Timeless: Live in Concert

Timeless: Live in Concert

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by Barbra Streisand

How many performers could call a release Timeless and have it be an understatement? How many singers could record an album precisely as last century gave way to a new Millennium and not be upstaged by Father Time? Only one --Barbra Streisand. Staged last New Year's at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Timeless- Live In Concert is the Mega-Diva's fifth liveSee more details below


How many performers could call a release Timeless and have it be an understatement? How many singers could record an album precisely as last century gave way to a new Millennium and not be upstaged by Father Time? Only one --Barbra Streisand. Staged last New Year's at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Timeless- Live In Concert is the Mega-Diva's fifth live recording in as many decades. Here, the Greatest Star has concocted a musical spectacular based on her amazing life and accomplishments that even includes reenactments of pivotal moments in the superstar's development. Divided into two euphonious acts and conducted by Marvin Hamlisch, this two-disc, 37 track lovefest is smashing on all levels. At 58, Streisand's voice continues to amaze with undiminished power and precision as well as her awesome ability to bring vibrant three-dimensional life to her repertoire. Signature tunes "Cry Me A River," "Lover, Come Back To Me," "People" and "The Way We Were" shine alongside cult classics like "Miss Marmelstein," from Streisand's first Broadway show, 1962's "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" a stinging version of Harold Arlen's "A Sleepin' Bee" and an "Alfie" that outclasses the star's 1969 original. The former Empress of Erasmus Hall also counts down the new century, muses on technology ("The Clicker Blues") and offers a knockout "The Main Event." If Streisand makes good on her promise to retire from live performance, we should be particularly grateful for Timeless, as it's nigh impossible that the standards set over her long and legendary career will ever be surpassed.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Timeless: Live in Concert, recorded at her Las Vegas show on New Year's Eve 1999, takes as its subject the star herself. It opens with a dramatization of her first, amateur recording session, with young Lauren Frost playing a part described in the credits as "Young Girl," though Streisand later refers to her as "mini-me." Frost doesn't get too far before being joined by Streisand herself on a stirring version of "Something's Coming" from West Side Story. The rest of "Act One" traces Streisand's career from her club days to her movie performances. "Act Two" has less of a narrative structure, though it is equally autobiographical, with Streisand displaying and commenting on videos of herself performing with other stars and building up to the stroke of midnight with a combination of old, recent, and new specially written songs. At 57 that night, Streisand remains in good voice, and the old warhorses, among them inevitable hits like "People," "Evergreen," and "The Way We Were," sound, well, like they always do. More interesting are songs that, while previously recorded, have not been heard live before, especially "Alfie," which the singer confesses to having forgotten she ever did. But unless you are a big Streisand fan, you may want to stick to the studio albums on which she just sings. The extensive stage remarks here include comic interludes such as a dialogue with Shirley MacLaine and negative opinions about new technology, but for the most part they center on the singer herself. Timeless was issued a week before what were said to be her final concerts in September 2000.

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Disc 1

  1. Opening/You'll Never Know
  2. Something's Coming  - Lauren Frost
  3. The Way We Were
  4. Shirley Maclaine Y1k
  5. Cry Me a River
  6. Lover, Come Back to Me
  7. A Sleepin' Bee
  8. Miss Marmelstein
  9. I'm the Greatest Star/Second Hand Rose/Don't Rain on My Parade [Medley]
  10. Something Wonderful/Being Alive [Medley]
  11. As Time Goes By/Speak Low [Medley]
  12. Alfie
  13. Evergreen
  14. Dialogue (Father, Pt. 1)
  15. Papa, Can You Hear Me?/You'll Never Know
  16. A Piece of Sky  - Lauren Frost

Disc 2

  1. Entr'acte
  2. Putting It Together
  3. On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
  4. Send in the Clowns
  5. Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy/Guilty/I Finally Found Someone  - Barry Gibb
  6. Sing/I've Got a Crush on You
  7. Technology
  8. The Clicker Blues
  9. Simple Pleasures
  10. The Main Event/Fight
  11. Dialogue (Father, Pt. 2)
  12. I Dreamed of You
  13. At the Same Time
  14. Auld Lang Syne
  15. Dialogue (Barbara and Brother Time)
  16. People
  17. New Year's Eve/Auld Lang Syne (Celebration)
  18. Everytime You Hear Auld Lang Syne
  19. Happy Days Are Here Again
  20. Don't Like Goodbyes
  21. I Believe/Somewhere

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbra Streisand   Primary Artist,Vocals
Judy Garland   Track Performer
Frank Sinatra   Track Performer
Neil Diamond   Track Performer
Celine Dion   Track Performer
Bruce Fowler   Trombone
Steve Khan   Narrator
Lew Soloff   Trumpet
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Peggi Blu   Background Vocals
Barry Gibb   Track Performer
Robert Adcock   Celli
Louis Armstrong   Track Performer
Darius Campo   Violin
Jon Clarke   Woodwind
Chuck Domanico   Bass
Bob Esty   Conductor
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Daniel Greco   Percussion
Gwen Heller   Violin
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Dan Higgins   Woodwind
Carrie Holzman-Little   Viola
Ron Jannelli   Woodwind
Alan Kaplan   Trombone
Brian Leonard   Violin
Warren Leuning   Trumpet
Dane Little   Celli
Charles Loper   Trombone
Edward Meares   Bass
Suzette Moriarty   French Horn
Robin Olson   Violin
Dean Parks   Guitar
Joel Peskin   Woodwind
Barbara Porter   Violin
Tom Ranier   Keyboards
Harry Shirinian   Viola
Neil Stubenhaus   Electric Bass
Bob Tricarico   Woodwind
Charles Valentino   Actor
Brad Warnaar   French Horn
Randy Waldman   Keyboards
Ken Yerke   Violin
Gayle Levant   Harp
David Ewart   Violin
Suzie Katayama   Celli
Dan Newfeld   Viola
Savion Glover   Actor
Gil Romero   Violin
Horia Moroaica   Violin
Phillip Yao   French Horn
Bob Zimmitti   Percussion
Phillip Teele   Trombone
Marc Sazer   Violin
Steven Becknell   French Horn
Mario de León   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Ralph Morrison   Concert Master

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Barbra Streisand   Composer,Director,Producer,Writer
Chris Boardman   Arranger,Orchestration
Michel Legrand   Composer
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger,Orchestration
Ralph Burns   Arranger,Orchestration,Adaptation
Harold Arlen   Composer
Paul Jabara   Arranger,Composer,Orchestration
Burt Bacharach   Composer
David Foster   Arranger,Orchestration
Rupert Holmes   Arranger,Orchestration
Peter Matz   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Bruce Roberts   Arranger,Composer,Orchestration
Ann Hampton Callaway   Composer
Marvin Hamlisch   Arranger,Composer,Director,Orchestration
John Kander   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Douglas Besterman   Arranger,Orchestration
Barney Bigard   Composer
Chris Bishop   Engineer
Jorge Calandrelli   Arranger,Orchestration
John Clayton   Arranger,Orchestration
Don Costa   Arranger,Orchestration
Hal David   Composer
Bob Esty   Arranger,Composer,Orchestration
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Arthur Hamilton   Composer
Jack Hayes   Arranger,Orchestration
Bruce Jackson   Sound Design
Eddie Karam   Arranger,Orchestration
Jay Landers   Executive Producer
Burton Lane   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Stephen Marcussen   Mastering
Marty Paich   Arranger,Orchestration
Peter Morse   Lighting Director
Nelson Riddle   Arranger,Orchestration
Sid Ramin   Arranger,Orchestration
Walter Scharf   Arranger,Orchestration
Michael Starobin   Arranger,Orchestration
Jule Styne   Composer
Fred Vogler   Engineer
Randy Waldman   Arranger,Orchestration
Paul Williams   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Torrie Zito   Arranger,Orchestration
Ian Freebairn-Smith   Arranger,Orchestration
Kenny Ortega   Writer
Bob Merrill   Composer
Truman Capote   Composer
William Ross   Arranger,Orchestration
Firooz Zahedi   Cover Photo
John Simpson   Engineer
Gabrielle Raumberger   Art Direction
Martin Erlichman   Executive Producer
Don Mischer   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Chris Carlton   Engineer
Robert Burns   Composer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer

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