Barry Manilow

This Is My Town: Songs Of New York

Verve Label Group B0026445-02
Release Date: April 21, 2017 (Friday)
Co-produced by Barry Manilow and David Benson (except “Coney Island” co-produced with Michael Lloyd)
“This Is My Town”: Music by Barry Manilow, Lyrics by Bruce Sussman; Published by Obbligato Music / Appoggiatura Music (BMI); Arranged by Barry Manilow; Orchestrated and Conducted by Doug Walter; Mixed by Dae Bennett
“New York City Rhythm / On Broadway”: “New York City Rhythm” (Music by Barry Manilow, Lyrics by Marty Panzer; Published by Universal Music – Careers / Swaneebravo! Music (BMI)) / “On Broadway” (Music & Lyrics by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller; Published by Screen Gems – EMI Music (BMI)); Arranged by Barry Manilow; Orchestrated and Conducted by Kevin Bassinson); Mixed by Bill Schnee at Schnee Studios, Greg Bartheld and David Benson at Ignited Now Studios
“Coney Island”: Music and Lyrics by Barry Manilow; Published by Obbligato Music (BMI); Arranged by Barry Manilow and Michael Lloyd; Mixed by Michael Lloyd
“Lonely Town” (from the 1949 Musical Film On The Town): Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green; Published by Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing / Warner Brothers, Inc. (ASCAP); Arranged by Barry Manilow; Orchestrated and Conducted by Doug Walter; Mixed by Bill Schnee at Schnee Studios, Greg Bartheld and David Benson at Ignited Now Studios
“Lovin’ At Birdland”: Music by Barry Manilow, Lyrics by Adrienne Anderson; Published by Obbligato Music Angela Music / Angel Dust Music (BMI); Arranged by Barry Manilow; Orchestrated by Don Sebesky; Conducted by Doug Walter; Mixed by Bill Schnee at Schnee Studios
“Downtown / Uptown”: “Downtown” (Music & Lyrics by Tony Hatch; Published by Universal-MCA/Sony ATV Music Publishing Limited (ASCAP)) / “Uptown” (Music & Lyrics by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil; Published by Screen Gems-EMI Music (BMI)); Arranged by Barry Manilow; Orchestrated and Conducted by Doug Walter; Mixed by Bill Schnee at Schnee Studios, Greg Bartheld and David Benson at Ignited Now Studios
“On The Roof”: Music and Lyrics by Barry Manilow; Published by Obbligato Music (BMI); Arranged by Barry Manilow; All 20 vocals by Barry Manilow; Mixed by Greg Bartheld and David Benson at Ignited Now Studios
“I Dig New York”: Music by Barry Manilow, Lyrics by Bruce Sussman; Published by Obbligato Music / Appoggiatura Music (BMI); Arranged by Barry Manilow and Don Sebesky; Orchestrated by Don Sebesky and Ron Walters Jr.; Conducted by Ron Walters Jr.; Mixed by Bill Schnee at Schnee Studios, Greg Bartheld and David Benson at Ignited Now Studios
“The Brooklyn Bridge (Virtual Duet with Mel Torm√©)”: Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Sammy Cahn; Published by Sands Music Corporation (ASCAP); Arranged by Shorty Rogers in 1963; Mixed by Bill Schnee at Schnee Studios; Track features samples from the Mel Torme recording of “Brooklyn Bridge” under license from Atlantic Recording Corp. by arrangement with Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company
“NYC Medley”: “New York State of Mind” (Music and lyrics by Billy Joel; Published by JoelSongs (ASCAP)) / “New York, New York” (from the 1949 Musical Flim On The Town) (Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; Published by Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing / Warner Brothers Inc. (ASCAP)) / “Manhattan” (from the 1925 Revue Garrick Gaieties) (Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Lorenz Hart; Published by Willimson Music Co. / Piedmont Music Company (ASCAP)) / “How About You?” (from the 1941 film Babes on Broadway) (Music by Burton Lane, Lyrics by Ralph Freed; Published by EMI Feist Catalog Inc. / Sony ATV Music Publishing (ASCAP)) / “The Sidewalks of New York” (Music by Charles Lawlor, Lyrics by James Blake; Public Domain) / “Native New Yorker” (Music and Lyrics by Sandy Linzer & Denny Randell; Published by Featherbed Music / Three Wise Boys Music LLC (BMI)) / “Empire State Of Mind” (Music and Lyrics by Angela Hunte, Alicia Keys, Alexander Shuckburgh, Burt Keys, Jane’t “Jnay” Sewell-Ulepic, Shawn Carter & Sylvia Robinson; Published by Songs of Global Entertainment / Songs of Universal Inc. / Gambi Music Inc. (BMI) / Carter Boys Music, EMI April Music Inc. / Global Talent Publishing / J. Sewell Publishing / Lellow Productions Inc. / WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)) / “Theme from New York, New York” (from the 1977 film New York, New York) (Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb; Published by EMI Unart Catalog Inc. (BMI)); Arranged by Barry Manilow; Orchestrated and Conducted by Doug Walter; Mixed by Bill Schnee at Schnee Studios, Greg Bartheld and David Benson at Ignited Now Studios
“This Is My Town” (music by Barry Manilow, lyrics by Bruce Sussman): “I’m very proud of the production, arrangement, orchestration and melody. And listen to Bruce’s brilliant lyric. Only a New Yorker could have written that lyric.”
“I didn’t want to do a full original album. It felt like it would be cheating the public to not give them the old songs that they knew. I must have done 50 demos of standards as I was writing the original songs. That’s what took the longest: to choose the standards. And, of course, to write the originals … The album is like a melting pot – just like New York is. We take you from Brooklyn to Broadway to Birdland. We even wind up in Coney Island. Take a look at the titles and it really does look like you’re going from place to place to place. There are different styles. There’s pop, there’s a little rock and roll, there’s jazz, there’s a little R&B, and Broadway. That’s what I think of when I think of my home town and of New York.” – Barry Manilow (Broadway World, 03 Feb 2017)
MUSICIANS:
Contractor: Joe Soldo
Piano: Barry Manilow, Randy Kerber, Mike Lang, Greg Phillinganes
Bass: Will Lee, Chuck Berghofer, Nathan East
Guitar: Ken Berry, Jim Fox, Dean Parks, Paul Jackson Jr.
Drums: Gregg Field, John Robinson, Gregg Bissonette, Harvey Mason
Percussion: Emil Richards
Background Vocals: Barry Manilow, Ron Dante, Randy Crenshaw, Fletch Sheridan
Concert Master: Ralph Morrison
Violins: Joel Derouin, Liane Maunter, Lisa Dondlinger, Darius Campo, Ina Veli, Joel Pargman, Ron Clark, Kevin Connolly, Cynthia Moussas, Jennifer Takamatsu, Sara Parkins, Radu Pieptea, Marisa Kuney, Neil Samples, Neel Hammond, Nina Eutuhov
Violas: Robert Brophy, Alma Fernandez, Matt Funes, Luke Mauer, Rodney Wirtz
Cello: Armen Ksa Jikian, Timm Loo, John Walz, Ira Glansbeek, Christina Soule, Cecila Tsan
Harp: Julie Berghofer
Alto Sax: Dan Higgins, Don Shelton, Sal Lozano
Tenor Sax: Bob Sheppard, Vince Trombetta, Jeff Driskill, Joe Stone, Glen Berger
Baritone Sax: Gene Cipriano, Glen Berger
Trumpet: Wayne Bergeron, Gary Grant, Mike Stever, Chris Gray, Dan Fornero, Rob Schaer
Trombones: Steve Baxter, Dave Ryan, Bob McChesney, Charles Morillas
Bass Trombone: Craig Gosnell, Ben Devitt
French Horn: Jim Atkinson, Paul Klintworth
Music Librarian: J.B. Griffiths
Music Copying: J.B. Griffiths, Terry Woodson Music, Gordon Berg, William Edwards, Daniel Perito, Ron Pedley, Doug Walter and Ron Walters Jr.
Recorded by Bruce Botnick at Capitol Studios, Barry Manilow at Peppertree Studios, Greg Bartheld and David Benson at Ignited Now Studios, and Frank Rosato at Woodcliff Studios
Assistant Engineers: Chandler Harrod at Capitol Studios and Nolan Bateman at Ignited Now Studios
Programming and Pro Tools Editing: Greg Bartheld and David Benson
Mel Torme Audio Isolation: Rick Silva and Audionamix
Mel Torme Hi Resolution Audio Capture: Ed Stryker
Special Thanks to Bryan Jones at the Telos Alliance
Mastered by Sangwook Sunny Nam at Jacob’s Well Mastering, West Lebanon, NH
Vinyl Mastering and Cutting by Eric Boulanger and Jett Gallindo at the Bakery, Los Angeles, CA
A&R Admin: Evelyn Morgan
Release Coordination: Julie Johantgen
A&R Coordination: Allison Joyce
Production Manager: Mandy Dallacorte
Art Direction: Josh Cheuse
Design: M. Holme
Photos: Mark Seliger
Management: Garry Kief, STILETTO Entertainment
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Barry Thanks: Thanks to my new friend, the incredibly creative Danny Bennett and the entire team at Verve: Leslie Collman-Smith, Mandy Dallacorte, Michael Allen, Jamie Krents, Mike Viola, Josh Cheuse, Olga Makrias, Evelyn Morgan, Marcus Lipiner, Hadley Spanier, Julie Johantgen, Rafaela Hernandez, Allison Joyce, TomArndt, Bailey Oppel, Aoife Doherty, Samantha Sklar and Rebecca Allen
More Thanks To: The beautiful and talented Victoria Varela and to my creative friend and writing partner, Bruce Sussman, for helping me to put the album together.
Also: Suzy Yoder at Girlilla Marketing; Bobby Banister, Tomara Petty, Haley Spencer at Crowd Surf; and most of all, my deep gratitude to the brillianty Garry Kief.
Produced and Arranged by Barry Manilow
Co-Produced by David Benson (except “Coney Island” – produced by Barry Manilow and Michael Lloyd, recorded and mixed by Michael Lloyd
Executive Producer: Garry C. Kief
Associate Producers: Marc Hulett and Greg Bartheld