THE THIRD ALBUM is a collection of standards magnificently performed by the 22-year-old Streisand. "My Melancholy Baby" is a somber interpretation of the classic tune. "Just In Time" was written by Leonard Bernstein for Adolph Green and his wife as a wedding gift, and contains fantastic electric piano. The album maintains a slow, bluesy feel with tracks like "Taking A Chance On Love" and "Bewitched (Bothered And Bewildered)." "Never Will I Marry" picks up the pace to mid-tempo, while "As Time Goes By" slows things down again, with Barbra paying respectful homage to the original.
Streisand's sweet, soulful rendering of "It Had To Be You" is perfect, drawing the listener in for the duration. "I Had Myself A True Love" closes the album, and you feel as if you've just seen her perform at a smoke-filled club. The album contains exceptional arrangements by Ray Ellis, Sid Ramin and Peter Matz. One piece of trivia: the cover photo was shot by actor Roddy McDowall at The Judy Garland Show in 1963.