Tryin' to Get the Feeling

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Tryin' to Get the Feeling
Studio album by Barry Manilow
Released October 1, 1975
1998 (Re-release)
2006 (Second re-release)
Genre Pop, easy listening
Length 44:22 (Original release)
47:56 (1998 re-release)
50:30 (2006 re-release)
Label Arista
Producer Barry Manilow, Ron Dante
Barry Manilow chronology
Barry Manilow II
Tryin' to Get the Feeling
This One's for You
Singles from Tryin' to Get the Feeling
  1. "I Write the Songs"
    Released: November 1975
  2. "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again"/"Beautiful Music"
    Released: 1976

Tryin' to Get the Feeling is the third studio album by singer-songwriter Barry Manilow, released in 1975. It featured the title track, "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again", with other hits including "New York City Rhythm", "Bandstand Boogie" (the theme from the long-running ABC series American Bandstand) and "I Write the Songs". The album was certified triple platinum.

The album's front and back cover art were later parodied by Ray Stevens on the cover of his 1979 album The Feeling's Not Right Again, which contains the song “I Need Your Help, Barry Manilow.”

One of the album's great overlooked songs was "She's a Star". Enoch Anderson's lyrics paint the picture of a female singer's struggles with fame and stage fright from a band member's perspective, which some listeners could reasonably presume to describe Bette Midler's feelings about Manilow when he became a successful solo act in his own right. The song got a modern uptempo makeover to fit the male lead (as "He's a Star") for Manilow's 2011 rock opera 15 Minutes.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau C− link
Rolling Stone (unfavorable) link

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "New York City Rhythm" (Barry Manilow, Marty Panzer) - 4:42
  2. "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again" (David Pomeranz) - 3:51
  3. "Why Don't We Live Together" (Phil Galdston, Peter Thom) - 2:54
  4. "Bandstand Boogie" (Charles Albertine, Larry Elgart, Les Elgart, Bob Horn, Barry Manilow, Bruce Sussman) - 2:49
  5. "You're Leaving Too Soon" (Barry Manilow, Enoch Anderson) - 3:30
  6. "She's a Star" (Barry Manilow, Enoch Anderson) - 4:16

Side two[edit]

  1. "I Write the Songs" (Bruce Johnston) - 3:51
  2. "As Sure as I'm Standin' Here" (Adrienne Anderson, Barry Manilow) - 4:50
  3. "A Nice Boy Like Me" (Barry Manilow, Enoch Anderson) - 3:58
  4. "Lay Me Down" (Larry Weiss) - 4:20
  5. "Beautiful Music" (Barry Manilow, Marty Panzer) - 4:32

CD Bonus Tracks[edit]

  1. "I'll Make You Music" [Bonus Track on 2006 Remaster] (Adrienne Anderson, Barry Manilow) - 2:34
  2. "Marry Me a Little" [Bonus Track on 1998 and 2006 Remaster] (Stephen Sondheim) - 3:38