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(ACE Records) 26 tracks 1961-75 with 24 page booklet Having recently compiled the work of... more

Various: Glitter And Gold - Words & Music by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil (CD)

(ACE Records) 26 tracks 1961-75 with 24 page booklet

Having recently compiled the work of Goffin & King and Greenwich & Barry, it’s now time to spotlight the third in the trinity of great New York songwriting couples, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil. As with the previous collections, “Glitter & Gold” – the latest in Ace’s writer series – is another hugely satisfying cornucopia of hits, obscurities and bona fide pop standards.

Barry Mann first met Cynthia Weil back in 1961, while both were serving their apprenticeship at Al Nevins and Don Kirshner’s Aldon Music publishing house. Hitting it off immediately, they penned their first composition together soon after and were wed before the year was over. Remarkably, over 45 years and 100-plus hits later, the couple are still together, both professionally and as husband and wife. Compiling a mere 26 song CD from this substantial portfolio brimming over with pop classics is certainly an unenviable task. 

Having said that, is there a more perfect way of kicking off a Mann & Weil compilation – hell, any 60s pop compilation – than with Mama Cass Elliot’s peerless ‘It’s Getting Better’? This joyous celebration of the sweet contentment of love was one of three of the couple’s numbers brilliantly interpreted by Cass. Other gems to be cherry-picked by compilation guru Mick Patrick include Gene Pitney’s hit version of ‘I’m Gonna Be Strong’, B J Thomas’ take of ‘I Just Can’t Help Believing’ (pre-dating Elvis’ reading by a year) and the affecting social commentary of the Vogues’ ‘Magic Town’. Also included is the fabulous (and new-to-CD) ‘I’d Be So Good For You’ by Joanie Sommers, Bruce Johnston & Terry Melcher’s soaring and uplifting ‘Girl, It’s Alright Now’ and Donna Loren’s previously unissued ‘That’s The Boy’. 

Cynthia’s intelligent and witty way with a lyric would often provide a social document of the times, while neatly sidestepping any hectoring or finger-pointing. This, together with the duo’s ability to move and adapt with the musical times – switching from brash girl group sounds (the Girls’ ‘Chico’s Girl’) to gritty city soul (‘Arthur Alexander’s ‘Where Have You Been’) to smooth soft pop (Nino Tempo & April Stevens’ ‘The Coldest Night Of The Year’) with consummate ease – always kept Mann & Weil ahead of the game. And though there was a two-year spell of separation in the 80s, they’ve more recently expanded their palette to include Broadway musicals and film soundtracks, while still continuing their run of sophisticated pop nuggets, as well as being honoured in 2000 as the writers of the most performed song of the 20th century for ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’’. Their songbook is so deep and wide – and the standard of what is included so high – that you barely notice the absence of that song here. 

What a legacy. Sample it here.

HARVEY WILLIAMS

Article properties: Various: Glitter And Gold - Words & Music by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil (CD)

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  • Album titlle: Glitter And Gold - Words & Music by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil (CD)

  • Year of publication 2009
  • Genre Pop

  • Label Ace Records

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  • EAN: 0029667035422

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Various - Glitter And Gold - Words & Music by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil (CD) CD 1
01 It's Getting Better MAMA CASS
02 Kicks SHANNON, Del
03 The Bossa Nova (My Heart Said) TIPPIE & THE CLOVERS
04 I'd Be So Good For You Sommers, Joannie
05 I'm Gonna Be Strong PITNEY, Gene
06 Where Have You Been (All My Life) ALEXANDER, Arthur
07 Hungry REVERE, Paul & The Raiders
08 Please Don't Wake Me CINDERELLAS
09 It's A Happening World TOKENS
10 Chico's Girl GIRLS
11 I Just Can't Help Believing THOMAS, BJ
12 Brown Eyed Woman MEDLEY, Bill
13 Girl, It's Alright Now Bruce & Terry
14 Glitter And Gold TURTLES
15 In The Park DRIFTERS
16 Find Another Fool MARCELS
17 Remember Me Baby CHIFFONS
18 Magic Town VOGUES
19 That's The Boy LOREN, Donna
20 The Coldest Night Of The Year TEMPO, Nino & April Stevens
21 Where Do I Belong GRAYSON, Calvin
22 Let Me Walk With You THE 2 OF CLUBS
23 She Is Today WHITE, Bergen
24 It's Not Easy SWEET INSPIRATIONS
25 See That Girl RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS
26 Make The Woman Love Me DION
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Various - Glitter And Gold - Words & Music by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil (CD) CD 1
01 It's Getting Better
02 Kicks
03 The Bossa Nova (My Heart Said)
04 I'd Be So Good For You
05 I'm Gonna Be Strong
06 Where Have You Been (All My Life)
07 Hungry
08 Please Don't Wake Me
09 It's A Happening World
10 Chico's Girl
11 I Just Can't Help Believing
12 Brown Eyed Woman
13 Girl, It's Alright Now
14 Glitter And Gold
15 In The Park
16 Find Another Fool
17 Remember Me Baby
18 Magic Town
19 That's The Boy
20 The Coldest Night Of The Year
21 Where Do I Belong
22 Let Me Walk With You
23 She Is Today
24 It's Not Easy
25 See That Girl
26 Make The Woman Love Me