the first time, and the 4 CDs of hits, album tracks, live cuts and unissued demos now also boast five songs recorded for this set. A small sampling: I Write the Songs; Could It Be Magic; Mandy (unissued take); Copacabana (at the Copa); Somewhere in the Night; Ships; Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again (unissued take), and more. A definite must for Manilow fans

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Wish I Bought This Years Ago April 2, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you just want to listen to Barry's biggest hits, buy The Essential Barry Manilow. But if you want to get a closer look at many of his songs--alternate versions, early drafts--and just get a great feel for the evolution of Barry's songcraft, this collection is superb. Sure you can hear Copacabana if you wish on this collection, but you can also hear part of his at-home audiotape when he was actually writing the darn thing! There are a handful of never-heard-before songs and some oldies I remember loving but hadn't heard in quite awhile ("All the Time" is an example--superb song, heartfelt performance).

Did you know that "I Made It Through the Rain" was originally written about a songwriter trying to persevere? The version in this set is that original version, different lyrics ("I made it through the rain, I kept my songs protected...")while the booklet explains why Barry and friends rewrote the lyrics to the one that became a hit. The version of "Can't Smile Without You" contains a soft-shoe middle that is very enchanting, and never before heard.
The set is filled with stylistic changes and different versions of hit songs so that even if you own one of his "Best Of" collections you'll still regard this compilation as fresh.

Barry is the performer I keep coming back to. When I haven't listened to his songs for a while and then come upon a collection like this, I wish I had never paused in my listening. He possesses a unique talent--an ability to write beautifully, play piano masterfully and evocatively, and sing so well. He doesn't have the voice of a Josh Groban (few do) but his voice is easily among those most enjoyable to hear; powerful and yet down to earth; an old friend.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let it storm. I've got this collection to keep me warm October 9, 2006
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This 4-CD + 1-DVD + Book set is awesome! 70 arrangements of Barry s-s-s-s-o-o-o-ngs on CD and 12 more on DVD! (Sorry, I got so excited, I stuttered! Geeze! That's 82 songs!!! You can drive from here to Kookamonga with this set! By the way, you need a car, too.) I put the 4 CDs in the car the other day and took the 1 ˝ hour trek up to Lancaster to shop. Had the CDs playing ALL DAY LONG, without a repeat. Went up to Lititz, Kissel Hill, and all around the cat's barn, dodging bad drivers on cell phones, and back home to Baltimore again. Had a great time with these Barry songs. This is a fantastic collection of so many great songs, even if you already have many other Manilow CDs.

There are many Barry classics and many Barry songs only found on a limited number of CDs, and some I haven't even heard before. Some of the classics or semi-classics are just a wee bit different from other arrangements on other Barry CDs.

This is the only place I've found "Ave Maria." It's on Disc 3--absolutely beautiful--sung in both English and Latin. I also found a combo of "My Girl/No One in This World" on Disc 4, that is so very pretty. "How Do I Stop Loving You" is also another beauty on Disc 3.

On Disc 2, "I'm Your Man" always makes me wanna dance, and depending on where I am, I do just that! This version is extended, all the better to dance with, my dear. "Hey Mambo, Riders to the Stars, Beautiful Music," rev me up to do battle with the negative-ites of the world. "Memory" and "If I Can Dream" are beauties also found on Disc 2.

Disc 4 has "Let Freedom Ring," a patriotic song from 1991, also found on the "2 Nights Live" set.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection! December 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I absolutely LOVE this box set. It not only covers a wide and varied career of one of the 20th century's most talented musicians, it truly gives you the virtual soul of the man himself. He took such loving care in detailing and examining each song, as if it were one of his children. Each song, many unreleased, have composer commentaries. One is the greatest songs he's EVER done (and that's a long list) is here: "Let Freedom Ring" Bound to be a classic song in the vein of Yankee Doodle Dandy, this masterpiece will move you to realize why America really is the greatest place in the world to be. For the new fan or the die hard one this set is a MUST
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barry's Finest October 21, 2005
By Mart
Format:Audio CD
Interesting twists on his own songs, this set includes the "original" recording of "Mandy" when it was "Brandy" The original Scott English single. Alternate takes, live stage and live studio recordings including control booth banter and conversations with Barry Manilow.

This ultimate collection includes a DVD with some of Manilow's favorite live performances on stage around the world. True Manilow fans will want this compilation in their collection to treasure for years to come. Includes a Manilow retrospective book depicting Manilow's albums and career highlights.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the Manillow collector February 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I bought this as a gift for someone who just loves Barry, not my choice as a musician but for the person who likes him, they will adore this set. Was an excellent gift for the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for any Manilow fan June 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD
What's different about this set is that it has some alternate recordings of songs we all love. There are several "live" recordings and some songs sung the way they were originally written. I especially liked the original version of "I made it through the rain." You also receive a book with comments from the original composers/arrangers of the songs - lots of "behind the scenes" information. Thanks, Barry, for continuing to feed our hunger!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection
One of best box sets that I own....all the hits and then some......some awesome gems in this collection, from demo tracks, to the video that comes with it..... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Joshua W
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Hits And Then Some Barry Manilow
This is Barry Manilow at his best! This is a must own for any Manilow Fan. I loved it! alot
Published 4 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set
Love the rarities here, and a lot of the hits. An older release, indeed, but a welcome one. Nicely updated with the DVD (previously a VHS tape). Read more
Published 5 months ago by Power Pop!
5.0 out of 5 stars My Daughter Loved It!
Got this for my daughter (7) for Christmas at her request. She loved it! I guess we have yet another burgeoning generation of Barry Manilow fans.
Published 6 months ago by Ronny Pipes
5.0 out of 5 stars This is music!
Longtime fan of Barry Manilow. Had the same collection in cassette tapes, but don't have anything to play them on anymore.
Published 6 months ago by Nancy Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs
My husband loved it, he passed away last year so I can't stand to play them.,.too hurtful without him, very
Published 6 months ago by Patricia Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Compilation for a true fan of Barry Manilow's music.
Yes, I am a Barry Manilow fan--have been since I was 10 years old and heard "Looks Like We Made It" for the first time :). This collection, although it is now dated as Mr. Read more
Published 8 months ago by csles
5.0 out of 5 stars I especially loved the DVD.
I love all of his music, and it was such a pleasure to be able to listen to it in one complete collection - especially given the fact that I have some cassettes of his music that I... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Carmen Flores
5.0 out of 5 stars Fanilow!
Had this set as tapes back in the day so I was thrilled to getr the DVD's. My constant car music!
Published 13 months ago by Linda Kral
5.0 out of 5 stars Barry Manilow CD set
I absolutely love it! The order arrived quickly and timely. I remember the songs from when I was growing up. some of the songs I never knew were by Barry Manilow. Read more
Published 23 months ago by New Report developer
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