15 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On This One’s For You (1976), Barry Manilow further refined his trademark mixture of rousing upbeat numbers and intimate ballads. By this time he had established a phenomenally strong bond with his audience, who embraced him both as a masterful performer and as a lovable Everyman. The album’s title track speaks volumes about his appeal — Manilow could sing to a vast audience and still make his songs seem intended for that one special person listening out in the crowd. “See The Show Again” and “Weekend In New England” likewise touch a resonantly romantic chord. Moving beyond the moonlight and roses, Barry blasts through such jubilant numbers as the buoyant “Daybreak” and the 1940s swing invocation “Jump Shout Boogie.” If there’s a central tune here, it’s the chart-topping single “Looks Like We Made It,” a bittersweet toast to love, fate and acceptance. Barry’s Brooklyn-bred persona — at once sophisticated and starry-eyed — gives this album its unity and heart. This One’s For You is prime Manilow, a valentine of an album sent out to each and every fan.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On This One’s For You (1976), Barry Manilow further refined his trademark mixture of rousing upbeat numbers and intimate ballads. By this time he had established a phenomenally strong bond with his audience, who embraced him both as a masterful performer and as a lovable Everyman. The album’s title track speaks volumes about his appeal — Manilow could sing to a vast audience and still make his songs seem intended for that one special person listening out in the crowd. “See The Show Again” and “Weekend In New England” likewise touch a resonantly romantic chord. Moving beyond the moonlight and roses, Barry blasts through such jubilant numbers as the buoyant “Daybreak” and the 1940s swing invocation “Jump Shout Boogie.” If there’s a central tune here, it’s the chart-topping single “Looks Like We Made It,” a bittersweet toast to love, fate and acceptance. Barry’s Brooklyn-bred persona — at once sophisticated and starry-eyed — gives this album its unity and heart. This One’s For You is prime Manilow, a valentine of an album sent out to each and every fan.

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