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Barry Manilow II

Barry Manilow II is the second studio album by Barry Manilow released in 1974. It included the mega hit song "Mandy", as well as "It's a Miracle"; the cut "Sandra" was later recorded by Dusty Springfield. First issued by Bell Records, it was reissued after the company was reorganized into Arista Records.

Barry Manilow II
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1, 1974
1996 (re-release)
2006 (re-release)
GenrePop
Easy listening
Soft rock
Length38:14 (original release)
41:37 (1996 re-release)
44:23 (2006 re-release)
LabelBell
Arista (Re-release)
ProducerBarry Manilow, Ron Dante
Barry Manilow chronology
Barry Manilow
(1973)
Barry Manilow II
(1974)
Tryin' to Get the Feeling
(1975)
Singles from Barry Manilow II
  1. "Mandy"/"Something's Comin' Up"
    Released: October 7, 1974
  2. "It's a Miracle"
    Released: 1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars link
Robert ChristgauC link
Rolling Stone(unfavorable) link

The cover art was later parodied by Ray Stevens on the picture sleeve of his 1979 single, "I Need Your Help Barry Manilow".

Contents

Track listingEdit

Side 1Edit

  1. "I Want To Be Somebody's Baby" - 4:18 (Barry Manilow, Enoch Anderson)
  2. "Early Morning Strangers" - 3:24 (Barry Manilow, Hal David)
  3. "Mandy" - 3:32 (Scott English, Richard Kerr)
  4. "The Two of Us" - 3:05 (Barry Manilow, Marty Panzer)
  5. "Something's Comin' Up" - 2:51 (Barry Manilow)

Side 2Edit

  1. "It's a Miracle" - 3:58 (Barry Manilow, Marty Panzer)
  2. "Avenue C" - 2:37 (Buck Clayton, Jon Hendricks, Dave Lambert)
  3. "My Baby Loves Me" - 3:18 (Ivy Hunter, Sylvia Moy, William "Mickey" Stevenson)
  4. "Sandra" - 4:35 (Barry Manilow, Enoch Anderson)
  5. "Home Again" - 5:34 (Barry Manilow, Marty Panzer)

1996 RemasterEdit

  1. I Wanna Be Somebody's Baby
  2. Early Morning Strangers
  3. Mandy
  4. The Two Of Us
  5. Something's Comin' Up
  6. It's a Miracle
  7. Avenue C
  8. My Baby Loves Me
  9. Sandra
  10. Home Again

Bonus:

  1. Halfway Over The Hill

2006 Expanded EditionEdit

  1. I Wanna Be Somebody's Baby
  2. Early Morning Strangers
  3. Mandy
  4. The Two Of Us
  5. Something's Comin' Up
  6. It's A Miracle
  7. Avenue C
  8. My Baby Loves Me
  9. Sandra
  10. Home Again

Bonus:

  1. Good News
  2. Halfway Over The Hill

PersonnelEdit

  • Barry Manilow: lead vocals, backing vocals, rhythm arrangements, acoustic piano (1-6, 9, 10)
  • Don Grolnick: acoustic piano (7)
  • Ellen Starr: acoustic piano (8)
  • Jon Stroll: clavinet (1), electric piano (2-6, 8, 9, 10)
  • John Barranco: guitar (1, 6)
  • Dick Frank: guitar (1, 6, 8, 9, 10)
  • Bob Mann: guitar (1, 6, 10)
  • Charlie Brown: guitar (2, 3, 10)
  • Stuart Scharf: guitar (2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10)
  • Sam T. Brown: guitar (7)
  • Will Lee: bass (1, 2, 3, 5, 6)
  • Russell George: bass (4, 8, 9, 10)
  • Bob Cranshaw: bass (7)
  • Chris Parker: drums (1, 6)
  • Jimmy Young: drums (2, 3, 5)
  • Bill Lavorgna: drums (7)
  • Allan Schwartzberg: drums (8, 9, 10)
  • Lee Gurst: percussion (1, 6)
  • Norman Pride: congas (1, 2, 5-8, 10)
  • George Young: saxophone (2)
  • Artie Kaplan: saxophone (6)
  • Stanley Schwartz: saxophone (6)
  • Jack Cortner: horn and string arrangements
  • Ron Dante: backing vocals
  • Melvin Kent: backing vocals (1)
  • Ken Williams: backing vocals (1)
  • Charlotte Crossley: backing vocals (6)
  • Robin Grean: backing vocals (6)
  • Sharon Redd: backing vocals (6)

ProductionEdit