The Greatest Songs of the Seventies [Deluxe Edition]

The Greatest Songs of the Seventies [Deluxe Edition]

by Barry Manilow

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Barry Manilow not only lived through the '70s, but found most of his popular success during the Me Decade: he entered 1970 as a jingles writer and nightclub pianist but left 1979 as pop music's biggest star. While he was writing and performing the biggest hits of the decade, he undoubtedly was also admiring its best songwriting, from artists such as Paul Simon, Carole King, Elton John, Burt Bacharach, and Lennon/McCartney (the latter just barely fit in the '70s). And when the previous volume in his Greatest Songs series, The Greatest Songs of the Sixties, hit number two on the charts in late 2006, it was clear that a third volume would be just around the corner. The song selection on The Greatest Songs of the Seventies appears perfectly suited to Manilow's talents -- nothing too energetic, nothing rough or ragged -- and Manilow treats these songs just as he did on his albums of '50s and '60s classics, singing them straight while his band plays it smooth, with soft adult contemporary arrangements in the background. "(They Long to Be) Close to You" is among the best here, partially since it begins with Manilow and solo piano instead of the soft keyboard wash that marks most of the songs. Also, Manilow has a thoroughly good time on "It Never Rains in Southern California," but doesn't sound inspired by the most poignant ballads here ("The Way We Were," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"). As an added bonus, six classic Barry Manilow songs appear at the end under the title "Acoustic Manilow", although these versions are just as slick as what comes before; still, "Mandy" and "Copacabana (At the Copa)" are loose and relaxed winners. As on the previous volumes of Greatest Songs, what you see is what you get -- timeless songs sung by a familiar voice, with nothing but the most polished production values. [A deluxe edition adds a second disc, a DualDisc with additional acoustic versions of classic Barry Manilow material on the audio side, and enhanced stereo versions of the entire album as well as a video on the DVD side.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2007
Label: Rca
UPC: 0886971422221
catalogNumber: 714222


Disc 1

  1. The Way We Were
  2. My Eyes Adored You
  3. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  4. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
  5. It Never Rains in Southern California
  6. You've Got a Friend
  7. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
  8. Sailing
  9. The Long and Winding Road
  10. (They Long to Be) Close to You
  11. If
  12. Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
  13. Mandy
  14. Weekend in New England
  15. Copacabana (At the Copa)
  16. Even Now
  17. Looks Like We Made It
  18. I Write the Songs

Disc 2

  1. Somewhere in the Night
  2. Can't Smile Without You
  3. This One's for You
  4. Could It Be Magic
  5. The Way We Were
  6. My Eyes Adored You
  7. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  8. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
  9. It Never Rains in Southern California
  10. You've Got a Friend
  11. The Way We Were
  12. The Way We Were
  13. The Way We Were
  14. The Way We Were
  15. The Way We Were
  16. The Way We Were
  17. Mandy
  18. Weekend in New England
  19. Copacabana (At the Copa)
  20. Even Now
  21. Looks Like We Made It
  22. I Write the Songs
  23. The Greatest Songs of the Seventies

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barry Manilow   Primary Artist,Piano
Gary Foster   Flute
Ron Dante   Background Vocals
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Jim Atkinson   French Horn
Kevin Bassinson   Piano,Conductor
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Kenneth Burward-Hoy   Viola
Jorge Calandrelli   Conductor
Darius Campo   Violin
Bill Cantos   Background Vocals
Dave Carpenter   Rhythm Bass
Ronald Clark   Violin
Luis Conte   Percussion
Larry Corbett   Celli
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Randy Crenshaw   Background Vocals
Joel Derouin   Violin
George Doering   Guitar
Assa Drori   Violin,Concert Master
Brandon Fields   Flute
Ronald Folsom   Violin
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Daniel Greco   Percussion
Karen Harper   Background Vocals
Paula Hochhalter   Celli
Greg Huckins   Flute
Patricia Johnson   Violin
Randy Kerber   Piano
Miran Kojian   Violin
Michael Landau   Guitar
Roger Lebow   Celli
Mike Lent   Guitar
Warren Leuning   Trumpet
Charles Loper   Trombone
Larry McGuire   Trumpet
Cynthia Moussas   Violin
Ron Pedley   Piano,Keyboards
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Harry Shirinian   Viola
Haim Shtrum   Violin
Sheridon Stokes   Flute
Joe Stone   Oboe
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Doug Walter   Conductor
Miwako Watanabe   Violin
Chauncey Welsch   Trombone
Margaret Wooten   Violin
Gayle Levant   Harp
Christina Soule   Celli
Drew Dembowski   Bass
Walter Afanasieff   Keyboards
Steve Baxter   Trombone
David Kossoff   Oboe
Johana Krejci   Violin
John Krovoza   Celli
David Loucks   Background Vocals
Russ McKinnon   Drums
Tiffany Smith   Background Vocals
Ron Walters   Piano,Conductor
Dana Kelley   French Horn
Angie Jeree Singers   Background Vocals
Paul Klintworth   French Horn
Irina Voloshina   Violin
Ken Berry   Guitar
Brian Benning   Violin
Julie Berghofer   Harp
Jennifer Munday   Violin
Jennifer Walton   Violin
Trevor Handy   Celli
Oscar Hidalgo   Bass
Liane Mautner   Violin
Timothy Loo   Celli
Samuel Formicola   Viola
David Rozenblatt   Percussion
Jason Migas Morales   Background Vocals
Alyssa Park   Violin
Lisa Dondlinger   Violin
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Becky Bunnell   Violin
Songa Lee   Violin
Audrey Solomon   Violin
Neel Hammond   Violin
Craig Gosnell   Trombone
Raymond Kobler   Violin
Dynell Weber   Violin
Caroline Buckman   Viola
Yan To   Violin
Susie Stevens   Background Vocals
Mabvuto Carpenter   Background Vocals
Alma Fernandez   Viola
Ray Tlscher   Viola
Yue Deng   Violin
Paul Tseitlin   Violin
Scott Erickson   Piano,Conductor,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ian Martin   Bass
Nina Evthuhov   Violin
Tim Davis   Background Vocals
Phillip O'Connor   Clarinet
Steven Becknell   French Horn
Sam Fischer   Violin
David H. Speltz   Celli
Kevin Connolly   Violin
Chris Gray   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Christopher Cross   Composer
Elton John   Composer
Carole King   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Barry Manilow   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Randy Edelman   Composer
David Gates   Composer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Albert Hammond   Composer
Bruce Johnston   Composer
Richard Kerr   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Kenny Nolan   Composer
Marvin Hamlisch   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Adrienne Anderson   Composer
Eddie Arkin   Producer
Greg Bartheld   Engineer
Kevin Bassinson   Arranger,Orchestration
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Bruce Botnick   Engineer
Jorge Calandrelli   Arranger,Orchestration
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Hal David   Composer
Clive Davis   Producer
Scott English   Composer
Jack Feldman   Composer
Mike Hazelwood   Composer
Trevor Horn   Producer
Will Jennings   Composer
Garry Kief   Executive Producer
Mike Lent   Arranger
Geoff Morrow   Composer
Marty Panzer   Composer
Ron Pedley   Arranger
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Robert Scott   Composer
Bruce Sussman   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Tommy Vicari   Engineer
Doug Walter   Orchestration
David Benson   Producer,Engineer
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Koji Egawa   Engineer
David Channing   Engineer
Russ McKinnon   Arranger
Chris Brooke   Engineer
Sidney Keith Russell   Composer
Ken Berry   Arranger,Producer
David Hodge   Director,Producer
Tawgs Salter   Engineer
Tyler Gordon   Programming
Nick Reiber   Graphic Design
Scott Erickson   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration
Ian Martin   Arranger

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The Greatest Songs of the Seventies 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Doesn't have the same pizzaz as the greatest hits of the 50's and the 60's. Greatest hits of the 70's was somewhat boring in song selection and did not hold my attention.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Barry does a wonderful job at recreating these classic 70 hits! Favorites on the cd are "He Ain't heavey...", "Sailing", & "Bridge over Trouble Water". Very nice CD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this album -- it's probably my favorite one in his series of Greatest Hits of the Times (50s/60s/70s/80s).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is 18 tracks of pain. Each song sounds exactly the same in production--polished, but bland, absent of energy and clever artistic choices. They're standards, but must they be sucked dry of originality or artistic-spirit? How many homogenized versions of "Like A Bridge Over Troubled Water" do the elevator's of America need? Speaking of bad S&G covers, a good way to think of Manilow, if you missed his 70s heyday, is an older, lamer Clay Aiken. Each song uses percussion to mark time it's like a railroad spike driven into the brain every 2nd and 4th beat. The vocals and the music never play off each other, probably recorded separately. The vocals on every track Manilow over-does, trying to wring every last drop of campy emotion from already syrupy selections like "He's not Heavy He's My Brother." This CD is what elevator operators commit suicide to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
His voice has never been better. Weekend in New England is amazing. Every song brings you right back to the 70's. Some of the songs were not my favorite in the 70's but they are now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like songs that were made in the seventies and what Barry sounded like in the seventies. His present day voice just isn't what it was years ago.