Note: this release was originally purchased as a LP, later replaced by a CD.
This album contained Manilow's last top ten pop single and signaled that while Manilow's easy listening formula was constant, pop culture moves on (until it cycles back for retro-stardom). In truth, this is a fairly decent 1978 album released at the end of 1980. I dig it for reasons of nostalgia and as a skinny high school freshman, I yet hadn't begun my failed attempts at being a New Wave Johnny Slash wannabe, so I could still listen to Manilow. The critics liked it more than I did but yeah, I still sing along with Barry to all these tracks, what of it?
|Billboard, December 6, 1980, p. 45|
Note: Barry got the album spotlight in that issue over REO Speedwagon's Hi Infidelity. Oops.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #15
Tracks: Top ten hit (I Made It Through the Rain), intentional and unintentional novelty songs (Bermuda Triangle, Only In Chicago, The Last Duet), mid-tempo filler (Twenty-Four Hours A Day, Dance Away, London), and, of course, ballads (Lonely Together, Life Will Go On, We Still Have Time).
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: In 1980, I still bought every Manilow album upon release. Even though I held on for another album, I could tell that maybe it was time to seek other easy listening options (then I discovered smooth jazz and all bets were off).
Previously revisited for the blog:
Ultimate Manilow (2002)
If I Should Love Again (1981)
One Voice (1979)
Even Now (1978)
Tryin' To Get The Feeling (1975)