Duets

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
For a vocalist who has never been shy about asserting her ego, Barbra Streisand has been surprisingly open to sharing the microphone with other top-notch singers. In fact, nearly all of her albums from the past 20 years have included a featured meeting with a guest vocalist. Duets collects many of the great one-on-one gems from throughout Streisand’s five-decade-plus recording career. It’s quite an impressive guest list, including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Neil Diamond, Johnny Mathis, Bryan Adams, and Celine Dion. The competitive edge actually brings out the diva’s best behavior; she not only refrains from blowing her partner out of the water with her massive pipes ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
For a vocalist who has never been shy about asserting her ego, Barbra Streisand has been surprisingly open to sharing the microphone with other top-notch singers. In fact, nearly all of her albums from the past 20 years have included a featured meeting with a guest vocalist. Duets collects many of the great one-on-one gems from throughout Streisand’s five-decade-plus recording career. It’s quite an impressive guest list, including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Neil Diamond, Johnny Mathis, Bryan Adams, and Celine Dion. The competitive edge actually brings out the diva’s best behavior; she not only refrains from blowing her partner out of the water with her massive pipes but always strives to find equal footing with whoever she is singing with, be it Ray Charles or Don Johnson. It’s fascinating to note how many of Streisand’s finest moments have occurred in the company of others: “Guilty” and “What Kind of Fool,” cut with one of her strongest collaborators, Barry Gibb, are immediate high points. That Streisand can hold the spotlight all by herself has never been in doubt, but Duets is a stunning example of her artistic largesse.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In her lengthy career, Barbra Streisand has never shown much inclination to share the spotlight. In the movies, she must endure a leading man, but in her recordings, she has gone it alone for the most part. In 1978, however, a disc jockey edited together her and Neil Diamond's recordings of "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," and she and Diamond quickly cut a real duet, resulting in a number one hit. Thereafter, she cannily coaxed others into sharing the microphone, resulting in chart singles with Donna Summer, Barry Gibb, Kim Carnes, former boyfriend Don Johnson, Bryan Adams, and Celine Dion, and album tracks with Johnny Mathis, Michael Crawford, and Vince Gill. The material mostly consisted of mediocre adult contemporary ballads that were outshone by the star power of the singers. This album collects all those duets, plus a couple of newly recorded mediocre adult contemporary ballads sung with Barry Manilow and Josh Groban, and a few stray tracks from the 1960s and early '70s when Streisand joined another singer. Her unsuitability to the duet format is repeatedly evidenced, as she seems virtually incapable of shutting up when her partner is trying to take a solo, invariably humming in the background to draw attention back to herself. The only real exception to this rule is the version of "I've Got a Crush on You" recorded for Frank Sinatra's own Duets album, a track Streisand did not control. Naturally, the best performances occur when she is paired with a singer who is more than just a cipher -- Sinatra, Ray Charles, or Judy Garland, the latter two in TV performances. Then, of course, there's the medley of "One Less Bell to Answer" and "A House Is Not a Home" on which she finally finds the perfect duet partner, her overdubbed self!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/26/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998612624
  • Catalog Number: 86126
  • Sales rank: 315

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Won't Be the One to Let Go - Barry Manilow (4:41)
  2. 2 Guilty - Barry Gibb (4:25)
  3. 3 You Don't Bring Me Flowers - Neil Diamond (3:25)
  4. 4 I Finally Found Someone (3:42)
  5. 5 Cryin' Time - Ray Charles (2:17)
  6. 6 I've Got a Crush on You (3:22)
  7. 7 Tell Him - Celine Dion (4:53)
  8. 8 No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) - Donna Summer (4:43)
  9. 9 What Kind of Fool - Barry Gibb (4:06)
  10. 10 I Have a Love/One Hand, One Heart (4:45)
  11. 11 One Less Bell to Answer/A House Is Not a Home (6:32)
  12. 12 Lost Inside of You (2:55)
  13. 13 Till I Loved You (4:17)
  14. 14 Make No Mistake, He's Mine - Kim Carnes (4:10)
  15. 15 If You Ever Leave Me - Vince Gill (4:37)
  16. 16 The Music of the Night - Michael Crawford (5:38)
  17. 17 Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead - Harold Arlen (1:54)
  18. 18 Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again (2:21)
  19. 19 All I Know of Love - Josh Groban (4:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barbra Streisand Primary Artist
Peter Matz Conductor
Alan Lindgren Conductor
Mort Lindsey Musical Direction
William Ross Conductor
Andrew Pryce Jackman Conductor
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
George Gershwin Composer
A. L. Webber Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Barbra Streisand Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Kim Carnes Composer, Producer
Neil Diamond Composer
London Symphony Orchestra Contributor
Barry Manilow Composer
Leon Russell Composer
Patrick Williams Arranger
Harold Arlen Composer
Paul Jabara Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Burt Bacharach Composer
David Foster Arranger, Composer, Producer
Robin Gibb Composer
Peter Matz Arranger, Orchestration
Bruce Roberts Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Marvin Hamlisch Composer
Barry Gibb Composer, Producer
Albhy Galuten Composer, Producer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Billy Byers Arranger, Orchestration
Bill Cuomo Producer, String Arrangements
Hal David Composer
Felipe Elgueta Engineer
Humberto Gatica Engineer
Bob Gaudio Producer
Maurice Gibb Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Charles Hart Composer
Jack Hayes String Arrangements
Jeff Jarratt Producer
Gary Klein Producer
Charles Koppelman Executive Producer
Jay Landers Executive Producer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange Composer
Alan Lindgren Arranger
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Richard Marx Arranger, Composer, Producer
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Richard Perry Producer
Phil Ramone Arranger, Producer
Don Reedman Producer
Dave Reitzas Engineer
Karl Richardson Producer
Richard Stilgoe Composer
Randy Waldman Arranger
Luther Waters Vocal Arrangements
Ken Welch Arranger
Mitzie Welch Arranger
Maury Yeston Composer
Thomas Z. Shepard Producer
Stewart Whitmore Digital Editing
Walter Afanasieff Arranger, Composer, Producer
William Ross Orchestration, Orchestral Arrangements
Andrew Pryce Jackman Arranger
Gabrielle Raumberger Art Direction
Chris Brooke Engineer
Linda Thompson-Jenner Composer
Steve Schapiro Cover Photo
Martin Erlichman Producer
Bert Stern Cover Photo
Linda Thompson Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Barbra's Best

    I love this CD. I've always enjoyed Barbra's beautiful voice, but on this she is combined with all-time greats and shows her versatility. She sounds equally at home with Barry Gibb (my fave!), Kim Carnes, Donna Summer, Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson, and Ray Charles. And of course, one of the best songs on there is her duet with herself! Only Barbra has the pipes to pull that off!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you like variety, you will like this

    I love Streisand and I love duets with Streisand of her standards. The price was right, so even if I only loved one song, it was worth it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Best Ever! A 'must have' if your a Streisand Fan!

    Wonderful! Easy Listening, Soothing to the heart and soul! Won't be disappointed!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Duets by Barbara Streisand

    This is a wonderful CD. I received this and had it playing when one of my daughters was home. (I have 3 daughters that live in Chicago). That is why bought 3 Duets so each could have one in their individual homes. We all loved the music.


    enjoyable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic Album!

    I'm a Barbra Streisand fan from way back, so I already had a couple of these songs on other albums, but it was well worth the modest price to have this long-running collection on one CD. It's my new favorite album of Barbra's. Her uncanny ability to beautifully blend with any style of voice, from Ray Charles, for heaven's sake, to Judy Garland, guarantees pleasant listening at the very least for all 19 songs, and butterflies in the stomach for masterpieces like Tell Him with Celine Dion. You won't regret buying this album if you love Barbra. I wish there was a sequel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a great cd!

    Barbra does it again.What a great cd.Theres nothing like hearing Barbra duets.Also another great cd is LINDA EDERS"BROADWAY MY WAY".LINDA EDER does a great version of"Dont Rain on my Parade"and other songs.Barbra and Linda are the best!Buy all their cds

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Please RETIRE Barbara.....for Good!

    Don't be fooled by my headline, my husband and I still have our first Streisand LP's! We have been big fans for 30 years, also attending two concerts. But Barbra has had some bumpy times in the past few years, and this is the worse. Can you get any lower than recording a duet with Barry Manilow (king of the elevator music?). We're also Josh Groban fans and it shows how desperate she is to get back in the limelight by recording a duet with him. Unfortunately, she drowns out his beautiful voice rather than compliments it. Thanks to a friend we didn't buy the CD, we received it as a Christmas gift. It's now on some rack in the Goodwill store. Barbra's voice was so beautiful at one time. No longer. It's just time to recycle old albums and compile favorites so we can get them on CD format.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice easy listening

    A mostly nice CD, very good easy listening. Not the best due to the new tracts (agree that they're mediocre at best). However, this is a good CD. It was a gift from someone who knows I love Barbra Streisand. Her voice is terrific.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Contemporary Music, but not the best

    I have the best. This isn't terrible, but definitely not worth the $17 I paid. I think it's telling that the album cover has a pic of young Barbra. I love the older duets with Barry Gibb but agree that she hasn't got the voice anymore to sing new duets with younger singers like Josh Groban. He is now what she used to be.....great! But together, well it's quite sad. Instead of harmonizing it just seems that she is loud! Barry Manilow is only good for a laugh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Can't Be Happening!!

    I have been a Barbra Streisand fan since she sizzled on Broadway (I'm now 55). I have all her music and bought this CD to add to my collection. I was horrified to hear Barry Manilow singing a duet with Barbra! This man's voice is so dreadful and his music so monotonous and redundant that it could be used as an instrument for torture! How could Barbra sing with a man whose greatest credits are for doing McDonald's commercials? The old favorites, I already have. I actually thought this new CD with additional new duets would be an exciting addition to my extensive library. Absolutely not! She should definitely stay away from old boyfriends too. Don Johnson adds nothing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Duets Times 19

    Any consummate Streisand fan would be amiss not to add this CD to his/her collection--regardless of which of the four covers you may choose. These Duets will not only bring back fond memories of the first time you heard Barbra sing the song but to make new memories as well. Would you had guessed that Don Johnson could sing as well as he does? There just isn't one track that you would ask, "Why did she include THAT one?" thinking that, perhaps, she made a poor choice for inclusion. My recommendation is two thumbs up; a golden baton; a platinum microphone--hear it! You will enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Five Star Performance

    First Class Act! Wonderful ensemble of performers - Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Barry Manilow. My 5 year old daughter loves Ms. Streisand's music just as much as I do. Thank you, Ms. Streisand, for giving us this beautiful gift of your work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More than just DUETS! Great songs to bring back precious memory with Barb!

    Wonderful edition selections for XMAS! This album has all different duet songs with new and old artists; it is a must have for every Barbara's fan. 19 beautiful songs mixed with happy & sad feelings;it is a great CD that allows you to listen all over again and again. Good JOB! Barb!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Barbra's best yet

    I work in the music industry and hear music before it hits the shelves. I was and AM overwhelmed by this awesome effort! Barbra melds her voice with notable other voices. This cd shows the versatility this diva has. I highly recommend this cd, a great bottle of wine and a blazing fire. Enjoy.

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