Barbra Streisand: Duets

Barbra Streisand: Duets

Duets

Released: 2002
Reviews: 5
Average rating:
5

Even in the face of epochal success, it's tempting to ponder what Barbra Streisand might have accomplished had she not spread herself across so many diverse entertainment media; so much ambition, so little time. This collection of 19 Streisand duets chronicles collaborations with Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland at one end of the scale and Don Johnson at the other. It finds the singer dabbling--if, as her bluesy miscue with Ray Charles on "Crying Time" argues, not necessarily triumphing--in styles she largely eschewed elsewhere in her career. Still, her unlikely collaborations with Barry Gibb ("Guilty," "What Kind of Fool") and Donna Summer ("No More Tears (Enough Is Enough") during the disco era scored her some of the biggest successes of her career, ample proof that with the right chemistry, Streisand could be as powerful a pop music chameleon as she was a diva. New recordings with veteran Barry Manilow (the warm, low-key "I Won't Be the One to Let You Go") and Josh Groban (David Foster's overwrought "All I Know of Love") supplement recordings that stretch from the '60s kitsch-a-go-go of Harold Arlen's "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" across five decades of Streisand's unparalleled career. --Jerry McCulley

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Reviews for this Album

I'm impressed that Barbra Streisand includes a lukewarm review from Amazon.com on her own website of one of her albums. It's been said many times that Barbra Streisand has a massive ego. In Susan Sontag's novel <i>In America</i>, there's a passage where Susan Sontag says she was in New York City in 1960 in a fancy restaurant. And she and her date saw Maria Callas and Rudolph Bing, the head of the Metropolitan Opera at the time, eating lunch. And Maria Callas said to Rudolph Bing, "We do things the Callas way or not at all." Reading this, you can take this comparison as a criticism of Barbra Streisand, but really, it just means that I respect her for wanting to put out the best record, film, musical, etc., she can. Peggy Lee, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington: all were very fastidious about their names appearing on records and their reputations. It's Streisand's name on the cd or download. If Ms. Streisand reads this, break a leg at the Village Vanguard!

Yes Barbra sounds like an angel Such a variety is here. There are love songs here. Nice exchanges, male/female. We'd like to see her do "When I Look in Your Eyes" (http://www.myspace.com/kringletown3) there is also a lullaby that is a great fit. Moms and Grandmoms will love this...

Rating: 
5