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Barbra Streisand
"Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits"

© Columbia Records

Year of Release: 1970

track listing
  • People
  • Second Hand Rose
  • Why Did I Choose You
  • He Touched Me
  • Free Again
  • Don't Rain On My Parade
  • My Coloring Book
  • Sam You Made The Pants
    Too Long
  • My Man
  • Gotta Move
  • Happy Days
    Are Here Again

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    "Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits"

    Since her debut in 1963, her career has been simply phenomenal. She has been regarded as one of the most popular singers in Popular Music. She is ranked with the likes of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and on the female side, Judy Garland and (in this greatest hits compilation), Liza Minnelli. The list goes on and on...

    Her 1970 greatest hits is an introduction to her fabulous music, as she was first started out, and making herself a name that would live on throughout the next decades. And until eternity, most likely. She is now 73 years old, and she still records albums. In fact, throughout the 1970s and beyond, she has accomplished albums at the top of the Billboard Albums Chart, since 1964. Her most recent #1 album was in 2014.

    The best descrption of Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits, is that is sounds Broadway. She has made many Broadway albums throughout her career, and some reached #1. Especially her "Broadway" titled albums -- The Broadway Album (1986), and Back To Broadway (1993).

    The album leads off with one her most popular earlier hits, "People." A truly classic, this song has always been on everyone's favorite list of her songs. For some, "People" is probably the most recognized song from this set. "Second Hand Rose" is a song that I remembered, but sung by someone else. Most likely, from another Broadway musical. (I can't recall who sang this song, but it may just have been Liza Minelli[?])

    "Why Did I Choose You" is another not-so-remembered song, but it is a great song, in the style of another great singer, Judy Garland. "He Touched Me" is another classic song that I remember, and again, not by Barbra Streisand. "Free Again" is a song I really don't remember by another, but giving it a compare, it sounds a bit like another classic song, "My Funny Valentine."

    And again, another song I don't recall -- the Liza'ish "Don't Rain On My Parade." Then it's the definite Broadway feel on the remaining songs. I don't recall any of them, but only one. "My Coloring Book," "Sam You Made The Pants Too Long", "My Man," (YES!) and "Gotta Move." However, "Happy Days Are Here Again" I do remember, but Streisand's version is much different. The version I remember was more upbeat.

    Regardless, whether I remember these songs or not, this is a fantastic compilation of Barbra Streisand's earliest songs. It's a great introduction for those who are discovering her music for the first time. However, her hit songs from the 1970s (as on her Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits Volume II are probably the most memorable for those who were growing up in the 1970s decade. Her best decade was probably most likely, the 1970s, with her many huge hits, and movies.

    Ever notice the spelling of her first name, Barbra? Normally, it is spelled with the extra "a" -- Barbara, but according to her, she disliked her name, yet she wanted to be different and unique. So she removed the "a". Unique and Different is quite right. She is a legend in Popular Music. A Diva. A great voice. An interesting individual. Her music will carry on in decades to come. Long after she's gone, and long after we, ourselves, are gone. Like Elvis, Sinatra, Judy, they, as well as Streisand, will live until eternity.

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