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One man's opinion -- given Barry Manilow's Holiday Inn on US 1 karaoke night style, it's particuarly 
cheezy, and somewhat morbid. Can't he just coast on his dull 70's hits? Won't living people sing 
duets with him?

I've never liked the idea of "dueting" with tapes of dead people. I didn't even like it with Natalie 
Cole, who probably had the most legitimate claim on the genre. Let the dead rest. It's bad enough 
that modern reissuers throw in all the rejected takes, studio banter and cutting room floor scraps, 
with no input from the now-dead artists who didn't approve any of it for release on the original 
album. All of it is disrespectful, in my opinion.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Eric Cartier" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2014 9:25 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Barry Manilow's "My Dream Duets"


> Hello ARSC,
>
> David Byrne recently wrote a brief essay
> <http://thetalkhouse.com/music/talks/david-byrne-talking-heads-talks-barry-manilows-my-dream-duets/>
> for The Talkhouse. In it, he thinks about human reproduction, sound
> recording, and Barry Manilow's new album "My Dream Duets"; it's an
> interesting read.
>
> The AllMusic.com review
> <http://allmusic.com/album/my-dream-duets-mw0002740392> of the album isn't
> favorable and, halfway through listening to Manilow's album, I'm inclined
> to agree with the review.
>
> What do you think of this album/concept? Is it simply recorded duet
> karaoke? A touched-up 21st century mashup of sorts? Some new old crooner
> sampling genre?
>
> In sound,
>
> Eric Cartier
> Digital Librarian
> University of Maryland Libraries
>
>