NEW YORK, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ — Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning Arista recording artist Barry Manilow just announced the release of his new album, THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE EIGHTIES, a brand new 12-song collection that will arrive in stores on Arista Records on November 25th.
Working with longtime collaborator Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer of Sony BMG Worldwide, Manilow and co-producers Scott Erickson and Michael Lloyd have crafted a CD collection of instant memories.
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 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! featuringGeorge Michael; Rick Astley’s #1 “Never Gonna Give You Up”; and a song thatVan Morrison first wrote and recorded in 1989, “Have I Told You Lately,” which later became a giant hit forRod 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.”