The Essential Barbra Streisand

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
America’s finest vocalist deserves the royal treatment, and with this superbly realized collection she gets it. Barbra Streisand has set the standard for singers for more than five decades now, and this double-disc set traces her finest moments each step of the way, from the 1963 classic “A Sleeping Bee” to her stirring, previously unreleased 2001 version of “You'll Never Walk Alone.” Benchmark performances (“He Touched Me,” “Second Hand Rose,” “Happy Days Are Here Again,” “Send in the Clowns”) mingle with pop hits ( “People,” “The Way We Were,” “Evergreen,” “Guilty”) for a well-rounded take on a glorious career. This is the comprehensive recording Streisand fans -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
America’s finest vocalist deserves the royal treatment, and with this superbly realized collection she gets it. Barbra Streisand has set the standard for singers for more than five decades now, and this double-disc set traces her finest moments each step of the way, from the 1963 classic “A Sleeping Bee” to her stirring, previously unreleased 2001 version of “You'll Never Walk Alone.” Benchmark performances (“He Touched Me,” “Second Hand Rose,” “Happy Days Are Here Again,” “Send in the Clowns”) mingle with pop hits ( “People,” “The Way We Were,” “Evergreen,” “Guilty”) for a well-rounded take on a glorious career. This is the comprehensive recording Streisand fans -- and all lovers of great popular singing -- have been waiting for.
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 the listener 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 , was 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998612327
  • Catalog Number: 86123
  • Sales rank: 7,063

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Sleepin' Bee
  2. 2 Cry Me A River
  3. 3 I Stayed Too Long At The Fair
  4. 4 Lover, Come Back To Me
  5. 5 People
  6. 6 My Man
  7. 7 Second Hand Rose
  8. 8 He Touched Me
  9. 9 Don't Rain On My Parade
  10. 10 Happy Days Are Here Again - Live From Central Park
  11. 11 On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
  12. 12 Stoney End
  13. 13 Since I Fell For You
  14. 14 What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?
  15. 15 The Way We Were
  16. 16 All In Love Is Fair
  17. 17 Lazy Afternoon
  18. 18 Evergreen
  19. 19 My Heart Belongs To Me
  20. 20 You Don't Bring Me Flowers (Duet with Neil Diamond)
  21. 21 The Main Event/Fight
  22. 22 No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) (Duet with Donna Summer)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Woman In Love
  2. 2 Guilty
  3. 3 Comin' In And Out Of Your Life
  4. 4 Memory
  5. 5 Papa, Can You Hear Me?
  6. 6 A Piece Of Sky
  7. 7 Putting It Together
  8. 8 Not While I'm Around
  9. 9 Send In The Clowns
  10. 10 Somewhere
  11. 11 All I Ask Of You
  12. 12 Children Will Listen
  13. 13 As If We Never Said Goodbye
  14. 14 I Finally Found Someone (Duet with Bryan Adams)
  15. 15 Tell Him (Duet with Celine Dion)
  16. 16 I've Dreamed Of You
  17. 17 Someday My Prince Will Come New 2001 Studio Version
  18. 18 You'll Never Walk Alone New 2001 Studio Version
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barbra Streisand Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Barbra Streisand

    Among some of the favorites are The Way We Were, Evergreen, and Send In The Clowns. Beautifully sung, romantic and touching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a good cd for Barbra fans

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truly is THE WORLD'S GREATEST STAR

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truly her greatest!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Old is good

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yet another ''greatest hits'' album....

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hello Gorgeous!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS IS A MUST

    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!

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