Personnel: Barbra Streisand, Barry Gibb (vocals); Dan Sawyer (acoustic & electric guitars); Randy Kerber (piano, keyboards); Jim Cox, Randy Waldman, Nyle Steiner (synthesizer); John Pierce (electric & Moog bass); Chad Wackerman (drums); Michael Fisher (percussion, sound effects); Richard Marx (background vocals).
ONE VOICE documents Barbra Streisand's 1986 performance at her Malibu home. Given in order to raise money and awareness for a variety of causes ("I could no longer remain silent," she says, in the face of starvation, threats to the environment, nuclear weapons), this was her first full-length concert in some 20 years. Ever the consummate performer, her unwavering musicality once again shines through, and no one knows better how to deliver an emotional wallop. Recent hits, such as "Evergreen" and "Somewhere," co-mingle gracefully with old Streisand standbys, such as "People" and "Happy Days Are Here Again," all executed with the utmost conviction and passion.
The most poignant moment during the performance is her dedication of "Over The Rainbow" to the memory of Judy Garland, followed by a rendering of the song so loving as to make Garland proud. Streisand finishes with a rather introspective version of "America The Beautiful," cautiously offering hope for the future. It's easy to be cynical about her reasons for this concert (especially with tickets running 2500 dollars a head), but one cannot be cynical about her protean artistic gifts. And besides, what's so funny about peace, love, and understanding?