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Barry Manilow - This Is My Town (CD)

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A New York native, Barry Manilow returns with an album dedicated to the city which made him through a thematic song-cycle celebrating the Big Apple

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A New York native, Barry Manilow returns with an album dedicated to the city which made him through a thematic song-cycle celebrating the Big Apple

This Is My Town: Songs of New York is the album Barry Manilow was born to make. A native New Yorker, Barry's been in love with the rhythms, melodies and music of the Big Apple since childhood. Now, with the release of his new album, out on 21 April on Verve Label Group, he's "saying thanks to the city for giving me my ambition, my sense of humour and my decency" with a thematic song-cycle celebrating his home town.

"I'm grateful for having been raised there because I've always felt grounded," he says. “One of the things I'm most proud of is that having gone through the hurricane of success, I feel I'm still the same guy that took the subway every day to work in Manhattan. And I attribute that grounding to being raised in New York."

More than a year in creation, This Is My Town: Songs of New York premieres ten new Barry Manilow studio recordings with the songs evenly divided between new original Manilow compositions and standards evoking the spirit and energy of New York City. While writing his own songs for the album, Barry made demos of the classic New York-inspired songs he loved to sing.

"I didn't want to do a full original album," he says. "It felt like it would be cheating the public to not give them the old songs that they knew. I must have done 50 demos of standards as I was writing the original songs. That's what took the longest: to choose the standards. And, of course, to write the originals."

Tracklisting:
1 This Is My Town
2 New York City Rhythm / On Broadway
3 Coney Island
4 Lonely Town
5 Lovin’ At Birdland
6 Downtown / Uptown
7 On The Roof
8 I Dig New York
9 The Brooklyn Bridge (Virtual Duet with Mel Tormé)
10 NYC Medley

Release Date: 2017-05-05

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