Timeless: Live in Concert

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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646377826
  • Catalog Number: 63778
  • Sales rank: 17,364

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
Brad Warnaar French Horn
Randy Waldman Keyboards
Ken Yerke Violin
Gayle Levant Harp
David Ewart Violin
Suzie Katayama Celli
Dan Newfeld Viola
Savion Glover
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 III 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
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 II 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    what is with barbra

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bravo Barbra

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It is Truly Streisand

    This Cd has Barbra all over. That equals wonderful music and a great show.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Obsessed fan for 30 years........

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shhhh! There's a lady on stage....

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Elegant And Exuberant

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The worst - all talk and no music

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ageless voice, unforgettable concert

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Barbra-licious

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is beauty

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BREATHTAKING

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Timeless - Live In Concert - simple the best

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New Year's Eve with Barbra

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GOT THE PROMO COPY OF THIS CD TODAY 9/16/2000

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can hardly wait!...

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Barbra is at her BEST!!!!!

    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''!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    America's ''First Voice'' concludes her live concert career with a performance that truly is ''TIMELESS''!

    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!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enthralling...

    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...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best

    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!

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