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Live concert footage and extremely close shots taken from a camera near the front row during the 1998 United Kingdom tour. For anyone who loves Manilow, this is the closest we've seen him on video yet!
IÂ?d Really Love To See You Tonight
I Wanna Do It With You
DonÂ?t Get Around Much Anymore
As Time Goes By (previously unrecorded)
No Other Love
If I Should Love Again
IÂ?m Your Man
Sweet Heaven (IÂ?m In Love Again)
Could It Be Magic
I Write The Songs
ItÂ?s A Miracle
YouÂ?re There We Live On Borrowed Time
(This DVD is NTSC format, and is for all regions. Features Dolby Digital stereo soundtrack)
Posted by Debbie Martin, on Oct 25th 2017
"Barry Manilow Close Up!" should have the title changed to "Close Up AND PERSONAL" because we get the most personal glimpse of Barry the Performer than in any video he has released .. EVER!
This video is from his 1996 tour of the UK. He played multiple cities in England, Scotland and Wales. Every show was captured in it's entirety, then the best segments from each night were edited together to give the feeling of one concert. The result is an experience of the most funny and most moving moments of the tour. For each segment a graphic appears to tell us which city the piece was taken from.
That should be reason aplenty to get this video, but there are more. The camera was located very close to the action. The viewer gets the feeling that you are sitting on the stage . There are super close-up shots of blue Barry eyes and infectious Barry smiles. We get to see the whole Barry, too. Like when he's feeling a little frisky and does a strip tease to "Sweet Heaven" ... yes, a strip tease. It's more "tease" than "strip" but his playfulness is adorable. And one night when he sat and chatted. Barry starts telling a story and when he's forced to say a slightly naughty word, he cracks himself up and has the audience roaring. And his hit songs? There are a LOT of hits, most of them performed in their entirety... music swelling as Barry is belting out that gut-grabbing lyric like only Barry can. Then the pin-drop silence when he sings "You're There" with an impact that brings some to tears.
I remind you that these shows were mostly shot with one camera. It's the same camera that shows the live action on those giant TV monitors in big arenas. A typical professionally filmed Manilow concert for video release will use 3 to 5 cameras with sophisticated optics and capabilities. This video doesn't match that level of technical perfection, but it still looks great, even on a big screen television set. And there is something to be said for the intimacy between Barry and his audience. It comes across very well in this video. Perhaps it's because those professionally engineered concert tapings change the emotion just a twinge. This video is the most relaxed and it does the best job of giving that "being there" feeling.