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The Greatest Songs Of The Sixties [Extra tracks]

Barry Manilow Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Nov 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B000JFXT5Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,379 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cherish
2. Windy
3. Can't Take My Eyes Off You
4. Cherish/Windy
5. Can't Help Falling In Love With You
6. There's A Kind Of Hush
7. Blue Velvet
8. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
9. And I Love Her
10. This Guy's In Love With You
11. Everybody Loves Somebody
12. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
13. When I Fall In Love
14. Strangers In The Night
15. What The World Needs Now Is Love
16. California Dreamin'
17. Yesterday

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The premise is debatable (can you really call a disc with only one Beatles song a compendium of top '60s tunes?), but the product is anything but. The success of The Greatest Songs of the Fifties, released eight months prior to this latest exercise in musical time-travel, must have stoked Barry Manilow's interpretive skills, or else he's more a flowerchild at heart than his once overly wide lapels and disco shoes let on. Because formulaic as this disc is, it bespeaks a not easily achieved vocal mastery and a gift for gently prying a song away from its original owner. Which is to say it's better than its predecessor. Hand Manilow a Righteous Brothers tune ("You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'") and he magically minimizes its scale, making it seem more intimate still; pass him a classic made famous by both the Carpenters and Herman's Hermits ("There's a Kind of Hush"), and instead of sending his listeners off on undulating waves of nostalgia, he quietly makes them aware he should have sung it all along (no offense, Herman). "Cherish/Windy," a medley with the Association, works well, but it's the Bacharach numbers that will nudge themselves to the top of easy-listening fans' favourites lists. "This Guy's in Love with You," "What the World Needs Now is Love," and "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head," memorable as the original renditions are, have been reawakened; given the Manilow spin, they become the kind of songs the whole world wants to sing. --Tammy La Gorce

BBC Review

His glory years may have been back in the 1970s, but Barry Manilow is enjoying a level of success in the 21st century that few would have predicted. In early-2006 his album 'The Greatest Songs of the Fifties' entered the US charts at #1 (his first new chart-topper for nearly three decades) and now, just ready for the Xmas market, comes the sequel.

Given that its predecessor managed to avoid anything that's rock & roll, it's not too surprising that this collection doesn't find room for, say, "I Am The Walrus" or "Sympathy For The Devil". Instead 'The Greatest Songs of the Sixties' turn out to be the likes of "Blue Velvet", "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head".

It's all perfectly agreeable and decorous, but it's not an album that's going to win over a new audience. It's too predictable, too bland and too inconsequential. Which is a pity, because at his best Barry was able to conquer the heights of melodrama and show-tune excess in a way that had genuine charm.

Here, however, the dominant note is an over-manning more appropriate to the Seventies than the Sixties. There's a list of over a hundred individual credits for the playing and production of the music, and the result is that the arrangements - although drawing heavily on the original blueprints for the songs - sound bloated. Nonetheless, there's a certain old-school Radio 2 appeal to it all, and the huge success it's already enjoyed in America suggests that Manilow still knows what satisfies the committed. Probably just for the fans, though. --Alwyn Turner

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Customer Reviews

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a nice easy listen,... 11 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you like Manilow you'll like his take on these 60's classics,..it's nothing earth-changing, just good, listenable, relaxing music produced the BM way. Also the Amazon reviewer doesn't know what they're talking about, there are 2 beatles songs on here, 'And I love her' which is a classic Lennon/Mc Cartney standard is also included.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure heaven 13 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
This CD has hardly been out of my CD player since it arrived 3 days ago. It is Barry at his best, singing so many of my favourite tracks. (David Cassidy still has the edge on Cherish though!!) He feels the music so well, and the orchestrations are great too. My daughter and I always have fun spotting the key changes, one of Barry's trademarks! Highly recommend this CD. (It got to no 2 on the Billboard charts in the US in it's first week of sales - need I say more).
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANILOW-TASTIC! 24 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful, make you feel good CD! All the Fanilows would be proud. Ignore the negative reviews, they dont know what they are talking about. This is real music with real emotion and will move you. ENJOY!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Nostalgic CD 4 Jun 2014
By SAMMO
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I owned this CD sometime ago, but unfortunately it got damaged and I could no longer play.
This purchase was of unbelievable value.
It is exactly as described was well packaged and arrived early.
I am very pleases
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barry sings the Sixties 3 Jun 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well what can I say. if you like Barry Manilow this is a must to add to your collection. He sings the songs as he does with such ease and it is a joy to listen to Delivery was good and I am very pleased with my purchase
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 2 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Excellent! All the favourite songs from the Seventies and sung by Barry Manilow. What could be better! Thoroughly recommend this cd.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not my best buy 16 May 2013
By norman
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Not one of Barrys best. Super songs by the original artists but not Barry.Not my best buy. Glad i did not pay full price
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Songs Of The Sixties 27 April 2013
By jenny
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
arrived promptly as described, just love Barry Manilow and this takes you back (quite a bit) he makes it his own as only he can!
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