A Love Like Ours

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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
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
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972361024
  • Catalog Number: 723610
  • Sales rank: 1,496

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I've Dreamed of You (4:46)
  2. 2 Isn't It a Pity? (5:22)
  3. 3 The Island (4:37)
  4. 4 Love Like Ours (3:59)
  5. 5 If You Ever Leave Me (4:38)
  6. 6 We Must Be Loving Right (3:37)
  7. 7 If I Never Met You (3:38)
  8. 8 It Must Be You (3:29)
  9. 9 Just One Lifetime (4:18)
  10. 10 If I Didn't Love You (4:18)
  11. 11 Wait (4:10)
  12. 12 The Music That Makes Me Dance (7:05)
  13. 13 [CD-Rom Track]
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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, 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
Al 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
Vlado Meller Mastering
Renata Buser Personal Assistant
Jörg Achim Keller Arranger
Junior Miles Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Streisand, Simply Beautiful....

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BARBRA AT HER VERY BEST

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another great accomplishment for the greatest Diva of our time!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FROM LOVE TO LOVE

    From Striesand to love from love. This album speeks to the heart.A must buy for any collector.

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