2:00 AM Paradise Cafe

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2:00 AM Paradise Cafe
2 AM Paradise Cafe (Barry Manilow album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Barry Manilow
Released November 15, 1984
Genre Pop, easy listening
Length 49:15
Label Arista
Producer Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow chronology
Greatest Hits Vol. II
2:00 AM Paradise Cafe
Copacabana: Soundtrack
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[2]

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.

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

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Barry Manilow.

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



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