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Barry Manilow II

27 May 2006 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 9 May 2006
  • Release Date: 9 May 2006
  • Label: Arista/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 43:57
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,070 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Musiclover on 6 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
Originally released on vinyl LP in the UK as 'Barry Manilow'(without the 2), and originally released on vinyl LP on Bell Records in the USA. This is early Manilow from 1974 and is raw and exciting. This was also released in the USA on a CD-4 quadraphonic vinyl album which includes entirely different lyrics on 'Avenue C'. Great CD. The extra tracks are nothing to write home about, just filler.
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By B. Weight on 19 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
i have this album on vinyl but it shows its age - great to have a copy on cd - love all songs recorded by Barry, he just has a great voice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Superb Sophomore Album 28 Jan 2011
By Jim Kelsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I think it was 1979 - I was eleven at the time and my mother had just purchased a book of pop music called "Nice and Easy Feelings." I would play through the easier pieces and one day stumbled upon "Mandy," written in the not-so-easy key (at least back then) of B flat. Once Dad heard me playing it, it became a continual request and was my first introduction to Barry Manilow.

Over the years, I became a fan and accumulated several of his albums. When I was in high school and old enough to be responsible, Dad let me listen to his "Barry Manilow II" album and it soon became one of my favorites. Now, looking back with thirty+ years and a familiarity of all of his releases from 1973-1986, I believe that this album is one of his best. He was at the height of his creativity and attempting to prove what he could do on his own.

"Mandy" was Manilow's first hit single and was a rerelease of Scott English's "Brandy." Manilow reworked it as a ballad and, due to Looking Glass's hit by the same title, the title was changed. It climbed all the way to #1 - not bad for a first effort - actually, "Could It Be Magic" was his first effort - that's another story. His second single, incidentally not a favorite of mine, was "It's A Miracle," which climbed to #12.

Like his first album, this one has an immense amount of variety, including everything from Count Basie's "Avenue C" to driving rock - Yes! Driving rock on a Manilow album. The best rocker on the album is "Something's Comin' Up." Great drive and brass.

Other personal favorites include the ballads "Sandra," a great self-refection piece for any early mother, and "Home Again," a love song about a distant relationship. The ending of the piece is quite extensive, allowing Barry a chance to solo on the piano The album also includes a great latin-based bonus track entitled "Halfway Over the Hill."

It would seem that Barry's first four albums truly showcased his capability of mastering different styles and genres. As he began plugging out hits, it would appear that his fan-base, or perhaps his record label, began to pigeon-hole him, demanding more slick, pop ballads. 1975's "Tryin' To Get The Feelin'" saw what I consider the last of the "edgier" rockers and 1976's "This One's For You" the last of the fast swing numbers. If you enjoy Barry's music, you really owe it to yourself to listen to this album.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
leave your predisposed Barry notions at the door, please 19 Oct 2008
By Gregory Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm showing my age here (well, at least in numerical years...I bought this album and Joni Mitchell's COURT AND SPARK the same day, and they both still resonate enormously.....)

aside from the mega-hit MANDY and to a lesser extent IT'S A MIRACLE, this Manilow release is filled with surprises. Manilow's vocals have a far less glossy edge to them than when he hit mega-stardom in the 70s, and the material choice throughout is pretty superb. The album slyly begins with "I Wanna Be Somebody's Baby" and it's a track that a masher could remix down to something pretty true and sexy. And the album's true long-term winner for me is 'EARLY MORNING STRANGERS" -- a smart, sad, true winner of a lyric. I'm always surprised that more attention has not been paid over the years to the "Early Morning" track. It certainly isn't from the peppy, happy "Daybreak" Manilow. This entire album has a clarity and edge (okay, a mild edge, but it certainly evokes those 70s years in a big city) to it, a real New York City feel -- well, at least if you're a gay man in your early 50s (that's me, I'll leave Barry to his own choices). There's a undercurrent of wistfulness and yearning throughout the album and again, Manilow's vocals have an entirely different feel to them here. Mike DeLugg, here as Manilow's engineer as he was/is for so much of Manilow's best albums, again shows his total prowess over the sound booth -- just as DeLugg did with all of Jane Olivor's best work, he really understands how to put some aural space around the vocals, and it's distinctive and sublime.

This past weekend, I saw this album in a vintage store (well, I guess it is vintage by now), but just holding it in my hands brought back waves of regret and nostalgia, thinking back at the young gay teenager (me) who bought this album the weekend after he had first had sex, and the incredible longing to break free of my parents, Kansas, and make it to the Big Apple. Indeed, I'm here in Manhattan now and this album still evokes all of that want and desire.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
manilow II 17 Oct 2012
By jay - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this album back in the 70s on LP. I have played it so much that you can here that I have when it is played. Decided to buy the CD and therefore have this album forever and in good condition for as long as I look after it. This is one of my favourite albums of Manilow.
The 70s 15 Feb 2014
By David T. Morse - Published on Amazon.com
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I had the album when it came out in the 70s, A lot of good songs that I haven't heard in 35 years.
Barry Manilow ll 14 Feb 2014
By Susan Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a big Barry Manilow fan. I love his music, there was a song on this Cd I had never heard, loved it! Easy listening, would recommend it to everyone.
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