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|1||It Had to Be You - Barbra Streisand with Michael Bublé|
|2||People - Barbra Streisand with Stevie Wonder|
|3||Come Rain or Come Shine - Barbra Streisand with John Mayer|
|4||Evergreen - Barbra Streisand with Babyface|
|5||New York State of Mind - Barbra Streisand with Billy Joel|
|6||I'd Want It to Be You - Barbra Streisand with Blake Shelton|
|7||The Way We Were - Barbra Streisand with Lionel Richie|
|8||I Still Can See Your Face - Barbra Streisand with Andrea Bocelli|
|9||How Deep Is the Ocean - Barbra Streisand with Jason Gould|
|10||What Kind of Fool - Barbra Streisand with John Legend|
|11||Somewhere - Barbra Streisand with Josh Groban|
|12||Love Me Tender - Barbra Streisand with Elvis Presley|
2014 release from the legendary songbird who duets with award winning, record breaking superstars in their own right including Elvis Presley, Michael Buble, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Lionel Richie, Andrea Bocelli and others. Barbra and her duet partners have won a combined grand total of 74 Grammy Awards. An eight-time Grammy Award winner, Streisand is the only performer to have #1 albums in five consecutive decades. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, her 51 gold albums, 30 platinum albums and 18 multi-platinum albums exceed all other female singers. The RIAA also notes that her 72.5 million album sales tops it's list of album sales by a female singer. Barbra is the only female among the top ten album-selling recording artists.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 4.9 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Legacy Recordings
- Item model number : 885023
- Original Release Date : 2014
- Run time : 50 minutes
- Date First Available : August 9, 2014
- Label : Legacy Recordings
- ASIN : B00MIA0KGY
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #31,684 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2015
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There was a time when it would have been unthinkable for Barbra to rerecord her previous hits. When preparing her Musical Instruments tv special in 1973 producers requested her past hits so she created a tongue in cheek medley set to African drums! Usually Barbra does not like to repeat herself but clearly her attitude has changed. She has become more sentimental and reverential toward her old chestnuts, as well as more appreciative of her fans. Maybe it's her live concerts over the past twenty years during which she performed new arrangements for some hits. Her highlights were her collaborations with Il Divo, Il Volo and her son Jason. With those performances plus her duets that were compiled in 2002 that's hard to follow without unfavorable comparisons. Some partnerships are magical such as How Deep is the Ocean with Jason and some partnerships should have been dissolved before hitting the record button.
In her interviews promoting Partners Barbra said the idea came from her A and R guy Jay Landers so while she enjoyed the process, the purpose of this project seems more business than pleasure. With the exception of Jason, the assembling of various male artists is like multiple business arrangements attempting to appeal to each artist's fan base. Barbra is in great form throughout, hitting her high notes and giving her usual 110 percent. She even recorded some in same studio at same time as her partners. Unfortunately some of the collaborators let her down. The magic that can come from music collaboration is just not sustained throughout. The partnership leaning most toward business than artistic is Blake Shelton. I know Barbra chose Blake for I'd Want It To Be You. Considering a country sound she might have thought "why not? It worked with Vince Gill." Well I'll tell ya why not. Because Blake still sounds like Nashville and Barbra like Barbra. It's two completely different styles that don't work like serving grits with bagels for breakfast. With Billy Joel it's great to hear him in the studio again and both being New Yorkers it should have worked. But their styles don't quite blend, its like his original and hers spliced together. Though I did like the tag at the end about pizza and Chinese food. Other strictly business comes from Stevie Wonder in worst arrangement of People ever. Poor Peter Matz must be turning in his grave. Elvis? Seriously? She had better chemistry with Marlon Brando on The Concert album in 1994. Other bland business from Lionel Richie, John Legend and Josh Groban. Josh actually sounds better on All I Know of Love on Duets which they actually recorded separately. The difference has to do with the arrangements.
Babyface came up with new ones for Evergreen and Lost Inside of You that are great and improvement from her duets with Kris in A Star is Born. Babyface has history of cool collaboration on his own duets release so he knows how to bring it vocally. The arrangement for It Had to Be You with Michael Buble is the best track. It sounds like Buble brought his own big band along with his excellent jazz vocal style. He actually takes control telling her "let's go!". Andrea Bocelli also takes control forcing Barbra to reach new heights on one of two newly recorded songs I Still Can See Your Face. It is reminiscent of her live Il Volo performance. You can hear the joy in both vocals. Her son Jason Gould is a revelation. We already had an idea how this would sound from the live version but in the studio it's even better. Again pure joy with gorgeous arrangement. Mother and son blend in beautiful harmony. Come Rain or Come Shine is the most improved arrangement from the original. John Mayer does not blend as well vocally but contributes his cool guitar work which Barbra seems to appreciate saying at one point "oh yeah!" If only more of these guys gave their all instead of just coasting through to get their pay out. Could nerves from working with Barbra have held them back?
Of course most disappointment could have been alleviated if she did not choose to rerecord her past works. From interviews it seems she feels the fans want to hear the old chestnuts again because we cheer for them at her concerts. She may also be too lazy to research new material. But all I know is I as a fan would rather hear something new from this living legend. Because no matter how she may redo, rearrange or reinvent-- everything old is still old...again.
Recommended tracks: It Had to be You, How Deep is the Ocean, I Still Can See Your Face and on Deluxe edition: Lost Inside of You
I have now listened to the album several times, watched its promo videos, and discussed it with many other BJS fans, and I am more convinced than ever that this album deserves its #1 status. If one is interested in the best singing there is (as Barry Gibb said, "There are the 10 best singers in the world--and then there is Barbra Streisand") then this is for him or her.
Streisand's first album of collaborations, DUETS, was very fine but suffered from the mix of producers. This album seamlessly blends each song into the whole tapestry, and the orchestrations are generally simple and totally supportive of the lyrics and the singers.
All the tracks are beautifully sung, even if one doesn't care for the song itself.These are the best male singers around and Barbra lets each of them shine. My personal favorite is COME RAIN OR COME SHINE, with John Mayer--bluesy, sexy, with great rapport between Barb and Mayer. Mayer's guitar makes this a trio! Another great track is WHAT KIND OF FOOL? with John Legend, where the sadness of the song and the beauty of the singers' interplay is well served by a deeper male voice. (I can say "THANK GOD" it wasn't GUILTY, which I hope never to hear again.) The "dark horse" of the album is the duet with Jason Gould, Barbra's late musically blooming son, and it is a total winner. I have enjoyed Jason's solo recordings and here he and his mother blend their similar (how could they not be?) styles in a totally affecting version of HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN? Gorgeous! My "feel good" track is NEW YORK STATE OF MIND", which was on Streisand's SUPERMAN, a multiplatinum hit in the 70s. Here Barbra and Billy Joel sing this ode to the Apple with fresh joy and love.
SOMEWHERE with Josh Groban is also very fine, taking the song on a dreamlike outing. I am not a country fan but the Blake Shelton duet wins me over. For me the less outstanding tracks are PEOPLE, with Stevie Wonder, and EVERGREEN, with Babyface (who produced the album). A lot of people don't care for THE WAY WE WERE with Lionel Richie, but I think it is cool. A new song was written so that Andrea Bocelli could finally sing with Barbra, and I STILL CAN SEE YOUR FACE shows that Barbra still has the power to go head to head with someone as operatic as Bocelli and create a great, big ballad. Their voices are nicely matched as well. This will please the people who love to hear Barbra "belt".
The opening and closing tracks are unique. Barbra and Michael Buble' turn IT HAD TO BE YOU into a marvelous romp, their voices intertwining perfectly and their personalities shining. This would be the number that should be recognized by the Grammy folks, who have always loved both Barbra and Michael. Finally, there should be no carping about the Elvis duet--it works, and is a fine tribute to the King, who, I think, would love it. When I heard that Barbra was going to include a duet with Elvis, I knew it would be LOVE ME TENDER. And so it is! Lots of love and tenderness in those two irreplaceable voices.
Barbra Streisand is a national treasure, and with PARTNERS she adds another bag of gold to the vault.
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Downside of the vinyl is the decision to release as double album with three songs per side. Look I like to turn the vinyl over but this many times? This should have been a single disc. If it overran time wise then just take a track off. They're all on the cd anyway. Release on single disc please
buy it, you wont be disappointed.