Barbra Streisand The Essential Barbra Streisand (3-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 3
- Released: August 26, 2008
- Label: Sony Legacy
Q - May 2002, p.1363 out of 5 stars - "...Blessed with a voice that can tenderise like an eight-pound sledgehammer....a good career overview..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.A Sleepin' Bee
- 2.Cry Me a River
- 3.I Stayed Too Long at the Fair
- 4.Lover, Come Back to Me
- 6.My Man
- 7.Second Hand Rose
- 8.He Touched Me
- 9.Don't Rain on My Parade
- 10.Happy Days Are Here Again
- 11.On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
- 12.Stoney End
- 13.Since I Fell for You
- 14.What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?
- 15.The Way We Were
- 16.All in Love Is Fair
- 17.Lazy Afternoon
- 18.Evergreen (Love Theme From "A Star Is Born")
- 19.My Heart Belongs to Me
- 20.You Don't Bring Me Flowers
- 21.The Main Event / Fight
- 22.No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Woman in Love
- 3.Comin' in and Out of Your Life
- 5.Papa, Can You Hear Me?
- 6.A Piece of Sky
- 7.Putting It Together
- 8.Not While I'm Around
- 9.Send in the Clowns
- 11.All I Ask of You
- 12.Children Will Listen
- 13.As If We Never Said Goodbye
- 14.I Finally Found Someone
- 15.Tell Him
- 16.I've Dreamed of You
- 17.Someday My Prince Will Come - (previously unreleased)
- 18.You'll Never Walk Alone - (previously unreleased)
Tracks on Disc 3:
- 1.Letting Go
- 2.Love Like Ours
- 3.At the Same Time
- 4.By the Way
- 5.Unusual Way [Live] - (live)
- 6.Evergreen (Love Theme From "A Star Is Born") [Live] - (live)
- 7.Wild Is the Wind
- 8.On My Way to You
- 9.After the Rain
Personnel includes: Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Donna Summer, Bryan Adams, Barry Gibb.
Producers include: Barbra Streisand, Barry Gibb, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Baskin, Richard Perry.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Miami Symphonic Strings (strings).
Arrangers: Luther Waters; Michel Grand; Mort Lindsey; Gene Page; Ian Freebairn-Smith; Jack Hayes; Jeremy Lubbock; Alan Lindgren; Lee Holdridge ; Marty Paich; Nelson Riddle; Nick DeCaro; Patrick Williams; Paul Jabara; Robert John "Mutt" Lange; Rupert Holmes ; Walter Scharf; William Ross ; Jorge Calandrelli; Marvin Hamlisch; Peter Matz; Jonathan Tunick; Bob Esty; Greg Mathieson; David Foster; Bruce Roberts; Charles Calello.
Although Barbra Streisand has recorded for the same company, Columbia Records, throughout her career, her work has not been particularly well represented on compilations. Four single-disc best-ofs dot her discography, but the listener who wanted to do something as simple as purchase an album containing the original studio recordings of both her first Top Ten hit, "People," and her first number one, "The Way We Were," without plumping for the four-CD box set Just for the Record , was out of luck. Complicating the compiling of her career highlights is her position as essentially an album artist, despite having scattered 11 Top Ten pop hits across 32 years. The ideal collection would have to do justice to her popular early albums of the '60s, her mid-career singles hits of the '70s, and her renewed album success in the '80s and '90s. Here it is. At a CD-busting length of over two and a half hours, this 40-track double-disc set encapsulates Streisand's recording career in chronological order from her 1963 debut album to 1999. (Two previously unreleased tracks sound like outtakes from her later album projects. "Someday My Prince Will Come" probably got left off of A Love Like Ours, while the gospel-tinged "You'll Never Walk Alone" must have been intended for Higher Ground.) Intelligently picking signature performances from her best and most popular albums, it largely eschews a raft of singles that got into the bottom half of the Top 40, but leaves out only one Top Ten hit, "What Kind of Fool." The singer's versatility and her ability to impose her immediately identifiable vocal style on a variety of material are emphasized in recordings that range from Broadway show tunes to disco. A collection like this has been needed for a long time as a gateway to Streisand's bountiful, indeed overwhelming, catalog. ~ William Ruhlmann
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