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What Matters Most - Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics of Alan And Marilyn Bergman (Deluxe Edition) (2 CDs)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. The Windmills Of Your MindBarbra Streisand 3:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Something New In My LifeBarbra Streisand 4:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Solitary MoonBarbra Streisand 4:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Nice 'N' EasyBarbra Streisand 4:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Alone In The WorldBarbra Streisand 4:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. So Many StarsBarbra Streisand 4:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Same Hello, The Same GoodbyeBarbra Streisand 4:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. That FaceBarbra Streisand 4:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I'll Never Say GoodbyeBarbra Streisand 4:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. What Matters MostBarbra Streisand 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. The Way We WereBarbra Streisand 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?Barbra Streisand 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. You Don't Bring Me Flowers (Duet With Neil Diamond)Barbra Streisand duet with Neil Diamond 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Papa, Can You Hear Me?Barbra Streisand 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Pieces Of DreamsBarbra Streisand 3:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The IslandBarbra Streisand 4:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Summer KnowsBarbra Streisand 3:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. How Do You Keep The Music Playing?Barbra Streisand 5:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. After The RainBarbra Streisand 3:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. A Piece Of SkyBarbra Streisand 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 


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  • Audio CD (August 23, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0058A119G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,974 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The incomparable Barbra Streisand"s long-cherished desire to release an album of music with lyrics exclusively written by her collaborators and friends, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, is achieved on What Matters Most- Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman.

The new album, which Streisand personally produced, is comprised of ten Bergman songs which Streisand has never previously recorded. Included in the set are the Academy Award winning songs "The Windmill of your Mind" (from the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair); "So Many Stars" (originally a hit song for Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66); "Nice 'n' Easy" (popularized by Frank Sinatra); and "That Face" (first recorded by Fred Astaire) . The CD is packaged in a jewel box with a 24-page color booklet.

Reflecting on her long-held desire to devote an entire album to the amazingly varied and consistently inspired music of the Bergmans, Streisand noted, "Alan and Marilyn Bergman have a remarkable gift for expressing affairs of the heart."
The affection and respect between lyricists and artist is quite wonderful. "When we write a song, we hear Barbra," said lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman. "She makes the connection from the heart to the mind, and it emerges through her voice."
Deluxe edition includes a second CD featuring ten previously released performances of Barbra singing the lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman including "The Way We Were", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", "Papa Can You Hear Me?" and "Pieces of Dreams".

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67 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Songs By A Classic Singer August 23, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Barbra Streisand is one of the most successful entertainers of our time. She has won 2 Academy Awards, 8 Grammy Awards, 4 Emmy Awards, a Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute Award and a Peabody Award. Also, she is the best selling female artist on the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) list and the only female in the top 10. Plus has had 31 albums reach Billboard's top ten. She is also the only artist to ever achieve number 1 albums in 5 different decades. Quite impressive, and now she is back with the follow up to 2009's "Love is the Answer." "What Matter's Most" is Streisand's 33rd studio album and she hasn't missed a beat! This two disc set is a collection of songs by Alan and Marilyn Bergman (whom she won Academy Awards with for "Yentl" and "The Way We Were"). Produced by Streisand herself, disc 1 contains Bergman songs she has never before recorded. Disc 2 (on the Deluxe Edition only) is a set of previously recorded songs. Included with a colorful 24 page booklet, Streisand proves yet again she is an extremely talented singer.

"Windmills Of My Mind" (from 1968's "The Thomas Crown Affair") is the opening track and Streisand sounds beautiful, elegant, and as smooth as honey. She hits every note perfectly and shows the dynamic range that made her famous. Another highlight is "Nice n Easy," a song made classic by Frank Sinatra in which she sounds absolutely splendid. Sinatra sang it as a song about falling in love. Streisand's version is a song of seduction; of making love from a woman's point of view. "Alone in the World" is a love song, and this is what she does best. Sounding pure, vibrant yet subtle, the sound is simply amazing. A trumpet solo by Chris Botti adds texture and contributes wonderfully to the sound.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST WORK IN TEN YEARS August 27, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Shes back and sounds better than ever!! For those who keep saying they enjoyed her earlier style, um get with the times, shes 69 and do you really expect her to still sound that way and do the same thing??
This is her best album in almost ten years and blows Love Is the Answer out of the water. This work really reminds me of A Love Like Ours, but a little more upbeat in a way. This is very jazzy, calming, lush, evoking, sexy. Her voice is in amazing condition and you would never know her age by listening. Sure some notes are bit deeper than they once were, but she still has it and there are high octaves here that soar that were missing from 2009's Love is the Answer. This is sweeping, cinema epic, and you can tell the care and research that went into getting this just right. This album also reminds me a little bit of Christmas Memories in its vocal style. Yes you dont go driving down the road cranking up the base expecting a dance beat album for goodness sakes, this is pure classic Streisand that makes you feel and reflect and wonder. I think I read another review on here that said this album reminds the person again why they are a fan, and that is the best way to sum it up. Congratulations Barbra, you have brought it home and then some! Oh and Windmills On My Mind, was never a fan of that song, but wow she owns it now. It just takes you away. More than ten songs would have been nice, but I see why she did it this way. It keeps it cozy and compact, plus the bonus disc of her older songs is a great combo package with the new.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One To Own September 8, 2011
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I'm not a die-hard Streisand fan. I love lots of what she's done, and actually always like her in her movies. But, her albums for me, well, some I really like and others, mehh, not so much. I have to admit that I have always respected her willingness to change, expand, grow, and try new things. I also know for most of us, we want our artists to stay in exactly the place we found them and fell in love with them; it's a real push-pull.

Lots of her albums, I've given away. I just wasn't in love with them; some of her music has been too over the top for me. But this one? This one is just wonderful. It's a testament to her gift and her vision. She loves these songs and it shows in each track. I love the sublime tempos, the quality and depth of her voice, the arrangements, and the Bergmans are exceptionally complex writers that make their songs worth repeated hearings. All of it comes together to make a collection worth owning. And, for those who may like her earlier works more, it does remind me of the velvet tones she is obviously able to still produce.

The world is so hectic and harsh these days...what a gift to have something that you can wrap yourself in like your favorite blanket.

Thank you for this collection. It is silky, soft, satisfying, sultry, and superb.
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STUNNING! ONLY BARBRA CAN MAKE ME MISS AN EARTHQUAKE August 23, 2011
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My on-line ordered copy has yet to arrive, so I went at lunch to pick up the Deluxe Edition of the new "What Matters Most", by my beloved Barbra Streisand. Playing Disc 1, featuring all the new versions of Alan & Marilyn Bergman songs that Barbra has not recorded previously, I was driving home from the Mall listening and melting away. During this time is when the earthquake rolled up the East Coast from VA and I never noticed a thing. So much for Barbra soothing an unusual situation. I loved the previous studio album "Love Is The Answer", and this new collection, plus a bonus disc of old favorites, adds to the brilliance that is and will always be Barbra Streisand. I received three gifts with this album:

1 - a new album of great Alan & Marilyn Bergman song that have never been recorded by Barbra previously. The orchestrations and interpretations blend beautifully on all tracks. Chris Botti lends his trumpeting to "Alone In The World". As we've lived along with Barbra all these years, and knowing her interpretations of previous Bergman masterpieces, these are the perfect set of songs for the mature Barbra. Highlights include a few Pourtugeuse lyrics during "So Many Stars" in one of the nicest arrangements of this hit track (previous hit for Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66). "Something New In My Life" is a Bergman song I was unfamiliar with. Barbra and the orchestrations take it to a different stratosphere with a great high note.

2 - A Collection of past Bergman songs from various albums, including two from the "Yentl" soundtrack. This could have been an album in its own right as Barbra's "Best of the Bergmans", so glad it was included with the Deluxe Edition. It is long overdue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Barbra Streisand
This was a gift to myself. Love Barbra and wanted to add this to my collection. As always, thank you Amazon for your endless offering of products. Thank you.
Published 2 months ago by luvs2shop
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbra Streisand is the best
She does not release a low quality product, you can tell by her songs, and her voice is still strong.
Published 2 months ago by J. Mang
5.0 out of 5 stars What Matters Most CD
Who could not help but love Barbara Streisand, especially singing the wonderful songs of Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Read more
Published 3 months ago by junebug
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like here?!!!
I mean, really, it's Streisand and the songs of this husband-and-wife team have always been favorites of mine. Read more
Published 3 months ago by CJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Barbra
Truly the best Barbra Streisand album out there. The lyrics of the Bergmans are unsurpassed and their collaborations with great composers have become legendary. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul J. Baragona
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Streisand Music
Love the CDs. Bought it specifically for "Windmills of Your Mind" and the arrangement didn't disappoint. Would highly recommend the album for anyone who loves Babs.
Published 5 months ago by cheri lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars What matters most
I caught the PBS briadcast, once with my wife present and a year later after she had Graduated into her next grandest dream of what life can be. Some call this "heaven". Read more
Published 6 months ago by John M Kohlenberger
1.0 out of 5 stars DIFFERENT FROM WHAT IS BEING SOLD
I just receive the item I ordered, I'm VERY VERY UPSET with the item I got. It say in item description is: 1 of What Matters Most - Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics of Alan And... Read more
Published 6 months ago by joselito
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Barbra can do no wrong and with Alan and Marilyn in her corner she has another beautiful hit on her hands!
Published 6 months ago by KMDEVA
5.0 out of 5 stars I live Barbara
enough said! You gusy want 18 more words. What can I say about good old dear loving barbara!!!!!! Is that enough?

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Barbra Streisand's new CD
I think the cover is a joke. I was waiting for Amazon to update the cover, but then I saw on her website that this is indeed the official cover. It looks like some amateur pre concert picture. But I'm sure Barbra's incredible vocals will make up for it.
Aug 19, 2011 by E. Myburgh |  See all 69 posts
Congratulations Barbra
Yes. . .she's still got it, if by "it" you mean the ability to produce yet another disastrous MISFIRE.

Her career is over.
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Credit Where Credit is Due
Is this really the cover art? Looks like a bootleg ...
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