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Back To Broadway
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Its true no album could beat the magic the original Broadway Album wove. However this one does a pretty good job, sure some of the songs are a bit over orchestrated like Some Enchanted Evening, but I think her voice is in its best form from all three of her 90's albums(excuding the live The Concert). Her song selection is unique and more varied than the original album, of course that means that some of the songs aren't as good. But most of them are excellent and Barbra proves she is a broadway master
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Following her very successful Broadway album, Barbra returned to the theme a few years later (and returned to many of the same musicals) with this fine offering. We don't get any bonus tracks this time, but there is still plenty to enjoy here.

The set opens with Some enchanted evening (from South Pacific), a song that Barbra wasn't originally particularly keen on, but she was eventually persuaded to record it and was, it seems, very happy with the result. So she should be, as it makes a great opening to the album. Everybody says don't (from Anyone can whistle) is one of just three Stephen Sondheim songs featured here, compared with seven on her original Broadway album. Barbra sings the song with a certain amount of anger, reflecting the frustrations she felt during her career as people kept telling her what not to do.

The music of the night (from Phantom of the opera) brings Barbra together with the song's original performer, Michael Crawford. I'll always remember him as an actor in the TV comedy series Some mothers do `ave `em, where he played the role of Frank Spencer, and for that reason find it difficult to take Michael seriously as a singer, great singer though he undoubtedly is. Speak low (from One touch of Venus) is a great song that I didn't know prior to hearing Barbra's version. More familiar to me are the two songs from Sunset Boulevard (As if we never said goodbye, With one look). Following the first of these comes Children will listen (from Into the woods). Originally performed as an incomplete song, Stephen Sondheim duly revisited it at Barbra's request and found some other bits that had never been used, adapting them for Barbra.

Next is a medley from West side story (I have a love / One hand one heart), for which Barbra brought in Johnny Mathis as a duet partner. Then come two songs from Guys and dolls (I've never been in love before, Luck be a lady) performed separately, not as a medley. Barbra originally performed Luck be a lady regularly as a teenager and was surprised to find that she'd never actually recorded it, so did so here. After the second Sunset Boulevard track comes The man I love, which was written for a musical but not included in the final score. It was nevertheless popularized by Helen Morgan. Finally comes Move on (from Sunday in the park with George), another excellent song.

This is yet another wonderful Barbra Streisand album, complete with liner notes but without song lyrics, that all Barbra's fans should own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 1999
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In the movies, most people know that a sequel, no matter how good it is on it's own terms, can never seem to live up to the original. Apparently, this is also true for music. Take for example Barbra Streisand's 1993 album, BACK TO BROADWAY, which is a sequel to her absolutely brilliant 1985 masterpiece THE BROADWAY ALBUM. While the album is rather good, it cowers next to it's triumphet precessor.
It's really has nothing to do with Streisand's vocals. While she's not giving it her all as she usually does, her voice still sounds firm and strong. She does however, seem to detect the uneven material she is singing.
That's the main problem: the song themselves! The Stephen Sondheim numbers, such as the energetic "Everbody Says Don't" and the tear-stained "I Have A Love/One Hand, One Heart" (a great pairing with Johnny Mathis), come off best. I have never cared for Webber's material but "As If We Never Said Goodbye" comes off nicely (although the rewritten live version from THE CONCERT is better) and the Michael Crawford duet, "Music of Night," is pretty, if somewhat forgettable. Most of the other songs, especially "Some Enchanted Evening" (arguably the worst song R&H ever wrote), are much less successful.
It must also be noted that the disco-esque arrangements absolutely kills the could-have-been-good track "Speak Low" and "Luck Be A Lady."
Still, BACK TO BROADWAY is a good album. I think that many of the other listeners were far to harsh. Streisand fans should definately pick this up, but for newcomers, this is NOT a good introduction to Streisand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 1999
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This much anticipated album had a slim chance to win since it was very hard not to making comparisons to the first B'way album. And yes, it really doesn't have a chance. In the first one, Barb was singing the crem de l'creme with a majority of Sondheim, backed up by the reliable hands of Peter Matz. It was the old Barbra but updated, sounding fresh and giving many definite versions of songs. Now B'way 2 isn't bad, but isn't great. Some selection of songs seem too safe (the man i love) and some receive treatment not so sophisticated (luck be a lady). On some of the tracks Barbra's vocals aren't her best and a typical Streisand-had-to-be-classic (some enchanted evening) turned into an overproduced & oversung version. Many Streisand fans may know that she recorded a different collection of songs with Rupert Holmes in1988, meant for B'way 2, but were not released. They were totally different in choice and tone (what a knock out version of "How are things in Glocca Mora"!). Could be we expect too much from Streisand and she will never satisfy all of us at one time. A B'way 3 will be very welcome one day - but she should carefully pick material (yes, a few obsecure ones will be interesting) and turn to other veins she didn't explore yet in showtunes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 1999
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This much anticipated album had a slim chance to win since it was very hard not to making comparisons to the first B'way album. And yes, it really doesn't have a chance. In the first one, Barb was singing the crem de l'creme with a majority of Sondheim, backed up by the reliable hands of Peter Matz. It was the old Barbra but updated, sounding fresh and giving many definite versions of songs. Now B'way 2 isn't bad, but isn't great. Some selection of songs seem too safe (the man i love) and some receive treatment not so sophisticated (luck be a lady). On some of the tracks Barbra's vocals aren't her best and a typical Streisand-had-to-be-classic (some enchanted evening) turned into an overproduced & oversung version. Many Streisand fans may know that she recorded a different collection of songs with Rupert Holmes in1988, meant for B'way 2, but were not released. They were totally different in choice and tone (what a knock out version of "How are things in Glocca Mora"!). Could be we expect too much from Streisand and she will never satisfy all of us at one time. A B'way 3 will be very welcome one day - but she should carefully pick material (yes, a few obsecure ones will be interesting) and turn to other veins she didn't explore yet in showtunes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2014
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It's an okay CD. I don't like all of the songs, and her voice isn't what it use to be. Her first Back To Broadway is much better. If you choose one, I'd skip this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2009
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When I first listened to this CD back in 1993 I think my expectations were a little rigid and somewhat narrow. I was expecting another The Broadway Album which was an unqualified masterpiece that featured mostly traditional songs. When Back to Broadway was released I was disappointed to see so many selections by A.L. Webber whom I categorized a hack. But after revisiting it the songs have grown on me and I have a much greater appreciation for the strong performances. I even have to admit that a couple of the Webber tunes are now among my favorites.

I think the best selections are "Everybody Says Don't", which is a career standout, "I've Never Been In Love Before"; absolutely sublime, and Webber's "As If We Never Said Goodbye" and "With One Look"; A.L. Webber's music never sounded better.

My love for Streisand goes back to 1968 when I sat in a movie theatre and watched Funny Girl twice in one afternoon, and it hasn't wavered since then.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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After the phenomenal success of her BROADWAY ALBUM, it was inevitable that Barbra would go BACK TO BROADWAY. And once again, the voice triumphs even when the song itself isn't that spectacular.
Drawing from such great composers as Sondheim, Webber, Hammerstein and Loesser, Babs explores the drama and grandeur of the milieu that made her famous. Her performances are visual---you can just see her belting these songs out.
My personal faves: her eloquent duet with Michael Crawford on the majestic MUSIC OF THE NIGHT; teaming up with the legendary Johnny Mathis on the medley of I HAVE A LOVE/ONE HAND ONE HEART; AS IF WE NEVER SAID GOODBYE and WITH ONE LOOK which demonstrate why the Funny Girl is so special and her sultry reading of SPEAK LOW. Although almost 20 years old, BACK TO BROADWAY is still timely and a classic addition to Babs' remarkable legacy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 1998
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When I was 9 yrs. old I first learned of Barbra from my older sister who had just bought the People album. As I stood in front of the record player, and heard the music and the voice, I thought then, as I still do and always will, that she had one of the most beautiful voices I had ever heard.
So from an unashamed fan I will state that the Back to Broadway Album is a beautiful representation of Ms. Streisand's voice. She brings Broadway tunes, some which are unfamiliar, to the masses to enjoy, and to learn of music sometimes found only on the stages of Broadway. Thank you, Barbra, for sharing your love of the Broadway music and to bringing it to us with such beauty and passion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 1999
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This album is superb. Barbra's voice is wonderful and mature. There are wonderful songs in this album: everybody says don't, some enchanted evening, the man I love,....The best songs are: The music of the night, As if we never said goodbye, and the West Side Story midley: I have a love/ One hand, One hart. In this song Barbra is the best Barbra. The first part of the album is better than the second part, cause the second part sometimes is boring. But in conclusion is a pretty album. If you like The Broadway Album, Buy this album.
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