Welcome Back, Barry!!
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Barry Manilow returned for his third tenure at Arista and this cd was the first of a string of "songbooks" celebrating the best of pop music of a select decade. Barry's "Greatest Songs Of The Fifties" would be the launch of this series, interesting to me he didn't start with earlier decades like the 20's or 30's, those decades produced the greatest pre-rock standards but those songs were touched upon with the Big Band and Sinatra tribute releases. This disc delves into what this title is, the absolute definitve pre-rock pop of the 50's. Barry steered clear of the burgeoning style of rock and roll. "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing" is one of the many outstanding tracks this cd has to offer. 2006 was a rather prolific year for Barry, he would follow up this cd with the "Greatest Songs Of The Sixties" only nine months later.