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The Broadway Album

Barbra Streisand

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Barbra Streisand had largely forsaken musical-theater-based material in favor of contemporary pop/rock for well over a decade before she decided to return to her roots on this collection. She devotes much of the album to nuanced, emotionally resonant interpretations of Stephen Sondheim material, shining especially on “Putting It Together,” “Not While I’m Around” and “Being Alive.” Her specially tailored rendition of “Send In the Clowns” discovers new shadows in this haunting modern standard. Reaching back further, she imbues Guys and Dolls’ “Adelaide’s Lament” with the comedic flair she displayed early in her career and connects with the slow-burning passion glowing within Show Boat’s “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man.” The boldest move here is the billowing, widescreen treatment given West Side Story’s “Somewhere,” enhancing Streisand’s aching rendition with a lush contemporary backdrop. Not surprisingly, Barbra seems eminently comfortable handling these tunes and does a remarkable job at getting inside them, making even familiar showstoppers sound fresh.

Customer Reviews

Barbra At Her Best!

I originally bought this album on LP in 1986. The radio station at work played "Somewhere" constantly and I loved it, so I took a chance and bought the entire album. I always liked Streisand's voice and had taped some singles off the radio(God remember taping songs off the radio), but never ever bought her records. To make a long story short, I played this album to death and it has remained one of my favorite albums. The 1986 LP didn't have "Adelaide's Lament" on it, so it's a little odd for me to hear this song on the album, it breaks up the sequence for me since I'm so used to the '86 LP version, but a good song nontheless. Thirteen years later I bought the follow-up album "Back to Broadway" Not good as the original, BUT quite wonderful also! I recomend both albums.

Dated sound, but still great!

Despite many of tracks on this album having a distinctive 80s synthesizer sound, it's still fun to listen to. Barbra's voice on some of the songs gives me goose bumps—my litmus test for a great album. If you’re a Barbra fan, you won’t be disappointed.

It's A Keeper!!

When this cd (lp) was released in 1985 there was a lot of press and a lot of inside looks into the studio during the recording of this landmark album. Barbra back to Broadway, which will be the title of her 1993 follow-up. All the songs are just beautiful if a bit dated due to the then-contemporary sound of synthesizers. Barbra's vocal delivery convinces the listener this is what she loves to sing. The actors conversing about the damage to her career if she wanted to do this album was adapted from actual concerns from the suits at Columbia. This cd shot to #1 and Barbra has achieved artistic vindication. Standout cuts are track #2, track #8, and the big hit from this cd, track #12. Track #7, "Adelaide's Lament," appears only on the cd configuration of this release, probably due to programming space and the fact vinyl was being slowly phased out. "Adelaide's Lament" sung with a Yiddish accent display's Barbra's off-beat sense of humor. This cd was remastered along with other landmark cd's in 2002 and the result is truly beautiful, it doesn't want to make you throw your ipod through a window.

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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