ALBUM : DREAM DUETS
ARTIST : BARRY MANILOW
GENRE : TRADITIONAL POP /ADULT CONTEMPORARY
DATE RELEASED : 2014
When you read on the title credits of each song so that you will know whom he duetted with, you realized that the album is aptly titled as dream duets. The singers he sang with in this album are all dead; it is a dream indeed to duet with them in the first place. Indeed, if you want to be creepy this Halloween and All Soul’s Day, this is a good way to begin with; listening to your favorite singers who are all dead.
Watch unofficial video of “What A Wonderful World” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tczQ65EoCGI.
There are different kinds of emotions that you will feel when you listen to this album.
- You feel a pang of regret for Whitney Houston when you try to finish “I Believe In You and Me.” You wonder if they Barry Manilow sang so good in here, then all other singers must complement the bar Whitney has raised when it comes to quality singing.
Watch video of “I Believe In You and Me” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlUpuvqIlTA.
- You feel sadness and fondness when you hear the familiar strain of Sunshine on My Shoulder. It will make you listen to John Denver all over again. It was a good trick mashing up harmonica version of “Take Me Home Country Road” in the middle of their duet.
- You will be surprised just how good singer Marilyn Monroe is “I Wanna Be Loved You” if your idea of sultry singer is limited to Madonna only.
Listen to Marilyn Monroe singing “I Wanna Be Loved By You” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eDHlgnRuaM.
- You would remember your cherished childhood memories when you discover after listening to “The CandyMan” that Sammy Davis was really a delightful singer.
- You would miss your love ones the moment you hear the voice of Andy Williams in “Moon River” and Dusty Springfield in “The Look of Love.”
- You feel huge respect for Barry Manilow as he really played support in his duet with Louis Armstrong in “What A Wonderful World.”
Watch Barry Manilow’s version of “The Look of Love” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4j5Qgq1zXw.
It is interesting to note that not all artists were all able to duet to most of these dead singers. Thus, it is quite a feat for Barry Manilow to come up with this album. Not only to realize his dream duets but also to re-acquaint young listeners to the artistry of these long gone singers. I rate this record 4 stars out of 5 stars.
1 stars = Ignore it
2 stars = risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 stars = buy, keep, and treasure it