Three of Barry Manilow's early hit albums will be reissued in expanded form May 9 via Legacy/Arista. 1974's "Manilow II," 1975's "Tryin' To Get the Feeling" and 1978's "Even Now" will each feature two
Three of Barry Manilow's early hit albums will be reissued in expanded form May 9 via Legacy/Arista. 1974's "Manilow II," 1975's "Tryin' To Get the Feeling" and 1978's "Even Now" will each feature two previously unreleased bonus tracks.
"Manilow II" launched the artist into the pop music stratosphere, thanks to the singles "Mandy," which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "It's a Miracle," which reached No. 12. The new edition features an early version of album track "Home Again" dubbed "Into Lovin' You" and the unreleased "Star Children," which Manilow wrote in 1971 in tribute to fallen rock heroes Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison.
"Tryin' To Get the Feeling" was Manilow's first top 5 album chart entry and spawned the No. 1 smash "I Write the Songs" and the No. 10 title track. It is expanded here with the previously unreleased Melissa Manchester co-write "Good News," as well as "One Hundred Women Later."
By "Even Now," Manilow was one of the most popular artists in the world, a stature he cemented with the iconic disco-themed single "Copacabana (At the Copa)." The new edition's bonus tracks are co-writes with Carole Bayer Sager on "I'm Comin' Home Again" and Adrienne Anderson on "Make You Music."
Manilow is enjoying a banner 2006 thanks to his latest Arista studio album, "The Greatest Songs of the Fifties." The set has sold more than 568,000 copies in the United States since its January release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Look for the artist to appear on this week's episode of "American Idol" and in May on NBC's "Today" summer concert series.