Barry Manilow's latest CD brings us a superb collection of some of the greatest songs of the 1960s. Barry's voice is in excellent form; his voice is full, rich and vibrant. The quality of the sound on this CD is excellent even on my portable CD player.
The CD starts off strong with the romantic ballad entitled "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." The next track features a duet with Barry and The Association for the medley of "Cherish"/"Windy." Other great songs on this CD include "And I Love Her" by The Beatles; "This Guy's In Love With You" by Herb Alpert; "When I Fall In Love" by The Lettermens and Burt Bacharach's "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head." Excellent!
Another song that interests me is "Blue Velvet." The musical arrangement is beautiful. Moreover, the way Barry performs this number highlights the haunting quality of a former love. This strikes a chord in all of us because the theme is so universal.
Overall, it's impossible to put ALL the greatest songs of the 1960s onto any single CD. However, if that job could ever be accomplished, Barry does it darn well on this CD. The CD tracks flow gracefully and it's a refreshing way to fondly remember simpler times.
Another reviewer is right: Barry does reinvent the songs on this CD as he puts his own stamp on them. Even if you loved the original renditions of all of these songs Barry succeeds at making them his own by tweaking the musical arrangements and the vocal tones here and there. It's a very good formula that works for Barry Manilow on this CD.
I highly recommend this CD for fans of Barry Manilow, fans of classic pop vocals and fans of the music of the 1960s. Get this CD and turn the volume up--way up--you won't be disappointed.