Swing Street

Swing Street

by Barry Manilow


In the liner notes for Swing Street, Barry Manilow refers to his wish to record a "techno-swing album." While that term conjures images of mechanistic swing sets, it must actually refer to Swing Street's largely synthesized instrumentation. From the first few notes of its title track, the album seems like music made for an audience of mannequins. It certainly swings, especially on tracks like "Big Fun." But it does so in a cold, canned sort of way, suggesting jazz-pop if it was painstakingly recreated by futuristic robot musicologists. Manilow himself fully indulges in the vocal style of the genre, emoting up a storm on "Stardust" and "Summertime," a duet with Diane Schurr that also features the sax of Stan Getz. The latter track is a standout; together with the wistful, piano-driven "Once You Were Mine," it's the most real thing on the album. The rest of Swing Street can't outrun its digital composition, as illustrated by an unfortunate version of "Stompin' at the Savoy," which adds lyrics and sounds like Muzak on Mars.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/04/2002
Label: Bmg Special Product
UPC: 0755174692727
catalogNumber: 46927

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barry Manilow   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Phyllis Hyman   Vocals,Track Performer
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone,Track Performer
Diane Schuur   Vocals,Track Performer
Tom Scott   Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Lorraine Feather   Vocals
Full Swing   Track Performer
Uncle Festive   Track Performer
Eddie Arkin   Horn,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Artie Butler   Piano
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Kid Creole & the Coconuts   Track Performer
Charlotte Crossley   Vocals
August Darnell   Vocals
Lawrence Dermer   Background Vocals
Alan Estes   Percussion
Gary Falcone   Background Vocals
Joe Galdo   Background Vocals
Gary Grant   Horn
Bud Harner   Percussion,Drums
Jerry Hey   Flugelhorn,Horn,Muted Trumpet
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Jon Joyce   Background Vocals
Randy Kerber   Piano
Charles Loper   Horn
Ron Pedley   Piano
Joe Pizzulo   Background Vocals
John Pondel   Guitar
Dave Stone   Bass
Marc Levine   Bass
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Horn
Dann Hugg   Guitar
Larry Hall   Horn
Angie Johnson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Barry Manilow   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Stan Getz   Contributor
Gregg Karukas   Programming
Gerry Mulligan   Contributor
Tom Scott   Contributor
Full Swing   Contributor
Uncle Festive   Contributor
Eddie Arkin   Arranger,Producer
Michael Braunstein   Engineer
Artie Butler   Arranger
Kid Creole & the Coconuts   Contributor
Michael Delugg   Engineer
Lawrence Dermer   Arranger,Producer
Emilio Estefan   Producer
Joe Galdo   Arranger,Producer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Marc Hulett   Executive Producer
Harry Maslin   Engineer
Ed Rak   Engineer
Allen Sides   Engineer
John VanNest   Engineer
Mark Larson   Art Direction
Susan Mendola   Reissue Design
Eric Borenstein   Executive Producer
Emilio and The Jerks   Producer
Eric Schilling   Engineer

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