Barry Manilow My Dream Duets on LP
11 Unprecedented Virtual Duets with Mama Cass, Whitney Houston, John Denver, Judy Garland, Dusty Springfield, Sammy Davis Jr, Marilyn Monroe & Louis Armstrong Among Others
Vocal Tracks for Each Guest Artist Were Extracted from the Original Source Recordings
Modern technology has given Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning musician and pop legend Barry Manilow the opportunity to record his "dream" duets with his own musical heroes on his latest album, My Dream Duets. From cherished idols like Judy Garland and Louis Armstrong to contemporary icons like Whitney Houston and John Denver, they have all joined Barry in his "virtual recording studio."
Through the miracle of modern technology, the original vocal tracks for each guest artist on My Dream Duets have been extracted from their original source recordings, allowing Manilow to re-orchestrate the arrangements, record new musical tracks, and then transport the guest vocals into vibrant new settings. In this way, he not only pays homage to his duet partners but, he also brings them into the modern era by transforming them into recordings that are instantly familiar yet refreshingly new.
"The songs have all new arrangements and sound as if they were recorded yesterday," said Manilow. "The album is a miracle. It's been a huge undertaking, musically and technically." Manilow's joy standing shoulder-to-shoulder next to these musical giants is evident on each track. He adds, "Having the opportunity to record these legendary standards with artists whom I admire so much was really a dream come true."
"In addition to being one of the world's most successful singers, songwriters, performers and recording artists, Barry is an absolutely brilliant arranger and musician," said David Foster, record producer and Chairman of the Verve Music Group. "The way he has taken the classic solo performances of the many iconic artists on My Dream Duets, transforming them into songs arranged for two voices, is an incredible artistic accomplishment. This album is really a crowning achievement in an unprecedented career spanning many decades. I couldn't be more proud to welcome Barry to the Verve family."
Barry Manilow's unparalleled career encompasses virtually every arena of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment. With worldwide record sales exceeding 80 million, he is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time with over 50 top 40 hits.
Barry Manilow My Dream Duets Track Listing:
1. The Song's Gotta Come From The Heart with Jimmy Durante
2. Goody Goody with Frankie Lymon
3. Dream A Little Dream Of Me with Mama Cass
4. I Believe In You And Me with Whitney Houston
5. Sunshine On My Shoulders with John Denver
6. Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart with Judy Garland
7. Moon River with Andy Williams
8. The Look Of Love with Dusty Springfield
9. The Candyman with Sammy Davis, Jr.
10. I Wanna Be Loved By You with Marilyn Monroe
11. What A Wonderful World/What A Wonderful Life with Louis Armstrong