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Barbra Streisand Album
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Barbra Streisand seemed an "overnight" superstar when she released this debut LP in 1963; two weeks after its release, Streisand was America's best-selling female singer. Within several months, Funny Girl would debut on ... more »
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Barbra Streisand seemed an "overnight" superstar when she released this debut LP in 1963; two weeks after its release, Streisand was America's best-selling female singer. Within several months, Funny Girl would debut on Broadway... and the rest, as they say, is history. The truth, however, is that Streisand was already a singing sensation in Greenwich Village clubs like Bon Soir and the Blue Angel. Most of the material on this Grammy winner (for Album of the Year) comes from that club act--part of her deal with Columbia was total control over song choices--and it reveals a singer who wasn't about to kowtow to the rock & roll craze; instead, the early Streisand concentrated on standards... and, well, just about anything. The selections range from "A Taste of Honey" to the beautiful "Soon It's Gonna Rain" from The Fantasticks to a song from Disney's Three Little Pigs. It took guts to open with "Cry Me a River," a song already owned by another torch singer (Julie London)--but if the LP proved anything, it was that this Brooklyn gal sure could sing, a fact driven home by her mournful-yet-glorious take on "Happy Days Are Here Again," which soon became a pop standard classic recording of its own. --Bill Holdship
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Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 01/16/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In the early 1960's, a young woman with a great big voice began plying her musical talents in small but important cabaret venues like the Bon Soir and the Blue Angel. Barbra Joan Streisand was her name. Her raw, firebrand vocal delivery soon won her a legion of fans, and it wasn't long until composer Harold Rome recommended her for the featured role of Miss Marmelstein in his 1962 Broadway musical I CAN GET IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE (as well as his PINS AND NEEDLES revival that same year). Just two years later, Streisand won the role of Fanny Brice in FUNNY GIRL, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Here on her very first album, Streisand performs the bulk of her best cabaret material. Her voice is full of youthful promise, a brash firebrand style which instantly appeals. In later years, Streisand would refine her voice into one of a sleek, almost glacial beauty; but there is still a lot to admire in Streisand's vocals here. Pieces like "Come to the Supermarket (In Old Peking)" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain" are fantastic numbers that she absolutely goes to town with.
She soared to the top of the charts with "Happy Days are Here Again"; and singlehandedly revived interest in the forgotten Broadway musical HOUSE OF FLOWERS with her cover of "A Sleepin' Bee".
Musical director Peter Matz provided arrangements which suited Streisand's still-evolving voice perfectly, and would subsequently guide her through many more albums. Her brash, unkempt personality shines through beautifully on this recording, and newer fans who aren't terribly familiar with Streisand's pre-FUNNY GIRL material should seek the album out.
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Jondalar | Columbus | 10/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't like Streisands politics. I hate when stars go into the political arena. It just really turns me off. But I gave this album a try because I wanted to know what her first album sounded like. It's stellar. Now I understand why BABS is a star. I have never heard of version of Cry Me A River like this. This is the absolute best version of the song EVER! I've listened to this song twenty times in a row. I think she better singer in the early days then she was in the later on, because she just sang! WOW!"