Personnel: Barry Manilow (piano); Dean Parks, Laurence Juber, Tim Pierce (guitar); Gayle Levant (harp); Assa Drori, Alyssa Park, Lisa Dondlinger, Miran Kojian, Ron Folsom, Jennifer Munday, Brian Benning, Irina Voloshina, Songa Lee, Anatoly Rosinsky, Cynthia Moussas, Johana Krejci, Katia Popov, Audrey Solomon, Rita Weber, Becky Bunnell, Joel Derouin, Kevin Connolly, Neel Hammond, Darius Campo, Liane Mautner, Tereza Stanislav (violin); Dave Walther, Victoria Miskolczy, Ray Tischer, Roland Kato, Harry Shirinian, Rodney Wirtz, Alma Fernandez (viola); Gary Foster, Gene Cipriano, Greg Huckins, Dave Hill , Lee Callet, Bob Sheppard, Dave Shostac (woodwinds); Larry McGuire, Charles Davis , Warren Luening, Wayne Bergeron (trumpet); Paul Klintworth, Justin Hageman, Jim Atkinson, Steve Becknell (French horn); Charlie Morillas, Phil Teele, Charles Loper, Bob McChesney (trombone); Alan Broadbent, Randy Kerber (piano); Gregg Field, Carlos Vega, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Paulhinho Dacosta, Brian Kilgore (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Michael Lloyd .
Recording information: 20th Century Fox Scoring Stage, Los Angeles, CA; Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Peppertree Studios, Palm Springs, CA; The Studio One, Beverly Hills, CA.
Photographer: Greg Gorman.
Ceasing his romantic decade -- overviews of the '80s -- because, really, what `90s love songs are there for him to croon outside of "My Heart Will Go On" -- Barry Manilow doubles back for 2010's The Greatest Love Songs of All Time, picking great romantic tunes from the 20th century, ranging from "The Twelfth of Never," "You Made Me Love You," and "How Deep Is the Ocean?" to "We've Only Just Begun," "Love Me Tender," "The Look of Love," and "I Only Have Eyes for You." As the title suggests, this collection of 13 songs is very much cut from the same cloth as its four predecessors, favoring the familiar to the obscure, relying on the same clean, efficient production that lets the songs and his personality shine in equal measure. Although this is certainly a modern production -- albeit one with keyboard sounds straight out of 1987 -- this isn't a record that feels contemporary, and Manilow doesn't reinterpret the songs so much as sing them his way.which is all that he needs to do, of course, as that's all that his fans want. In other words, The Greatest Love Songs of All Time doesn't disappoint: it delivers what it promises, no more and no less. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine