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Album Review

At a time when Barbra Streisand's career was in decline, what turned out to be only her first greatest-hits album seemed to serve as both a summing up and a kiss-off of her 1960s recordings. Streisand was not primarily a singles artist; between 1964 and 1969, she enjoyed nine chart singles, of which only one, "People," made the Top Ten, with only one other, "Second Hand Rose," reaching the Top 40. But in that time, she scored seven gold-selling, Top Ten albums. This hits collection contained seven of her chart singles, plus her non-charting early single "My Coloring Book," "Happy Days Are Here Again," which was one of the highlights of her debut album (heard here in the live version from A Happening in Central Park), and "Don't Rain on My Parade" from the Funny Girl soundtrack. For casual fans, that made for a good sampling of Streisand's most prominent '60s work, and if at the time it seemed likely that this was all the hits there would be, instead the '60s proved to be only the first chapter in Streisand's career.

Customer Reviews

<<THE REVIEW TO THE LEFT ISN'T FOR THIS ALBUM...

But this collection of early Streisand recordings is pretty amazing. Growing up with the 70's, 80's and 90's Barbra, I wasn't so impressed. Her ego and self-consciousness seemed to overshadow her talent. It took listening to these 60's recordings for me to realize what all the fuss was about in the first place. A classic album.

Barbara Steisand's Greatest Hits

This is the BEST!!! I grew up with this record and know EVERY word. Thank you Barbara for making such a great album. My sisters and I sing "My Man" at the top of our lungs when we play it. So many great hits that never get old....Seriously this is the best!!!!

The Summary Of The First Decade

This lp summarizes Barbra's first decade in her career with a few overlooked lp's. This "Greatest Hits" lp is short, clocking in at just under thirty minutes so there was room for expansion. Nothing from her third lp, "Simply Streisand", her Christmas lp ("My Favorite Things" would have worked), "What About Today", "Hello Dolly," and "On A Clear Day," is present. What is here is an amazing collection of songs that represent an amazing first "phase" of an amazing career. After this release in 1969 Barbra would re-invent herself for phase two to become a commercial star. This cd was released in 1986 and was not "remastered," just transferred from analog to digital, the album sources for the songs here have been remastered so for sound quality I'd seek out those sources and use this lp as an index.

Biography

Born: April 24, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Vocal

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Barbra Streisand's status as one of the most successful singers of her generation was remarkable not only because her popularity was achieved in the face of a dominant musical trend — rock & roll — which she did not follow, but also because she used her vocal skills as a mere stepping stone to other careers, as a stage and film actress and as a film director. Born in 1942 and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she struggled briefly as an actress and nightclub singer in New York during...
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