The Greatest Songs of the Fifties [DualDisc]

The Greatest Songs of the Fifties [DualDisc]

by Barry ManilowBarry Manilow


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In the liner notes to The Greatest Songs of the Fifties, Barry Manilow reports his reaction to Clive Davis’s suggestion that he revisit bygone pop classics: “Why hasn’t anyone thought of this idea?” Maybe because Manilow himself was the destined singer to approach this project. His signature style -- rich in drama and effervescence, unembarrassed by overt emotion and sincere sentimentality -- is perfect for lush renditions of such 1950s hits as “It’s Not for Me to Say,” “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing,” Young at Heart,” and “Venus.” Manilow, in exceptional vocal form, takes to these songs like old friends; not surprising, since he did grow up hearing them in his youth. Enhanced by production and arrangements that add just the right touch of period ambience, Manilow approaches the project with not the slightest touch of kitsch or condescension. Through him, and his talented co-producers (including Clive Davis) these songs regain their elegance and luster.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/31/2006
Label: Arista
UPC: 0828767721026
catalogNumber: 77210

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barry Manilow   Primary Artist,Piano
Gary Foster   Saxophone,Woodwind
Jim Atkinson   French Horn
Kevin Bassinson   Conductor
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Kenneth Burward-Hoy   Viola
Artie Butler   Conductor
Bryant Byers   Trombone
Jorge Calandrelli   Conductor
Dave Carpenter   Bass
Gene Cipriano   Saxophone,Woodwind
Ronald Clark   Violin
Larry Corbett   Cello
Randy Crenshaw   Background Vocals
Yvette Devereaux   Violin
Earl Dumler   Oboe
Assa Drori   Violin,Concert Master
Ray Ellis   Conductor
Stefanie Fife   Cello
Ronald Folsom   Violin
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Daniel Greco   Percussion
Dan Higgins   Saxophone,Woodwind
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
Carrie Holzman-Little   Viola
Greg Huckins   Saxophone,Woodwind
Jon Joyce   Background Vocals
Michael Landau   Guitar
Mike Lent   Guitar
Warren Leuning   Trumpet
Charles Loper   Trombone
Larry Lunetta   Trumpet
Larry McGuire   Trumpet
Joe Melotti   Piano
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica
Cynthia Moussas   Violin
Ron Pedley   Piano
Kazi Pitelka   Viola
Barbara Porter   Violin
Harry Shirinian   Viola
David Stenske   Violin
Gary Stockdale   Background Vocals
Sheridon Stokes   Flute
Joe Stone   Oboe
Brad Warnaar   French Horn
Doug Walter   Conductor
Chauncey Welsch   Trombone
Margaret Wooten   Violin
Shari Zippert   Violin
Gayle Levant   Harp
Dave Stone   Bass
Marcia Dickstein   Harp
Christina Soule   Cello
Steve Welch   Piano
Larry Blank   Conductor
Walter Afanasieff   Keyboards
William Ross   Conductor
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Charlie Davis   Trumpet
Steve Baxter   Trombone
Rowena Hamil   Cello
John Krovoza   Cello
Russ McKinnon   Drums
George Shelby   Saxophone,Woodwind
Paul Klintworth   French Horn
Irina Voloshina   Violin
Ken Berry   Guitar,Conductor
Brian Benning   Violin
Jennifer Munday   Violin
Olivia Tsui   Violin
Jennifer Walton   Violin
Liane Mautner   Violin
John "4 Daddman" Robinson   Drums
Don Shelton   Saxophone,Woodwind
Samuel Formicola   Viola
Alyssa Park   Violin
Becky Bunnell   Violin
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson   Viola
Neel Hammond   Violin
Craig Gosnell   Trombone
Dynell Weber   Violin
Caroline Buckman   Viola
Yan To   Violin
Danielle Ondarza   French Horn
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Rodney Hurtz   Viola
Connie Nassios   Choir, Chorus
Mark Adams   French Horn
Steven Becknell   French Horn
Mario de León   Violin
John Mitchell   Bassoon
David H. Speltz   Cello
Raymond Tischer   Viola
Kevin Connolly   Violin
Chris Gray   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Barry Manilow   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Johnny Richards   Composer
María Mendez Grever   Composer
Charles Trénet   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Stanley Adams   Composer
Eddie Arkin   Producer
Greg Bartheld   Engineer
Kevin Bassinson   Arranger
Bruce Botnick   Engineer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Artie Butler   Arranger
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Jorge Calandrelli   Arranger
Clive Davis   Producer,Liner Notes
Gene DePaul   Composer
Ray Ellis   Arranger
Sammy Fain   Composer
Harvey Fuqua   Composer
Marc Hulett   Producer
Garry Kief   Executive Producer,Management
Don Murray   Engineer
Alex North   Composer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Doug Walter   Arranger
Paul Webster   Composer
Ken Welch   Vocal Arrangements
Mitzie Welch   Vocal Arrangements
Hy Zaret   Composer
Larry Blank   Arranger
David Benson   Producer,Engineer
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Programming,Producer
William Ross   Orchestral Arrangements
Koji Egawa   Engineer
Emanuel Kiriakou   Programming,Engineer
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Lou Handman   Composer
Charles Dawes   Composer
Adam Olmsted   Engineer
Ken Berry   Arranger
Alexis Yraola   Art Direction
David Hodge   Producer,Direction
Golaná   Producer
Robert Ghiraldini   Audio Technician
Jeff Hamor   Audio Technician

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The Greatest Songs of the Fifties 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always felt the Fifties-style stations over-emphasized the rock side of that decade. In reality, nearly every one of these selections actually topped the pop charts of that era. They have been sadly absent from the Fifties of "revisionist history." This compilation truly seems to be a labor of love for Manilow and his long-time mentor, Clive Davis. None of these renditions equals the original, but taken as a whole, the project evokes the Fifties I remember from my youth. The arrangements, while fresh-sounding, are especially evocative of the era. His duet with Phyllis Maguire of the Maguire Sisters on "Sincerely/Teach Me Tonight" is enjoyable just to hear her voice again (akin to Patti Page's contribution to George Jones' gospel project.) In short, this endeavor succeeds on a number levels and should have across the board appeal.