The Way We Were

The Way We Were

by Barbra Streisand
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Though usually referred to as The Way We Were, the unwieldy full title of this album is "Barbra Streisand Featuring the Hit Single The Way We Were and All in Love Is Fair," an important distinction because it was released simultaneously with the original soundtrack album for the film The Way We Were (Columbia 32830), which also contained a Streisand recording of the title song, along with the film score composed by Marvin Hamlisch. This album was thrown together quickly after that song took off as a single (in a recording different from the one in the film) in the wake of the success of the movie. In addition to the single and the Stevie Wonder song that also features in its title, the album contained a grab-bag of stray tracks dating back as far as seven years and coming from Streisand's fourth TV special, The Belle of 14th Street and an unfinished album project called "The Singer" largely made up of ballads written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman and Michel Legrand. The combined commercial impact of the film and the single propelled this album to the top of the charts.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972379227
catalogNumber: 723792
Rank: 40935

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbra Streisand   Primary Artist,Vocals

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Peter Matz   Arranger
Freddie Salem   Producer
Marvin Hamlisch   Composer
Don Addrisi   Composer
T. Baird   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer,Lyricist
Marilyn Bergman   Composer,Lyricist
Claus Ogerman   Arranger
Nick DeCaro   Arranger
Wally Gold   Producer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer,Remixing
Marty Paich   Arranger,Producer
R. Miller   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Dan Wallin   Engineer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Martin Charnin   Composer
Dick Addrisi   Composer
Steve Schapiro   Cover Photo

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The Way We Were 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Alaric59 More than 1 year ago
The yearning in Barbra's vocals was still here, but so refined and tuned that she was in fact The Quintessence Of The Un-retouched Studio Vocal. Weather it be a heart rendering Mr.& Mrs. Bergman tune or a steadfast defiant anthem from the pen of Mr. Wonder, she is Splendid on all of these tracks. Even as she's been quoted as saying "It's easier to say my least favorite albums..." everyone should take note of this package of tunes as the best of what was available then. No one could sing them better at the time, and I doubt there have been as richly filled albums as this is. Although the smash hit "The Way We Were" is here, it won't be the reason you keep replaying the album in it's entirety.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my alltime favorite Streisand album.The collection is all ballads by top composers and La Streisand sings her heart out. Her voice has never sounded better on records. A must have for the Streisand-lover.