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Barbra Streisand: Release Me

Though the title rather terrifyingly suggests an album of Engelbert Humperdinck covers, it actually refers to 11 tracks, languishing for various lengths of time in the Columbia vaults, handpicked by Streisand for belated release. Though such initiatives are catnip for diehard enthusiasts and completists, too often they reconfirm the truism that material is left on … Read More “Barbra Streisand: Release Me”

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What Matters Most: Barbra Streisand

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 … Read More “What Matters Most: Barbra Streisand”

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Barbra Streisand: Love Is the Answer

Get past the froufrou packaging, complete with chintz, lace, chenille and adorable, snoozing pups, and inside you’ll find the precise opposite: an album (or two, depending on which version you choose) of deceptive simplicity that is the quintessence of quiet elegance, exquisite taste and impeccable musical instincts. Not since the mid-’60s era of Simply Streisand … Read More “Barbra Streisand: Love Is the Answer

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