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A Star Is Born
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2000
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
on June 9, 2003
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
on January 22, 2003
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2004
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 music...you'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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2002
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I received this album on CD for Christmas in 1994 when I was a junior in high school. I grew up with the LP. I was happy with the CD, as it was the first CD version, excellently remastered by Bernie Grundman. The 2002 remastered version was really the disappointment and I'll explain why. In 2001 to 2003, many remastered original albums were coming out, from Madonna to Michael Jackson to the British group Culture Club. All of those CDs had extra tracks. However, this CD did not. I wish they added the following songs to make it a true soundtrack. Here are 5 major tracks that should be added and remastered for us:

1) Spanish Lies sung by Kris Kristofferson. If you remember in the film, this is when in the beginning he is on the stage asking the Speedway what the words are, and the song is also playing on the cassette deck when Quint is in the pool.

2) Evergreen from the Just for the Record Streisand Collection. This version has Barbra playing the guitar and humming the song in front of Kris from a scene that was deleted from the film. But this is not all. In the middle of the humming, we hear the rest of the song in its original released version we always hear traditionally on the radio. It really works!

3) Lost Inside of You from the Just For the Record Streisand Collection. This actually is the best song on Just For The Record, and my favorite song and scene in the film. In this song version, we hear the exact scene from the film, with Barbra playing the piano and Kris adding the lyrics. When Barbra losses her focus on the music, just like in the film, what is added is Barbra singing Lost Inside of You solo. It's similar like the duet on this album, but Barbra's voice is dubbed over Kris's voice. It is her best song in the film, and if you remember, this exact version is playing when Kris is listen to his 8 track during his ride in the car before he dies. It is not the duet on the album that he is listening to. And remember this, don't think this is the poorly produced Gary Klein production of Lost Inside of You by Barbra on "Memories". Again, this version I'm talking about is from the car scene produced by the brilliant Phil Ramone, like the whole album is. This version, with the piano scene, clocks at 4:53 minutes and this will be worth the price of the CD alone.

4) The instrumental score from Roger Kellaway. It really was dazzling, particularly in the two different scenes when Kris and Barbra are having intimacy (in Kris's house and in the cottage on the desert.) The scene of Kris driving Barbra to the desert is fun just because of Kellaway's music!

5) Evergreen, the version from the film with Kris and Barbra together, but I am not done. ***** I am aware we get the version at the end of the album when Kris joins in. However, we should have the whole version and the following: similar to #3's L.I.O.Y, what should be added is the whole scene of Kris and Barbra from the the 1980 to the early 1992 television versions before she and he sing the song. In this scene, we hear Streisand singing the song in a way she does not like. They talk about lunch, Chinese food, soft and hard noodles, and Streisand's headache. Kris jokingly asks her if she will marry him. She responds "no" because he has a ring in his ear and drinks all the time. People think that this is the same version in the deleted scenes on the DVD. It's similar, but not the same. This is because on this TV version after Streisand says this right to Kris BEFORE he leaves, he says, "What if I was to change my wicked ways?" She responds, "Would you do that for me?" He tells here, "Hell no." Before we cut to Evergreen, we start hearing the music of it. It is an amazing scene. This is because we see the goofy dialogue of Streisand's acting, similar to her light weight comedies before this. And then we turn to the seriousness of the song. This added addition, as well as #3, reminds us that the best acting in the film belongs to Kris Kristofferson, while the best singing in the film belongs to Barbra Streisand. This would be a great touch to add to the album. I know that most likely a TV studio owns the copy of the Chinese/Kris proposal scene with his response, and that is why it was not the exact extra scene on the DVD. It was not only ABC that showed this version, because when they sold it to syndicated TV, WPIX for example, showed it five times, the last in February of 1992. Hopefully Streisand can obtain this for a re-release on a newly remastered CD.

My friends, you have my word this really is the way the album should be. Thanks for reading. Yours, Joseph
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 1999
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2002
I haven't been a fan of Streisand's for very long, so I don't know many of her performances, but I do know that it would take a LOT to top these. "Queen Bee" is my favorite because it was so cool. "Everything" was very Beautiful. "Lost inside of You" was Beautiful, though I didn't care much for Kristofferson it was still a great song and his voice was perfect for "Hellacious Acres". "Evergreen" was Wonderful. "The Woman in the Moon" was another one of my favorites, as was "I Believe in Love". Streisand gave a spectacular performance with "One More Look at You/Watch Closely Now", a very sad and very beautiful song.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2006
I remember when the movie premeired in the 70's with Kris and Barbra. The soundtrack has some great cuts on it but, to get the most of of your listening pleasure, I reccomend watching the movie first. Otherwise some of the cuts seem out of place in this complilation of songs. I've ordered the movie but it hasn't been released yet. I can't wait to see it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The soundtrack to the 1976 film "A Star Is Born" is excellent in every way. You get two exceptional singers, Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, some of the best songwriters of the 1970's including Paul Williams and Kenny Loggins, and the music adds so much to the movie with its theme of rock/romance.

The soundtrack is mostly known for the beautiful song "Evergreen (Love theme from a Star Is Born)" that not only garnered composers Paul Williams and Barbra Streisand a well-deserved Oscar for Best Song from a Motion Picture, but gave Barbra another Grammy for Song of the Year.

The record became one of Streisand's top-selling albums in her discography selling nearly 10 million copies worldwide, hitting the #1 spot on top of the Billboard Album Charts for 5 weeks, and went 4X Platinum.

The soundtrack and film are going to be remade in 2012 starring Beyonce Knowles and directed by Clint Eastwood. The actor playing the Kristofferson part has yet to be announced.
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