The 1996 rerelease of BARRY MANILOW II includes one previously unreleased track.
Personnel: Barry Manilow (vocals, piano); Dickie Frank, John Barranco, Bob Mann, Charlie Brown, Stuart Scharf, Sam Brown (guitar); George Young, Artie Kaplan, Stan Schwartz (saxophone); Don Grolnick, Ellen Starr (piano); Jon Stroll (electric piano, Clavinet); Bob Cranshaw (acoustic bass); Will Lee, Russell George (bass); Christopher Parker, Jimmy Young, Bill Lavorgna, Allen Schwartzberg (drums); Norman Pride (congas, percussion); Lee Gurst (percussion); Ron Dante (background vocals).
Engineers: Bruce Tergesen, Harry Maslin, Michael DeLugg.
Recorded at The Hit Factory and Media Sound Studios, New York, New York.
Digitally remastered using 20-bit technology by Wally Traugott (tower Mastering/Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California).
Manilow's second album was essentially the one that defined him, at least in the eyes of the public at large. This is mostly due to the inclusion of "Mandy," Manilow's first megahit, and still one of his signature tunes. The romantic, introspective balladry also extended to such tunes as "Early Morning Strangers," and provided the archetype for '70s AM soft-pop. Meanwhile, "Avenue C" and "It's a Miracle" show that Manilow had a way with uptempo material as well. The grand-scale arrangements help push the tunes over the top, which is where they were destined to go, and Manilow's boy-next-door vocal style provides the intimacy that was a key ingredient of his early success.
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