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 live

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646377826
catalogNumber:
63778

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Opening/You'll Never Know
  2. Something's Coming
  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

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
  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

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
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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Timeless: Live in Concert 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hi Barbra fans!!! I'm really looking forward to this release!!! Indeed a great concert,so I've heard!!! E-mail me...I'll write another review when I receive the CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far a wonderful CD. It tracks Barbra's history from Wholesale to Simple Pleasures. It is a real pleasure for any Streisand fan. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was there on 1/1/00 when this was recorded: it left me breathless! Had saved up my pennies like a miser and had a 7th row seat (6 rows behind Jim and Jason) for a 'memory' of a lifetime and it was worth every penny! (There must have been seven or eight 'real fans' right around me who had paid to see it both nights and they were still enthralled!) I think marriage must have really been good for Barbra as she just commanded that stage from beginning to end with a switch of tempo from number to number which left the audience ecstatic and would have left a lesser performer on their knees half way through! The monologues and seguis were just a perfect fit with her musical selections. And a surprising hit, (even to her when she ended up by saying she never thought before that she'd ever sing again!) was 'Main Event'. Brought the house down! The only upbeat number which might have been better is 'Stoney Road' which brings me out of my chair when it just turns up on the CD random selection. Now the big question is: when does HBO release the tape of the even which they made on 1/1/00? Hearing Barbra sing is always wonderful but it was truly spell-binding to watch her control that program and that stage in a way which makes her the only true diva!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another beautiful album with a wonderfully apt title from La Streisand! Her music transcends time and space. I'm only 17 (born the year Yentl was released), and her work makes me wish I had been around to see the earlier decades first-hand. However, I am content with just listening to the music and imagining...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having been at Barbra's 1994 concert at Madison Sqaure Garden in New York and then again New Years Eve in Las Vegas... I can tell you that Barbra was so incredible in ''Timeless'' that it made her 1994 concert seem like a dress-rehearsal! A great stand-out was Barbra's ''The Main Event/Fight''... it was so unexpected that we (the audience) spontaneously grabbed our little fiberotic Duracell flashlights with glowing rainbow tips and stood up and started waving them, cheering and dancing along with her! Unbelieveable! Then to close Act I, Barbra does ''A Piece of Sky'' with Lauren Frost (who plays ''mini-me'' Barbra and who has an exceptional voice for a girl her age) and Barbra brings the house down!!! To close the concert Barbra again does ''Somewhere'' but this time, when you think she has finished and begins to ascend a staircase in the middle of the stage, she suddenly turns around and repeats the final three words ''Somehow, someday... Somewhere''... so loudly, so purely, so electrically that it was without doubt the single most thrilling and electric moment I have ever experienced at a live performance... that moment... that feeling... is what ''Timeless'' is all about! There were many, many highlights including a few medleys... ''Being Alive'' was great as was ''At the Same Time'' which sounded even better than her album version. ''I've Dreamed of You'' was sung to James Brolin in the audience and he joined and he joined her onstage when ''Brother Time'' tap danced his way to down the midnight hour and the beginning of the new millennium! Her version of ''Auld Lang Syne'', complete with Barbra's history of the meaning of the song, is beyond brilliant... you will hear that song every New Years Eve for the rest of your life and after hearing this version, I can guarantee you... Barbra's version will be the one that will come to mind!!! PLEASE NOTE: ''The Music That Makes Me Dance'' was only performed New Years Eve as a last minute addition and is NOT included on the CD and was not performed New Years Day Evening. BUT.... if you buy the ''Timeless'' CD at a ''Barnes & Noble'' store... YOU MUST ask for the special edition which includes a bonus CD of the song ''Come Rain Or Come Shine'' from Barbra's ''Timeless'' performace in Australia! Enjoy...! (Thanks Barbra!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am one of the lucky ones (and my partner!) who will get to see Barbra at MSG by the end of the month...I just found out on the web that Barnes & Noble will offer a special CD edition that will contain ''come rain or come shine'' from one of her Australian Concerts...Does anyone know anything about this? Please let know! I want it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Was able to get a copy of this cd from a local record store here in Los Angeles...You will be on the ground...wow what a CD !!! its great...I have $1275 seats for the 9/21 show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles..so I'm all excited...I got the chance to see Barbra at the MGM on 1-1-94 the last tour and it was an amazing night...her music is so uplifting. The way this live CD captured her show is amazing..I'm looking forward to the Staples concert to re-live this CD live. To think I'm going to hear ''The Main Event'' live is amazing...one of my favorite Streisand songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was also there for her Timeless Concert In Las Vegas and it truely was a dream come true!!! My Husband suprised me with tickets on Christmas Eve-what a Christmas gift!!! We had great seats-could just about see the color of her eyes!!! But the voice-wow!! The highlight for me was when she sang along with the big screen behind her- singing her last song from ''Yentil'' she held that final note of the song just as she did 25 years ago!!! What a night to remember-and what a beautiful way to end a year and start a millenium with Barbra and James together on stage!!! I can not wait to hear the songs again and see the special!!! I also loved the ''Barbra Store'' at the MGM !!! I was able to purchase a lot of items to remember the ''evening of a lifetime''!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I attended the New Year's Concert in Las Vegas and will attest to her BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE. At the end of her performing career, the concert is her vocal autobiography. One of the thrills of the concert was her selection from her obscure early music to her most recent albums. It was her most balanced performance music selected. And after 4 decades of singing, her voice is richer than ever. The years have been kind to her voice. This CD is the perfect tribute to her fans. Thank you Barbra.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new CD TIMELESS is absolutly wandeerful. Thank you Barbra, you are the best DIVA in the world. WOW, what a great day are today. Thank Barbra Irek from Poland
Guest More than 1 year ago
I flew to Sydney, Australia and heard Barbra sing to us in the rain. It was the best concert I will ever go to. When she is on stage you can feel her engery and passion. There is nothing quite like it. This CD is a must for anyones Barbra Collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! I just finished listening to this two-disc live recording. Streisand has released a record of her Vegas-style show -- dialogue, New Year's countdown, and all. It features bright orchestrations of classic Streisand songs (as well as a healthy dose of never-performed-live tracks) by conductor Marvin Hamlisch. It is very interesting to hear Streisand revisit some songs that she's not sung in years (in some cases, decades). LOVER, COME BACK TO ME sounds great, and A SLEEPIN' BEE is gorgeous (with a introductory lyric not recorded by Barbra before). The Broadway section is great. ALFIE is just perfect. Act One ends with a touching medley of PAPA CAN YOU HEAR ME and YOU'LL NEVER KNOW. I've been a Streisand fan for years. With every recording I listen for ''the voice'' -- how is it holding up? Can she still hit those high notes? I'm happy to report that Barbra is in excellent voice on this recording. I believe she has chosen a few lower keys for some classic songs, but she's not 20 anymore! However, by the Second Act, her voice is warmed and in fighting condition. She just soars. All these years and Barbra sounds better than ever. Act Two features a bit more choral arrangements than my tastes prefer (on CLEAR DAY, PEOPLE, SOMEWHERE...). THE MAIN EVENT is a hoot. ''Come on, girls'' Barbra coos to her backup singers. I'VE DREAMED OF YOU is sumptuous and touching. And Barbra stuns with a long-held note on HAPPY DAYS (featuring that fabulous violin arrangement from THE GARRY MOORE show). The thing that is most amazing about the album is that Barbra actually sounds like she's having fun! This is the same performer who opened her 1994 concert tour with the lyrics: ''I don't know why I'm frightened ... I know my way around here...'' Barbra is center stage this time, having a blast, and entertaining her fans with this timeless show. Thanks, Barbra, for all the joy you've brought me over the years
Guest More than 1 year ago
Barbra Streisand's new album is a master class for those who wants to be a real singer with a superb career. This concert compiles her best. Each title brings you incredible sensations, an intimate moment that makes you feel there. For those, like me that never had the opportunity to see her ''Live'' this cd is a musical gift. One more time Ms Streisand is an ageless voice giving an unforgettable concert.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a true wonder. It is a celebration of all that it means to be a talented individual. If the old adage that 'a woman is beautiful only when she is loved' is true, then that makes Barbra the most adored and cherished of women. Never have I heard something that fully encapsulates splendor. This album makes me feel as if I were the luckiest person in the world. I was not fortunate to attend the concerts, being only eighteen years old and living in England. But I am so thankful that Barbra and her wonderfully expressive and tender voice, are a part of my life. This album is an experience that none of us can afford to pass by. It's a celebration of everything that's delightfully Barbra.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so excited driving to the music store to get this album and my excitement was not wasted. This album is Barbra at her best! You may have heard the songs before but this is a truly remarkable album! It will bring back memories for those of you lucky people who were there and it will make memories for those who weren't.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is mainly talk on the double CD. There should of been more singing. This is not a CD you would like to listen to over and over again. I did appreciate her excitement as she counted down to the millenium. I would not recommend this CD. I regret that I can not return this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most uplifting and spirited CD that Ms. Streisand completed. It is clear that Ms. Streisand is in a joyous place in her life. She exudes happiness and love and it shows by this CD. I'm glad she shared this CD with her fans who weren't able to attend the concert. I absolutely loved this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I possibly say about Barbra's final live recording? In a nutshell, she is superb. Since her live performances have been so limited in her 40 year career, she tries to put on a fabulous production... and succeeds! I bought this album the night before seeing her in L.A. (and knowing what was going to be performed in advance didn't ruin the concert on little bit), and I was just dumbstruck (okay - not a big surprise) at how close to perfection this album is. Truly a gem for all Barbra fans!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am moved everytime I hear Babs sing. I live in ON, Canada and really have no one to share my appreciation and love for this woman's music. I can't wait to get her newest CD - Timeless. Her singing is so intense, you can't go wrong with buying any of her CD's. She's a credit to any other performer who gets the privledge to sing with her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Cd has Barbra all over. That equals wonderful music and a great show.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only thing that topped being at the concert September 27, 2000 was hearing it again on this CD. Ms. Streisand does not so much possess a voice as she does a gift. The acting out of the history of her career was nothing short of inspired. She looked great (check out the VHS) and put on one heck of a show. Oh. And she can sing too! The album captures it all: From the Village beginnings all the way to the present. Highlights? Every note, every song is a treat not to be missed. Of particular importance is the first act closing where she sang Piece of The Sky. It left the audience breathless and the CD has the same effect. Thank you Barbra.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw barbra at the mgm grand I was at the concert I liked her she looked beauitful everyone did all is going well until Barbra said it was her last concert and me being a fan after hearing that remark I was very upset she has a wonderful voice and sense of humor what did she stop performing I have 10 of her albums and I am not buying anymore