Barbra Streisand - A Collection: Greatest Hits...and More
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Hits from 1975-1988, plus 2 new songs! Includes Memory; By the Way; Guilty (with Barry Gibb); Woman in Love; The Main Event/Fight; What Kind of Fool (with Barry Gibb); Somewhere; All I Ask of You; We're Not Makin' Love Anymore; The Way He Makes Me Feel , and more. 12 tracks in all!
The years 1975-1988 contained big successes for Barbra Streisand, though she ran through an unsteady gauntlet of disco-fied pop and pseudo-Broadway show stoppers. This collection, originally released in 1989, brings together the hits of those years--like the two Barry Gibb duets, "What Kind of Fool" and "Guilty"--in a range of production scenarios utilizing the talents of Rupert Holmes, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Phil Ramone, Dave Gruisin, and others. The two new recordings added to begin and end the package, "We're Not Makin' Love Anymore" and "Somewhere," serve as bookends of the dance and ballad style Streisand revolved around throughout her later career. --Stephen M.H. Braitman
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favorite singer, Barbra Streisand is one of the greatest singers of our time. I wanted a good collection of her
greatest hits and of course there should be several discs for each time period to contain them! Boiling them
down to a few great ones was a really hard job that I am glad someone else had to do! Some of these are my
favorites of hers, and some are not. She sounds great on all of the songs, but I think there are some from that
time period that are better and deserved to be here. Such a great singer has a lot of great hits and I know it
was hard to get just the ones that would go on each volume. Maybe someone else will make another collection
that will have more of my favorites from that time period in it. If not, a few other discs are not a problem!
True, COLLECTION does contain some great hits and singles like "The Main Event/Fight" (#3 Pop, #5 Adult Contemporary), "A Woman In Love" (#1 Pop, #1 Adult Contemporary), "Guilty" (#3 Pop, #5 Adult Contemporary), "What Kind Of Fool" (#10 Pop, #1 Adult Contemporary), "Comin' In And Out Of Your Life" (#11 Pop, #2 Adult Contemporary), "Memory" (#52 Pop, #9 Adult Contemporary), "The Way He Makes Me Feel" (#40 Pop, #1 Adult Contemporary), "Somewhere" (#43 Pop, #5 Adult Contemporary), and "All I Ask Of You" (#15 Adult Contemporary). These tracks deserve to be present, but there are several annoying omissions that prevent this from being the definite collection of this time span.
Missing hits and singles that fall between 1979 and 1989 include: "No More Tears" (#1 Pop, #7 Adult Contemporary, #20 R&B), "Kiss Me In The Rain" (#37 Pop, #9 Adult Contemporary), "Promises" (#48 Pop, #8 Adult Contemporary), "Papa, Can You Hear Me" (#26 Adult Contemporary), "Left In The Dark" (#50 Pop, #4 Adult Contemporary), "Make No Mistake, He's Mine" (#51 Pop, #8 Adult Contemporary), "Emotion" (#79 Pop, #14 Adult Contemporary), "Send In The Clowns" (#25 Adult Contemporary), "What Were We Thinking of" (#32 Adult Contemporary), and "Till I Loved You" (#25 Pop, #3 Adult Contemporary). While these tracks vary in quality, I think most fans can agree that some of them have a place here.
These omissions are especially frustrating when you take into account that the remainder of the track listing. "By The Way" is a gorgeous song and one of my favorites, but it was released in 1975 and is out of place here ("By The Way" belonged on the MEMORIES compilation, if anywhere else). The two new songs are of mixed quality. The thrilling "Someone That I Used To Love" (#25 Adult Contemporary) is a relatively-obscure gem, with an amazing vocal from Streisand. Unfortunately, the Michael Bolton/Diane Warren-penned "We're Not Making Love Anymore" (#10 Adult Contemporary) is a bombastic and banal power ballad of the most empty theatrics. Giving the missing tracks and uneven new material, A Collection stands as little more than a wasted opportunity.
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