Personnel includes: Barry Manilow (vocals); Patrick Williams, Johnny Mandel, Artie Butler, Don Sebesky, Eddie Karam (conductor); John Chiodini, Dennis Budimir, John Pisano, Jim Fox, Paul Viapiano, Dean Parks (guitar); James Harrah (electric guitar); Patricia Aiken, Tamsen Beseke, Eve Butler (violin); Margot Aldcroft, Marilyn Baker, Denyse Buffum (viola); Rober Adcock, Jodi Burnett (cello); Julie Berghofer (harp); Michael Melvoin, Pete Jolly, Thomas Rainer (piano); Doug Besterman, PierGiorgio Bertucelli, Michael Skloff (keyboards, programming); Charles Domanico, Ray Brown, Charles Berghofer (bass); John Pena (electric bass); Jeffrey Hamilton, Albie Berk, Gregg Field (drums); Larry Bunker, Daniel Greco (percussion).
Principally recorded at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California. Includes liner notes by Barry Manilow and Phil Ramone.
SINGS SINATRA was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance. "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning" was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).
Barry Manilow has always been conscious of his historical pop roots, from Broadway to jazz. Witness 2:00 A.M. PARADISE CAFE, his surprise 1984 small-group outing with Gerry Mulligan. So it should be no surprise that Manilow has released his Sinatra album in the tribute-laden wake of the great man's demise. Though lushly arranged by such luminaries as Johnny Mandel and Don Sebesky, MANILOW SINGS SINATRA is a smartly produced, brisk affair of which the Chairman himself might have approved.
Manilow is relaxed throughout and wisely makes no attempt to mimic Sinatra's jaunty persona on the swinging numbers nor the tragic loner of the ballads. He does shine on "Strangers In The Night" and "Angel Eyes," perhaps because their shifting changes are closer to his own style. All in all, a risky proposition brought off in style, and one that should please Manilow fans especially.