- Released: October 11, 1994
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
- 1.Singin' With the Big Bands
- 2.Sentimental Journey - (featuring Les Brown)
- 3.And the Angels Sing
- 4.Green Eyes - (featuring The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra / Rosemary Clooney)
- 5.I Should Care
- 6.Don't Get Around Much Anymore - (featuring Duke Ellington Orchestra)
- 7.I Can't Get Started
- 8.Chattanooga Choo Choo - (featuring The Glenn Miller Orchestra)
- 9.Moonlight Serenade
- 10.On the Sunny Side of the Street - (featuring Tommy Dorsey Orchestra)
- 11.All or Nothing At All - (featuring Harry James Orchestra)
- 12.I'll Never Smile Again - (featuring Tommy Dorsey Orchestra)
- 13.I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You
- 14.Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree - (featuring Debra Byrd / The Glenn Miller Orchestra)
- 15.In Apple Blossom Time
- 16.Where Does the Time Go?
Personnel includes: Barry Manilow (vocals); Artie Butler, Les Brown, Dick Hyman, Mike Melvoln (conductor); Buddy Morrow (leader, trombone); Jim Miller, Mercer Ellington, Larry O'Brien, Art DePew (leader); Charlie Young (alto saxophone); Warren Leuning (trumpet); Bill Watrous (trombone); Debra Byrd, Kevin DiSimone, Margaret Dorn, James Jolis, Jon Joyce, Don Shelton, Donna Davidson, Susan Boyd (background vocals); Rosemary Clooney, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Engineers includes: Gary Chester, John Richards, Allen Abrahamson.
Recorded at Edison Studios, New York, New York; Capitol Studios and Ocean Way Studios, Hollywood, California; Westlake Studios and Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, California.
The rock and roll era of the 1950s and early '60s was largely a transitional period between one style of R&B and another. There was the combo style that evolved into modern rock and pop, as well as the mix of pop, blues and big band sounds dating from the swing era onward, which produced the hybrid sounds of early rock 'n' roll. If you examine the pedigree of most '50s rock and roll session men, they were jazz veterans of dance happy big bands.
It is this milieu which preceded Barry Manilow's formative years as fledgling songwriter, and it is here he turns for inspiration on SINGIN' WITH THE BIG BANDS. Manilow transports himself back to the Brooklyn Paramount in 1943 on the title tune, and subsequently takes the subway into the latter with a lift from the venerable Rosemary Clooney.
Unlike his sister of swing, Linda Ronstadt (who made an excursion into the genre through the midwifery of Nat "King" Cole and Frank Sinatra's arranger, Nelson Riddle), Manilow recreates the ambience of the original orchestras with, in many cases, the actual orchestras, as presently constituted (minus their departed leaders and most original soloists). Alternating between dance tunes and ballads, Manilow's take on Ellington's "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" is sassy and brassy, while he milks the sentimental melody of "Moonlight Serenade" for all its worth.