The Movie Album

The Movie Album

by Barbra Streisand
The Movie Album

The Movie Album

by Barbra Streisand


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The idea of Barbra Streisand making an album of movie songs is a no-brainer; as annotators Jay Landers and Richard Jay-Alexander point out, she has already recorded over 50 songs written for motion pictures on her 59 previous albums. In fact, the only real challenge may be a marketing one for Columbia Records, since potential customers simply may assume this is a compilation of some of her previous performances. It is not. Rather, it is a newly recorded collection of songs chosen and arranged in Streisand's inimitable style. In keeping with the movie theme, she has thought big, using a 75-piece orchestra of the kind usually only found on a studio back-lot for a soundtrack. But all that firepower is used for support, not for its own sake. The key word here is "lush," not lavish. Streisand's immediately identifiable voice floats over the music, never challenged by it, so she is able to achieve her usual close-up, detailed performance, alternately intimate and expansive. At 61, she retains remarkable purity and range in her voice, though she is less interested in demanding effects. This is a smooth, conversational vocal album. Streisand's song collection is characteristic of her. As usual, she isn't much interested in the Great American Songbook of the interwar period. Only two songs, 1935's "I'm in the Mood for Love" and 1936's "Smile," date from before her birth, with most songs coming from the '50s and '60s. And, as usual, the songs as written sometimes don't satisfy her, so she has prevailed on the composers to change them. Johnny Mandel willingly wrote a new verse to her specifications for "Emily," and Bob Telson did the same for the obscure "Calling You" from Bagdad Cafe. Streisand's age is reflected in her choices, too. She frequently goes for lyrics about mature love such as "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" and "The Second Time Around," and she sounds more convincing singing them, giving the words more emphasis than she does, for instance, when she just tosses off the line "You're life itself!" in "Wild Is the Wind." As she herself notes, "You're Gonna Hear from Me," which closes the album, is reminiscent of the assertive songs she sang in her youth, such as "Don't Rain on My Parade," and that makes it all the more notable that she sings it in such a mellow way, as a fond memory rather than an upstart declaration. It makes a fitting closer. If The Movie Album is not the sort of revelation that Streisand's 1985 masterpiece, The Broadway Album, was, it nevertheless gives the listener some superior new takes on standards the singer has not addressed previously and uncovers a gem or two that had been overlooked till now. ~ William Ruhlmann

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2003
Label: Columbia
UPC: 0696998901827
Rank: 85276


  1. Smile
  2. Moon River
  3. I'm in the Mood for Love
  4. Wild Is the Wind
  5. Emily
  6. More in Love with You
  7. How Do You Keep the Music Playing?
  8. But Beautiful
  9. Calling You
  10. The Second Time Around
  11. Goodbye for Now
  12. You're Gonna Hear from Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbra Streisand   Primary Artist
Mike Melvoin   Piano
Tom Scott   Soloist,Saxophone
Jorge Calandrelli   Conductor
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Marc Portman   Keyboards
Chuck Findley   Soloist,Trumpet
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
John Pisano   Guitar
Gregg Field   Drums
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Warren Luening   Soloist,Flugelhorn
Johnny Mandel   Conductor
Joel Derouin   Violin,Soloist
Dean Parks   Guitar
Jeremy Lubbock   Conductor
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Randy Waldman   Piano,Keyboards
Oscar Castro-Neves   Guitar
Michael Lang   Keyboards
Tom Ranier   Piano
Dan Higgins   Flute,Soloist
Windy Wagner   Vocals (Background)
William Galison   Soloist,Harmonica
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Gayle Levant   Harp
Robbie Buchanan   Conductor,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Robbie Buchanan   Rhythm Arrangements,Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Barbra Streisand   Producer,Executive Producer
Mike Melvoin   Musician
Al Schmitt   Engineer
Stewart Whitmore   Digital Editing
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Jorge Calandrelli   Arranger
David Blumberg   Transcription
Johnny Burke   Composer
Michael Hart Thompson   Musician
Marsha Burns   Project Coordinator
Alan Stein   Project Coordinator
Marc Portman   Musician
Kim Skalecki   Assistant,Personal Assistant
Mary Maurer   Art Direction
Richard Jay-Alexander   Liner Notes
Patricia Weber   Assistant Engineer
Woody Pornpitaksuk   Authoring
Bryan Clements   Assistant Engineer
Mark Eshelman   Assistant Engineer
Michael F. Reale   Assistant Engineer
Scott Erickson   Engineer
Moogie Cannazio   Engineer
Terry O'Neill   Cover Photo
Orion Crawford   Music Preparation
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Christine Sirois   Assistant Engineer
Annie Liebovitz   Photography
Hooshik Bayliss   Art Direction
Jules Chaikin   Orchestra Contractor
Nick Marshall   Assistant Engineer,Technical Coordinator
Renata Buser   Assistant,Personal Assistant
Datz Pyle, Debbi   Orchestra Contractor
Adam Michalak   Assistant Engineer
Alan Mason   Assistant Engineer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer
Alexander Courage   Orchestration,Orchestral Arrangements
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Chuck Berghofer   Musician
John Pisano   Musician
John Turner   Composer
Stephen Marcussen   Mastering
Andre Previn   Composer
Paulinho Da Costa   Musician
Bob Telson   Composer
Gregg Field   Musician
Johnny Mandel   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Dave Reitzas   Mixing,Engineer,Mastering
Jay Landers   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Dean Parks   Musician
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
James Van Heusen   Composer
Peter Fletcher   Product Manager,Project Manager
Ned Washington   Composer
Neil Stubenhaus   Musician
Randy Waldman   Musician
Michel Legrand   Composer
Oscar Castro-Neves   Musician
Michael Lang   Musician
Tom Ranier   Musician
Alan Bergman   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Vinnie Colaiuta   Musician
Koji Egawa   Technical Coordinator
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Gayle Levant   Musician
Dory Previn   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Dimitri Tiomkin   Composer
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