... that Barry Manilow had Top 40 hits with, two of them ("Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again", 1976; "The Old Songs", 1981) at least. Not the only time, to be sure, that Manilow hit with someone else's material--e.g., the Beach Boys' Bruce Johnston's "I Write The Songs"--but some indication of David Pomeranz's songwriting chops. David offers his own version of "Tryin'" on this, his debut/only album for Arista, and surrounds that cut with other beautifully-sung, piano-based adult contemporary pop that went largely unnoticed upon release in 1976.
And that's a shame, because the talent on display should have been obvious. Although what was side one in the LP format is loaded up with the stronger songs, even the weaker cuts ("Greyhound Mary", "Home to Alaska") have their moments, while the best tracks sound like AC hits waiting to happen. Out of print on vinyl for decades--I still have a well-preserved copy on the shelf--and tough to find on CD, it's a small miracle that this obscure recording has been made available for download. Which I did, immediately. Highly recommended for fans of the genre.