The Seventies were not good to Dionne Warwick(e) until this 1979 release. With the huge exception of a 1974 duet with the Spinners, the number-one "Then Came You", she hadn't cracked the Top Thirty since "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" at the beginning of the decade. A move from Scepter Records to mighty Warner Brothers, and a famous addition of an "e" to her last name, did not produce results.
Then came Barry? Arista Records president Clive Davis paired Dionne with Barry Manilow, Arista's golden boy and the hottest male vocalist around at the time. He'd co-produced his own LPs and a disc for his backing singers Lady Flash, and was a perfect fit for Ms. Warwick's romantic style. The big hits were "I'll Never Love This Way Again" and the moody "Deja Vu", with a lesser hit "After You". The CD also has several uptempo numbers: "Who, What, When, Where, Why" (written by Rupert Holmes); the classic Box Tops hit "The Letter"; and the almost-disco "Out of My Hands".
The liner notes are fantastic, as they have been with every BBR release I've bought so far. Several of the writers and musicians involved with the recording are quoted, including Ron Dante and the venerable Clive Davis himself, though not Warwick or Manilow. Bonus tracks are single versions of "Deja Vu" and "After You."
I have enjoyed this disc for years and am glad to see it given such reverential treatment by BBR and liner-notes author Christian John Wikane.