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After The Greatest Songs of the Fifties skyrocketted to #1 on the Billboard charts and attained Platinum status, Barry Manilow once again takes us through time with his release, The Greatest Songs of the Sixties. The album, produced by Manilow and Clive Davis, features 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).

There's a cynical adage that argues if you stand still long enough, history will eventually catch up with you. It's tempting to say that about Barry Manilow, an artist whose stubborn, quarter-century dedication to old-fashioned song craft and musical melodrama has earned him few critical praises but a loyal worldwide following in the millions. When a cult of 20-something would-be lounge lizards tried to cash in on Manilow's shtick in the 1990s, they distanced themselves from its emotional potency with telling dollops of irony and retro-hip cynicism--anything to keep from looking too sincere. This album serves up the high points of Manilow's long, successful career, rightly focusing on the long string of '70s hits that built both his legend and record label. They're a body of songs whose solid craftsmanship is undeniable, but it's Manilow's sincerity that crucially sells them--indeed, he didn't write "I Write the Songs," but who could doubt him? It's an odd tribute that much here--"Mandy," "Looks Like We Made It," "Copacabana," et. al.--has become the palette for a popular entertainment spectrum that somehow encompasses endless hotel piano bars on one flank and TV sketch-com parody on the other. Good to remember that kitsch, by definition, requires a deep and lasting impact on the culture. Manilow hasn't just embraced the "K" word; he's reveled in it with a smile--how could one frown through "Bandstand Boogie" and "Copa" anyway?--and elevated it to something approaching the transcendental through his sheer, joyous force of will. And if his latter work has been unabashedly nostalgic, how could anyone be surprised? --Jerry McCulley

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  2. It's a Miracle 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Could It Be Magic 6:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. I Write the Songs 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  9. Looks Like We Made It 3:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Daybreak 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Can't Smile Without You 3:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Even Now 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Copacabana (At the Copa) (Long Version) 5:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Somewhere In the Night 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Ready to Take a Chance Again 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
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20. Somewhere Down the Road 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 5, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B00005USBH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (416 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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113 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Boasting twenty songs and nearly 80 minutes of music, Ultimate Manilow presents fans with a single disc collection that contains every major hit from 1974's "Mandy" to his last Top 10 hit, 1980's "I Made It Through the Rain." In addition, you get Manilow's update of the "Bandstand" theme song and a couple of his early-Eighties minor hits ("The Old Songs" and "Somewhere Down the Road") and his attempt at a more jazz-influenced sound on "When October Goes" from 1984's "2:00 AM Paradise Cafe."
Never the critics' darling, Manilow had a non-stop string of hits through the Seventies, including three No. 1's and five million-sellers. Billboard archivist Joel Whitburn listed Manilow at No. 12 among the Top Artists of the Seventies--based on chart position and weeks spent on the chart.
Michael Jackson might have been the King of Pop, but Manilow was the King of the Romantic Ballad. [Trivia footnote: Manilow's coproducer and sometime background vocalist on his first nine albums was ex-Archie Ron Dante.] If you were a teenager anytime during the Seventies, these songs have been burned into your brain. This is everything the casual fan will want or need. RECOMMENDED
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Carole C. Thorpe on February 19, 2002
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When was the last time Barry Manilow seriously charted a record? My guess is that it's been about 20 years since broke the top 25, let alone the top 10. Well, lookie here -- this album debuts on the Billboard 100 this week at #3. You read it right.....NUMBER THREE.
The really "Ultimate" thing about Manilow is that for all the jokes about him over the years - he has always had the last laugh. As a songwriter/arranger who most thought had only a passable voice with his thick Brooklyn accent, he became one of the top vocalists of the 1970's with many of his biggest hits being the songs he DIDN'T write. He also single-handedly brought back the sound of a full orchestra in popular music after years of only rhythm instruments.
When the early 1980's arrived and musical tastes changed, Manilow disappeared from the airwaves. But he has never disappeared from the public. He maintained and built his solid concert following worldwide, selling out shows for years and years. The average person in the U.S.A. has no concept of how big Barry is all over the world. In fact, unless you have and play his old albums, many people haven't heard him in years because his records don't even get played on "oldies" stations and only occasionally on "granny" stations.
Manilow's unabashed vocal sincerity and musical romanticism, while not always hip, has always been "in". As be-bop, hip-hop, new wave, grunge, and every other here today/gone tomorrow style passes by, the one constant is the romantic ballad. Barry knows it and never strays far from it. Unlike Coca-Cola who foolishly changed their winning formula several years ago to disasterous effect, Manilow is constant and loyal to both his product and his fans.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Kent Goble on February 9, 2002
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Barry Manilow has had a lot of great songs,unfortunately they have not been captured on "best-ofs" very well. Finally though someone at Arista came up with this. All of his major and most important top 40 hits are here. The notable ommissions are
"When I Wanted You", and "Some Kind of Freind", but no greatest hits album is ever perfect. Barry Manilow is one of the most underrated musicians in the history of the music business. I hope maybe this will help to end that. Bravo! to Arista.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kerner HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 12, 2002
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Throughout the 1970's, Barry Manilow conjured up some of the most everlasting and enduring songs of our times. Although many of us still listen to him as a guilty pleasure, I wasn't influenced by his music at that time. When I heard Ultimate Manilow, it really changed into tune.
Ultimate Manilow is a retrospective of Barry Manilow's legendary career. Not like most collection where you'd have to buy it just for one or two songs, this album is proof that all the songs make up a great collection. Songs like Mandy, Somewhere Down The Road, I Write The Songs, and Even Now, are still being played in romantic lovers all across the country.
Considering his time, Barry Manilow has made over 20 albums in his career, and will celebrate his 30th annversary in 2003. Still, the Ultimate Manilow collection is truly the peak of a underrated legend. A legend that used to play backup for Bette Midler, and can't smile without you.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette Klein on April 24, 2002
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Could it be magic? Undoubtedly, Barry Manilow's collection of the songs fans have loved for over a quarter century will leave you alternately teary-eyed, smiling sadly, and dancing. From the romantic "Somewhere In the Night" to the stand up and dance rhythms of "Bandstand Boogie" it's no surprise that legions of Manilow devotees are coming out of the woodwork to buy this compilation of his greatest achievements. When he sings "I Write the Songs" (one of the few he didn't) it's easy to understand his long-lasting appeal. Simply, he writes the songs that make the whole world sing, he writes the songs of love and special things. So pick this one up and listen to the soundtrack of your life---from "Ready To Take A Chance Again" to "I Made It Through The Night" to my personal favorite, "Even Now." No wonder we can't smile without you, Barry!
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