Barry Manilow, EVEN NOW, Arista AB 4164 vinyl Lp. Vinyl Lp dates February, 1978. There are two versions of this album, the original Lp from most of 1978 into 1979, which features the 4:08 album version of track one, side one, "Copacabana," and a reissued version...
Barry Manilow, EVEN NOW, Arista AB 4164 vinyl Lp. Vinyl Lp dates February, 1978.
There are two versions of this album, the original Lp from most of 1978 into 1979, which features the 4:08 album version of track one, side one, "Copacabana," and a reissued version sometime after November, 1978, which has the extended disco charts hit version clocking in at 5:46. Original versions of the album with the short version were pressed on Arista''s charcoal grey with silver printing record label; The album was a RIAA certified Gold Record Album (500,000 copies) on 2/15/78, and RIAA certified Platinum (1,000,000 copies) on 2/22/78. Effectively, Arista pressed and distributed over one million copies of the original version immediately after its release (initial chart date was 2/18/78 on Cash Box Pop Lp charts). Arista went back to the RIAA for 3x Platinum certification on 9/02/87, after Manilow returned to the label from his one album stiff on RCA, updating Manilow''s gold/platinum certifications for promotional purposes.
"Copacabana" 5:46 was initially released on a promo-only one-sided 12" disco single, SP-018, which charted on Billboard''s Dance charts beginning in mid-April, 1978, effectively the second single from the Lp (after "Can''t Smile Without You" on Arista 0305 45 single in early February). Arista released the second 7" 45 single, "Even Now," the title track (and Lp track one, side two) in May, Arista 0330, then a short version of "Copacabana" (3:48 on the A-side; 5:46 long disco hit on the B-side. The short A-side charted.) on Arista 0339, maybe three weeks later. "Even Now" topped quickly on the easy listening or A/C charts at #1; "Copacabana" (3:48) split the mainstream singles'' chart run with competing "Even Now" and spiked "Even Now" at #19 peak in late June, 1978, and "Copacabana" (3:48) then outperformed "Even Now" on its chart peak. Final hit single was a cover of Helen Reddy''s Capitol hit, "Somewhere In the Night," from November, 1975, on Arista 0382.
"Can''t Smile Without You" on Arista 0305 45 single was RIAA Gold (1,000,000 copies) on 4/06/78, some two months after release, and "Copacabana" on Arista 0339 45 single was RIAA Gold on 9/07/78.
The EVEN NOW vinyl Lp featured four singles (Arista slapped a promo sticker, "Featuring the Inevitable Classics," on the early version). Arista released BARRY MANILOW GREATEST HITS 2 Lp set, Arista 8601-2, in November, and that album included all four of EVEN NOW''s hit singles, albeit, the GREATEST HITS album featured the long 5:46 version of "Copacabana". Putting out a singles'' hits comp featuring a current chart album''s tracks is a great way to kill the catalog. Later pressings of the EVEN NOW album were pressed on a blue and beige colored vinyl Lp label, which began in November-December, 1978. The last Arista album featuring the charcoal grey/silver printing Lp label was Lou Reed''s TAKE NO PRISONERS Arista AL 8501 album. Blue label reissue copies of Manilow''s EVEN NOW Lp can feature either the original "Copacabana" album version (4:08), or the long disco-only hit (5:46) version. I find the short 4:08 version more "punchy" than the 5:46 version; Manilow''s vocals on the short version are more up in the mix, while the disco version mixes him down. The 5:46 disco version seems padded out with an extended percussion break that goes nowhere and seems to be laid on top of the original mix. Apparently you have to locate an original 1978 vinyl copy of the album (grey label/silver printing, one million-plus originally pressed in 1978) to get the 4:08 version. If buying the blue label reissue on vinyl Lp, check the running time printed on the label; either the original 4:08 or disco extended 5:46 versions seem equally available.
Apparently the CD incorporates the 5:46 disco version, not the 4:08 original mix.