Broadway Album

The Broadway Album

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by Barbra Streisand
     
 

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Barbra Streisand's abandonment of Broadway was the worst thing that happened to the theater in the '60s. Her retreat from theater music on record was less of a loss, if only because she had tended to focus on second-rank composers and obscure songs by first-rate ones, while practically ignoring, for example, Stephen Sondheim. When she returned to show songs in 1985,

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Barbra Streisand's abandonment of Broadway was the worst thing that happened to the theater in the '60s. Her retreat from theater music on record was less of a loss, if only because she had tended to focus on second-rank composers and obscure songs by first-rate ones, while practically ignoring, for example, Stephen Sondheim. When she returned to show songs in 1985, she reversed these failings. Now, the singer who had never done much with Rodgers & Hammerstein, Frank Loesser, George Gershwin, or Jerome Kern finally felt confident enough to take on "If I Loved You" from Carousel, "Adelaide's Lament" from Guys and Dolls, "Can't Help Lovin' That Man" from Showboat, and a medley from Porgy and Bess, and she did them well. Even better, on seven tracks with Sondheim's name on them, she proved the perfect intepreter of the most contemporary and intellectual of Broadway's writers, whether singing his lyrics over the music of Leonard Bernstein (another composer she'd largely neglected) from West Side Story or making the most of material drawn from shows like Company, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, and Sunday in the Park With George. Sondheim collaborated with Streisand, penning special lyrics for songs like "Putting It Together" and even his standard, "Send in the Clowns." The result was an album that repositioned some of Broadway's best in a pop context and showed that Streisand was still at her best when presenting the dramatically satisfying story songs of the theater. Apparently, many longtime fans agreed: At sales over three million, The Broadway Album was Streisand's most commercially successful album in five years.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998515925
catalogNumber:
85159
Rank:
12485

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbra Streisand   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jeremy Lubbock   Strings,Conductor
David Foster   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Peter Matz   Conductor
Richard Todd   French Horn
Israel Baker   Concert Master
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Oscar Castro-Neves   Guitar
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Earl Dumler   English Horn,Oboe
Bob Esty   Keyboards
David Geffen   Actor
Sol Gubin   Drums
Gary Herbig   Alto Saxophone
Randy Kerber   Piano
Sydney Pollack   Actor
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass,Bass Guitar
Gerald Vinci   Guitar,Concert Master
Randy Waldman   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica
Ken Sylk   Actor
Paulino da Costa   Percussion
Brian D. A. O'Connor   French Horn
Steven Schaeffer   Drums
Charles Berghofer   Bass
Earle Dumler   English Horn,Oboe
Brian O'Connor   French Horn

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer,Lyricist
Barbra Streisand   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Jeremy Lubbock   Orchestration
Paul Jabara   Arranger,Producer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
David Foster   Arranger,Producer
Peter Matz   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Orchestration
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer,Lyricist
John Arrias   Engineer,Remixing,Engineering
Richard Baskin   Arranger,Producer
Alan Bergman   Liner Notes
Marilyn Bergman   Liner Notes
Michael Boddicker   Programming
Alexander Courage   Orchestration
Bob Esty   Arranger,Producer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer,Remixing
Ira Gershwin   Lyricist
Don Hahn   Engineer,Remixing,Engineering
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer,Lyricist
Jerry Hey   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Rhett Lawrence   Programming
Magic Moreno   Engineer
Sid Ramin   Orchestration
Conrad Salinger   Original Orchestrations
Randy Waldman   Arranger
Jay Willis   Engineer
Laura Livingston   Engineer
Benny Faccone   Engineer
Kim Skalecki   Producer
DuBose Heyward   Lyricist

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The Broadway Album 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I KNOW I'm in the minority here with this one; I guess I just wasn't wild about the songs....There are a few standouts like ''Somewhere'', but unlike most of Barbra's other 50 some-odd albums, I grew tired of this one rather quickly..Guess I'm just not a Broadway hound....I much pefer the contemporary Barbra....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of all the Streisand albums I have so far, this is my favorite one yet - which says a lot, as I love all of them. The songs i guess are just great. Granted, there are a few that are not as good - I don't really like the arrangement of ''Something's Coming'' - but most of them are great. I strongly recommend this to all Streisand fans, or Broadway fans alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a Broadway musical's fan and a Huge Barbra fan all I can say is: This is another sample of the wonderful Barbra's talent. I enjoy every single song on this record!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to buy this cd again because I have worn it out. It's great travel music to
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved it!
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