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Barry Manilow - Ultimate Manilow (2002) MP3 320 kbps

4-04-2016, 09:27
Music | Pop

Title: Ultimate Manilow
Year Of Release: 2002
Label: Arista
Genre: Pop
Quality: MP3 320 kbps
Total Time: 1:20:00
Total Size: 141 MB


01. Mandy (3:17)
02. It’s A Miracle (3:51)
03. Could It Be Magic (6:47)
04. I Write The Songs (3:50)
05. Bandstand Boogie (2:48)
06. Tryin’ To Get The Feeling Again (3:49)
07. This One’s For You (3:26)
08. Weekend In New England (3:45)
09. Looks Like We Made It (3:31)
10. Daybreak (3:05)
11. Can’t Smile Without You (3:07)
12. Even Now (3:26)
13. Copacabana (At The Copa) (5:40)
14. Somewere In The Night (3:23)
15. Ready To Take A Chance Again (2:57)
16. Ships (4:00)
17. I Made It Through The Rain (4:19)
18. The Old Songs (4:41)
19. When October Goes (3:58)
20. Somewhere Down The Road (4:00)

There's a cynical adage that argues if you stand still long enough, history will eventually catch up with you. It's tempting to say that about Barry Manilow, an artist whose stubborn, quarter-century dedication to old-fashioned song craft and musical melodrama has earned him few critical praises but a loyal worldwide following in the millions. When a cult of 20-something would-be lounge lizards tried to cash in on Manilow's shtick in the 1990s, they distanced themselves from its emotional potency with telling dollops of irony and retro-hip cynicism--anything to keep from looking too sincere. This album serves up the high points of Manilow's long, successful career, rightly focusing on the long string of '70s hits that built both his legend and record label. They're a body of songs whose solid craftsmanship is undeniable, but it's Manilow's sincerity that crucially sells them--indeed, he didn't write "I Write the Songs," but who could doubt him? It's an odd tribute that much here--"Mandy," "Looks Like We Made It," "Copacabana," et. al.--has become the palette for a popular entertainment spectrum that somehow encompasses endless hotel piano bars on one flank and TV sketch-com parody on the other. Good to remember that kitsch, by definition, requires a deep and lasting impact on the culture. Manilow hasn't just embraced the "K" word; he's reveled in it with a smile--how could one frown through "Bandstand Boogie" and "Copa" anyway?--and elevated it to something approaching the transcendental through his sheer, joyous force of will. And if his latter work has been unabashedly nostalgic, how could anyone be surprised? --Jerry McCulley

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