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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful & Original
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...
Published on 30 Oct 2008 by Peter Shilpot Freeman

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3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy compilation of their two Orch/Pop albums.
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...
Published on 21 Sep 2005 by russell clarke


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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
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russell clarke "stipesdoppleganger" (halifax, west yorks) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Singing The Songs Of Paul Ryan 1968-69 (Audio CD)
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." My Mama" is a glorious choral ballad with a near hysterical vocal performance on the chorus and twinkling plucked strings. "Love is on the Way" is positively subdued with ripples of acoustic guitar but the slightly woozy ambience juxtaposes well with the other material. "You Don't What You're Doing" may sound like a terrace chant but is a terrific languorous song with tremulous strings and a lovely use of saxophone which is something you won't catch me saying often.
The "Barry Ryan "album is disappointing. For some reason he sings in a quavering falsetto for much of it's duration and the songs aren't that great anyway. Only "Man Alive" approaches the glories of "Barry Sings" with another superb brass arrangement. Compared to the first album it feels too low key, the arrangements lacking the orchestral majesty of most of "Barry Sings". Nothing else the Ryan's ever did approached "Eloise "for epiphany inducing pop magnificence. That was obviously a one off, but it seems odd that so much of their later material seemed to take a step back from its OTT brilliance, as if they were intimidated by what it may lead to. So while much on here is worth hearing I'm left feeling slightly aggrieved that it all could have led to so much more. An album , or even better two albums of songs with the exuberance and sheer audacious pop majesty of "Eloise" would be something to really celebrate.
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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
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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
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It's the second time this cd is being released, and once again,"Love I almost found you" (magnificent b side to "Elo´se")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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