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This review is from: Barbra Streisand - The Television Specials (DVD)
This collection, especially My Name Is Barbra and Color Me Barbra, is just extraordinary to see (and hear) again. I've loved Babs since I first saw her in the film Funny Girl. But one thing that struck me: Barbra was so extraordinarily edgy in these specials, so willing to take chances in the pursuit of the new. So, at what point in her career did she start playing it safe? And why isn't she recording more stuff that she's never recorded before? She's done just about every version she can do of People and Don't Rain on My Parade and The Way We Were. Of course we'll never get tired of her doing those songs. But there's so much more she can do in terms of putting her stamp on the American Songbook. She still has the voice. And God knows, if Rod Stewart can strike gold four times over, vocally slaughtering American standards, Barbra can bring them to their knees showing 'em all how it's really done!
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Initial post: Jan 25, 2015 8:15:35 PM PST
addison de witt says:
I'm totally with you on this. I enjoyed What Matters Most, Love is The Answer, and Release Me, but I'd love to here her do something fresh and bold. An album of unrecorded Sondheim for example - we know there's a wealth of that. I don't know why, or how she suddenly became so 'safe' and mainstream, but it's a real pity, because when she first exploded on the recording scene she was anything BUT safe. And now, younger people consider her so mainstream, they're not remotely intereted in listening to her. Or watching her films. She's got nothing to prove, so why not something as off beat as her original material? Good comment.
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