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20
Oct

Barbra Streisand – Guilty (1980) – Lp

Barbara Joan “Barbra” Streisand ( born April 24, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker. During a career spanning six decades, she has become an icon in multiple fields of entertainment, winning numerous awards, and has earned her recognition as Mother of All Contemporary Pop Divas or Queen of The Divas.

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Artist:  Barbra Streisand
Title:  Guilty
Year:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  86122

Guilty is the twenty-second studio album by American singer Barbra Streisand released on September 23, 1980 by Columbia Records.

After the success of the Bee Gees in the late 1970s, there was some time to write songs for other artists and Streisand, one of those artists, asked Gibb to write an album for her.
The biggest selling album of Barbra Streisand‘s career is also one of her least characteristic. The album was written and produced by Barry Gibb in association with his brothers and the producers of the Bee Gees, and in essence it sounds like a post-Saturday Night Fever Bee Gees album with vocals by Streisand. Gibb adapted his usual style somewhat, especially in slowing the tempos and leaving more room for the vocal, but his melodic style and the backup vocals, even when they are not sung by the Bee Gees, are typical of them. Still, the record was more hybrid than compromise, and the chart-topping single “Woman in Love” has a sinuous feel that is both right for Streisand and new for her. Other hits were the title song and “What Kind of Fool,” both duets with Gibb. (The song “Guilty” won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal by Duo or Group.)

 

Side one
1.  Guilty  (Duet With Barry Gibb) (4:24)
2.  Woman In Love (3:51)
3.  Run Wild (4:06)
4.  Promises (4:20)
5.  The Love Inside (5:07)

Side two
1.  What Kind Of Fool  (Duet With Barry Gibb)  (4:04)
2.  Life Story (4:34)
3.  Never Give Up (3:41)
4.  Make It Like A Memory (7:26)

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11
Jul

Barbra Streisand – Superman (1977) – Lp

Barbara Joan “Barbra” Streisand ( born April 24, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker. During a career spanning six decades, she has become an icon in multiple fields of entertainment, winning numerous awards, and has earned her recognition as Mother of All Contemporary Pop Divas or Queen of The Divas.

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Artist:  Barbra Streisand
Title:  Superman
Year:  1977
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  86030

Appearing only seven months after A Star Is Born, Streisand Superman seemed to continue much of its rock-oriented feel, even including several songs that had been intended for the film.
Two songs were written for the movie “A Star is Born” but not used in the picture —“Answer Me” by Streisand, Paul Williams, and Kenny Ascher; and “Lullaby For Myself” by Rupert Holmes It was unusual in featuring all recently written songs, many first recorded here.

In many respects, this album, like the way the Barbra has described herself, is a mass of contradictions … on one hand, the majority of the songs are glossy, professional-to-the max pop, often alternating between string-laden ballads that are guaranteed to wow the devoted (i.e. the top 5 hit My Heart Belongs to Me) and a few rockers obviously targeting the younger audience Streisand won over via A Star is Born (the candy-coated disco-ish I Found You Love, the rock guitar and violin bathed rockers Don’t Believe What You Read and Cabin Fever). But when you overlook the studio gimmickry, you find along the way some refreshingly bright and even insightful pop songs. Take, for instance, the delicate Love Comes From Unexpected Places, with Streisand’s hushed and husky vocals evoking knowingness and, at the same time, loneliness and painful desperation (mass of contradiction thesis at work!). Or, better yet, the lyrically astute Lullaby For Myself, which compellingly examines the conflict between maintaining independence and the selfishness that comes along with it, and the need to have a simple albeit codependent relationship. (Pretty heady stuff for a pop song!) On Lullaby, Streisand confirms her reputation as the actress who sings, beginning the song with a devil may care delivery (shaded with plaintiveness), and subsequently bringing her frustration and previously subtle plaintiveness to the surface.
Above all, the album provides a nice vehicle for Streisand’s increasingly firm grasp of Top 40 pop music. Yes, a song like I Found You Love is awfully dated– with a quasi-Caribbean musical coloring cluttering the song and a male speaking voice in the intro that evokes polyester eroticism– but Streisand is obviously having a ball, cooing a little, belting a lot! Meanwhile the title track and Don’t Belive What You Read are formulaic but enticing pop confections that exude, respectively, ecstacy and rage (hey, as much as we love seeing Streisand’s charitable, sensitive side, it’s always fun hearing her melodically spout out a little venom!)
Though the below reviews seem to indicate a pop debacle, Superman, is, in truth a nice example of Streisand elevating pop/rock, trivial and insightful, to unexpected levels.

 

Side one
1.  Superman  (2:47)
2.  Don’t Believe What You Read   (3:37)
3.  Baby Me Baby  (4:26)
4.  I Found You Love  (3:50)
5.  Answer Me  (3:16)

Side two
1.  My Heart Belongs to Me  (3:21)
2.  Cabin Fever  (3:14)
3.  Love Comes from Unexpected Places   (4:10)
4.  New York State of Mind  (4:44)

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