Duets

Duets

3.8 21
by Barbra Streisand
     
 

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’sSee more details below

Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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:
0696998612624
catalogNumber:
86126
Rank:
8251

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Tracks

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

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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
Andrew Lloyd 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
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
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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