Essential Barbra Streisand [Limited Edition 3.0]

The Essential Barbra Streisand [Limited Edition 3.0]

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by Barbra Streisand

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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


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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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbra Streisand   Primary Artist
Jeremy Lubbock   Conductor
Greg Mathieson   Conductor
Patrick Williams   Conductor
Rupert Holmes   Conductor
Marvin Hamlisch   Conductor
David Caddick   Conductor
Jorge Calandrelli   Conductor
Bob Esty   Conductor
Lee Holdridge   Conductor
Alan Lindgren   Conductor
Mort Lindsey   Conductor
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Walter Scharf   Conductor
Jonathan Tunick   Conductor
William Ross   Conductor
Miami Symphonic Strings   Strings
Michel Grand   Conductor
Peter Graves   Conductor

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer,Audio Production
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Dimitri Tiomkin   Composer
Barbra Streisand   Composer,Audio Production
Neil Diamond   Composer
Laura Nyro   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
Greg Mathieson   Arranger
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Patrick Williams   Arranger
Harold Arlen   Composer
Paul Jabara   Arranger,Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
David Foster   Arranger,Composer,Audio Production
Robin Gibb   Composer
Rupert Holmes   Arranger,Composer,Audio Production
Peter Matz   Arranger,Audio Production
Gene Page   Arranger
Bruce Roberts   Arranger,Composer
Ann Hampton Callaway   Composer
Marvin Hamlisch   Arranger,Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer,Audio Production
Milton Ager   Composer
Albhy Galuten   Audio Production
Billy Barnes   Composer
Richard Baskin   Audio Production
Alan Bergman   Composer,Audio Production
Marilyn Bergman   Composer,Audio Production
Michael Berniker   Audio Production
George Bitzer   Composer
Don Black   Composer
Jorge Calandrelli   Arranger
Charles Calello   Arranger,Audio Production
Dave Grusin   Composer
Nick DeCaro   Arranger
Bob Esty   Arranger,Composer,Audio Production
Bob Gaudio   Audio Production
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Jack Gold   Audio Production
Wally Gold   Audio Production
Alan Gordon   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Arthur Hamilton   Composer
Charles Hart   Composer
Jack Hayes   Arranger
Lee Holdridge   Arranger
Gary Klein   Audio Production
Jay Landers   Audio Production
Burton Lane   Composer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Arranger,Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Jeffrey Lesser   Audio Production
Tommy LiPuma   Audio Production
Alan Lindgren   Arranger
Mort Lindsey   Arranger
Marty Paich   Arranger,Audio Production
John Merchant   Audio Production
Robert Mersey   Audio Production
Jerome Moross   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Richard Parker   Composer
Richard Perry   Audio Production
Phil Ramone   Audio Production
Karl Richardson   Audio Production
Walter Scharf   Arranger
Richard Stilgoe   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Jonathan Tunick   Arranger
Ned Washington   Composer
Luther Waters   Arranger
Albert Willemetz   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Nigel Wright   Audio Production
Jack Yellen   Composer
Ian Freebairn-Smith   Arranger
Bob Merrill   Composer
Truman Capote   Composer
Walter Afanasieff   Composer,Audio Production
William Ross   Arranger
Frank Churchill   Composer
Rolf Lovland   Composer
Bobby Whiteside   Composer
Trevor Nunn   Composer
Jacques Charles   Composer
Grant Clarke   Composer
Christopher Hampton   Composer
Larry Morey   Composer
Channing Pollack   Composer
Maurice Yvain   Composer
Ira Levin   Composer
Milton Schafer   Composer
Linda Thompson-Jenner   Composer
Jürg Morgenthaler   Composer
Michel Grand   Arranger
James Hanley   Composer

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The Essential Barbra Streisand 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the Barbra Essential CD! It has everything from People, to Tell Him with Celine Dion. My favorites are ''Dont Rain on My Parade'' and ''Putting it together. '' How many times must she prove to us she truly IS essential! It's a keeper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unlike, some fanatics, I do not own every Barbra Streisand album. I do have a couple other collections, but none are as extensive and as enjoyable as this. It's the first collection to include her greatest recording from the last decade. ENJOY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
How many times can this woman put out a cd with her greatest hits? There have been at least 5 official albums, not to mention all the ''live recording'' albums that essentially have the same songs. There really is nothing new to review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Among some of the favorites are The Way We Were, Evergreen, and Send In The Clowns. Beautifully sung, romantic and touching.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting for this album for a while now and I just can't imagine the selection of the great songs in it. This is truly the best album among her 50 plus albums. The bonus track of you'll never walk alone is so stirring and so emotional indeed. The Best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those of us long time fans with her early vinyl albums with these songs, its great to hear them again in there original form. While it contains two new tracks, its worth the money. This is mearly a commemorative CD of her 40 year recording career with Columbia, and something they have done in the past with there long term recording artists. The only downside is there are not alot of liner notes, etc. but its still worth the effort.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've heard alot of people sing, a LOT of people. Anywhere from Celine Dions powerful voice to Whitney Houston, and when Barbara Streisand lets out, NO ONE is better
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this cd very much.Theres nothing like hearing Barbra Streisand sing.I also enjoy LINDA EDER.I love her cd BROADWAY MY WAY.Linda Eder does a stunning "Dont Rain On Parade on Broadway MY Way cd.she does other classics also.Both LINDA AND BARBRA are the greastest all time female singers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These are the songs that I love to hear. I just couldn't believe how good this CD was when I first listened to it. I especially liked having the oldies on it.