Higher Ground

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 074646618127
  • Catalog Number: 66181
  • Sales rank: 13,119

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barbra Streisand Primary Artist, 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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Grateful Fan

    This is my very favorite album - From the moment I heard this,I play it over and over again. It touches my heart and soul like no other. It lifts me up and is so reassuring to know that their is a higher being watching over us. I especially love "On Holy Ground." Thank you for making such a beautiful and inspiring album. I wish their were more like these.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Barbra does it all

    I simply LOVE this CD especially the selection "On Holy Ground"; I feel that it is just so powerful and moving. This entire CD reflects Bab's versatility and her ability to do justice to any song she decides to claim as her own. I have given the Higher Ground CD as a gift to family members who enjoy it as much as myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is my very favorite album

    The miles fly by as I listen to the wide veriety of songs on the album. These songs touch every part of my life, my soul and my love. These songs are about ''Higher Ground''.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HIGHER GROUND

    WELL i HAVE JUST WRITTEN AND BECAUSE OF BEING SO TIRED IJUST DELETED ALL THAT I WROTE .SO NOW I WILL MAKE IT SHORT.THANK YOU BARBRA FOR ALL THE PLEASURE YOU HAVE GIVEN TO ME AND MY FRIEND ,RICHARDOVER THE YEARS.THE LAST YEAR HAS BEEN ESPECIALLY DIFFICULT AND BARBRA,YOUR BEAUTIFUL VOICE ON HIGHER GROUND HAS REALLY KEPT US FLOATING ,EVEN THROUGH OUR DARKEST HOURS.THANK YOU SO MUCH

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Boring!

    I hear that Babs does have a powerful voice. Okay, she does. However, she isn¿t one of my favorite singers. On this album, she tries a little too hard to re-establish herself as the woman America has always loved. And Céline Dion¿s only making the thing worse. Liked that duet on the latter¿s 1997 CD, ¿Let¿s Talk About Love.¿

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