The Barbra Streisand Album

The Barbra Streisand Album

by Barbra Streisand
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.) ~ William Ruhlmann

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2008
Label: Columbia
UPC: 0886972431529
Rank: 3219


  1. Cry Me a River
  2. My Honey's Loving Arms
  3. I'll Tell the Man in the Street
  4. A Taste of Honey
  5. Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf
  6. Soon It's Gonna Rain
  7. Happy Days Are Here Again
  8. Keepin' Out of Mischief Now
  9. Much More
  10. Come to the Supermarket (In Old Peking)
  11. A Sleepin' Bee

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbra Streisand   Primary Artist,Vocals,Lead Vocals
Peter Matz   Conductor

Technical Credits

Bernie Grundman   Remastering
Cole Porter   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Frank Laico   Engineer
Frank Churchill   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Michael Berniker   Producer
Milton Ager   Composer
Herman Ruby   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Truman Capote   Composer
Bobby Scott   Composer
John Arrias   Restoration
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Thomas Waller   Composer
Arthur Hamilton   Composer
Harvey Schmidt   Composer
Ann Ronell   Composer
Ric Marlow   Composer
Tom Jones   Composer
John Berg   Art Direction
Hank Parker   Photography
Peter Matz   Arranger
Andy Razaf   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
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