Even Now [Bonus Tracks]

Even Now [Bonus Tracks]

by Barry Manilow
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When DJ Brian Goslow left the Willie "Loco" Alexander MCA Records sessions for Meanwhile...Back in the States in 1978, he couldn't escape Barry Manilow's "Copacabana (At the Copa)" on the radio. Like a scene out of a movie as the radio station changed, the same song came blaring out of the speaker -- showing the radio power of Barry Manilow in 1978 -- every underground radio programmer's nightmare. Manilow had injected semi-disco into his previous albums, but this was an all-out dance assault exacerbated by a 12" Spanish version, "En el Copa," also finding popularity. With a number one live album following up the previous studio disc, This One's for You, another year's worth of hits launched off of Even Now, with the title track going Top 20 after the Top Three showing of a pop masterpiece: Barry Manilow's rendition of "Can't Smile Without You." Clive Davis must have heard Engelbert Humperdinck's excellent album track from his 1976 comeback, After the Lovin', and with a little change in the original lyric a superb pop confection manifested -- a sophisticated "Jingle Jangle"/"Sugar Sugar" produced by the singer of those Archies' hits, Ron Dante, along with Manilow. The pair didn't stop there. They took Helen Reddy's 1975 Top 20 version of "Mandy," cowriter Richard Kerr's "Somewhere in the Night" Top Ten hit in early 1979 (after Manilow charted with a song from the film Foul Play in between the four-song chart run from this LP). Yes, there are still excesses on the Even Now album (one being the successful "Copacabana,") lows that go hand-in-hand with incredible highs like "Can't Smile Without You" and "Somewhere in the Night," popular music that is as timeless and effective as it gets. Marty Panzer and Manilow come up with a very impressive cocktail lounge essay, "I Was a Fool (To Let You Go)," while another Manilow cowrite, "Losing Touch," displays some progress in the songwriting department for the showman. England Dan & John Ford Coley songwriter Parker McGee lends his excellent "Where Do I Go from Here" with Jimmie Haskell orchestration to the mix and it works, bringing back that query from the previous album -- why didn't Barry Manilow cowrite with the talented songwriters who gave him some of his finest moments? [This 2006 edition of Even Now features significantly updated sound remastering, new liner notes, a lyric booklet containing rare photographs, and the previously unreleased, unfinished track "I'm Coming Home Again."]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/09/2006
Label: Arista
UPC: 0828768123621
catalogNumber: 81236

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barry Manilow   Primary Artist,Piano,Background Vocals,Rhythm Section
Bill Mays   Keyboards,Rhythm Section
Ron Dante   Background Vocals
Jimmy Maelen   Percussion
Paul Shaffer   Electric Piano
Bob Babbitt   Bass
Ginger Blake   Background Vocals
Laura Creamer   Background Vocals
Linda Dillard   Background Vocals
Jay Graydon   Guitar
Mitch Holder   Guitar,Rhythm Section
Will Lee   Bass,Rhythm Section
Lee Ritenour   Guitar
Jimmy Young   Drums
Jeff Mirinoff   Guitar
Ronnie Zito   Drums,Rhythm Section

Technical Credits

Barry Manilow   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Cover Design
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Ron Dante   Producer
Richard Kerr   Composer
Bruce Roberts   Composer
Adrienne Anderson   Composer
Chris Arnold   Composer
Dick Berkhe   Orchestration
Artie Butler   Orchestration
Michael Delugg   Engineer
Jack Feldman   Composer
Lee Gurst   Cover Design,Cover Photo
Jimmie Haskell   Orchestration
Will Jennings   Composer
Garry Kief   Personal Manager
David Martin   Composer
Parker McGee   Composer
Geoff Morrow   Composer
Marty Panzer   Composer
Bruce Sussman   Composer
Dan Walsh   Composer
David Wild   Liner Notes
Dick Winzeler   Orchestration
Quaglieri   Reissue Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Enoch Anderson   Composer
Michael Price   Composer

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