Thursday, August 21, 2014

"Let's Hang On" by Barry Manilow

Song#:  0954
Date:  03/20/1982
Debut:  81
Peak:  32
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  After a couple of modestly charting ballads from his album "If I Should Love Again," Manilow turns up the tempo with this remake (see below). Although a nice change of pace, the single could only muster a Top 40 showing at pop. On the AC chart, it was another winner for Manilow reaching #6.

ReduxReview:  Manilow does an admirable job with this song even though it can't come close to touching the original. He expands the sound quite a bit and gives it a modern Vegas-y touch that fits the song well. It's a more anxious version with Manilow really give it all he's got in the last modulated chorus. Critics found it easy to dismiss the cover (as they did with most Manilow recordings), but had they gotten off Mt. Snobby for a few minutes, they might have had some fun with this cover.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  The original version of this song was done in 1965 by The Four Seasons. Their single reached #3 on the pop chart.


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