Scott C. (scotso) from EAST ISLIP, NY Reviewed on 6/2/2015...
yeah, their are lots and lots of Streisand Comps. This one stands out, far ahead of the others, for containing 3 songs, not on any other comps, and 1 song only available here. Prisoner, one of her best, but lesser hits. Edgier than most of her songs. Also contains possibly the most beautiful song she ever recorded, Songbird. I have several cds of her, but this one is possibly the most played, for the song selection. Who doesn't like Stoney End??
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Warren F. (Baddadeo) from POLK CITY, FL Reviewed on 7/9/2011...
Who am I kidding, no one is ever going to take this off my hands. Run your nails down a chalkboard for a preview. Came with a bunch of cd's from a garage sale. Goofiest cover ever. Hang it outside to scare off birds or hang it on a wall inside to run off roaches.
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The definite Streisand album!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Of all of the many Streisand collections, GREATEST HITS Vol. 2 is the absolute best. If you only wanted to buy one Streisand album, this is the one to get. Streisand had more success (as a recording star) in the seventies than any other decade. With this album, you can see why.The album opens with the Oscar-winning, #1 smash "Evergreen," which has a beautiful melody (written by Barbra herself) and a almost haunting delivery. The love theme from the EYES OF LAURA MARS, "Prisoner," features an amazing arrangement and gives Barbra the chance to perform a rock ballad. Two more #1 singles, "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" (with Neil Diamond) and "The Way We Were," are also included, as well as the oddly beautiful "Superman" and the tear-jearking "Songbird."In the live melody version of "Sweet Inspiration/Where You Lead," Barbra proves she can sing other artists' work (in this case Carole King) as they never could themselves. The rocker "Stoney End," her first top 10 of the 70's, brings the album to a nice end.Simply wonderful, the entire album is full of highlights."
Streisand's best compilation.
Robert Johnson | Richmond, KY USA | 06/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As far as simply collecting the big hits of the time, GREATEST HITS, VOLUME TWO is still the best compilation album of Streisand's career. Covering the years 1970-1978, the ten-track sampler covers most of Barbra's biggest and best-known singles. The record hit #1 when originally released and has sold well over five million copies in the US alone.
This kind of success is unusual for a compilation, but Volume Two's sales skyrocketed due to the enormous success of the sole new track: the #1 Platinum single "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," a classy and moving thematic duet with Neil Diamond. The disc also contains the huge hits "Stoney End" (#6 Pop, #2 Adult Contemporary) and "The Way We Were" (#1 Pop, #1 Adult Contemporary), as well as the then-recent smashes "Evergreen" (#1 Pop, #1 Adult Contemporary) and "My Heart Belongs To Me" (#4 Pop, #1 Adult Contemporary).
The track sequencing is non-chronological (which I find usually irritating), however this is easy to forgive since there is only ten tracks, and since most of the songs were recorded and released within a few years time span. Volume Two also contains several lower-charting singles that aren't as well known as the big hits, but are equally splendid. This includes the lovely "Songbird" (#25 Pop, #1 Adult Contemporary) the overwrought-but-fun Laura Mars theme "Prisoner" (#21 Pop, #48 Adult Contemporary), Streisand's amazing cover of Stevie Wonder's "All In Love Is Fair" (#63 Pop, #10 Adult Contemporary), the octave-soaring "Superman" (#29 Adult Contemporary), and the stunning live medley "Sweet Inspiration/Where You Lead" (#37 Pop, #15 Adult Contemporary).
The runtime is fairly short even for a compilation from the late-seventies, and there are also some omissions. Of particular note, the charting singles "Before the Parade Passes By" (#23 Adult Contemporary), "The Best Thing You've Done" (#19 Adult Contemporary), "Time and Love" (#51 Pop, #3 Adult Contemporary), "Flim Flam Man" (#83 Pop, #7 Adult Contemporary), the original single version of "Where You Lead" (#40 Pop, #3 Adult Contemporary), "Mother" (#79 Pop, #24 Adult Contemporary), a live cover of Jimmy Webb's "Didn't We" (#82 Pop, #22 Adult Contemporary), a stirring live medley of "Sing" and "Make Your Own Kind of Music" (#94 Pop, #28 Adult Contemporary), "How Lucky Can You Get" (#27 Adult Contemporary), "My Father's Song" (#11 Adult Contemporary), and the disco reworking of "Shake Me, Wake Me" (#10 Dance) are all not to be found here. There are also some notable album tracks missing (nothing from 1971's BARBRA JOAN STREISAND or 1975's LAZY AFTERNOON?), but listeners looking for a compilation that contains many of Barbra Streisand's biggest hits will not be able to find anything better."
Barbra at Her Best Voice, with Her Best Material
Anthony G Pizza | FL | 12/28/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After spending most of the first decade of her career successfully bending and twisting Tin Pan Alley, Barbra Streisand released an album of contemporary songs called "What About Today?" The album didn't sell, and wasn't that good, but her answer to that title question is this album, a summary of the best years of her career.The album summarizes her most successful decade with three #1 hits ("Evergreen," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "The Way We Were") and a host of works from the decade's best songwriters. Laura Nyro's "Stoney End," is Barbra's best "rock" song. "All In Love is Fair" is given a treatment nearly as good as that of its writer, Stevie Wonder. Carole King's "Where You Lead" was a concert staple (in the years where Barbra did more than one a year). "Songbird," the title of an overlooked 1978 album, is a statement of purpose in a way. "My songs set you free," she sings, "but who sings for me? I'm all alone now." Yet the hits collected here, judging by their success and quality, may well have set Barbra Streisand free."
The total package has a poetic, quiet dignity about it
Thomas Lapins | Orlando, Florida USA | 10/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The cover is a piece of photographic art. This black and white silhouetted Streisand singes in a world of ethereal gray tones and textures. This is her best LP cover, and represents the selections included in this LP perfectly. No need to introduce each of the songs individually. What's important is the total package: the even flow of lyric and melody, the voice that will be talked about long after we're all long departed from this world. Barbra's perfectionism is why the production and arrangements remain flawless. You can hear how each song has been personally sculpted by this songbird. Every LP, every song, every peformance by Streisand is an "event". Enjoy."