The Essential Barbra Streisand (2CD)

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The Essential Barbra Streisand (2CD)

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Although Barbra Streisand has recorded for the same company, Columbia Records, throughout her career, her work has not been particularly well represented on compilations. Four single-disc best-ofs dot her discography, but the listener who wanted to do something as simple as purchase an album containing the original studio recordings of both her first Top Ten hit, "People," and her first number one, "The Way We Were," without plumping for the four-CD box set Just for the Record , was out of luck. Complicating the compiling of her career highlights is her position as essentially an album artist, despite having scattered 11 Top Ten pop hits across 32 years. The ideal collection would have to do justice to her popular early albums of the '60s, her mid-career singles hits of the '70s, and her renewed album success in the '80s and '90s. Here it is. At a CD-busting length of over two and a half hours, this 40-track double-disc set encapsulates Streisand's recording career in chronological order from her 1963 debut album to 1999. (Two previously unreleased tracks sound like outtakes from her later album projects. "Someday My Prince Will Come" probably got left off of A Love Like Ours, while the gospel-tinged "You'll Never Walk Alone" must have been intended for Higher Ground.) Intelligently picking signature performances from her best and most popular albums, it largely eschews a raft of singles that got into the bottom half of the Top 40, but leaves out only one Top Ten hit, "What Kind of Fool." The singer's versatility and her ability to impose her immediately identifiable vocal style on a variety of material are emphasized in recordings that range from Broadway show tunes to disco. A collection like this has been needed for a long time as a gateway to Streisand's bountiful, indeed overwhelming, catalog. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

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Artist: Barbra Streisand
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 2
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.23
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.44
UPC: 0069699861232
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1. Sleepin' Bee
2. Cry Me A River
3. I Stayed Too Long At The Fair
4. Lover Come Back To Me
5. People
6. My Man
7. Second Hand Rose
8. He Touched Me
9. Don't Rain On My Parade
10. Happy Days Are Here Again
11. On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
12. Stoney End
13. Since I Fell For You
14. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?
15. Way We Were
16. All In Love Is Fair
17. Lazy Afternoon
18. Evergreen (Love Theme From A Star Is Born)
19. My Heart Belongs To Me
20. You Don't Bring Me Flowers
21. Main Event/Fight
22. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
23. Woman In Love
24. Guilty
25. Comin' In And Out Of Your Life
26. Memory
27. Papa Can You Hear Me?
28. Piece Of Sky
29. Putting It Together
30. Not While I'm Around
31. Send In The Clowns
32. Somewhere
33. All I Ask Of You
34. Children Will Listen
35. As If We Never Said Goodbye
36. I Finally Found Someone
37. Tell Him
38. I've Dreamed Of You
39. Someday My Prince Will Come
40. You'll Never Walk Alone
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Barbra Steisand
12/29/2007

Customer review by Reviews2007

5.0 stars by Reviews2007

If you are a Barbra fan, this CD is for you. A lot of her greatest hits. I liked the second CD the best. Not too fond of talking during one song or the applause track.

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Reviews2007
Florida
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
Age:55 - 64
Usage:A few times per month
A Classic in Every Aspect
7/10/2007

Customer review by Aries

4.0 stars by Aries

I like this CD a lot because it has all of the hits that I want but the sound quality was not so good. I guess I'm a youngster and therefore am used to the music quality/type of the new millenium.

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San Jose, CA
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
Age:25 - 34

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