Stoney End

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Barbra Streisand scored her second Top Ten hit in early 1971 by treating Laura Nyro's recording of her song "Stoney End" as a demo and copying it practically note for note. "Mama, let me start all over," she sang, and her wish was granted. The followup album of the same title was, in its own way, as surprising as Streisand's debut album eight years earlier. Where that record had redefined the role of the traditional pop singer in contemporary terms for the early '60s, Stoney End redefined Streisand as an effective pop
ock singer, which her last outing, What About Today?, had failed to do. Maybe she listened as closely to Nyro and Joni...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Barbra Streisand scored her second Top Ten hit in early 1971 by treating Laura Nyro's recording of her song "Stoney End" as a demo and copying it practically note for note. "Mama, let me start all over," she sang, and her wish was granted. The followup album of the same title was, in its own way, as surprising as Streisand's debut album eight years earlier. Where that record had redefined the role of the traditional pop singer in contemporary terms for the early '60s, Stoney End redefined Streisand as an effective pop
ock singer, which her last outing, What About Today?, had failed to do. Maybe she listened as closely to Nyro and Joni Mitchell as she had to Ethel Merman and Judy Garland a decade earlier, but somehow she re-oriented her approach to music, adapting herself to vocal demands that were very different in terms of dynamics, expressiveness, and especially rhythm from the traditional pop and theater music she had sung previously. Producer Richard Perry may have eased the transition by using sessionmen like Randy Newman, who played piano on two of his own compositions and who bridged the worlds of show tunes and rock. But Streisand herself found something to identify with in songs like Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind" maybe that passage about the movie queen and Mitchell's "I Don't Know Where I Stand." Stoney End was not a perfect album -- the reliance on minor Brill Building material and two more Nyro copies kept it from classic status -- but it was so far removed from what Streisand's fans and her detractors thought her capable of that it stands as one of her major triumphs. It was also her biggest seller in four years and launched the comeback that saw her through the '70s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972502229
  • Catalog Number: 725022
  • Sales rank: 3,883

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barbra Streisand Primary Artist, Vocals
Randy Newman Piano, Keyboards
Larry Carlton Guitar
Nickey Barclay Keyboards
Clydie King Background Vocals
Eric Weissberg Guitar
June Millington Guitar
Hal Blaine Drums
Max Bennett Bass
Merry Clayton Background Vocals
David Cohen Guitar
Venetta Fields Background Vocals
Richie Hayward Drums
Eddie Kendricks Background Vocals
Larry Knechtel Bass
Sherlie Mathews Background Vocals
Larry Muhoberac Keyboards
Earl Palmer Drums
Richard Perry Guitar, Percussion
Michel Rubini Keyboards
Glenna Session Background Vocals
Sweet Lou Shelton Guitar
Maretha Stewart Background Vocals
Ron Tutt Drums
Jackie Ward Background Vocals
Toni Wine Background Vocals
Jerry Cook Background Vocals
Sharone de Vault Background Vocals
Milt Holand Percussion
David Bennett Cohen Guitar
Joe Osborn Bass
Sherlie Matthews Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Laura Nyro Composer
Gene Page Arranger
Perry Botkin Jr. Arranger
Bob Breault Contributor
Claus Ogerman Arranger
Glen Kolotkin Engineer
Sy Mitchell Engineer
Richard Perry Producer
Rafael O. Valentin Engineer
Peter Weiss Engineer
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