The Essential Barbra Streisand [Limited Edition 3.0]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although Barbra Streisand has recorded for the same company, Columbia Records, throughout her career, her work has not been particularly well represented on compilations. Four single-disc best-ofs dot her discography, but listeners who wanted to do something as simple as purchase an album containing the original studio recordings of both her first Top Ten hit, "People," and her first number one, "The Way We Were," without plumping for the four-CD box set Just for the Record , were out of luck. Complicating the compiling of her career highlights is her position as essentially an album artist, despite having scattered 11 Top Ten pop hits across 32 years. The ideal ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although Barbra Streisand has recorded for the same company, Columbia Records, throughout her career, her work has not been particularly well represented on compilations. Four single-disc best-ofs dot her discography, but listeners who wanted to do something as simple as purchase an album containing the original studio recordings of both her first Top Ten hit, "People," and her first number one, "The Way We Were," without plumping for the four-CD box set Just for the Record , were out of luck. Complicating the compiling of her career highlights is her position as essentially an album artist, despite having scattered 11 Top Ten pop hits across 32 years. The ideal collection would have to do justice to her popular early albums of the '60s, her mid-career singles hits of the '70s, and her renewed album success in the '80s and '90s. Here it is. At a CD-busting length of over two and a half hours, this 40-track double-disc set encapsulates Streisand's recording career in chronological order from her 1963 debut album to 1999. Two previously unreleased tracks sound like outtakes from her later album projects. "Someday My Prince Will Come" probably got left off of A Love Like Ours, while the gospel-tinged "You'll Never Walk Alone" must have been intended for Higher Ground. Intelligently picking signature performances from her best and most popular albums, it largely eschews a raft of singles that got into the bottom half of the Top 40, but leaves out only one Top Ten hit, "What Kind of Fool." The singer's versatility and her ability to impose her immediately identifiable vocal style on a variety of material are emphasized in recordings that range from Broadway show tunes to disco. A collection like this has been needed for a long time as a gateway to Streisand's bountiful, indeed overwhelming, catalog. [A 2008 upgrade in a Columbia/Legacy series titled "Limited Edition 3.0" added nine tracks on a third disc, including a further potpourri of Barbra Streisand career highlights, including 2005's "Letting Go," 1999's "A Love Like Ours," 1975's "By the Way," and 1979's "After the Rain."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886973457023
  • Catalog Number: 734570
  • Sales rank: 26,592

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Sleepin' Bee (4:24)
  2. 2 Cry Me a River (3:39)
  3. 3 I Stayed Too Long at the Fair (4:22)
  4. 4 Lover, Come Back to Me (2:19)
  5. 5 People (3:42)
  6. 6 My Man (3:00)
  7. 7 Second Hand Rose (2:11)
  8. 8 He Touched Me (3:12)
  9. 9 Don't Rain on My Parade (2:45)
  10. 10 Happy Days Are Here Again (3:13)
  11. 11 On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever) (2:11)
  12. 12 Stoney End (3:02)
  13. 13 Since I Fell for You (3:27)
  14. 14 What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? (3:20)
  15. 15 The Way We Were (3:31)
  16. 16 All in Love Is Fair (3:51)
  17. 17 Lazy Afternoon (3:49)
  18. 18 Evergreen (Love Theme From "A Star Is Born") (3:06)
  19. 19 My Heart Belongs to Me (3:23)
  20. 20 You Don't Bring Me Flowers - Neil Diamond (3:26)
  21. 21 The Main Event/Fight (4:54)
  22. 22 No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) - Donna Summer (4:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Woman in Love (3:53)
  2. 2 Guilty (4:25)
  3. 3 Comin' in and out of Your Life (4:10)
  4. 4 Memory (3:54)
  5. 5 Papa, Can You Hear Me? (3:31)
  6. 6 A Piece of Sky (4:23)
  7. 7 Putting It Together (4:21)
  8. 8 Not While I'm Around (3:30)
  9. 9 Send in the Clowns (4:42)
  10. 10 Somewhere (4:56)
  11. 11 All I Ask of You (4:03)
  12. 12 Children Will Listen (4:09)
  13. 13 As If We Never Said Goodbye (4:45)
  14. 14 I Finally Found Someone (3:43)
  15. 15 Tell Him - Celine Dion (4:54)
  16. 16 I've Dreamed of You (4:53)
  17. 17 Someday My Prince Will Come (4:07)
  18. 18 You'll Never Walk Alone (4:35)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Letting Go (3:50)
  2. 2 Love Like Ours (3:57)
  3. 3 At the Same Time (4:17)
  4. 4 By the Way (2:57)
  5. 5 Unusual Way (3:33)
  6. 6 Evergreen (Love Theme From "A Star Is Born") (3:08)
  7. 7 Wild Is the Wind (4:12)
  8. 8 On My Way to You (3:45)
  9. 9 After the Rain (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barbra Streisand Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
A. L. Webber Composer
Sigmund Romberg Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Dimitri Tiomkin Composer
Barbra Streisand Composer
Neil Diamond Composer
Laura Nyro Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Buddy Johnson Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Paul Jabara Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
David Foster Composer
Robin Gibb Composer
Rupert Holmes Composer
Bruce Roberts Composer
Ann Hampton Callaway Composer
Marvin Hamlisch Composer
Barry Gibb Composer
Milton Ager Composer
Billy Barnes Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
George Bitzer Composer
Don Black Composer
Dave Grusin Composer
Bob Esty Composer
Maurice Gibb Composer
Alan Gordon Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Arthur Hamilton Composer
Charles Hart Composer
Burton Lane Composer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Jerome Moross Composer
Richard Parker Composer
Richard Stilgoe Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Albert Willemetz Composer
Paul Williams Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
Bob Merrill Composer
Truman Capote Composer
Walter Afanasieff Composer
Frank Churchill Composer
Rolf Lovland Composer
Bobby Whiteside Composer
Trevor Nunn Composer
Jacques Charles Composer
Grant Clarke Composer
Christopher Hampton Composer
James F. Hanley Composer
Larry Morey Composer
Channing Pollack Composer
Maurice Yvain Composer
Ira Levin Composer
Milton Schafer Composer
Linda Thompson-Jenner Composer
Jurg Morgenthaler Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    If you love barbra, you'll love this

    Great collection. It includes some extra concert performances. Don't know how I did without it.

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