The Man (Barry White album)

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The Man
Studio album by Barry White
Released October 28, 1978
Recorded 1978
Genre Soul, funk, disco
Length 46:19
Label 20th Century-Fox Records
Producer Barry White
Barry White chronology
Barry White Sings for Someone You Love
The Man
I Love to Sing the Songs I Sing
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B [2]

The Man is the self-produced eighth album by soul singer Barry White, released in 1978 on the revived 20th Century-Fox Records label, which saw its name reverted from 20th Century.


The album became White's sixth R&B chart topper and peaked at #36 on the pop chart. Lead single "Your Sweetness Is My Weakness" reached #2 on the R&B chart and #60 on the Billboard Hot 100, while White's cover of Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are" reached #45 on the R&B chart and peaked at #12 on the UK Singles Chart. A third single, "Sha La La Means I Love You", peaked at #55 on the UK Singles Chart. A cover version of "It's Only Love Doing Its Thing" (with the shortened title "It's Only Love") would be a hit for British band Simply Red in 1989. The album was digitally remastered and reissued on CD on September 24, 1996 by Mercury Records.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Look at Her" Frank Wilson, Raymond Cooksey, Tommy Payton 7:40
2. "Your Sweetness Is My Weakness" Barry White 8:04
3. "Sha La La Means I Love You" Barry White 8:00
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
4. "September When I First Met You" Barry White, Frank Wilson, Paul Politi, Ervin Brown 6:57
5. "It's Only Love Doing Its Thing" Jimmie Cameron, Vella Cameron 4:04
6. "Just the Way You Are" Billy Joel 7:09
7. "Early Years" Ronald Coleman 6:50


Chart (1978) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 36
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 1
UK Albums Chart 46
Year Single Peak chart positions


1978 "Your Sweetness Is My Weakness" 60 2 16
"Just the Way You Are" 102 45 12
1979 "Sha La La Means I Love You" 55

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  1. ^ Elias, Jason. The Man > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Man > review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "US Charts > Barry White". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  4. ^ a b "UK Charts > Barry White". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-10-29.