The Barbra Streisand Album

The Barbra Streisand Album

by Barbra Streisand


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Of course, the first thing that strikes you listening to the first Barbra Streisand album, recorded and released before the singer's 21st birthday, is that great voice. And it isn't just the sheer quality of the voice, its purity and its strength throughout its register, it's also the mastery of vocal effects that produce dramatic readings of the lyrics -- each song is like a one-act musical. Streisand opens with Julie London's signature torch song, "Cry Me a River," and she doesn't only surpass London, she sets off a thermonuclear explosion. From there, versatility and novelty are emphasized -- a breakneck version of "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?," a slow, emotion-drenched performance of "Happy Days Are Here Again." But Streisand's debut, inventively arranged and conducted by Peter Matz, is notable as much for the surprising omissions as the surprising selections. Arriving in 1963, ten years into the revival of sophisticated interwar theater songs led by Frank Sinatra and followed by all other adult pop singers, Streisand virtually ignores the modern masters like Gershwin and Berlin. When she does do Rodgers & Hart or Cole Porter, she picks obscure songs; her idea of a good 1930s number is Fats Waller and Andy Razaf's "Keepin' Out of Mischief Now." She is much more comfortable with recent theater material, choosing two songs from The Fantasticks (1960) and the title song from the stage play A Taste of Honey (1962). The Barbra Streisand Album is an essential recording in the field of pop vocals because it redefines that genre in contemporary terms. (The Barbra Streisand Album won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year, Best Female Vocal Performance, and Best Album Cover.)

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Release Date: 03/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972431529
catalogNumber: 724315
Rank: 2633

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The Barbra Streisand Album 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
alaKurt More than 1 year ago
How old was Streisand when she recorded her first three albums? Who is that girl on the cover of the supermarket magazine people are always talking about? Why are they always talking about that troubled child when we have timeless classics like these.

Actually, the first FIVE Streisand albums are great, along with the soundtracks from her first three TV specials. The Peter Matz arrangements are as simple and crisp today as they were in 19XX - FORTY SIX YEARS AGO? Don't even take up with me regarding that Brittany Girl.