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Barry Manilow: Live! (Widescreen)
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Barry Manilow is a master showman who makes each lyrical passage an intimate gift to fans. His sold-out performance in the heart of Music City USA provides insights and highlights into this exceptional performer's 25-year career. From the first standing ovation to the last, Barry Manilow's diverse style will enchant any music enthusiast. Songs: Could It Be Magic?, Somewhere in the Night, Tryin' to Get the Feeling, Can't Smile Without You, Bandstand Boogie, Mandy, Even Now, Daybreak, Flight of the Bumblebee, All the Time, New York City Rhythm, Every Single Day, I am Your Child, This One's for You, Sinatra Overture, Chicago (My Kind of Town), That's Life, When October Goes, Weekend in New England, Copacabana, I Made It Through the Rain, One Voice/I Write the Songs, Stars in the Night, Could It Be Magic?
Even before he steps out onto the stage, the audience is on its feet clapping and screaming for Barry Manilow. Walking out and launching into "Could It Be Magic?" Manilow proves his pipes are as strong and clear as ever and his suits still dapper. He promises "beautiful melodies, passionate lyrics, great grooves, and maybe even some swiveling hips" to the delight of the sold-out house. The video was filmed in Nashville in February 2000 and includes half an hour of footage not included in the direct TV broadcast.
A consummate showman, Manilow performs 24 of his biggest hits accompanied by full orchestra. "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again" speaks to everyone whose heart has been broken but holds out for love. During "Can't Smile Without You," the audience holds up signs bearing smiley faces, hearts, and "ME" in hopes that Manilow will pick them for his traditional duet. "Bandstand Boogie," the long-time theme song for American Bandstand, rocks the house. Then Manilow brings it down for perennial favorite, "Mandy," which segues into "Even Now."
Manilow's timing is impeccable, and he knows exactly how to work the adoring crowd. The accordion interlude is particularly amusing, as is "Flight of the Bumblebee" played on a kazoo. Mixing pop, jazz, disco, and big band, Manilow moves smoothly through the two-hour set, alternately sitting at the piano or standing at the mike. The bluesy "That's Life" gets an infusion of energy from audience participation, and "Copacabana" is just as infectious as ever (with Manilow doing a little of that hip-swiveling). Ending with a heartfelt encore of "Stars in the Night," Manilow Live! is a must-have for fans of the man. --Dana Van Nest --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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I never realized the "warmth" this wonderful man has. As he sang, he "felt" his music. Also, his interchange with a fan from the audience, who sang a duet with him, was truly "touching".
For whatever reason, I've never thought of Barry Manilow as sexy, but this DVD totally changed my mind. He is just a living doll. What I would give to have someone with that caring, charisma and humor in my life.
Seems Mr. Manilow lives next to Suzanne Somers and they have become wonderful friends. How I envy her. I bet he's a great friend.
As I watched this DVD I couldn't help but think to myself what a wonderful face this man has. That warm, wonderful, gentle smile. And . . . those eyes. You could see the purity in this man's soul. He has, in my opinion, the face of an "angel", and he and his music are truly a "gift" straight from God.
This DVD contains a song I used to love, which I had forgotten about. Never one of his big hits, but a wonderful song called "All The Time". I felt the tears on my cheek when I listened to him sing that song.
If you want a true "experience", purchase this DVD. I promise you, you will receive the "warm fuzzies" more than once.
I so enjoyed this DVD, that I bought his music "boxed" set, which is a great buy. Eagerly awaiting my delivery.
I hope Barry considers doing another live concert on DVD in the near future. WOW! What a wonderful entertainer.
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A strong performance with all the great songs. Manilow has the audience in the palm of his hand. Orchestration is excellent, video on DVD looks great. Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by Edward P. Malinowski
Barry Manilow is one of the greatest entertainers today. I purchased this DVD yesterday and I wasn't dissapointed. Read morePublished on April 14 2004 by Shaun Arbuckle
I just opened the dvd today, and popped it in my computer. I couldn't turn it off!!!! It is awesome from the beginning to the end. Anyone who loves great music should by this. Read morePublished on April 9 2004 by BRIAN
BARRY MANILOW LIVE IS SIMPLY MAGIC,FROM THE MOMENT HE SETS FOOT ON STAGE YOU ANTISIPATE SOMETHING IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN AND IT DOES. Read morePublished on April 26 2003 by M. geffen
Barry is one of the most gifted song writers and consumate performers to ever take the stage. This is a wonderfully produced dvd and has most of his greatest hits. Read morePublished on March 3 2003 by joham
Finding this video brought back memories of a magical Manilow concert under the stars in August of '99. For personal reasons, it had been a hard summer for me. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2002 by Baggy
Overall quality of the recording and the surround sound was good, but I couldn't pickup the "fat bottom" bass sound on my sub-woofer. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2002
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