Ultimate Manilow

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Ultimate Manilow

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Unlike some other MOR pop stars, Barry Manilow never enjoyed the sort of swinging-hipster revival that made him a hot name to drop, ironically or otherwise. Incredibly enough, until the release of Ultimate Manilow in early 2002, there was no comprehensive single-disc hits package on the market -- a shockingly long wait for one of the most popular hitmakers of the '70s, hip or not (and clearly the demand was there; Ultimate Manilow entered the charts at number three). The 20 selections on Ultimate Manilow are arranged in the chronological order in which they became hits, and the emphasis here is on hits -- i.e., chart singles. Between 1974 and 1981, Manilow reached the Top 40 20 times, and 18 of those songs are present; the other two (minor early-'80s hits) were bumped by "Bandstand Boogie," Manilow's well-known version of the American Bandstand theme song, and "When October Goes," a track from his 1984 jazz-pop album, 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe. It's an extremely straightforward approach to a greatest-hits compilation, which is actually something to be commended given Arista's botched Whitney Houston best-of (where they omitted several songs to protect back-catalog sales, although that's not likely a concern with Manilow). So is anything missing? Nothing crucial; the only potential disappointment is for fans who love Manilow's detours into flamboyant, Broadway-style production numbers. The concentration on hits means that several great B-sides in that vein ("New York City Rhythm," "Riders to the Stars," "Beautiful Music," the endearingly awkward "Jump Shout Boogie") are not included. But that's really a small quibble, and there simply wasn't room for them anyhow. Ultimate Manilow lives up to its title by including everything a casual fan would want. The only question is, what took so long? ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

About this item

Unlike some other MOR pop stars, Barry Manilow never enjoyed the sort of swinging-hipster revival that made him a hot name to drop, ironically or otherwise. Incredibly enough, until the release of Ultimate Manilow in early 2002, there was no comprehensive single-disc hits package on the market -- a shockingly long wait for one of the most popular hitmakers of the '70s, hip or not (and clearly the demand was there; Ultimate Manilow entered the charts at number three). The 20 selections on Ultimate Manilow are arranged in the chronological order in which they became hits, and the emphasis here is on hits -- i.e., chart singles. Between 1974 and 1981, Manilow reached the Top 40 20 times, and 18 of those songs are present; the other two (minor early-'80s hits) were bumped by "Bandstand Boogie," Manilow's well-known version of the American Bandstand theme song, and "When October Goes," a track from his 1984 jazz-pop album, 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe. It's an extremely straightforward approach to a greatest-hits compilation, which is actually something to be commended given Arista's botched Whitney Houston best-of (where they omitted several songs to protect back-catalog sales, although that's not likely a concern with Manilow). So is anything missing? Nothing crucial; the only potential disappointment is for fans who love Manilow's detours into flamboyant, Broadway-style production numbers. The concentration on hits means that several great B-sides in that vein ("New York City Rhythm," "Riders to the Stars," "Beautiful Music," the endearingly awkward "Jump Shout Boogie") are not included. But that's really a small quibble, and there simply wasn't room for them anyhow. Ultimate Manilow lives up to its title by including everything a casual fan would want. The only question is, what took so long? ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

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Artist: Barry Manilow
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 02/05/2002
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.22
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.44
UPC: 0007822106002
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Track Listing

1. Mandy
2. It's A Miracle
3. Could It Be Magic
4. I Write The Songs
5. Bandstand Boogie
6. Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again
7. This One's For You
8. Weekend In New England
9. Looks Like We Made It
10. Daybreak
11. Can't Smile Without You
12. Even Now
13. Copacabana (At The Copa)
14. Somewhere In The Night
15. Ready To Take A Chance Again
16. Ships
17. I Made It Through The Rain
18. The Old Songs
19. When October Goes
20. Somewhere Down The Road
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4/6/2013

Customer review by JEB41

5.0 stars 4/6/2013 by JEB41
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Great collection of Manilow songs. Even if you are not a big fan, like me, you will recognize many of his songs. Most are uplifting and vibrant. Impressed!

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Great CD`
10/9/2007

Customer review by Huey104

5.0 stars 10/9/2007 by Huey104
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This Cd has a great selection of songs

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Huey104
Griffin,Ga.
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:55 - 64
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Male
Usage:Once per week
Wonderful CD!
3/11/2013

Customer review by onlinesearcher

5.0 stars 3/11/2013 by onlinesearcher
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I wanted to get a good all-purpose Barry Manilow CD of his best songs for my mother. I was so impressed with the selection of songs that I also ordered one for myself!

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Oklahoma
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Best Ever!
1/19/2014

Customer review by MsJudee

5.0 stars 1/19/2014 by MsJudee
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This is by far one of my favorite Manilow CD's. It has the best selection of all his songs, I think, and I play it several times a week, especially in the car. Just wonderful, upbeat and relaxing music.

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MsJudee
Escondido, ca
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:65 or older
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
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11/6/2007

Customer review by BarryFan

5.0 stars 11/6/2007 by BarryFan
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Ultimate Manilow is exactly that. Whether you're a huge fan or if you find yourself trying to resist his charms, you'll be smitten from the start of the CD. It has all the hits that made him famous and keep fans coming back for more.

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