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On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
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There's no one like her!
Richard B. Green | 05/28/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Although I saw this movie when first released...had the soundtrack at some point too...I came across the film the other day on one of the cable networks and found myself mesmerized by a Barbra in her late 20's, singing what isn't one of Lerner's great scores (helped by Burton Lane), but singing and giving new meaning and, thus, making the songs from this score her very own. Barbra is impossible not to watch and listen to. Is there any scene from any Barbra movie that is sexier than when, under hypnosis, she travels back to the 1800's, and seduces with "Love With All The Trimmings?" And in scenes such as those or in "Hello, Dolly" or "Funny Girl, one can only feel that Barbra was born to be costumed...at least at that time in her career. She is gorgeous in period gowns and hats! Barbra makes this film very much her own; and the title song has, of course, become one she's included in most of her live shows. Although the Hollywood musical was on its way out in the late 60's and early 70's, it's just a special treat to see Barbra captured forever in musicals that, with a lesser star, would not have remained as captivating to enjoy. And take a look at the sets Vincent Minnelli must have had a hand in creating...as well as directing the film...he had an eye for gorgeous detail, something that Barbra seems to have acquired if you take note of such in, say, "Yentl." Anyhow, this film and score are a delight in the hands of the premiere vocalist of the last almost-fifty years. Enjoy!"
A Forgotten Gem
Joseph Albanese | New York, New York United States | 04/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Released in June of 1970, this album (the soundtrack for the Streisand/ Minnelli movie) came at a time when not only were musicals on their way out but Streisand was in the process of redefining her image.
Shortly after this, gone were the carefull tresses and classical songs as Streisand ventured into Joni Mitchell territory. However, don't over-look this soundtrack as it is worthy of a second (and repeated) listening.
Although some might quibble it is overproduced, Barbra's voice was young and she did herself (and Alan Lerner) proud. From the opening ("Hurry It's Lovely Up Here") to the signature title piece, Barbra is relaxed and quite free with the lyrics. Her voice is beautiful as she enjoys the songs she is singing. Of particular note, one should listen to the lush "Love With All The Trimmings" to hear just how a show tune should be sung.
Even though it is nearly 40 years old, the album, the score, and most definitely Ms. Streisand, hold up admirably."