My Dream Duets

My Dream Duets

by Barry ManilowBarry Manilow


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/2014
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602537756773
catalogNumber: 002026802
Rank: 157435

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barry Manilow   Primary Artist,Piano,Background Vocals
Judy Garland   Guest Appearance
Andy Williams   Guest Appearance
John Denver   Guest Appearance
Whitney Houston   Guest Appearance
Frankie Lymon   Guest Appearance
Mama Cass   Guest Appearance
Dusty Springfield   Guest Appearance
Steve Kujala   Flute
Marilyn Monroe   Guest Appearance
Jimmy Durante   Guest Appearance
Louis Armstrong   Guest Appearance
Jim Atkinson   French Horn
Greg Bartheld   Bass,Drums
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Curtis Brengle   Piano
Debra Byrd   Background Vocals
Alvin Chea   Background Vocals
Gene Cipriano   Saxophone
Randy Crenshaw   Background Vocals
Sammy Davis   Guest Appearance
Joel Derouin   Violin
Jeff Driskill   Saxophone
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Terry Harrington   Saxophone
Greg Huckins   Saxophone
Roland Kato   Viola
Janis Liebhart   Background Vocals
Charlie Morillas   Trombone
Dean Parks   Guitar
Katia Popov   Violin
Doug Walter   Piano,Conductor
Gregg Field   Drums
Dan Higgens   Saxophone
David Benson   Bass,Drums
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Steve Baxter   Trombone
Andrew Picken   Viola
Greg Whipple   Background Vocals
Ken Berry   Guitar
Roberto Cani   Violin
Trevor Handy   Cello
Dave Ryan   Trombone
Timothy Loo   Cello
Chris Dawson   Rhythm Section
Dave Walther   Viola
Alyssa Park   Violin
Seth Ford Young   Rhythm Section
Neel Hammond   Violin
Craig Gosnell   Trombone
Danielle Ondarza   French Horn
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Dan Shelton   Saxophone,Soloist
Jonathan Stout   Rhythm Section
Fletcher Sheridan   Background Vocals
Radu Pieptea   Violin
Joel Pargman   Violin
Kathleen Sloan   Violin
Alma Fernandez   Viola
Justin Hageman   French Horn
Nina Evthuhov   Violin
Steven Becknell   French Horn
Ralph Morrison   Violin,Concert Master
Daniel Fornero   Trumpet
Sara Andon   Flute
Cecila Tsan   Cello
Kevin Connolly   Violin
Chris Gray   Trumpet
Josh Collazo   Rhythm Section
Vanessa F. Smith   Cello
Karina Lammas   Background Vocals
Gabriella Walters   Background Vocals
Ronald L. Walters   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Henry Mancini   Composer
John Denver   Composer,Lyricist
Barry Manilow   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Concept
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Fabian André   Composer
Greg Bartheld   Programming,Engineer,Pro-Tools
Leslie Bricusse   Composer,Lyricist
Sammy Cahn   Composer,Lyricist
Hal David   Composer,Lyricist
Gus Kahn   Composer,Lyricist
Garry Kief   Executive Producer
Sandy Linzer   Composer,Lyricist
Johnny Mercer   Composer,Lyricist
Anthony Newley   Composer,Lyricist
Harry Ruby   Composer
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Wilbur Schwandt   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Bruce Sussman   Composer,Lyricist
Bob Thiele   Composer,Lyricist
Doug Walter   Orchestration
George David Weiss   Composer,Lyricist
David Wolfert   Composer,Lyricist
Dick Kniss   Composer
Herbert Stothart   Composer
David Benson   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Pro-Tools
Matty Malneck   Composer
Patrick Spain   Engineer
Mike Taylor   Composer
Burt Kalmer   Composer,Lyricist
James Hanley   Composer,Lyricist
Ryan Reault   Engineer
Fabian Andre   Composer
Dana L. Holland   Cover Photo
Jay Landres   Executive Producer

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