Movie Album [Bonus DVD]

Movie Album [Bonus DVD]

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by Barbra Streisand

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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…  See more details below


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.]

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Editorial Reviews

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 Cafe. 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. [The album was also available in a bonus DVD edition, featuring videos for "Wild Is the Wind" and "I'm in the Mood for Love," as well as audio-only song commentary from Streisand.]

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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
Robbie Buchanan   Conductor,Keyboards
Jorge Calandrelli   Conductor
Oscar Castro-Neves   Guitar
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Joel Derouin   Violin,Concert Master,Soloist
Assa Drori   Concert Master
Chuck Findley   Trumpet,Soloist
Clayton Haslop   Concert Master
Dan Higgins   Flute,Soloist
Michael Lang   Piano
Warren Luening   Flugelhorn,Soloist
Johnny Mandel   Conductor
Mike Melvoin   Piano
Dean Parks   Guitar
John Pisano   Guitar
Tom Ranier   Piano
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Randy Waldman   Piano,Keyboards
Gregg Field   Drums
Gayle Levant   Harp
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Marc Portman   Keyboards
Windy Wagner   Background Vocals

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   Orchestral Arrangements
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Jay Landers   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Johnny Mandel   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Bill Schnee   Engineer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
John Turner   Composer
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Mary Maurer   Art Direction
Hooshik Bayliss   Art Direction
Moogie Cannazio   Engineer
Richard Jay-Alexander   Liner Notes
Martin Erlichman   Representation
Scott Erickson   Engineer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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The Movie Album 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album took some getting in to. At first I skipped the slow tracks and settled for the more up-beat ones like 'I'm in the mood for love', but Streisand's voice, though slightly tired in places, makes the whole album enjoyable. A wonderful album for any fan...her parade ain't over yet!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"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
Guest More than 1 year ago
It would have been easy to put out a CD filled with more current, familiar 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."
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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."
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again Barbra has given us rehashed sickening music from her ridculously long career.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My heavens, give it up already. If you have to be so miked as if you are singing in an echo chamber, and you have to have orchestration that muffles three quarters of a song so that your lack of range is disguised beyond recognition, why make a cd. Rest on your laurels Ms. Streisand. You deserve it