Barry Manilow - Singin' with the Big Bands

Barry Manilow - Singin' with the Big Bands
Album: Singin' with the Big Bands
Duration: 52:21
Recording Date: 20th c. - 1994
Release Date: 1994
Artist: Barry Manilow
Genre: Pop\Rock
Recording Location: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Edison Studios, New York, NY; Ocean Way Studios, Hollyw; WEstlake Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Styles: Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soft Rock

Like Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow embarked on a transition during the 1990s from being a contemporary pop singer/songwriter to being an interpretive singer on the model of Tony Bennett, who achieved a career resurgence around the same time with a series of thematic albums. Manilow followed 1991's Showstoppers, an album of songs from Broadway shows, with Singin' with the Big Bands, which found him covering swing-era standards, in some cases accompanied by the ghost bands of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Harry James, and Glenn Miller. Les Brown & His Band of Renown were still active, and he backed Manilow on a rendition of his hit "Sentimental Journey." For the most part, the songs covered were known more for their instrumental power than for the vocals of people like Bob Eberly and Ray Eberle, and Manilow matched them, while soloists re-created the signature sounds of the big band musicians and the arrangements were subtly updated. So, for example, when Manilow sang Benny Goodman's "And the Angels Sing," he equaled Martha Tilton's vocal, and Warren Leuning aped Ziggy Elman's famous trumpet solo. Manilow got in more trouble with songs like "Sentimental Journey," originally sung by Doris Day with a marked sultriness he didn't even try to evoke, and with Frank Sinatra trademarks like "All or Nothing at All" and "I'll Never Smile Again." Born just after World War II, Manilow seemed to respond to the effervescence of the sweet swing sound, but to have no grasp whatsoever of the underlying longing and pain that went with and informed these songs of wartime separation.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Singin' with the Big Bands / Barry Manilow / Bruce SussmanBarry Manilow2:27
Sentimental Journey / Les Brown / Bud Green / Ben HomerBarry Manilow3:19
And the Angels Sing / Ziggy Elman / Johnny MercerBarry Manilow3:03
Green Eyes / Nilo Menendez / Adolfo UtreraBarry Manilow3:19
I Should Care / Sammy Cahn / Axel Stordahl / Paul WestonBarry Manilow3:01
Don't Get Around Much Anymore / Duke Ellington / Bob RussellBarry Manilow2:58
I Can't Get Started / Vernon Duke / Ira GershwinBarry Manilow4:28
Chattanooga Choo Choo / Mack Gordon / Harry WarrenBarry Manilow3:24
Moonlight Serenade / Glenn Miller / Mitchell ParishBarry Manilow4:50
On the Sunny Side of the Street / Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHughBarry Manilow3:25
All or Nothing at All / Arthur Altman / Jack LawrenceBarry Manilow3:02
I'll Never Smile Again / Ruth LoweBarry Manilow3:07
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You / George Bassman / Ned WashingtonBarry Manilow3:27
Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else but Me) / Lew Brown / Sam H. Stept / Charles TobiasBarry Manilow2:52
I'll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time / Neville Fleeson / Albert Von TilzerBarry Manilow2:30
Where Does the Time Go? / Julia Fordham / Barry Manilow / Bruce SussmanBarry Manilow3:09

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