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The Greatest Songs Of The Seventies [Extra tracks]

Barry Manilow Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Sep 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B000VEA1YU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,601 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. The Way We WereBarry Manilow 2:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. My Eyes Adored YouBarry Manilow 3:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. You've Got A Friend (Duet With Melissa Manchester)Barry Manilow with Melissa Manchester 4:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. He Ain't Heavy, He's My BrotherBarry Manilow 3:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. (They Long to Be) Close to YouBarry Manilow 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest WordBarry Manilow 4:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. SolitaireBarry Manilow 4:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. IfBarry Manilow 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Long And Winding RoadBarry Manilow 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Bridge Over Troubled WaterBarry Manilow 4:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Looks Like We Made ItBarry Manilow 3:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Even NowBarry Manilow 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Somewhere In The NightBarry Manilow 3:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. This One's For YouBarry Manilow 4:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. MandyBarry Manilow 3:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Weekend In New EnglandBarry Manilow 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Copacabana (At The Copa)Barry Manilow 4:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Could It Be Magic (Dance)Barry Manilow 5:010.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

BBC Review

Barry Manilow. The Greatest Songs of The Seventies. Put them together and what do you get?

Well, apart from Barry Manilow singing the greatest songs of the Seventies - apparently there were 14, by the way, 23 if you include Mr Manilow's own era-defining contributions - you find yourself thinking that the decade of Glam Rock and the sickly saccharine ballad actually wasn't that bad as far as quality songs go. Which may surprise, if not un-nerve, some listeners.

Even more astonishing, however, will be the revelation that on this most unexpected of Proustian exercises, you suddenly find yourself quietly marvelling at the sheer (and occasionally sublime) artistry of a musician who not so long ago was the brunt of much sneering and dismissive disdain among informed musos and, for that matter, practically everybody else.

I say unexpected, but given that this trip down musical memory lane was preceded by The Greatest Songs of The Fifties and The Greatest Songs of The Sixties, a return to the decade that launched Manilow's own career could possibly have been predicted without the aid of a darkened room and a Ouija board.

But however contrived the concept might be, the end result is something that happily exceeds expectation and goes some considerable way towards convincing the listener that the material is worth revisiting. Manilow's performances go well beyond mere homage to the kind of new-minted freshness that shows him to be an eloquent and endlessly nuanced musician.

This is an impeccably delivered package (by far the most successful of the series), with Manilow always respectful of the original material, the new arrangements unfailingly elegant and smoothly executed. So you'll find a bombast-free 'The Way We Were', a nocturne-like 'Solitaire' full of brittle beauty, a diaphanous rendition of 'If' and a perfectly proportioned 'Long And Winding Road' infused with aching yearning.

And surrounding those, standards by Simon & Garfunkel, The Carpenters, Elton John, Carole King ('You've Got A Friend' in a captivating duet with Melissa Manchester), among others, all of which are delivered with a consummate ease and unerring musicality.

A more than pleasant bonus is the four acoustic versions of Manilow classics, with 'Mandy' full of sweet sincerity, 'Weekend in New England' blissfully bittersweet and 'Copacana' suddenly revealed to be an altogether sassy and sexy proposition.

For those who love Manilow, this is a must. For those who don't, this could well be the disc to make them change their minds. --Michael Quinn

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Product Description

18 songs including the bonus track of Could It Be Magic mixed by Trevor Horn.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!! 16 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
The Fifties and Sixties album were a great offering from Manilow but Barry has really excelled himself with this latest CD from the Seventies. All the songs come from the time when Barry first burst on to the music scene, so the fantastic tracklisting hits a real nostalgic chord! His cover versions are exceptional but the real treat here are the great acoustic reworkings of his classics - Mandy, Copacabana, I Write The Songs - all brilliant!!!!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barry does it again! 1 Oct 2007
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This wonderful album includes loads of songs you know from a golden era. Close to you, my eyes adored you, bridge over troubled water. As well as some of barry's very own hits of the era. 'I write the songs' 'Mandy' and copacabana being just s few. You'll enjoy the Manilow magic all over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barry Manilow 24 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
Been a big Barry fan for the past 20 Years.
Hits of the 70,s must cd to buy for 70,s lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 22 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
the musicality Barry puts into each song is amazing, he makes me love songs I used to hate, every bit as good as previous two albums
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third time lucky 22 Sep 2007
By M. A. Dunnington VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The previous offerings of 50's and 60's material were both weak and bland - a pity following such superb Concord albums. But with this album Barry has hit the target right in the centre. A great album of songs - and this time not just copying the original (or other artists copies) - but putting his own personal slant on the song. Great new versions of his old hits too. Check out the USA version that has many more tracks - thanks BMG/Sony UK! Manilow back to his old form!!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manilow Magic again 6 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album is wonderful. All the great songs from down the years bringing back some wonderful memories. I played it three times on receipt for my husband and I and then to a visitor the next day and then more.

Barry interprets songs with the voice and ear of a true musician.

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