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What Matters Most: Barbra Streisand

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In the annals of pop vocals, surprisingly rare are longstanding relationships between singers and songwriters. The two most enduring are the fitful partnership between Sinatra and the team of Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen and the more steadily productive pairing of Streisand with lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Beginning in 1966 with a snippet of “That Face,” Streisand has recorded over five-dozen Bergman tunes; but the 10 included here mark the first time she has devoted an entire studio album, her 33rd, to their work.

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