CD Duets [Barry Manilow] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 6994239),
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Duets [Barry Manilow] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. You've Got a Friend - (remix, previously unreleased)
    2. Hey Mambo
    3. Let Me Be Your Wings [From Tumbelina]
    4. Cherish/Windy
    5. Look to the Rainbow
    6. Islands in the Stream
    7. Big City Blues - (featuring Gerry Mulligan)
    8. On a Slow Boat to China
    9. Run to Me
    10. Summertime
    11. Sincerely/Teach Me Tonight
    12. Blue
    13. Now and Forever
    14. I Won't Be the One to Let Go
    15. Last Duet, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 82093

  • Credits
    ProducerClive Davis; David Benson; Emilio and The Jerks; Eddie Arkin; Emilio Estefan; Scott Erickson; Joe Galdo; Lawrence Dermer; Richard Marx; Robbie Buchanan; Ron Dante; Barry Manilow; Walter Afanasieff; Al Quaglieri (Compilation); Barry Manilow (Compilation)

    Duets is a canny compilation of duets Barry Manilow has recorded over his years at Arista. These 15 tracks span from 1980's Barry to 2008's Greatest Songs of the Eighties, so this isn't quite prime Manilow; in other words, there are no big hits but there are plenty of big names, including Bette Midler, Reba McEntire, Dionne Warwick, Sarah Vaughan, and Barbra Streisand, a cast of characters which also suggests the range of the tunes here. Barry does hold his own singing a torch song with Torm, trading lines with Barbra, and proves a good foil for Vaughan, and he's also quite comfortable using the Association as his support on a medley of their hits "Cherish" and "Windy." It should come as no great surprise that most of this is straight down the middle of the road, because that is where Barry is at his strongest, so that makes the inclusion of the wild Kid Creole & the Coconuts duet "Hey Mambo" most welcome: it shows that when he wants to, Manilow can have some knowing fun with his Copacabana persona. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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