Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning Arista recording artist Barry Manilow will release his new album, “The Greatest Songs of The Eighties,” a brand new 12-song collection that will arrive in stores from Arista Records on November 25, Access Hollywood has confirmed.
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”continues the series that began nearly three years ago with “The Greatest Songs of The Fifties” which was certified RIAA platinum after entering the Billboard 200 at #1 in January 2006 (his first #1 album since Barry Manilow/Live in 1977). “The Greatest Songs of The Sixties” (October 2006) entered at #2. When the RIAA platinum “The Greatest Songs of The Seventies” entered at #4 (September 2007), he was distinguished as the only artist to chart three Top 5 debuts during 2006-2007.
“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! featuring George Michael; Rick Astley’s #1 “Never Gonna Give You Up”; and a song that Van Morrison first wrote and recorded in 1989, “Have I Told You Lately,” which later became a giant hit for Rod 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.”
Barry Manilow: “The Greatest Songs of The Eighties” (tentative track listing and subject to change):
“Islands in the Stream” duet with Reba McEntire
“Never Gonna Give You Up”
“Have I Told You Lately”
“I Just Called to Say I Love You”
“Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)”
“Right Here Waiting”
“Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do)”
“Hard to Say I’m Sorry”
“Time After Time”
“I’ve Had the Time of My Life”