The Greatest Songs of the Sixties

The Greatest Songs of the Sixties

by Barry Manilow
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Contrary to what he famously sang, Barry Manilow didn't always write the songs that made the whole world sing ("I Write the Songs" was, in fact, composed by Beach Boy Bruce Johnston), but what the timeless performer has proven is that he knows a good tune when he hears it. The Greatest Songs of the Sixties picks up where Manilow's previous "decade" project, The Greatest Songs of the Fifties, left off, culling popular hits that fit Manilow's welcoming style. If this new collection necessarily calls on rock-era favorites, don't expect, say, psychedelia. Manilow's choices lean, unsurprisingly, to the mellow -- the Beatles, for example, are represented by "And I Love Her," and the Four Seasons, who could grit it up when needed, are summoned up by "Can't Take My Eyes off You." But who ever came to Manilow to rock out? The repertoire, calling on some of the most memorable pop hits of the decade, fits him to a tee. In fact, Barry sounds like he's been itching to croon gems like Bacharach's "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" and the Sinatra signature hit "Strangers in the Night" for some time now. He has particular fun with a cleverly intertwined medley of the Association classics "Cherish" and "Windy" with vocal support by the group itself. With production assistance from Clive Davis, Manilow finds himself in good hands for another loving tribute to songs that obviously made him want to sing when he was younger. These are songs -- and versions -- that we'll be playing for decades to come.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/31/2006
Label: Arista
UPC: 0828768264027
catalogNumber: 82640

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barry Manilow   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Gary Foster   Saxophone
Steve Kujala   Flute
Ron Dante   Background Vocals
Walt Harrah   Background Vocals
Kevin Bassinson   Conductor
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Douglas Besterman   Conductor,Keyboards
Kenneth Burward-Hoy   Viola
Darius Campo   Violin
Dave Carpenter   Bass
Gene Cipriano   Saxophone
Larry Corbett   Celli
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Randy Crenshaw   Background Vocals
Assa Drori   Violin,Concert Master
Ronald Folsom   Violin
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Daniel Greco   Percussion
Linda Harmon   Background Vocals
James Harrah   Electric Guitar
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Carrie Holzman-Little   Viola
Greg Huckins   Saxophone
Jon Joyce   Background Vocals
Armen Ksadjikian   Celli
Mike Lent   Guitar
Warren Leuning   Trumpet
Dane Little   Celli
Charles Loper   Trombone
Cynthia Moussas   Violin
Dean Parks   Guitar
John Pena   Electric Bass
John Pisano   Guitar
Harry Shirinian   Viola
Tina Soule   Celli
David Stenske   Violin
Joe Stone   Saxophone
Randy Waldman   Piano
Doug Walter   Conductor
Chauncey Welsch   Trombone
Cary Grant   Trumpet
Gayle Levant   Harp
Marcia Dickstein   Harp
John Walz   Celli
Tommy Johnson   Tuba
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Steve Baxter   Trombone
Russ McKinnon   Drums
Andrew Picken   Viola
Michael Skloff   Keyboards
Paul Klintworth   French Horn
Ken Berry   Guitar,Conductor
PierGiorgio Bertucelli   Keyboards
Jennifer Munday   Violin
Daphne Chen   Violin
Liane Mautner   Violin
Greg Field   Drums
Timothy Loo   Celli
Sam Fisher   Violin
Samuel Formicola   Viola
Dick Wells   Background Vocals
Lisa Dondlinger   Violin
Neel Hammond   Violin
Craig Gosnell   Trombone
Raymond Kobler   Violin
Dynell Weber   Violin
Yan To   Violin
Susie Stevens   Background Vocals
Connie Nassios   Background Vocals
Mark Adams   French Horn
Thomas Rainier   Piano
Ray Tlscher   Viola
Rich Logan   Background Vocals
Steven Becknell   French Horn
Chris Gray   Trumpet

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Barry Manilow   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Paul McCartney   Composer
Bert Kaempfert   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Artie Schroeck   Arranger
Bob Crewe   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Ruthann Friedman   Composer
Greg Bartheld   Engineer
Kevin Bassinson   Arranger,Orchestration
Douglas Besterman   Arranger,Orchestration,Rhythm Sequencing
Bruce Botnick   Engineer
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Clive Davis   Producer,Audio Production
Bob Gaudio   Arranger,Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Ken Lane   Composer
Garry Kief   Executive Producer
Terry Kirkman   Composer
Hugo Peretti   Composer
Don Murray   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Charlie Singleton   Composer
Geoff Stephens   Composer
Doug Walter   Arranger,Orchestration
Bernie Wayne   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
David Benson   Producer,Engineer
Lee Morris   Composer
Eddie Snyder   Composer
Koji Egawa   Engineer
Michael Skloff   Rhythm Sequencing
Leslie Reed   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Irving Taylor   Composer
Ken Berry   Arranger,Orchestration
PierGiorgio Bertucelli   Rhythm Sequencing

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The Greatest Songs of the Sixties 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
every thing he has sang has been execellent i have all of his albums
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is truly one of Barry's best albums in years. His rendition of the songs of the 50s was okay, but this one blows me away. Cherish/Windy has a unique ending keeping with the style of both songs. Just awesome! I love it, love it, love it!