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Timeless: Live in Concert
Genres: Pop, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
Barbra Streisand's Timeless: Live from the MGM Grand is not merely a career retrospective--it's a life retrospective, and a show rather than a concert. The opening scene is 1955, with a young singer (ably played by Lauren ... more »
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Barbra Streisand's Timeless: Live from the MGM Grand is not merely a career retrospective--it's a life retrospective, and a show rather than a concert. The opening scene is 1955, with a young singer (ably played by Lauren Frost) finding her voice. As she wistfully begins "Something's Coming," the grown-up Streisand joins in to an electrifying ovation and proceeds to take us on a journey through her life: the torchy period ("A Sleepin' Bee"), the Broadway period ("Don't Rain on My Parade"), the movie period ("Evergreen"), the Sondheim period ("Putting It Together"), and the James Brolin period ("I've Dreamed of You"). She also recalls through video clips several duets before she sings "I've Got a Crush on You" with a clip of Frank Sinatra, and debuts a new song by Marvin Hamlisch and Alan and Marilyn Bergman, "Simple Pleasures," then counts us down to the new year (or new millennium, depending on your math). It's titled Timeless, but this long-awaited double CD is already somewhat dated, having been recorded in Las Vegas on December 31, 1999, and January 1, 2000, but not released until September 2000, by which time the Y2K jokes are already quaint. Also, the extensive monologues and acted-out sequences might wear a bit upon repeated listenings. But when you hear such familiar fare as "Something Wonderful" and "Alfie" and immediately forget anyone else who has ever sung them, you'll realize that it's the singer and her signature songs that are indeed timeless. If Streisand has in fact decided to stop performing live, then at least we have this document to remind us of how great a treasure she is. --David Horiuchi
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Robert Johnson | Richmond, KY USA | 06/10/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I would actually give this excellent concert release four-and-a-half stars. When Barbra decided to give one last major New Year's Eve concert (and subsequent mini-tour), she had a very tough act to follow: Herself! Barbra's 93/94 concerts are one of the best things she has ever done in her extraordinary career, and trying to stage another show must have been very difficult. Not surprisingly, she more than succeeded in giving fans a phenomenal show that managed to give the previous show a run for it's money.
Even more autobiographical than the last time, there were sketches detailing past events from Barbra's life, reminisces with friend Shirely MacLaine, and Barbra's poignant reflections on the father she never knew. However, the main event of evening is defiantly the music, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Once again, the song selection features a good number of surprises (especially "Alfie" and "The Main Event/Fight," neither of which had ever been performed live by Streisand before). Barbra's voice is noticeably thinner now when she enters the very highest part of her range, but she still sounds amazing - her gorgeous tone and incomparable timbre are indeed timeless! The smoky performance of "Cry Me A River," the vocal spender displayed of the terrific "Something Wonderful/Being Alive" medley, and the gorgeous rendition of "Send In The Clowns" are just a few of the highlights in a show overflowing with highlights.
The only reason that this beautifully-packaged two-disc set doesn't receive a 5-star rating is because there are a lot of references to particular visuals that may be confusing to those who haven't actually seen the show. TIMELESS has been released on DVD with a stunning transfer, and I actually recommend anyone interested in the concert to pick up the DVD instead. That way you can experience the "complete" show - visuals and all. I thought it was impossible for Barbra to top her `94 concerts, however she came awfully close to doing just that. TIMELESS is another triumph!"
The Concert, six years later
Donald Duenne | Washington, DC United States | 04/21/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Barbra did a concert tour in the mid-90's that people still talk about. Unfortunately, this CD (recorded the eve of the millennium) is almost a replay of the previous one. She does add a lot of different material from her career that she wasn't able to before, but the performance as a whole is not as memorable as her Concert in '94. If you want to buy this album, I would suggest listening to it before the other one. That might help with seeming repetition."
Spend a New Year's Eve live with Barbra Streisand!
Irini | 01/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Though this concert took place in the Eve of the new millennium (2000), i bought it a bit before 2008 entered and had my New Year's eve be accompanied by this CD. Barbra is so lively when she puts on a show, so interactive, that her "presence" and voice can fill your house as if you are there seeing her on stage.
In this double CD of the concert some of the best songs from Broadway, Movies and Duets are recorded, and through them she gives the audience a journey through her own career. She sings her wonderful song People, before the New Year enters, from the movie, Funny Girl:
"People who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world
Were children needing other children
And yet letting our grown-up pride
Hide all the need inside
Acting more like children than children...""