The Greatest Songs Of The Sixties

October 31, 2006 | Format: MP3

$9.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 31, 2006
  • Release Date: October 31, 2006
  • Label: Arista
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  • Total Length: 45:02
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  • ASIN: B00138J7XO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,546 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

This is a CD I listen to over and over again.
S. G. HILL
Good selection of songs, all done exceptionally well.
Big Sid
Your versions do NOTHING compared to the originals.
Shaun Tatarka

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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Graham on November 20, 2006
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I am a confirmed Manilow fan, no matter how un-PC that may be considered by some, and have been ever since his "2AM, Paradise Café" album. And it's just as well I have that (and a lot of other Manilow material, eg "Swing Street", the Sinatra tribute...) to go on, because if my first introduction to Manilow were by way of this album, I would immediately join the ranks of those who spurn his stuff.

"Paradise Café" was rated by the international critics as the best album of the year it was produced, and is still one of the handful of discs I would grab if my house were burning down. This album, and its companion (the Fifties) I would cheerfully consign to the flames. The voice has just had it. Like Sinatra in his later days, like Buddy Greco, like Tony Bennett - all of whom I generally rate highly - Barry just doesn't seem to know to quit when he's ahead. I can't see him having made these discs for the money, but I can't see any other good reason either. The tremolo is just too much. The backing is what I would at best rate as OK.

I have bought both these albums, and wish I hadn't, because they tarnish the memory of a man who really was a great singer and entertainer but now is just, and very sadly, vocally over the hill.

Anyone care to buy the discs of me? Going cheap!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Stephen P. Cohen on January 28, 2007
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Manilow's remakes of 50's and 60's hits were a little bit disappointing to me. I would much rather listen to his own "oldies". Rod Stewerts remakes of songs from the same genre are much better, even though I still like to listen to his own "oldies" more.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Barry Manilow's latest CD brings us a superb collection of some of the greatest songs of the 1960s. Barry's voice is in excellent form; his voice is full, rich and vibrant. The quality of the sound on this CD is excellent even on my portable CD player.

The CD starts off strong with the romantic ballad entitled "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." The next track features a duet with Barry and The Association for the medley of "Cherish"/"Windy." Other great songs on this CD include "And I Love Her" by The Beatles; "This Guy's In Love With You" by Herb Alpert; "When I Fall In Love" by The Lettermens and Burt Bacharach's "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head." Excellent!

Another song that interests me is "Blue Velvet." The musical arrangement is beautiful. Moreover, the way Barry performs this number highlights the haunting quality of a former love. This strikes a chord in all of us because the theme is so universal.

Overall, it's impossible to put ALL the greatest songs of the 1960s onto any single CD. However, if that job could ever be accomplished, Barry does it darn well on this CD. The CD tracks flow gracefully and it's a refreshing way to fondly remember simpler times.

Another reviewer is right: Barry does reinvent the songs on this CD as he puts his own stamp on them. Even if you loved the original renditions of all of these songs Barry succeeds at making them his own by tweaking the musical arrangements and the vocal tones here and there. It's a very good formula that works for Barry Manilow on this CD.

I highly recommend this CD for fans of Barry Manilow, fans of classic pop vocals and fans of the music of the 1960s. Get this CD and turn the volume up--way up--you won't be disappointed.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Frank C. Branchini on November 1, 2006
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I absolutely loved Manilow's Greatest Hits of the Fifties and was truly excited to hear that he had done a record of sixties covers. The results are disappointing. This recording is not nearly as enjoyable as its fifties predecessor. Perhaps it is because I do remember the original versions of each of these songs. Manilow's covers of Cherish/Windy and There's a Kind of Hush just make me want to pull out my Association and Herman's Hermits CDs. There just isn't any song that he covers on this disc that is as good as the original.
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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful By MPQ on January 1, 2007
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I don't get it. First Rod Stewart, now Barry Manilow has decided to mangle some classic tunes. They are has been singers who couldn't buy a hit, but for some reason if they warble a bunch of popular tunes, people buy their music in droves. Probably the same idiots that voted for Bush. Reality tv, Stewart, Manilow,... the dumbing down of America continues at a rapid pace. Why can't they just go away?
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Meskunas on October 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Let's face it ... we live in an era where most pop icons over the age of thirty have a rough time trying to persuade record execs that an album of original material will sell. Most artists are handed a set of songs the whole world sings and told, "Okay, sing this and pick up your paycheck at the door." But Barry Manilow isn't content to do that and, while it showed on "Greatest Songs of the Fifties", his dedication to the art of perfecting an arrangement and then totally reinventing a song is never more evident than on "Greatest Songs of the Sixties."

I was a child during the sixties, so these songs were part of a sweet, comforting soundtrack that played while I was starting school, playing with my friends and crying in my bedroom. Mom was playing Elvis while Mrs. Brown made us all sing "Raindrops Keep Falling On my Head" in choir. I wasn't in love with these songs back then because they were just part of the background noise. But Barry injected new life into each and every one of them. Now, for the first time in my life, I'm really paying attention to the lyrics because his brilliant arrangements make me want to do that. I never cared for "A Kind Of Hush" until I heard it on this CD, and, in the past, whenever I would hear Elvis start singing, "Wise men say ..." I'd find myself tuning out the rest of the song. It wasn't that Elvis sang it badly (c'mon, it's ELVIS for God's sake), it was just that I had grown too used to the song to be able to properly listen to it. But I gotta admit - the first time I heard Barry sing "Can't Help Falling In Love" on this CD, I totally goose-pimpled! (Oh no! I'm so uncool! And my friend sitting next to me had the same problem!) Neither one of us had expected to like it, but suddenly we were loving it!
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