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|Barry Manilow, David Gates, Burt Bachalach|
Barry Manilow - The Greatest Songs of the Seventies
Genres: Pop, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
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Fine CD of songs from the seventies by Barry Manilow
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 04/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Greatest Songs of the Seventies is a solid Barry Manilow album that offers us a chance to hear some of the greatest songs of the 1970s performed by Barry Manilow. The sound quality is excellent and I like the artwork, too. Oh, sure, we're not going to hear ALL the greatest songs of the 1970s; but what we do get is rather good material from a man who can really sing!
Manilow starts the CD off with an elegant rendition of "The Way We Were" from the movie of the same name. Barry plays with the tempo and keys a bit to place his own stamp on this ballad. It's not quite the high level of quality we got from Barbra Streisand; but I still like Barry Manilow's performance here and his excellent diction bolsters his singing, too. "My Eyes Adored You" was always one of my very favorite love songs; and this torch song shines brilliantly when Barry sings it. The musical arrangement is very pretty as well. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" gets the royal treatment from Barry Manilow who uses this chance to showcase more of his vocal range. Great!
"How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?" by The Bee Gees has Barry singing his heart out. This works especially well on this tune. "The Long And Winding Road" by The Beatles stuns me with its beauty; the Fab Four would be very proud of how well Barry Manilow delivers this! The arrangement makes good use of the strings as well.
Listen also for Barry to perform "(They Long To Be) Close To You." "(They Long To Be) Close To You" was a great song for The Carpenters; and Barry does great justice to this timeless love song. Barry sings this without a superfluous note; and I am very impressed.
"Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" by Elton John gets a fine treatment from Barry and this places him squarely front and center--right where he belongs! Barry never misses a beat and I love it!
"Weekend In New England" gives us Barry doing a remake of one of his own songs; the elegant piano arrangement is very pretty but it's also simplistic enough to place the spotlight right on Manilow--and that's excellent. "Even Now" is yet another song that sounds just so good when Barry delivers this with panache. "Even Now" is a very sweet tune that fits in well with the other songs on this album.
"I Write The Songs" ends the album with Barry Manilow performing a redo of another one of his own songs; he sings this with passion, heart and soul. This makes the perfect ending for this solid album of `70s hits.
Yes, we don't get as many hits as people may have wanted on this disc; but it's still very good and I can only take off one star because what we get is fantastic words and music. Barry Manilow fans will want this in their collections; and people who enjoy classic pop vocals from the 1970s will enjoy this album also.
A Disappointed Fan
K. Stuart | Santa Monica, CA | 10/03/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a huge Manilow fan for decades, but the 70s CD was a real disappointment. The choice of songs was not good and they certainly weren't songs that go with Barry's voice. He made a total mess of "The Way We Were" and "Sailing." The man who is known for "music and passion" certainly had no passion for this CD. At best, he manages "mediocre" on a few cuts. I think Manilow has gotten to the point where the people around him are afraid to tell him the truth. He does have a nice voice, but not for these songs. Buying the CD at full price is a rip-off. Buy a used copy, listen once, and then re-sell it to get your money back. Let's pray he doesn't feel compelled to do an 80s CD!
Save your money and go see him in Vegas. He really does rock in person!
Barry & The 70's
Mr.Oldies But Goodies | 09/23/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"There are some great songs here, specifically tracks 1-12. Why in the world re-record Mandy and the rest? Barry does seem somewhat uninspired. Barry, your much better than this. There are so many great songs from the 70's that you could have done, even a double cd and not even scratched the surface of the 70's material. The re-records are extremely boring. Five stars for tracks 1-12, one for 13-18. Avg. three. Very disappointing."