Here at the Mayflower

Here at the Mayflower

by Barry ManilowBarry Manilow


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Following a number of recordings of cover songs, Barry Manilow returns with Here at the Mayflower, his first album of all-new material in a decade. The break seems to have stoked Manilow's creative fires, as he uses the metaphor of an urban apartment house and its varied inhabitants as the springboard for his most heartfelt work in many years. The Brooklyn-born showman utilizes every musical shading in his vast palette on this thoroughly delightful recording. The ear-grabbing "Turn the Radio Up" is the sort of infectious pop that first turned the former Barry Alan Pincus into a nonstop hit machine; "The Night Tito Played," an homage to the late salsa king Tito Puente, is hip-shakingly irresistible; the lovely "Border Train" is a sweet-sad sojourn in a minor key; and "Talk to Me" is the kind of melancholy ballad that no one does better than Manilow. A concept album populated with touching stories and characters, Mayflower should add to Manilow's already impressive list of 38 Top 40 hits and 50 million records sold. You'll want to visit with Barry and these folks as often as possible.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2001
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431210221
catalogNumber: 2102
Rank: 98089

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barry Manilow   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Dave Koz   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ron Dante   Background Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Larry Corbett   Cello
Joel Derouin   Violin,Concert Master
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Clayton Haslop   Violin
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Clydene Jackson   Background Vocals
Brian Leonard   Violin
Bill Liston   Reeds
Andy Martin   Trombone
Carole Mukogawa   Viola
Kenny O'Brien   Synthesizer,Percussion
Yvonne Williams   Background Vocals
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Ken Berry   Guitar
John Hayhurst   Viola
Larry Williams   Reeds
Michele Richards   Violin

Technical Credits

Barry Manilow   Songwriter,Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Greg Bartheld   Programming,Engineer
Jez Colin   Programming
Garry Kief   Executive Producer
Bruce Sugar   Engineer
Doug Walter   Orchestration
Steve Welch   Orchestration
David Benson   Programming,Producer

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Here at the Mayflower 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To describe this album as an example of any one genre cuts its true character short. Barry Manilow has crafted a work of contemporary musical theater that rivals the storytelling talents of most Broadway fare. The work introduces listeners to a building and its colorful inhabitants. Some have connections to each other, all have connections to the building and its history. Highlights include ''Talk to Me,'' ''Not What You See,'' and ''Some Bar by the Harbor.'' Contemporary music rarely exceeds the quality of this work, from beginning to end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I sat down at my desk to listen to just a few snippets of this new album that was about to be released....I heard songs I liked...I heard songs I thought I didn't like. The amazing thing about this album is that there aren't ANY bad songs. One minus, perhaps, is how many styles it skips around to. I'm sure that will be explained in the story that goes along with the album. The more I listen to these songs the more I LOVE this album...infact, it may very well become my favorite! Barry worked on this for 15 years, but not a masterpiece on this album will ever go out of date. It will simply be classic! I am now counting down the days until I receive my copy. This album deserves two or three listens.....You deserve to listen to it a couple of times, too. I promise you won't be dissapointed! =)...I certainly wasn't. Don't forget to go by tickets for his next tour! Barry Manilow: quoted as ''The Showman of Our Generation'' by Rolling Stone Magazine. This is an album to be listened to again and again and Barry Manilow is a showman to be seen! ENJOY =)
Guest More than 1 year ago
His first all new material album in over a decade, this was definitely worth the wait. Some real gems on this album, which contains stories of people in an apartment building. Great lyrics and melodies will leave you humming the tunes. Highly recommended!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, just the concept of the ''Here At The Mayflower'' CD makes it unique. After listening to the entire CD I realized that each song on this spectacular CD is like a musical snapshot of the lives of the people living in the Mayflower apartment building. I have to admit that I've been a longtime Manilow supporter, and I have enjoyed the different musical styles he has done through the years. However, on ''Here At The Mayflower'' Barry has surpassed even his own greatest work to date. This is a glorious CD, and the talent on this album is awe-inspiring. Also, all 16 songs on ''Here At The Mayflower'' are original, and Manilow worked with some superb collaborators that he has worked with in the past including Adrienne Anderson, Bruce Sussman, Jack Feldman and more. In addition, there are guest artists such as saxophonist Dave Koz, whose contributions are also noteworthy. While listening to this CD, I felt like I was taken on a musical voyage to paradise and back! Not only is this CD Manilow's best CD, it has something for everyone from pop, ballads, jazz, latin salsa, and it all blends together perfectly to paint a musical picture of life at the Mayflower. ''Here At The Mayflower'' is a must have not only for Manilow fans, but for anyone who just enjoys magnificent music!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the Mayflower album. It gave some interesting insight to people and their many facets. The cd depicted the souls of the characters as well as their emotions through the beautiful music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The sample clips from the Mayflower are only seconds long -- need more for a proper Barry fix. Can't wait to get a CD or tape. I'm a little unsure of this album, but am sure when I hear the whole thing, I will be pleased. Barry has never disappointed me before, so I'm sure he won't this time, either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ten years was a long time..I mean I enjoyed the cover songs too, but it's always great to see a composer and arranger go back to doing exactly that. I loveeed ''Border Train'' and ''The Night that Tito Played''. Matter of fact, even the songs I didnt like the first time I listened have grown on me with time. There is only one thing keeping me from giving this album the five star mark...Barry has had this album ready to go for many years, and on some of the uptempo songs, it shows. ''They Danced'', especially, sounds like very dated adult contemporary pop. Still, I'm very dated too so I can live with it..:-) All in all, a welcome return for a man who is soo much more than ''I Write the Songs''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Barry Manilow's new album Here At The Mayflower is one of the best albums that released since late November. With best popular songs like Do You Know Who Living Next Door, Turn The Raido Up, I Hear Her Playing Music, Some Bar By The Harbor, They Dance, Come Monday, Say Goodbye and much more. I really like this album as it's so popular since it was released. I really like Barry Manilow a lot with all of his songs that he writes that are very good. Here At The Mayflower is Barry's new album and it's the story about The Mayflower in Manhattan, NY area in Brooklyn where he grew up as it was from a hotel and then appartments. With the song's that I like from Yesterday & Today. I hope he plans to record a children's album for kid's to like him and release another live concert video on Video & DVD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has been over 10 years since we've had an album of all original music from Barry and it was worth the wait. This is the album that comes closest to topping the creative energy from 2:00 AM PARADISE CAFE. After only a few days, Barry has allowed me to FEEL that I know the people living at The Mayflower as well as I know my own family. The people who live here are just what I expected; people who feel deeply, love intensely, wish and dream - but people who are perhaps, more 'real' than we might guess. There are musical ties to Paradise Cafe, and lyrical ties to Barry's life that may be missed by people who are not long time fans. Thankfully, not knowing Barry's autobiography by heart, will not detract from your enjoyment of this collection of musical character studies. Barry has created something very special with HERE AT THE MAYFLOWER. My best advise? Run, DON'T WALK, to your nearest B & N and grab this CD. You might want to buy extras as back up in case you wear out your first copy. Barry's BACK & BETTER THAN EVER! WELCOME HOME, Barry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The biggest challenge any listener will face when confronted with this CD is knowing how to describe it. ''Here at the Mayflower'' is not pop. It's not jazz. It's not Broadway. It is a major treat for fans who have been yearning for Barry as he was when he first appeared on the musical scene in the 70's -- raw and uninhibited -- in other words, real. Barry surpasses these expectations by bringing back many of his original collaborators and by bringing on board the talent of Dave Koz, who uses his saxaphone to weave a thread throughout the collection that magically pulls it all together. The final element, Barry himself, is not lacking in any degree. His voice sounds as strong now as it did 25 years ago. The fans are not the only ones who will be amazed by what they hear. It's as if Barry was determined to take every critic he's ever had, lock them up together in one room and, one by one, prove them wrong. All those pet ''S'' words that have littered past reviews -- sugary, sweet, saccharin, schmaltz -- have absolutely no relevance here at the Mayflower, where each resident who dwells in this apartment building has his or her own tale to tell. Each story is a song distinctly different from the rest. The musical styles included on this CD -- Broadway, jazz, pop, swing, disco, salsa and even ragtime -- are as varied as the lives of the characters brought to life through the utter frankness of Manilow's brilliant execution. Love, loneliness, despair, intrigue, murder ... it's all there. Pick your passion and lose yourself in a musical montage that will dumbfound Barry's detractors and say ''welcome home'' to the fans who knew, all the time, that Barry's best work was still waiting to surface. That time is now. ''Here at the Mayflower'' is not pop. It's not jazz. It's not Broadway. It is simply wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here At The Mayflower is the album in which Barry Manilow will finally earn his long-overdue respect! Not only is this an exceptional collection of every style of music you could imagine, but it is packaged using a very clever track listing technique. Each song has a title, as well as an apartment number, which help the listener follow the stories of each character living at the Mayflower. For those who simply like to listen to great music, this album will provide you with all the pleasure you seek. For those who want a little more from their musical experience, this album will make you THINK and FEEL! Stand out selections include: Come Monday, Talk To Me, Freddie Said, Say Goodbye and She Should'a Been Mine. Give it a listen! You'll have a difficult time turning it off!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for smartly written lyrics and beautifully orchestrated mixes for years....I can finally say that this is the album - Thanks BARRY! Thanks for letting us have a choice over Britney Spears, NSYNCH or Christina Aguilera!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that this is his best yet
Guest More than 1 year ago
Manilow at his best composing pop,jazz & latin beats. Loved the reference to the late Tito Puente in the latin tinged The Night Tito Played. This is a concept CD that is skillfully carried out. Even if you have not been a big Manilow fan this is a CD you should consider for your collection. You will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Manilow just doesn't know how to stop making me laugh, cry, or dance. Mayflower album is very exciting, chilling, yet powerful. I'll only give a small piece of advice...listen with headphones on to capture the full intent of what he's saying.