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My Dream Duets *

Artist: Barry Manilow

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Label: Decca
Album: My Dream Duets *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Song's Gotta Come from the Heart, The
2)    Goody Goody
3)    Dream a Little Dream of Me
4)    I Believe in You and Me
5)    Sunshine on My Shoulders
6)    Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart
7)    Moon River
8)    Look of Love, The
9)    Candy Man, The
10)    I Wanna Be Loved by You
11)    What a Wonderful World/What a Wonderful Life
 



Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Barry Manilow (piano); Dean Parks, Ken Berry (guitar); Joel Pargman, Alyssa Park, Katia Popov, Nina Evtuhov, Kathleen Sloan , Ralph Morrison III, Radu Pieptea, Joel Derouin, Kevin Connolly , Roberto Cani, Neel Hammond, Tereza Stanislav (violin); Andrew Picken, Roland Kato, Dave Walther , Alma Fernandez (viola); Timothy Loo , Trevor Handy, Cecila Tsan, Vanessa F. Smith (cello); Sara Andon, Steve Kujala (flute); Dan Higgens, Gene Cipriano, Greg Huckins, Terry Harrington, Jeff Driskill (saxophone); Chris Gray, Gary Grant, Wayne Bergeron, Daniel Fornero (trumpet); Justin Hageman, Jim Atkinson, Danielle Ondarza, Steven Becknell (French horn); Dave Ryan, Charlie Morillas, Craig Gosnell, Steve Baxter (trombone); Curtis Brengle, Doug Walter (piano); David Benson, Greg Bartheld (drums, programming); Gregg Field (drums).
  • Audio Mixer: Bill Schnee.
  • Liner Note Author: Barry Manilow.
  • Recording information: Ignited Now Studios, Los Angeles, CA; OceanWay Recording, Hollywood, CA; Peppertree Studios, Palm Springs, CA.
  • Arranger: Barry Manilow.
  • At 71 years old, Barry Manilow has reached the age when he can do anything he pleases, and what pleases him is singing along with old records by dead singers. That's all My Dream Duets is: Manilow brushing off his old cabaret routine so it can spruce up vintage records by Jimmy Durante and Judy Garland. He's not the only new element on these electronically rejiggered duets -- instrumentation, usually synthetic, sometimes as incessant as the drum loop that runs underneath "The Candyman," has been added -- but he's the notable addition, crooning full verses in addition to sliding in some corny asides. For all his showboating, he doesn't do much to distract from his idols. Time and time again, the singer who stands out on My Dream Duets is the original vocalist, the one who cut the track originally and stamped it indelibly with his or her own personality. Manilow recedes out of deference but also practicality: he's not duetting with a living singer, he's singing over an existing track and tailoring his performance to suit established contours. Consequently, there's not much dynamism here, but it's also not stiff because Manilow hams it up on the margins. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Producer:David Benson; Barry Manilow
Format:CD (0 Disc)
Country:USA
Release Date:27 October, 2014
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