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Singing The Songs Of Paul Ryan 1968-69 [CD]

Barry Ryan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Revola
  • ASIN: B0009K9PBG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,827 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Theme To Eutopia
2. Why Do You Cry My Love?
3. The Colour Of My Love
4. Crazy Days
5. Eloise
6. My Mama
7. I Will Bring You Love
8. Love Is On The Way
9. What's That Sleeping In My Bed?
10. You Don't Know What You're Doing
11. Kristan Astra Bella
12. The Hunt
13. Sunday Theme
14. Swallow Fly Away
15. Sunrise In The Morning
16. Isn't That Wild
17. Man Alive
18. Makin' Eyes
19. No Living Without Her Love
20. Sea Of Tranquility
See all 25 tracks on this disc

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So when Barry reappeared at the end of the year and scored a colossal worldwide hit (reaching number one in six countries!) with the epic, Paul-penned ‘Eloise’, it was akin to a particularly unlikely phoenix rising from the ashes. The single was a stunning five and a half minute tour de force of grandiose orchestral pop and Uber-Jim Webb-ism which sounded unlike anything else in the charts at the time, and is fondly remembered and covered worldwide still! The subsequent entirely Paul-penned album, imaginatively entitled ‘Barry Ryan Sings Paul Ryan’, received rave reviews and has become something of a cult favourite amongst fans of contemporary orch-pop works by Scott Walker, Glen Campbell and even Tom Jones. Fantastically remastered for your especial pleasure, to best display the epic qualities of these superb songs! Sumptuously repackaged with new artwork, including detailed notes, memorabilia, and heaps of rare photos; most not seen for years, many never before published! Classic, superb orchestral semi-psych pop ala Jim Webb –delivered with the crazy assurance of a Scott Walker, Glen Campbell, Bergen White, Richard Harris or Tom Jones...a must for EVERYBODY!'

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Remastered excellent 1968 and 1969 albums of orchestral pop from UK brothers duo, with 2 rare BONUS tracks and detailed liner notes. Includes the epic classic "Eloise". For fans of Scott Walker and Jimmy Webb.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful & Original 30 Oct 2008
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Buoyed by the success of their single 'Eloise', an international smash hit (though not in the USA), Paul & Barry set about to create a classic album to go with the single.

What they created was 'Barry Ryan Sings Paul Ryan' & it appeared in the shops in early 1969. A long luscious collection of songs done in a style that I think I can get away with calling 'Baroque Pop'. Lots of strings and warm melodies about love and girls with long hair. Barry had one of the most under-rated pop voices of '60s London, swinging from shrill and girlie for the choruses and confidently masculine for the lead vocals and everything else in-between.

A lot of the songs don't really make a lot of sense. This is very post-Procol Harum-Sgt.Pepper era music. All the songs fall into each other. The fact that they often don't make a lot of sense doesn't matter. It's the sound and the quality of the tunes that will take you swirling back to 1969.

In reference to this CD, the sound reproduction is as good as anything I've heard. So often 60's music, reproduced on CD, sounds so inferior to the original production. This is absolutely NOT the case here.

The second album Paul & Barry produced, simply entitled: 'Barry Ryan,' although very beautiful in terms of production and orchestration is, for some reason, inferior to the first. It seems to lack warmth, maybe because many of the titles sway from away the Ryan's usual theme of romantic love. It seems to be more about style than anything else. Though it is indeed stylish.

Anyway, wonderful to have both albums on this one CD. I wouldn't hesitate recommending it to anyone who likes late '60s British Pop, though to the modern ear, I should think this sound might sound very strange indeed, but, wonderfully so.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy compilation of their two Orch/Pop albums. 21 Sep 2005
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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In the mid sixties twins Barry and Paul Ryan were successful pop stars. Then after endless rounds of gigging, promotional tours and TV appearances Paul Ryan suffered what appeared to be a nervous breakdown. Then in his recuperation period at a party thrown by actor Richard Harris (Who performed some memorable OTT covers of Jimmy Webb songs himself) he announced he had written some Jimmy Webb type material himself and was ready to record it. This was news to his brother Barry, but he was the singer so he went along with the idea. The result was the album "Barry Ryan sings Paul Ryan" which spawned a massive worldwide hit with the five minute epic "Eloise". The album sold millions and they had further hits with Love is Love", "The Hunt" and "Kitsch". A follow up album simply called "Barry Ryan" (Imaginative album titles obviously weren't their strong point) did very well in Europe. After that musical tastes changed for hoarier guitar led fare and the brothers retreated from the limelight, still recording throughout the 1970,s but with Barry now more interested in a career in photography they failed to scale their former glories. This CD contains both of the first two albums and showcases a memorable vision for gargentuous orchestral pop, all dashing string, portentous arrangements and sweeping vocals without a great deal of the time, songs worthy of carrying all that flesh.
The first half of "Barry Sings" is magnificent though. "Eloise" ,once covered by The Dammed of all people, is the pinnacle of their output but "The Colour Of My Love" while having little of it's Wagnerian swagger is a lovely breezy pop gem . "Why Do You Cry My Love?" benefits from a lambent brass arrangement and a bracing melodic dip for the chorus. "Crazy Days" is a bit scatty but at least has some vivacity about it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past 22 Jan 2012
By Sarah
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My friend had this album, & as teenagers (30 years ago) we played it all the time. It recently occurred to me to look for a remastered version & found this one. It is just as fantastic now as it was then, its funny how you remember all of the songs even after all these years. I would say it is a timeless classic, & younger people who have never heard of Paul or Barry Ryan should give it a go.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Once again, no "Love I almost found you"... 3 Nov 2013
By Le Roge
Format:Audio CD
It's the second time this cd is being released, and once again,"Love I almost found you" (magnificent b side to "Eloļse")is missing...! The compilers should be aware that this sort of cd attracts only P&B Ryan fans, isn't it? Why can't they put extra thought in it and make it right?
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful & Original 4 Feb 2006
By Peter Shilpot Freeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Buoyed by the success of their single 'Eloise', an international smash hit (though not in the USA), Paul & Barry set about to create a classic album to go with the single.

What they created was 'Barry Ryan Sings Paul Ryan' & it appeared in the shops in early 1969. A long luscious collection of songs done in a style that I think I can get away with calling 'Baroque Pop'. Lots of strings and warm melodies about love and girls with long hair. Barry had one of the most under-rated pop voices of '60's London, swinging from shrill and girlie for the choruses and confidently masculine for the lead vocals and everything else in-between.

A lot of the songs don't really make a lot of sense. This is very post-Procul Harum Sgt.Pepper era music. All the songs fall into each other. The fact that they often don't make a lot of sense doesn't matter. It's the sound and the quality of the tunes that will take you swirling back to 1969.

In reference to this CD, the sound reproduction is as good as anything I've heard. So often '60s music, reproduced on CD, sounds so inferior to the original production. This is absolutely NOT the case here.

The second album Paul & Barry produced, simply entitled: 'Barry Ryan,' although very beautiful in terms of production and orchestration is, for some reason, inferior to the first. It seems to lack warmth and it may be because many of the themes sway away from romantic love. It seems to be more about style than anything else. Though it is indeed stylish.

Anyway, wonderful to have both albums on this one CD. I wouldn't hesitate recommending it to anyone who likes late '60s British Pop, though to the modern ear, I should think this sound might sound very strange indeed, but, wonderfully so.
3.0 out of 5 stars Quantity strangling Quality 3 Nov 2011
By Tnahpellee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Well, of-course back in 1968 the way to success was to make soupy string and trumpet pop. Make it sound like it was recorded in a Blue Whale's stomach, and, Wallah! Out comes a hit.

But that would be to discredit such a great song as "Eloise". Truly. It's one of those, you know, classics, that genuinely is classic. And you might not be surprised that a late-60's artist would make an album of dreamy, sophisticated, classical-music pop. But you might be surprised that there isn't more stuff like this; it just sounds so great.

It's the execution, more than anything else, which is questionable. The first album here is SO souped up the vocals often drown in a rich gravy of strings and silly backing vocals. And if you can't hear the vocals, or understand them, you wouldn't know if the singer was berating your family's name or ridiculing your meager income (not that Barry Ryan would do that!).

But if you like Eloise, definitely get this set. "Why do you cry my love?", "The colour of my love" and "You don't know what you're doing" are all fantastic classical-psych and the second album is full of gems, and is actually a better album, as it has a better production and is more consistent; despite a few terrible experiments, like "The Hunt", where the dream turns into a nightmare, and the fwuffy wabbits grow big teeth and run after Elmer and Alice with bayonets.

Otherwise, this album is like star-gazing on a glorious night.

There are two bonus tracks that have a more realistic production and are more litsenable, showing up the flaws in the studio albums.

Rating:
"Barry Ryan Sings Paul Ryan" - 3 stars
"Barry Ryan" - 3.5 stars
overall - 3.5 stars
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