Love Like Ours

A Love Like Ours

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by Barbra Streisand

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Marriage agrees with Barbra Streisand. And the intoxicatingly romantic A LOVE LIKE OURS is the next-best thing to having been invited to the superstar's 1998 wedding to actor James Brolin. This is essentially a candy-colored souvenir of the event, and the cozy intimacy of the couple's bliss is reflected in the album's artwork, liner notes, and warmly satisfied music.…  See more details below


Marriage agrees with Barbra Streisand. And the intoxicatingly romantic A LOVE LIKE OURS is the next-best thing to having been invited to the superstar's 1998 wedding to actor James Brolin. This is essentially a candy-colored souvenir of the event, and the cozy intimacy of the couple's bliss is reflected in the album's artwork, liner notes, and warmly satisfied music. Streisand's joy is palpable, and her voice hasn't sounded this relaxed and confident since 1985's BROADWAY ALBUM. The 57-year-old songbird is a blushing bride on "I've Dreamed of You," "Just One Lifetime," and the I-always-cry-at-weddings title song -- all of which were trilled by the diva at her Malibu nuptials. The disc's other highlights include "If You Ever Leave Me," a sultry duet with country boy Vince Gill, the Gershwins' "Isn't It a Pity?" (chosen by the pair for their first dance as Mr. and Mrs. Brolin), and an exquisite re-recording of "The Music That Makes Me Dance," from FUNNY GIRL, which proves the vocalist's pipes are in better shape than ever. Mazel tov, Barbra

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Barbra Streisand makes sure there's no doubt to what love she's referring to in the title of A Love Like Ours. On both the front and back covers, and throughout the liner notes, she's seen with her new husband, James Brolin. As a matter of fact, the album is no less than a celebration of her love of Brolin and their storybook wedding. To some, this may be a little too sentimental, but the emotions are genuine, as she makes abundantly clear in her gushing, track-by-track liner notes. Streisand tackles both standards and newly written tunes, including the Richard Marx-penned "If You Ever Leave Me," which she sings with Vince Gill. She claims in the liner notes that "If You Ever Leave Me" was intended to be a country song -- that's why Gill sings on the track -- but, like the Gershwin tune "Isn't It a Pity," the show tunes, and "We Must Be Loving Right," the other country song on the album, everything is given a measured, polished adult contemporary production. That's a little ironic, since Streisand claims nearly everything was recorded live with an orchestra. Nevertheless, it sounds as if it was assembled in a studio piece by piece, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, the absence of longtime collaborator Marvin Hamlisch is notable, since the arrangers on A Love Like Ours don't have much flair. Consequently, the album is a little subdued, which is appropriate for a romantic album. And, judged as a romance album, it works pretty well. Essentially, A Love Like Ours is a simple love album, a soundtrack to Streisand and Brolin's wedding that will work for other weddings. It's mood music that doesn't set the mood, but will compliment the mood quite nicely.

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Sbme Special Mkts.


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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbra Streisand   Primary Artist
Kenny G   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
John Jorgenson   Electric Guitar
Jeremy Lubbock   Conductor
David Foster   Keyboards
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Douglas Besterman   Conductor
Robbie Buchanan   Synthesizer
Jorge Calandrelli   Conductor
Jon Clarke   Recorder
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Jim Cox   Piano
George Doering   Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Nathan East   Bass
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Vince Gill   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Track Performer
Reggie Hamilton   Bass
Ralph Humphrey   Drums
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar
Michael Lang   Piano
Richard Marx   Keyboards
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica,Soloist
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Randy Waldman   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Walter Afanasieff   Drums,Keyboards
Leland Sklar   Bass
William Ross   Conductor
Kamil Rustam   Acoustic Guitar
Nathan Est   Bass
Donald Kirkpatrick   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Barbra Streisand   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Author
Ivan Lins   Composer
Melissa Manchester   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
Ralph Burns   Arranger
Bruce Roberts   Arranger,Composer
Tom Snow   Composer
Ann Hampton Callaway   Composer
Marvin Hamlisch   Arranger
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Douglas Besterman   Orchestration
Tony Brown   Producer
Jorge Calandrelli   Orchestration
Dave Grusin   Composer
Steve Dorff   Composer
Felipe Elgueta   Programming,Engineer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
David Gleeson   Engineer
Arif Mardin   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Vitor Martins   Composer
Richard Marx   Composer
Dean Pitchford   Composer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Steve Skinner   Pre-programming
Stephony Smith   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Frank Wolf   Engineer
Martin Erskine   Orchestration
Bob Merrill   Composer
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Alberto Tolot   Cover Photo
William Ross   Arranger,Orchestration,String Arrangements,String Conductor
Kim Skalecki   Personal Assistant
Rolf Lovland   Composer
Greg Bieck   Programming
Renata Buser   Personal Assistant
Jörg Achim Keller   Arranger
Junior Miles   Composer

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A Love Like Ours 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having been a long time Streisand fan,I have always looked forward to buying and listening to her new releases. Having the time to listen to her CD's while traveling in the car, I am able to listen closely to the lyrics and let the melodies surround me. This entire collection truly sings of the love that Barbra feels in her life at this time. Being newly in love my self, I have cuddled on the sofa with my new love and let the music say it all. There is no mistaking her words nor the feelings that are expressed. This is the best complete album that I have heard in some time. I keep wanting to say this song is my favorite, then the next comes on, and then I just throw up my hands and say
Guest More than 1 year ago
From Striesand to love from love. This album speeks to the heart.A must buy for any collector.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a big fan of Barbra's for over 25 years and I have to say this is one of her best ever. She finally got around to recording the music that she does best and that is love songs (ballads). She is only getting better with age and let's hope that she doesnt stop recording.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For 30 years I haved loved Barbra I have every album I love them all but A LOVE LIKE OURS is my all time favority I take to the beach listen in car my favority songs from this album are THE ISAND IF WE NEVER MET IF YOU EVERY LEAVE ME DUEIT WITH VINCE GILL this album is beautiful it shows photos of BARBRA'S wedding she looks beautiful just like cinderella did at the ball I love this album it is my all time favority one.