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The Broadway Album
Barbra Streisand
The Broadway Album
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
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As its title indicates, this 1985 recording marked Barbra Streisand's return to her Broadway roots (significantly, she had dropped her pop-period Guilty perm and returned to straight hair). The CD contains a broad selectio...  more »


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All Artists: Barbra Streisand
Title: The Broadway Album
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Sony
Release Date: 1/29/2002
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Adult Contemporary, Vocal Pop, Classic Vocalists, Musicals, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 696998515925

As its title indicates, this 1985 recording marked Barbra Streisand's return to her Broadway roots (significantly, she had dropped her pop-period Guilty perm and returned to straight hair). The CD contains a broad selection of show tunes, from Guys and Dolls's "Adelaide's Lament" to Sweeney Todd's "Not While I'm Around." But let's face it: this may also be one of Babs's most dated albums, due to typically '80s synthesizer-heavy arrangements that simply don't work with the material. Company's "Being Alive" is scarred by a preening alto sax, while West Side Story's "Something's Coming" features what sounds suspiciously like syndrums. But--and it's a pretty big "but"--Streisand sounds more buttery than ever ("Send in the Clowns" may be one of her finest '80s moments), so much so that she often manages to overcome the cheesy production. Now that's a singer. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 04/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Broadway Album by Barbra Streisand is clearly one of her very best. Barbra really opens up on this album and belts out some of the greatest Broadway show tunes ever written. The sound quality is great and the artwork is very well done.

"Putting It Together" starts the CD with Barbra singing her heart out on this number; she handles difficult tempo and key changes like the great chanteuse she always was and still remains! "If I Loved You" from Carousel features Barbra front and center--and that's OK by me! The melody is very pretty and it makes great use of the strings. Barbra's voice is in excellent form--her voice is rich, warm and rather vibrant. Terrific! Similarly, there's another coup for Streisand when she sings "Something's Coming." This magnificent ballad from West Side Story really shines like new when this lady sings it! Barbra again handles the lyrics effortlessly; the key and tempo changes never seem to faze her in the slightest. I'm very impressed!

"Not While I'm Around" comes from Sweeney Todd; and Barbra gives this the royal treatment as she sings this to perfection--and beyond! The piano arrangement is especially elegant and it all holds its own very well.

There's a very grand medley of hits from The King And I; listen for Barbra to do great justice to this stage play with her medley of "I Have Dreamed/We Kiss In A Shadow/Something Wonderful." This medley is a fine tribute to a classic Broadway play that truly remains one of the very best of all time! Barbra does this to perfection--and beyond! I love it.

"Adelaide's Lament" comes from Guys And Dolls; this tune always makes me laugh a bit because it's just that type of song. Although Adelaide is somewhat sad it's just a playful tune in its own way. Barbra sings this with panache and her accent is flawless. Barbra makes "Adelaide's Lament" a huge highlight of this album. In addition, "Send In The Clowns" from A Little Night Music gets one of its best treatments ever when the great Barbra Streisand delivers this without a superfluous note.

"Can't Help Lovin' That Man" again showcases Barbra's vocals squarely front and center--I really like "can't Help Lovin' That Man" a whole lot. This musical arrangement is very well done, too. "I Loves You Porgy/Porgy, I's Your Woman Now (Bess, You Is My Woman Now)" comes from Porgy And Bess; and yet again Barbra Streisand delivers this with panache! Great! The album ends with Barbra singing "Somewhere" from West Side Story; this truly is as grand as all the other reviewers say it is; you'll love every second of it!

The Broadway Album really showcases Barbra Streisand's singular vocal qualities. Her fans will definitely want this one for their collections; and people who like show tunes will want this album as well.
Leaves you wanting more!
John Humphrey | HARRISBURG, PA USA | 06/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is by far Barbra Streisand's greatest album. We are still waiting for the Broadway songs that she also recorded such as 'Heather on the Hill', 'How Are Things In Glocca Morra',etc. Streisand's breathtaking voice stands on it's own; the song selection is impeccable and the lush orchestrations are next to none. Streisand's 'Broadway Album' is truly one of the most definitive albums of the 20th century. When I listen to the album today it seems just as new and fresh as when I bought it back in 1985. Streisand the singer/actress and her selection of material stand the test of time and will be heard by future generations as the premiere talent of our time."