Â?MandyÂ? became the lynchpin for BARRY MANILOW II, which soon spun off a second solid pop and Adult Contemporary chart hit in early Â?75 with Â?ItÂ?s A Miracle.Â? Spurred by the albumÂ?s platinum success (and an 87-week stay on the chart), Arista repackaged and re-released the debut, re-titled as Barry Manilow I, and it launched a summertime hit with Â?Could It Be MagicÂ? (based on ChopinÂ?s Prelude in C Minor). There are many other gems to be found on BARRY MANILOW II including co-writes with lyricists Hal David (Â?Early Morning StrangersÂ?) and Enoch Anderson (Â?I Want To Be SomebodyÂ?s Baby,Â? Â?SandraÂ?); a tribute to Martha & the Vandellas (Â?My Baby Loves MeÂ?), and a show-stopping arrangement of Count BasieÂ?s Â?Avenue C,Â? with the 1960s lyrics by Jon Hendricks, a portent of BarryÂ?s big band projects to come in the Â?80s.
This expanded edition of BARRY MANILOW II adds Â?Halfway Over The Hill,Â? a tune written by Barry that did not make the cut for his second album and Â?Good News,Â? a song that he wrote with fellow Arista singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester.
(Arista/Legacy 82876 81237 2, originally issued November 1974, as Arista 4016)
1. I Want To Be SomebodyÂ?s Baby
2. Early Morning Strangers
3. Mandy (#1 Pop, #2 AC)
4. The Two Of Us
5. SomethingÂ?s CominÂ? Up
6. ItÂ?s A Miracle (#12 Pop, #1 AC)
7. Avenue C
8. My Baby Loves Me
10. Home Again
11. Good News (previously unreleased bonus track)
12. Halfway Over The Hill.