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The Broadway Album

January 29, 2002 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 29, 2002
  • Release Date: January 29, 2002
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 47:50
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  • ASIN: B00138F17A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 120 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,161 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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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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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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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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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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