Barry Manilow

The Greatest Songs of the Eighties

Islands in the Stream (duet with Reba McEntire) [4:07]
Open Arms [3:41]
Never Gonna Give You Up [2:55]
Have I Told You Lately [4:03]
I Just Called to Say I Love You [4:07]
Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) [3:13]
Careless Whisper [4:00]
Right Here Waiting [3:39]
Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do) [3:48]
Hard To Say I’m Sorry [4:05]
Time After Time [4:08]
(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life [3:55]
Every Time You Go Away [4:16] *
Biggest Part Of Me [4:18] *
Arista 88697 37161 2 (CD)
Release Date: November 24, 2008
* UK Version (Released March 16, 2009) includes Bonus Tracks “Every Time You Go Away” and “Biggest Part Of Me”
Album Produced by Barry Manilow and Clive Davis
Executive Producer: Garry C. Kief
Associate Producer: Marc Hulett
Management: Garry C. Kief, STILETTO Entertainment
Dave Koz appears courtesy of Blue Note Records
Artist Development: Scott Seviour
Art Direction & Design: Erwin Gorostiza
Photography: Matthew Rolston
Styling and Make-up: Kevin Posey
“Islands In The Stream (Duet with Reba McEntire)” (1983) Written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb; Published by Gibb Brothers Music/Crompton Songs (BMI); Arranged by Barry Manilow and Scott Erickson
“Open Arms” (1982) Written by Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain; Published by Lacey Boulevard Music (BMI), Weed High Nightmare Music (BMI); Arranged by Barry Manilow and Scott Erickson
“Never Gonna Give You Up” (1988) Written by Matt Aiken, Mike Stock and Pete Waterman; Published by Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI), Universal Music Careers (BMI), Universal Songs Of Polygram International, Inc. (BMI); Arranged by Barry Manilow, Michael Lloyd and Greg O’Connor
“Have I Told You Lately” (1989) Written by Van Morrison; Published by Universal Songs Of Polygram International, Inc. (BMI); Arranged by Barry Manilow; Orchestrated by J. Barrick Griffiths
“I Just Called To Say I Love You” (1984) Written by Stevie Wonder; Published by Black Bull Music, Inc. (ASCAP), Jobete Music Co., Inc./EMI Music Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP); Arranged by Barry Manilow and Oscar Castro Neves
“Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)” (1984) Written by Phil Collins; Published by EMI Golden Torch Music Corp (ASCAP), Hit & Run Music Publishing, Inc./EMI April Music, Inc.; Arranged by Scott Erickson
“Careless Whisper” (1985) Written by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley; Published by Chappell & Co., Inc. (ASCAP); Arranged by Barry Manilow and Scott Erickson; Saxophone: Dave Koz
“Right Here Waiting” (1989) Written by Richard Marx; Published by Chi-Boy Music/Wixen Music Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP); Arranged by Michael Lloyd and Greg O’Connor
“Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do)” (1981) Written by Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Peter Allen and Carole Bayer Sager; Published by Pop N’ Roll Music/WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), New Hidden Valley Music/WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), Woolnough Music/Irving Music/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), Begonia Melodies, Inc./Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI); Arranged by Barry Manilow and Scott Erickson; Saxophone: Dave Koz
“Hard To Say I’m Sorry” (1982) Written by Peter Cetera and David Foster; Published by Universal Music-MGB Songs (ASCAP), Foster Frees Music, Inc. (BMI); Arranged by Michael Lloyd and Greg O’Connor; Horns Arranged by James Pankow; Horns: James Pankow, Ray Herrmann and Lee Thornburg; Background Vocals: Jason Scheff
“Time After Time” (1984) Written by Cyndi Lauper and Robert Hyman; Published by Rellla Music Corp. (BMI) (administered by Sony/ATV Songs LLC), Dub Notes/WB Music Corp. (ASCAP); Arranged by Michael Lloyd, Greg O’Connor and Barry Manilow
“(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” (1987) Written by Frankie Previte, John DiNicola and Donald Markowitz; Published by Knockout Music Worldsong, Inc. (ASCAP), R U Cyrius Publishing/Worldsong, Inc. (ASCAP), Calspen Music/Donald Jay Music Ltd./EMI April Music Inc. (ASCAP), Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP); Arranged by Barry Manilow and Scott Erickson
MUSICIANS:
Contractor: Joe Soldo
Piano: Barry Manilow, Scott Erickson, Randy Kerber, Greg O’Connor
Keyboards: Scott Erickson, Jim Cox
Guitar: Tim Pierce, Oscar Castro Neves, Eddie Arkin
Bass: Lee Sklar
Drums: Charlie Morgan, John Ferraro, John “JR” Robinson
Percussion: David Rozenblatt, Scott Erickson, Michael Lloyd
Programming: Scott Erickson, Greg O’Connor
Background Vocals: Kayla Balch, Randy Crenshaw, Ron Dante, Scott Erickson, Vangie Gunn, Jeff Gunn, Michael Lloyd, Greg O’Connor, Windy Wagner and Barry Manilow
Violins: Assa Drori (Concert Master), Joel Derouin, Anatoly Rosinsky, Johana Krejei, Songa Lee, Raymond Kobler, Rebecca Bunnell, Haim Shtrum, Ronald Folsom, Rita Weber, E. Samuel Fischer, Lisa Dondlinger, Liane, Mautner, Phillip Levy, Darius Campo, Tereza Stanislav, Irina Voloshina
Violas: Roland Kato, V. Miskolezy, Evan N. Wilson, Alma Fernandez
Celli: Larry Corbett, Christina Soule, Ira Glansbeek, John Walz, Armen Ksajikian, Cecilia Tsan
Harp: Marcia Dickstein
French Horns: Steven Becknell, Brian O’Connor, James Atkinson, Daniel Kelley
Flutes: Sheridon Stokes, Gary Foster, Greg Huckings
Pro Tools Editing: Koji Egawa, Nigel Lundemo and Michael Lloyd
Music Preparation: Express Music Services, Lee Monroe, Ashley Wells, Cristina Abaroa, Terry Woodson Music, J. Barrick Griffiths, Penny Watson-Crum, John D’Andrea
Production Manager: Cristina Abaroa
Rhythm Section Recorded by Bob Kearney at The Studio, Beverly Hills, CA
Orchestra Recorded by Bill Schnee at Schnee Studio, North Hollywood, CA
Additional Recording at Pepper Tree Studio, Palm Springs, CA; Pepper Tree Studio, Las Vegas, NV; Song Lee Studio, La Canada, CA; The Shore, Malibu, CA; Sha Intermedia, Malibu, CA
Additional Recording and Editing: Scott Erickson, Michael Lloyd, Brian Donovan, Nathaniel Kunkel, Michael Leonard, George Leger, Ken Sluiter, Nigel Lundemo and M. Jeffrey Lloyd
Mixed by Bill Schnee at Schnee Studio, North Hollywood, CA; Assistant Mix Engineer: Darius Fong
Except: “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)” Mixed by Scott Erickson at Song Lee Studio, La Canada, CA; “Never Gonna Give You Up,” “Right Here Waiting,” “Time After Time,” “Hard To Say I’m Sorry” Mixed and Vocal Engineering by Michael Lloyd at The Studio, Beverly Hills, CA
Mastered by Doug Sax and Robert Hadley at The Mastering Lab, Ojai, CA
Press Release
THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE EIGHTIES uncovers a bounty of treasures and reignites nostalgia for these fantastic hit songs reinterpreted by Manilow in his signature style – from his duet with Reba McEntire on “Islands in the Stream,” as they pay homage to Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton’s #1 duet of 1983 – to a trio of songs associated with memorable films: Phil Collins #1 hit of 1984, “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)”; Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes’ #1 hit of 1987, “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” (from Dirty Dancing); and Christopher Cross’ Oscar-winning #1 hit of 1981, “Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do), ” and much more.
THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE EIGHTIES is Manilow’s newest addition to the mega-best-selling series of tribute albums that he masterminded with Arista founder Clive Davis. Davis has been Manilow’s hitmaking collaborator on virtually all his recordings, since they first worked together on “Mandy,” his debut #1 single as the first artist signed to Arista by Davis in 1974, the first year of the label’s existence.

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE EIGHTIES continues the series that began nearly three years ago with The Greatest Songs Of The Fifties, which was certified RIAA platinum after entering the Billboard 200 at #1 in January 2006 (his first #1 album since Barry Manilow/Live in 1977). The Greatest Songs Of The Sixties (October 2006) entered at #2. When the RIAA platinum The Greatest Songs Of The Seventies entered at #4 (September 2007), he was distinguished as the only artist to chart three Top 5 debuts during 2006-2007.

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE EIGHTIES moves seamlessly through a selection of major hits from both sides of the Atlantic. The UK is well-represented by “Careless Whisper,” the #1 hit of 1984 by Wham! featuring George Michael; Rick Astley’s #1 “Never Gonna Give You Up”; and a song that Van Morrison first wrote and recorded in 1989, “Have I Told You Lately,” which later became a giant hit for Rod Stewart.

Manilow’s impeccable performances and signature arranging style also breathe new life into a quintet of American classics: “Open Arms” by Journey; Chicago’s #1 “Hard to Say I’m Sorry”; Stevie Wonder’s #1 “I Just Called to Say I Love You”; Cyndi Lauper’s #1 “Time After Time”; and Richard Marx’s #1 “Right Here Waiting.”