Higher Ground

Higher Ground

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by Barbra Streisand
     
 

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As Barbra Streisand's first studio album of mainstream pop material in nine years, Higher Ground is something of an oddity. Instead of devoting herself to Broadway standards or a set of radio-oriented pop tunes, Streisand has crafted a record that she intended as a tribute to the power of music as prayer. It's an ambitious project, but for the most part itSee more details below

Overview

As Barbra Streisand's first studio album of mainstream pop material in nine years, Higher Ground is something of an oddity. Instead of devoting herself to Broadway standards or a set of radio-oriented pop tunes, Streisand has crafted a record that she intended as a tribute to the power of music as prayer. It's an ambitious project, but for the most part it works, achieving a surprising grace. Higher Ground comprises both traditional religious songs and new material (even "Tell Him," an overblown duet with Celine Dion, vaguely touches on that theme), with grandiose arrangements by Marvin Hamlisch. Although Streisand and Hamlisch still favor sweeping strings and bold statements -- so much so that many of the songs sound remarkably similar to each other, in terms of dynamics and arrangements -- the album retains its power thanks to her subtle interpretations of melody and lyrics. The end result might not quite match her latter-day masterpieces, but it's another strong addition to her catalog.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/1997
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646618127
catalogNumber:
66181
Rank:
2621

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbra Streisand   Primary Artist
Pete Escovedo   Percussion
Jeremy Lubbock   Conductor,Keyboards
Jessica Williams   Background Vocals
David Foster   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Marvin Hamlisch   Conductor
Carl Graves   Choir, Chorus
Doug Anderson   Choir, Chorus
Maxi Anderson   Choir, Chorus
Billy Beck   Choir, Chorus
Alex Brown   Background Vocals
Carmen Carter   Choir, Chorus
Lynn Davis   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Scott Frankfurt   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Reggie Hamilton   Bass
Dann Huff   Guitar
Phillip Ingram   Background Vocals
Kristle Murden   Choir, Chorus
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar
Greg Phillinganes   Piano,Keyboards
Jeffrey Ramsey   Choir, Chorus
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Byron Smith   Hammond Organ
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Carmen Twillie   Choir, Chorus
Randy Waldman   Piano
Mervyn Warren   Piano,Conductor
Wil Wheaton   Choir, Chorus
Yvonne Williams   Choir, Chorus
Bob Zimitti   Percussion
Eric Rigler   uillean pipes
Greg Parker   Choir, Chorus
Yoav Steven Paskowitz   Choir, Chorus
Mark Mann   Keyboards
Walter Afanasieff   Synthesizer,Bass,Drums,Keyboards
William Ross   Conductor
Marc Mann   Keyboards
Paul Bogaev   Conductor
Susan Holsonbake   Choir, Chorus
Ed Levy   Choir, Chorus
Susan Mills   Choir, Chorus
Lisa Naulls   Choir, Chorus
Sara Willard   Choir, Chorus
Joel Pressman   Choir, Chorus
Janet Smith   Choir, Chorus
John St. Marie   Choir, Chorus
Jeff Araluce   Choir, Chorus
Lauren Azeltine   Choir, Chorus
Mark Beasom   Choir, Chorus
Samela Beasom   Choir, Chorus
Carole Lombard Children's Choir   Background Vocals
Meg Gister   Choir, Chorus
Lisa Graham   Choir, Chorus
Bill Airey Smith   Choir, Chorus
Daniel Plaster   Choir, Chorus
Peter Michael Escovedo   Percussion

Technical Credits

Barbra Streisand   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
David Foster   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ann Hampton Callaway   Composer
Marvin Hamlisch   Arranger,Composer
John Aguto   Engineer
Jeff Balding   Engineer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
William David Brohn   Arranger
Dana Jon Chappelle   Engineer
Greg Dennon   Engineer
Steve Dorff   Composer
Felipe Elgueta   Engineer
Mark Eshelman   Engineer
Lynn Fiddmont   Contributor
Simon Franglen   drum programming
Scott Frankfurt   Programming,drum programming,Percussion Programming
Jud J. Friedman   Composer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
David Gleeson   Engineer
Mark Hagen   Engineer
Ken Hirsch   Composer
Richard Jackson   Contributor
Bobette Jamison-Harrison   Contributor
Jay Landers   Executive Producer
John Mahoney   Contributor,Pre-programming
Arif Mardin   Arranger,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Sue McLean   Engineer
Vladimir Meller   Mastering
Shawn Murphy   Engineer
Michael O'Reilly   Engineer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Marti Sharron   Composer
Dan Shea   Programming,drum programming,Sound Design
Alfie Silas   Contributor
David Porter Thomas   Contributor
Mervyn Warren   Arranger,Producer
Maxine Willard Waters   Contributor
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Paul Wertheimer   Engineer
Fred White   Contributor
Frank Wolf   Engineer
Allan Rich   Composer
Andy Grassi   Engineer
Glen Marchese   Engineer
Tony Gonzalez   Engineer
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Pete Matthews   Engineer
Bill Smith   Contributor
Randee Saint Nicholas   Cover Photo
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
William Ross   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Eric Greedy   Engineer
Norm Dlugatch   Engineer
Paul J. Falcone   Engineer
Greg Thompson   Engineer
Stuart Brawley   Engineer
Bridgette Bryant-Fiddmont   Contributor
Judith Siirila   Contributor
Jonathan Mooney   Engineer
Patrick Weber   Engineer
Chris Brooke   Engineer
Michael Parnin   Engineer
Marsha Malamet   Composer
Linda Thompson-Jenner   Composer
Mike Fried   Contributor
Dominic Gonzales   Engineer
Troy Gonzalez   Engineer
Dorothy Sea Gazeley   Composer
Tyson Leeper   Engineer
Wendy Knudsen   Contributor
Plaster Dan   Contributor
Cheryl Roach   Contributor
Carmen Tuwillie   Contributor
Vlado Meller   Mastering
Renata Buser   Personal Assistant
Jon Mooney   Engineer
Ethan Schofer   Engineer

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