2:00 AM Paradise Cafe

2:00 AM Paradise Cafe is the fourteenth album by singer-songwriter Barry Manilow. The album was a radical departure from Manilow's previous work of highly polished pop. Manilow wrote in the liner notes that the record's concept came to him in a dream. Johnny Mercer's widow, Ginger, entrusted Manilow with a cache of Mercer's lyrics that had never been set to music. Although Manilow used only Mercer's "When October Goes" for the project, he created an album of all original songs with a torchy, smokey jazz style. He recruited veteran jazz musicians Bill Mays, Gerry Mulligan, Shelly Manne, Mundell Lowe, and George Duvivier. Also enlisted for vocal duets were Mel Tormé and Sarah Vaughan. The entire album was rehearsed for three days, then recorded entirely live (in one take) without overdubs at Westlake Studio 'C' in Los Angeles, California and released in 1984.

2:00 AM Paradise Cafe
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 15, 1984
GenreJazz
Length49:15
LabelArista
ProducerBarry Manilow
Barry Manilow chronology
Greatest Hits Vol. II
(1983)
2:00 AM Paradise Cafe
(1984)
Copacabana: Soundtrack
(1985)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[2]

The album went platinum for Manilow, and peaked at No. 28 on the Billboard 200.

Track listing

All music is composed by Barry Manilow.

Side one
No.TitleLyricsLength
1."Paradise Cafe"Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman5:23
2."Where Have You Gone"Adrienne Anderson4:35
3."Say No More"Adrienne Anderson4:06
4."Blue" (with Sarah Vaughan)Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman4:16
5."When October Goes"Johnny Mercer4:04
Side two
No.TitleLyricsLength
1."What Am I Doin' Here"Marty Panzer3:17
2."Goodbye My Love"Adrienne Anderson4:25
3."Big City Blues" (with Mel Tormé)Adrienne Anderson4:14
4."When Love Is Gone"Lisa Sennett4:17
5."I've Never Been So Low on Love"Marty Panzer4:26
6."Night Song"Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman4:28

Personnel

Production

  • Arranged and produced by Barry Manilow
  • Recorded and engineered by Michael Braunstein
  • Assistant Engineers: Deni King, Greg Laney

Certifications

Region CertificationCertified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[3] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References

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