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A Star Is Born [Soundtrack, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Paul Williams, Barbra StreisandAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Watch Closely Now (Album Version)Barbra Streisand;Kris Kristofferson 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Queen Bee (Album Version)Barbra Streisand 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Everything (Album Version)Barbra Streisand 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Lost Inside of You (Album Version)Barbra Streisand & Kris Kristofferson 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Hellacious Acres (Album Version)Kris Kristofferson 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Love Theme From "A Star Is Born" (Evergreen) (Album Version)Barbra Streisand 3:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Woman In The Moon (Album Version)Barbra Streisand 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I Believe In Love (Album Version)Barbra Streisand 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Crippled Crow (Album Version)Kris Kristofferson 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Finale: With One More Look At You/Watch Closely Now (Album Version)Barbra Streisand;Kris Kristofferson 7:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Reprise: Love Theme From "A Star Is Born" (Evergreen)Barbra Streisand;Kris Kristofferson 1:46$1.29  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (January 29, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: January 29, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005V3XL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Hollywood loved this story so much they remade it every 20 years or so for much of the 20th century; Barbra Streisand imbued it with so much forceful persona in 1976 that they haven't touched it since. The romantic/musical pairing of Streisand and Kris Kristofferson (chosen when no less than Elvis Presley turned the role down) may have been one of the era's strangest but, anchored by Streisand's elegant, Oscar-winning hit theme "Evergreen," it nonetheless yielded the biggest-selling album of the singer's career to date. That neither star is particularly convincing as rock icons--particularly Her Divaness--seems beyond the point of this fable. Instead, both stars take the opportunity to stretch outside their usual personas a bit, Streisand with the R&B teaser "Queen Bee" and confessional "Woman of the Moon," Kristofferson on rousing, theatrical fare like "Watch Closely Now" and "Hellacious Acres." --Jerry McCulley

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A MOMENT IN TIME March 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Though I loved the over-bloated movie in its day, it has not held up nearly as well as this soundtrack, which features a wealth of superb songwriters strutting their stuff via Barbra and Kris Kristofferson. Barbra's pseudo rock/pop/diva material is mostly exceptionally well-performed, most of all her lovely simply ballad Evergreen. But in retrospect, it is Kristofferson's melancholy wailing -- remember he was about to hit rock-bottom during the making of this movie -- that has lasting power and angst. I particularly love Crippled Crow and his version of Watch Closely Now. This is a soundtrack worth having as a monumentally well-produced product from the mid-70s.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Barbra always deserves 'one more look.' June 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This soundtrack to the film blockbuster (which became the second highest grossing movie of that year) was also an enormous success itself, spending six weeks at #1 and selling over four million copies in the US alone. A monster hit, the film is entertaining and moving, and this is reflected in the soundtrack. A STAR IS BORN is at it's best during Streisand's seven numbers, which feature astonishingly powerful vocals that resonate in the memory even long after the disc has ended.

The Streisand-penned composition "Evergreen" (with lyrics by Paul Williams), with it's haunting melody and classical-style timbre (very typical of her work), is one of the grandest pop records ever recorded. Artistic justice was served when the song also became a huge commercial smash, hitting #1 on both the Pop and Adult Contemporary charts and winning several armfuls of awards. The other song with music composed by Streisand, "Lost Inside Of You" (a surprisingly effective duet with leading man Kris Kristofferson), features a similar classical slant and perhaps could have been a hit as well (that is if it had been released as a single). The remainder of the Streisand tracks were recorded live in front of an audience ("Evergreen" and "Lost Inside Of You" were also recorded live, but in the studio), and these amazing performances will make listeners wish Streisand had given more concerts in the seventies.

Some of this material (especially Rupert Holmes' "Queen Bee") is second-rate and forgettable, but even then Streisand's vocals make them more memorable than they deserve to be. My favorite concert selections are the scorching "Woman In The Moon" and the heart-stopping medley "With One More Look At You/Watch Closely Now." On the downside, the disc has a somewhat disjointed feel (typical of pop-oriented soundtracks) and Kristofferson's three solo numbers are monotonous and sound out of tune. However, Streisand's vocals are fabulous and will make this a must-own for fans.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Are You a Figment of My Imagination... January 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album not because of Streisand, like most of the people who have reviewed this album, but because of Kris Kristofferson. He has been one of my favorite singers since I was young, and the songs here don't do him justice. I post this review to let people know that the songs here should in no way reflect Kristofferson's abilities as a singer and a songwriter. The songs here were written by other songwriters for this movie, and his character was a burnt out singer whose career was going down the tubes. Keep this in mind as you listen to his singing here. One need only to listen to any of Kristofferson's albums to know that the scratchy growling voice heard here (almost a deadringer for Tom Waits, which is what makes the songs listenable) sounds nothing like the singer when he makes a valid effort to make music.
As for the soundtrack, the duet with Streisand was good, "Hellacious Acres" is pretty funny, and the opening song (Kristofferson's main hit in the movie) is okay. As for Streisand, I have to admit her voice has a great range and this CD, as well as the movie, is a good showcase of her abilities. That's what the movie was about, and again I stress: don't judge Kristofferson by these songs.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES! December 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I keep coming back to this CD! I bought one of the LP albums when the movie came out, then to a cassette, and now the CD.

I loved the movie, and I love the're cheating yourself if you haven't seen it and have any romantic bones in your body!

After all this time, I still love every single song...I'm so glad to see this remake! Thank you for that....
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the Movie "Snobs" December 28, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I liked this movie. I don't care if anyone else did. It's a re-make and I'm no expert on the original. I like to be entertained and this movie and its music did. So, I like the CD as well. I will say this: you can listen to the words to the songs and, for the most part, they speak to you. No gibberish (although that's okay sometimes, too.) Lots of hooks, and Streisand is great. I'm not offended by Kris Kristofferson either. Listen to it 3 times and you'll fall in love with it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars hmm October 24, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
streisand's voice is truly heavenly, as on 'everything', the best track here, with fine lyrics, and it's somewhat tongue-in-cheek to hear barbra sing 'let me do everything' considering the rumours surrounding the making of 'a star is born'; 'evergreen' is magnificent, soaring, a true celebration of love; as for the rest, it falls dramatically behind those two crowning achievements: 'lost in side of you' is fine, with kristofferson singing smoothly, as are 'queen bee', 'i believe in love' and 'woman in the moon', which is slightly marred by streisand trying a bit too hard
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