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.)

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972495521
catalogNumber: 724955

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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

Technical Credits

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

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Barbra has no rivals. She is the most unique talent the WORLD has ever known. Her voice, in her earlier career,was like an instrument never invented and backed up with her dramatic talent and her intelligence,her determination,(watch her in My name is Barbra, watch her eyes, her facial expression, her hands and body movement) she is thrilling. Put this woman in front of a microphone with a full orchestra and NO ONE now and possible ever will mezmorize an audience the way she can. I love her. I have gotten so much joy listening and watching her over the years P.D.