The Movie Album

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
In searching for prime material for an album devoted to songs originally featured in Hollywood films, Barbra Streisand didn’t have to look far. The Movie Album touches on uncontestable gems that stretch back to the 1930s “I’m In the Mood for Love,” “Smile", the 1950s and '60s "Wild is the Wind," “Emily,” “Moon River”, and beyond “How Do You Keep the Music Playing,” “Calling You” from Baghdad Café .There’s even a recently composed song -- "More in Love With You"-- that brings together the theme music of the 1962 film, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, with original lyrics by Streisand favorites Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Streisand -- who, with her incomparable vocal ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
In searching for prime material for an album devoted to songs originally featured in Hollywood films, Barbra Streisand didn’t have to look far. The Movie Album touches on uncontestable gems that stretch back to the 1930s “I’m In the Mood for Love,” “Smile", the 1950s and '60s "Wild is the Wind," “Emily,” “Moon River”, and beyond “How Do You Keep the Music Playing,” “Calling You” from Baghdad Café .There’s even a recently composed song -- "More in Love With You"-- that brings together the theme music of the 1962 film, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, with original lyrics by Streisand favorites Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Streisand -- who, with her incomparable vocal talents, can make even a lackluster song shine -- simply goes to town with this embarrassment of riches, skillfully focusing attention on both the quality of the songs and her own still-lustrous pipes. This jewel of an album deserves pride of place alongside Streisand’s Broadway tributes --themselves highpoints in her still vital career. [The Bonus DVD version features alternate Streisand performances of "I'm In the Mood For Love" and "Wild Is the Wind.]
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The idea of Barbra Streisand making an album of movie songs is a no-brainer; as annotators Jay Landers and Richard Jay-Alexander point out, she has already recorded over 50 songs written for motion pictures on her 59 previous albums. In fact, the only real challenge may be a marketing one for Columbia Records, since potential customers simply may assume this is a compilation of some of her previous performances. It is not. Rather, it is a newly recorded collection of songs chosen and arranged in Streisand's inimitable style. In keeping with the movie theme, she has thought big, using a 75-piece orchestra of the kind usually only found on a studio back-lot for a soundtrack. But all that firepower is used for support, not for its own sake. The key word here is "lush," not lavish. Streisand's immediately identifiable voice floats over the music, never challenged by it, so she is able to achieve her usual close-up, detailed performance, alternately intimate and expansive. At 61, she retains remarkable purity and range in her voice, though she is less interested in demanding effects. This is a smooth, conversational vocal album. Streisand's song collection is characteristic of her. As usual, she isn't much interested in the Great American Songbook of the interwar period. Only two songs, 1935's "I'm in the Mood for Love" and 1936's "Smile," date from before her birth, with most songs coming from the '50s and '60s. And, as usual, the songs as written sometimes don't satisfy her, so she has prevailed on the composers to change them. Johnny Mandel willingly wrote a new verse to her specifications for "Emily," and Bob Telson did the same for the obscure "Calling You" from Bagdad Café. Streisand's age is reflected in her choices, too. She frequently goes for lyrics about mature love such as "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" and "The Second Time Around," and she sounds more convincing singing them, giving the words more emphasis than she does, for instance, when she just tosses off the line "You're life itself!" in "Wild Is the Wind." As she herself notes, "You're Gonna Hear from Me," which closes the album, is reminiscent of the assertive songs she sang in her youth, such as "Don't Rain on My Parade," and that makes it all the more notable that she sings it in such a mellow way, as a fond memory rather than an upstart declaration. It makes a fitting closer. If The Movie Album is not the sort of revelation that Streisand's 1985 masterpiece, The Broadway Album, was, it nevertheless gives the listener some superior new takes on standards the singer has not addressed previously and uncovers a gem or two that had been overlooked till now.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998901827
  • Catalog Number: 89018
  • Sales rank: 13,827

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barbra Streisand Primary Artist
William Galison Harmonica, Soloist
Jeremy Lubbock Conductor
Tom Scott Saxophone, Soloist
Bruce Dukov Concert Master
Chuck Berghofer Bass, Musician
Robbie Buchanan Conductor, Keyboards
Jorge Calandrelli Conductor
Oscar Castro-Neves Guitar, Musician
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums, Musician
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion, Musician
Joel Derouin Violin, Concert Master, Soloist
Assa Drori Concert Master
Chuck Findley Trumpet, Soloist
Clayton Haslop Concert Master
Dan Higgins Flute, Soloist
Michael Lang Keyboards, Musician
Warren Luening Flugelhorn, Soloist
Johnny Mandel Conductor
Mike Melvoin Piano, Musician
Dean Parks Guitar, Musician
John Pisano Guitar, Musician
Tom Ranier Piano, Musician
Neil Stubenhaus Bass, Musician
Randy Waldman Piano, Keyboards, Musician
Gregg Field Drums, Musician
Gayle Levant Harp, Musician
Michael Hart Thompson Guitar, Musician
Marc Portman Keyboards, Musician
Windy Wagner Background Vocals
Joel Derpuin Concert Master
Technical Credits
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Dimitri Tiomkin Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
Barbra Streisand Producer, Executive Producer
Michel Legrand Composer
Jeremy Lubbock Arranger
André Previn Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Dory Previn Composer
Bob Telson Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Robbie Buchanan Arranger, Producer, Orchestration, rhythm arrangement
Johnny Burke Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Jorge Calandrelli Arranger
Charlie Chaplin Composer
Alexander Courage Orchestration, Orchestral Arrangements
Dorothy Fields Composer
Jay Landers Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Johnny Mandel Arranger, Composer, Producer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Johnny Mercer Composer
Dave Reitzas Engineer, Mastering
Al Schmitt Engineer
Bill Schnee Engineer
James Van Heusen Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Stewart Whitmore Digital Editing
Geoff Parsons Composer
John Turner Composer
Nancy Donald Art Direction
Kim Skalecki Personal Assistant
Mary Maurer Art Direction
Hooshik Bayliss Art Direction
Moogie Cannazio Engineer
Richard Jay-Alexander Liner Notes
Renata Buser Personal Assistant
Woody Pornpitaksuk Authoring
Scott Erickson Engineer
Terry O'Neill Cover Photo
Geoffrey Parsons Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Nose That Rose Has Froze

    Simply: Overorchestrated. The voice is nasal and harsh. Her range is -- as generally comes with age -- more limited but she could have done herself and us a service by not trying so hard and staying within her limits. One does not hear the emotion and sincerity, and thoughtfulness in her presentation. In some parts it is almost painful, certainly sad to hear the rush to finish and bordom that underlies her delivery. In a nutshell? She is no longer the Streisand that made her famous -- most certainly musically, which is what this review is about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SUCKY!

    Once again Barbra has given us rehashed sickening music from her ridculously long career.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    At 61 she still hits the high notes and the low!!

    What an amazing talent. This album is fabulous with songs that are obscure and somewhat farmiliar. I would highly reccomend it to anyone who loves beautiful music sung with grace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sublime Streisand

    Barbra Streisand evocatively recalls the great lush beauty of classic soundtrack recordings. Her breathtaking, deeply moving interpretations and musical phrasing are wrapped around dynamic orchestrations, resulting in her fully recreating her own first responses to each and every movie she ever saw. Aside from the thrill of hearing that heaven-sent voice in full command, Streisand reminds us that she is and has been much more than a showbiz belter. Listen carefully to THE MOVIE ALBUM, and hear her, with immaculate charm and warmth, glide through an emotional and very honest range of musical dynamics with all the subtlty or brashness of a very great American singer. Movies are magic, and Barbra Streisand's THE MOVIE ALBUM is an artful, magnificent tribute to the movies she salutes. Brava on all counts!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Passion Intact

    Barbra's best has always been in her music, accented even further when the music has accompanied her own movies (remember the first moment each fan heard/saw The Way We Were, Evergreen, Oh My Man I Love Him So, Papa, Can Your Hear Me?, etc. This transference between film and music in her uniquely passionate manner made Streisand the international superstar she remains. She also inspires passion in both her fans and detractors (witness the lack of 3 star reviews). Of great import, Barbra combines her two most exceptional talents in her latest CD. Her choice of music, both recognized and frequently more esoteric on this CD, all display her custom blend of insight and unique interpretation and sound. Combined with a remarkable resiliency in her voice, this CD provides unique perspectives on each and every track. A particular highlight is "Calling You" as it abandons any musical limitations in exploring interpretation of cinematic music to create mood and story. This particular track abandons Barbra's previous styles to create a clear image for the listener. On other tracks, Barbra's frequent jazzy styling is welcome to create a view and feel for the song, reminiscent of experiencing film noir at the theater. A beautifully focused and mature album from one of the true greats of popular music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Feast for Your Ears

    Streisand has done what no one else does better than she--she has sung for our supper,not hers--(her plate is full)while we who love gorgeous music and thoughtful lyrics have been starving since her Christmas Memories album 2 years ago. There is no other singer left to croon so that we might swoon. She has chosen old songs and new, sumptuous ballads delivered with warmth, perfect pitch and she "Streisands" each one of the 12 songs on this CD. Anyone who knows her voice, loves the way she transitions between chords, from soft to emphatic--whispers to wails. It's tough to say which is a standout because all of them are in their own ways thoroughly, dreamily rendered. Streisand has again drunk from the fountain of youth and all we have to do is listen and appreciate a songstress who too many have become bored with, not because she has become a bore; it is they who are jaded. Let them be amazed by Madonna's fake lesbian kisses. Let me be impressed by talent that shows no signs of wear or tear. There will have to be a sequel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Movie Album

    I adore Streisand, and have since she did her first album, she still has a fantastic voice, one to give you goose bumps and she is still enjoyable to listen to, but the arrangements are slow, dull and can put you to sleep. There is very little material with a medium to faster tempo. If you are looking to sit on a sofa and fall asleep to slow, soft music, this is it, but if you really want to hear Streisand sing her best and be up beat. This ain't it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Movie Album

    As a long time Streisand fan, I was eager to buy her Movie Album. But on listening to it, I discovered it is not Streisand at her best. The arrangements lack punch and are enough to put you to sleep. In fact, don't play this while driving. The songs all sound the same, there is not much difference in one track to the next. There are really no upbeat tunes that really highlight her talent and range. I probably will never play it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Like Buttered Popcorn

    "The Movie Album" *** (3 Stars) Barbra Streisand Columbia Records/Sony 12 Tracks Running Time: 52:16 A year ago, I wrote to Barbra Streisand and told her that she should record "Bill" (from "Showboat") and "Too Late Now" (from "Royal Wedding") for her long anticipated collection of cinema songs. Apparently Barbra wasn't exactly bewitched by my suggestions but "The Movie Album" does include a dozen lushly orchestrated renditions of film favorites that will likely please Streisand enthusiasts even if they won't be levitating as they have over her previous 59 albums. The selections you expect Streisand to stamp as her own ("Smile," "Moon River") are serviceable rather than definitive. Instead, Mrs. Brolin mines gold from unexpected sources including the wistful "Emily" (from "The Americanization of Emily") and the undervalued "How Do You Keep The Music Playing?" (from "Best Friends") though the latter should have remained a duet. John Travolta, anyone? There's an awfully pretty version of "Wild Is The Wind" as well but surprisingly, Barbra's vocal doesn't upstage the late Nina Simone's haunting 1966 recording. While one might have hoped that "The Movie Album" would stand as the cinematic equivalent to Streisand's exquisite 1985 masterpiece "The Broadway Album," this new release never ascends to that level. Still, it's worth twenty bucks to hear Our Lady of Brooklyn tear into "You're Gonna Hear From Me" (from "Inside Daisy Clover") with the same powerhouse determination that propelled her through "Funny Girl." - Mark Griffin, "Film Score Monthly" Magazine Reviewer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Streisand's Best Since the Broadway Album

    It would have been easy to put out a CD filled with more current, familiar fare....how many of her fans would love to here her take on "My Heart Will Go On," for example? But give Streisand, who has never taken the easy way out, credit for unearthing some obscure gems to go along with chestnuts such as "Moon River" and "Smile." Through it all, Streisand's magnificent alto, increasingly rich and dark as the years go by, takes these songs and makes them her own. String-laden, lush and romantic, this cd really does possess a cinematic feel. Highlights include an electronica-tinged "Calling You," a jazzy take on "I'm In the Mood For Love" and the brassy, theatrical final cut, "You're Gonna Hear From Me."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NEEDS MORE THAN 5 STARS - RAVISHING

    Barbra Streisand is one performer who can never cease to amaze me in some way. This newly anticipated gem will certainly rank high with her fans and envelop some new ones into the fold. The lush arrangements and the soaring Streisand vocals on the powerful songs, as well as the quieter ones are all total ear candy. The major standout is the closing number YOU'RE GONNA HEAR FROM ME, making the statement "I ain't going nowhere". Even the orchestral inclusion of the ending bars of Don't Rain On My Parade in the finale takes you through Barbra's history reminding you what she has given all these years, and what we can still expect down the road. MOON RIVER is the most touching version I've ever heard. I'M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE takes on a bossa-nova beat which adds so much to this song, making it playful. For future projects, I hope Barbra does a full album of songs in this tempo and style, in the realm of Peggy Lee and her LATIN A LA LEE, as well as Eydie Gorme's bossa-nova albums of the 60s. This album is a must for those who love movie songs, as well as being one in a Streisand collection that is a "must have". Those devoted fans who have everything Barbra has recorded will just do the natural thing with new Barbra product and pick it up. Those who have a taste of Barbra in their music racks, the necessities are all her hits compilations, both Broadway albums and THE MOVIE ALBUM.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Last of the living legends

    While many singers come and go, Barbra continues, in her 5th decade of recording, to be the ultimate songstress. Her voice proves that at 61 years old she can still wrap her wonderful instrument around exceptional orchestrations with ease. Each song is a testament to past movies, some popular, some more obscure, but all definitely bear the mark of Barbra's wonderous talent. I think this is one of her best recordings and even those who are not Streisand fans would agree that this talented woman deserves to be appreciated for all she has given to the world for all these years. There aren't any performers out there today that can even come close to the career that she has had and continues to have. Buy it, enjoy it, but most of all appreciate what real singing is all about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Barbra Streisand Truly Shines!

    Barbra Streisand's new album, "The Movie Album" is a keepsake for all her fans. I have not been able quit listening to it and wish there were more songs on it! Each song is a favorite on this album. She has some familiar songs with new arrangements that it makes you wonder, what more can she do? She's done it all and she'll do it again. I recommend that every Barbra Streisand fan purchase this album because it truly is "timeless."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you stop buying, She'll stop singing!

    Let it go. I wouldn't recomend this album to my worst enemy. It's never a good time to listen to this ripped off garbage. I know I sound angry but you would be to if you were subjected to this album of classics, only to be violated by her dreadful set of cords of wich I have concluded are here only to cause us harm and ruin my love of real music. These otherwise classic tunes are revamped and "Barbaratized". You can make them yours without killing the spirit of the song! Streisand overlooked this option and it shows in every track. I wouldn't even download this album for free.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST CD OF 2003!

    Stunning, thrilling, breathtaking, sublime!!! These are only modest words to describe "The Movie Album". Barbra's voice never sounded better and her phrasing is impeccable.Thank you, Barbra, for sharing your God-given talent with us!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sublime and radiant Babs!

    Just Barbra and an orchestra! Those mellifluous pipes still in shape to cuddle around the notes. Her phrasing is second to none. The haunting tune, "Calling You" haunts longafter the music stops. What can I say...I just love this album

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