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Greatest Hits
Barry Manilow

Arista 8601
Released: November 1978
Chart Peak: #7
Weeks Charted: 75
Certified 3x Platinum: 9/2/87

Manilow has had a load of albums, but essentially he is a singles artist. This first Greatest Hits collection is the place to start, for those desiring an introduction to one of the most successful MOR singers of all time. Among the songs included in this collection are "Mandy," "Looks Like We Made It," "Can't Smile Without You," "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again," and "Daybreak." * * * *

- Rick Clark , The All-Music Guide to Rock, 1995.

So it's high on cheese factor, but in a smoked Gouda kind of way: old and sappy but wonderful. The amazing songwriter/pianist/performer ruled the '70s with sentimental, theatrical ballads that stick to the brain. This out-of-print double LP went triple platinum, but if you can't find it, go for the three separate greatest hits CDs or try Ultimate Manilow and take him on a long drive -- you'll be hoarse when you arrive, busting out of the closet to say it loud and say it proud: "I'm a Barry fan." * * * *

- Zagat Survey Music Guide - 1,000 Top Albums of All Time, 2003.

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