'Mandy' became the lynchpin for BARRY MANILOW II, which soon spun off a second solid pop and Adult Contemporary chart hit in early '75 with 'It's A Miracle? Spurred by the album'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 'Could It Be Magic?' (based on Chopin's Prelude in C Minor).
This expanded edition of BARRY MANILOW II adds 'Halfway Over The Hill', a tune written by Barry that did not make the cut for his second album and 'Good News', 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 Somebody's Baby
2. Early Morning Strangers
3. Mandy (#1 Pop, #2 AC)
4. The Two Of Us
5. Something's Comin' Up
6. (#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.