by Barbra Streisand


by Barbra Streisand


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After two less successful albums, Barbra Streisand returned to form on her fourth album, People, with a selection of songs that showed some of the imagination of her debut album. Much of the material was new. The album opened and closed with songs by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, first "Absent Minded Me," and then the Top Ten title song that was the hit from Streisand's triumphant Broadway show, Funny Girl. Streisand introduced Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's "When in Rome (I Do as the Romans Do)," a lively song that allowed her to display some of the spirit and humor that had been missing on her last two outings. And when picking from older songs, she again found obscure or atypical tunes from prominent composers or lost gems she could make her own. In the former category were Irving Berlin's "Supper Time," a blues song unlike any the composer had ever done, and "My Lord and Master," from Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. In the latter was the delightful "Fine and Dandy," from the 1930 show of the same name, with music by Kay Swift. Add in some obvious choices like Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn's "Love Is a Bore" (a companion to the previously recorded "Down with Love") and "Don't Like Goodbyes," another selection from Harold Arlen and Truman Capote's House of Flowers, from which Streisand had earlier picked "A Sleepin' Bee," and you have an album fashioned to play to the singer's strengths and musical tastes instead of trying to fit her into existing ones. That wasn't quite enough to match the quality of her debut album, but it was a definite improvement over the second and third albums. (People won Grammy Awards for Best Vocal Performance and Best Album Cover.) ~ William Ruhlmann

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2008
Label: Columbia
UPC: 0886972495521
Rank: 66220


  1. Absent Minded Me
  2. When in Rome (I Do as the Romans Do)
  3. Fine and Dandy
  4. Supper Time
  5. Will He Like Me
  6. How Does the Wine Taste?
  7. I'm All Smiles
  8. Autumn
  9. My Lord and Master
  10. Love Is a Bore
  11. Don't Like Goodbyes
  12. People

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbra Streisand   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ray Ellis   Conductor
Peter Daniels   Accompaniment
Peter Matz   Conductor

Technical Credits

Michael Leonard   Composer
Sheldon Harnick   Composer
Bob Merrill   Composer
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Jerry Bock   Composer
Ray Ellis   Arranger
Stewart Whitmore   Digital Editing
Herbert Martin   Composer
Dave Brubeck   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Paul James   Composer
Don Bronstein   Cover Photo,Photography
Bob Cato   Art Direction
Hank Parker   Photography
Peter Matz   Arranger
Stephen Marcussen   Remastering
Harold Arlen   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
David Shire   Composer
Robert Mersey   Producer
Richard Maltby, Jr.   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Kay Swift   Composer
Michael Berniker   Producer
Truman Capote   Composer
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