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The Greatest Songs of the Fifties
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MP3 Music, January 31, 2006
Audio CD, Extra tracks, Import, July 10, 2020
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|5||It's Not For Me To Say|
|6||Love Is a Many Splendored Thing|
|7||Rags To Riches|
|8||Sincerely/Teach Me Tonight - Barry Manilow feat. Phyllis McGuire|
|9||Are You Lonesome Tonight?|
|10||Young At Heart|
|11||All I Have To Do Is Dream|
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No one can reinvent the great classics of the 1950s better than Barry Manilow. He breathes new life and vitality into these truly wonderful songs and they sound fresh and timeless. We are together on a mission to bring to a new generation the great songs of a different era, and reuniting with him makes it all the more special. -Clive Davis
Highlighted by a guest appearance from Phyllis McGuire of the McGuire Sisters on the medley of 1954 hits, "Teach Me Tonight/Sincerely," THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE FIFTIES is a veritable jukebox of favorites from his remake of the Four Lads "Moments To Remember" (1955) and the Everly Brothers "All I Have To Do Is Dream" (1958), to Bobby Darins "Beyond The Sea" (1959) but to hear them collected on one album is a dream come true. The project (just like the era it emulates) cuts across musical genres, from The Four Aces,"Love Is A Many Splendored Thing" (1955), to Frankie Avalons "Venus", to Johnny Mathis "It's Not For Me To Say" (1957), to Tommy Edwards "Its All In The Game" (1958), and Dinah Washingtons signature "What A Diff'rence A Day Made" (1959). Some of Americas greatest artists are evoked on songs that are forever associated with them, for example, Tony Bennett on "Rags To Riches" (1953) and the Four Aces on the motion picture title tune hit "Love Is A Many! Splendored Thing" (1955). More: the spirit of Frank Sinatra imbues "Young At Heart"(1954) and Elvis Presley is remembered with "Are You Lonesome Tonight." "Unchained Melody" (1955) remains one of the most-recorded songs in contemporary popular music.
For Manilow, THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE FIFTIES is a true labor of love.
Clive Davis's ear earns him more accolades than most of his talents' vocal chords. Now it's time to give it up for his enterprising instincts. The Greatest Songs of the Fifties arrives on the heels of another of the famous producer's backward-looking projects, the ubiquitous, uber-successful Great American Songbook series by Rod Stewart. The short story: same vibe, different era. With songs like "All I Have to Do Is Dream," "Venus," and "Unchained Melody" (first recorded in the '50s but best known for its '60s Righteous Brothers rendition), Manilow sidesteps the stuff that rocked the sock hops in favor of cheek-to-cheek selections--the better to remind longtime fans of his nostalgia-steeped '70s hits. Overall, the approach works, especially when the bona fide '50s legend Phyllis McGuire steps in to heat up the "Teach Me Tonight/Sincerely" medley, and Manilow swings across genres to lovingly tackle Dinah Washington's "What a Diff'rence a Day Made." Vocally, a warm haze covers these tracks; whether it's there to evoke fuzzier times or to mask a voice that's gone slightly south is unclear. What couldn't be more crystal, though, is Manilow and Davis's commitment to first-class, sophisticated record-making. --Tammy La Gorce
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.7 x 4.9 x 0.4 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Sony Legacy
- Item model number : CDBMG45092
- Original Release Date : 2006
- Run time : 42 minutes
- Date First Available : July 27, 2006
- Label : Sony Legacy
- ASIN : B000CNDIZO
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #52,024 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
- #589 in Traditional Pop
- #821 in Traditional Vocal Pop (CDs & Vinyl)
- #1,189 in Soft Rock (CDs & Vinyl)
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Debuts at number 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart!
155,630 units sold first week!
This is Barry Manilow's first EVER number 1 debut!
This is his first number 1 of the SoundScan era!
This is his highest one week scan total in SoundScan history!
This is his first number 1 album since July 1977!
Only Ray Charles and Elvis Presley had longer spans between number 1 albums!
Barry's "The Greatest Songs Of The Fifties" starts out strong with "Moments To Remember", and it is very clear that Barry's voice is very well suited for these golden gems of the 1950s. It is also very obvious that his passion for music shines through this very romantic album. No, Barry did not write any of these songs, but his recordings are definitely some of his best! Some highlights of this fabulous album are: "Moments To Remember", "Unchained Melody", "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing", "Venus", "Sincerely/Teach Me Tonight" (with Phyllis McGuire) "Young At Heart", "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" and "Beyond The Sea". In conclusion, this is an album full of timeless music that sounds as great in 2006 as it did fifty years ago. As usual, Barry's arrangements lush and beautiful, however, he takes great care not to take away anything from the original versions. This is definitely an album that will provide many moments to remember for many years to come!
Last but not least, the Dual Disc version provides some fabulous footage of Barry and the incredibly talented musicians and singers who worked with Barry on "The Greatest Songs Of The Fifties". This rare studio footage gives you the feeling you are there when the album is being made. There is also commentary by Barry himself, and he looks absolutely gorgeous! In fact, 30+ years after "Mandy" his face and hair still have the look of eternal youth. In addition, there is great commentary by Clive Davis, which is very appropriate because this album also represents the reunion of Barry and Clive Davis and Arista Records. There is another reason the success of this album is even sweeter! Barry Manilow is like fine wine, and he just keeps getting better. This album is the perfect marriage of artist, song, arrangement and production. Congratulations, Barry, this album is like a jewel in your crown of musical achievement!
He's gotten better over time and this collection is a perfect showcase for his style, revealing how savvy he is about making the most of what he has. Listen to his version of "Unchained Melody" or catch the video of it here on Amazon while it is still available and you'll see what I mean. Compare his performance to some of the contestents on American Idol and see what an understated delivery can do to highlight a song. Manilow is understated (well, on THAT performance, but you can catch others that are over the top if you look hard enough online) but every move he makes while singing that song seems to count. That's the sign of a pro.
Admittedly, he doesn't have the best set of pipes around but he is wise enough to let the song build and to hold off on the highest note he can hold till the end of the song. That arrangement showcases his talents perfectly. When he sang the song on tv a few months ago, he had the audience in tears and I confess I was a bit misty-eyed myself (although I felt ambivalent about it).
Yes, there are better singers out there, people who can sing with more range than Manilow. But few are able to combine presentation, delivery, great arrangements and stage presence in his inimitable way. His fans remain loyal, even adoring. And most importantly, he "gets" his fans, he knows what they want and he is happy to deliver just that. He responds to them, tailors his performances to what they crave.
Look down on him if you want. Call him tacky, sentimentally sloppy, manipulative, hokey or whatever else. But like all pop/mainstream singers, it takes a lot of talent to do what seems so easy, so obvious. It ISN'T easy to make a performance sound so seamless. And for that reason alone, I tip my hat to Manilow. He made me love him and no, I DIDN'T want to do it. But I did. I do.