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The Broadway Album

Barbra StreisandAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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Actress/singer/director/writer/composer/producer/designer/author/photographer/activist Barbra Streisand is the only artist ever to receive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Medal of Arts and Peabody Awards and France’s Légion d'honneur as well as the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also the first ... Read more in Amazon's Barbra Streisand Store

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  • Audio CD (August 8, 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia Records/Sony
  • ASIN: B00000264K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,971 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Putting It Together
2. If I Loved You
3. Something's Coming
4. Not While I'm Around
5. Being Alive
6. I Have Dreamed/We Kiss In A Shadow/Something Won..
7. Adelaide's Lament
8. Send In The Clowns
9. Pretty Women/The Ladies Who Lunch
10. Can't Help Lovin' That Man
11. I Loves You Porgy/Porgy, I's Your Woman Now...
12. Somewhere

Editorial Reviews

As its title indicates, this 1985 recording marked Barbra Streisand's return to her Broadway roots (significantly, she had dropped her pop-period Guilty perm and returned to straight hair). The CD contains a broad selection of show tunes, from Guys and Dolls's "Adelaide's Lament" to Sweeney Todd's "Not While I'm Around." But let's face it: this may also be one of Babs's most dated albums, due to typically '80s synthesizer-heavy arrangements that simply don't work with the material. Company's "Being Alive" is scarred by a preening alto sax, while West Side Story's "Something's Coming" features what sounds suspiciously like syndrums. But--and it's a pretty big "but"--Streisand sounds more buttery than ever ("Send in the Clowns" may be one of her finest '80s moments), so much so that she often manages to overcome the cheesy production. Now that's a singer. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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Barbra Streisand ~ The Broadway Album

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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I'm not kidding. This is Streisand's finest album (and I should know, I have them all). I see that there are 50 other reviews, so I'm not going to blather on and on. Simply, this is a great recording. Sondheim's "Being Alive" is sublime. "Not While I'm Around," "Send In the Clowns," "If I Loved You," "Can't Help Lovin That Man," geez-o-man, it doesn't get any better than this. Is it any wonder she won a Grammy Award for this?
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST of Broadway September 10, 2005
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By 1985, Barbra Streisand had conquered just about every medium in the entertainment business. At the age of 18, she stepped onto a stage in the Greenwich Village section of New York to enter a singing contest, which she easily won. What she won was an engagement at the nightclub and a buzz that circulated around New York that even the best publicity couldn't buy. This led to more prestigious Manhattan club engagements. All the Broadway big shots came to see what all the fuss was about. Before she knew it, she had her first role on Broadway at 19 years-old when she was signed for her first musical, "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" in a small but important role as the quirky Yetta Tessye Marmelstein. Why was it so important? Her voice was so unique that the song "Miss Marmelstein" was written exclusively for her, and in the midst of this mediocre musical, she stopped the show each night with her natural musical comedy skills. Barbra's voice caught the attention of many record labels, but the most esteemed label, Columbia, is what she was after, and Columbia is what she got. She was signed in late 1962, and began her career with a best-selling album that consisted of mostly Broadway material, some of it well-known, some obscure, a couple of comedic offbeat ditties, and a couple of sultry torch songs. Barbra won two Grammy Awards for "The Barbra Streisand Album," one for Best Female Artist and the other for Album of the Year. The album reached gold status and remained on the chart for just under two years. A starring role in the Broadway musical "Funny Girl" catapulted her to fame at the age of 22, more nominations and awards. Television specials followed, more awards including a couple of Emmy's and a Peabody. Hollywood was Barbra's goal, and by 1967, Hollywood is what she got. Read more ›
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A SINGER! BRAVO, BARBRA STREISAND !!! April 21, 2008
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The Broadway Album by Barbra Streisand is clearly one of her very best. Barbra really opens up on this album and belts out some of the greatest Broadway show tunes ever written. The sound quality is great and the artwork is very well done.

"Putting It Together" starts the CD with Barbra singing her heart out on this number; she handles difficult tempo and key changes like the great chanteuse she always was and still remains! "If I Loved You" from Carousel features Barbra front and center--and that's OK by me! The melody is very pretty and it makes great use of the strings. Barbra's voice is in excellent form--her voice is rich, warm and rather vibrant. Terrific! Similarly, there's another coup for Streisand when she sings "Something's Coming." This magnificent ballad from West Side Story really shines like new when this lady sings it! Barbra again handles the lyrics effortlessly; the key and tempo changes never seem to faze her in the slightest. I'm very impressed!

"Not While I'm Around" comes from Sweeney Todd; and Barbra gives this the royal treatment as she sings this to perfection--and beyond! The piano arrangement is especially elegant and it all holds its own very well.

There's a very grand medley of hits from The King And I; listen for Barbra to do great justice to this stage play with her medley of "I Have Dreamed/We Kiss In A Shadow/Something Wonderful." This medley is a fine tribute to a classic Broadway play that truly remains one of the very best of all time! Barbra does this to perfection--and beyond! I love it.

"Adelaide's Lament" comes from Guys And Dolls; this tune always makes me laugh a bit because it's just that type of song. Although Adelaide is somewhat sad it's just a playful tune in its own way.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Barbra's best September 17, 2002
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Simply put, if you want to start a Barbra collection, buy the greatest hits sets and this one. It's absolutely amazing.
"Putting It Together" - simply a very fun song, very sing-a-long, and of course Barbra's voice makes it a joy to listen to it.
"If I Loved You" - A lovely ballad.
"Something's Coming" - from WEST SIDE STORY, this is another up-lifting song.
"Not While I'm Around" - proof that subtle interpretation can work wonders. Babs sings this one beautifully.
"Being Alive" - From subtle to rafter-shaking. The lyrics describe as a relationship should be, while Babs' ending notes put many other vocalists to shame.
"I Have Dreamed/We Kiss In A Shadow/Something Wonderful" - a dreamy medley of three songs from THE KING AND I. With Babs' supple voice crooning the lyrics, this comes off as the second-best song on the album.
"Adelaide's Lament" - one of the most hilarious theatre songs in history. Babs puts her comedic skills to work here and makes this one of the most charming songs on the album.
"Send In The Clowns" - The third-best song on the album. Singing wistfully, Babs puts in a wonderful performance of this song.
"Pretty Women/The Ladies Who Lunch" - talk about ironic! Once again, la Babs uses her voice and skills to make this one of the album's best songs.
"Can't Help Loving That Man" - not one of my favourites.
"I Loves You Porgy" - another that is not one of my favourites.
"Somewhere" - the best number on the CD, what can be said about this song that hasn't been said already? Except that in my opinion, this ranks in the top 3 Barbra songs of all time.
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Published 1 month ago by Mark Blanchette
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"The Broadway Album" is Barbra Streisand at her best, her strongest, her most eloquent!
Published 1 month ago by Kay Winters
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Very happy to hear this again thanks
Published 2 months ago by ann plumb
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good album by Babs
Wife loves Babs and this did not disappoint her at all! A lot of great songs again. The supplied sent it in a timely fashion so I recommend them too.
Published 4 months ago by Nick Pregent
5.0 out of 5 stars A Streisand Great
Great addition to your musical library. It certainly will not disappoint! A Streisand Great. Great addition to your musical library
Published 7 months ago by Yaa812
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody sings Broadway better
Helped, too, by some creative arrangers, e.g. for the medley of Pretty Women and Here's to the Ladies Who Lunch,
and Sondheim's re-write of lyrics to "Putting it... Read more
Published 7 months ago by C. Adelman
5.0 out of 5 stars Our great American treasure
This great American woman thrills me, time and time again, rarely disappointing. I even extol her politics. She feels like a true friend and a great lady!
Published 11 months ago by Lynne Doherty
5.0 out of 5 stars Best she has done!
I just don't get tired of this album Fabulous songs, arrangements and the best vocally I have ever heard her. I have a lot of her albums but this is simply the best. Read more
Published 12 months ago by christina courtenay
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