"The Broadway Albu"
July 16 - 22, 2023
Year of Release: 1985
Putting It Together
If I Loved You
Not While I'm Around
I Have Dreamed/
We Kiss In A Shadow/
Send In The Clowns
The Ladies Who Lunch
Can't Help Lovin' That Man
I Loves You Porgy/
Porgy I's Your
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Barbra Streisand returns this week, with her 1985 album, The Broadway Album. Whichever the part of music that she touches, it always is
Fantastic, Gold, etc. etc. Broadway songs is no exception. 12 songs from Broadway musicals are featured here. It reached #1 on the Billboard Albums
chart in January, 1986, for three weeks. It do so well, a second Broadway album, Back To Broadway (1993), also reached #1, for one week.
"Putting It Together" (from Stephen Sondheim/Sunday In The Park With George) surely has that Broadway style, and another well-known
female singer who was no stranger to the Broadway stage, Liza Minelli. The lyrics were revised by Sondheim, specifically for this album. "If I Loved
You" (from Rodgers & Hammerstein's You" (from Carousel) is just simply BEAUTIFUL. "Something's Coming" (from West Side
Story) captures the thorough excitement, just as the original Broadway musical/movie it originally came from. "Not While I'm Around" (from
(from Sweeny Todd) has two songs in mind: Streisand's "People" and the popular "If I Fall In Love (It Will Be Forever').
"Being Alive" (Stephen Sondheim; his songs are heard throughout this album) has a great Pop sound for Barbra, full of energy, as her singing
voice simply shines here.
"I Have Dreamed/We Kiss In A Shadow/Something Wonderful" (from The King And I) is also powerful. "Adelaide's Lament" (from
Guys And Dolls) is definitely a Broadway sounding tune; just imagining watching in your mind the Broadway stage itself, with Barbra singing
this song (or picturing Liza also). "Send In The Clowns" (a very popular song from my knowledge - Judy Collins' version in particular),
(from A Little Night Music; Sondheim) - it's a great version by Barbra to add to Collins' version. Likewise, Frank Sinatra's version also
was another version I remember. Little did I know, that this song was from a Broadway musical. And, just as many songs recorded by Barbra, her version
of "Send In The Clowns" is another Beautiful song. "Pretty Women/The Ladies Who Lunch" (from Sweeny Todd; Sondheim) is another
song full of power, easily fitting the Broadway stage. "Can't Help Lovin' That Man" (from Showboat) was another popular song that I
rembered, as Barbra's verion is equally exceptional. "I Loves You Porgy/Porgy, I's Your Woman Now" (from Porgy And Bess) is another
definite Broadway sounding song for Barbra, and impressive. (Another impressive version of this song was by
Miles Davis.) "Somewhere" (from West Side Story)
concludes the album, and, just as the rest of these Broadway songs, Barbra
Broadway is part of music, just as it's culture. Barbra Streisand takes her spins at these Broadway tunes, in exceptional fashion. Just as any type
of music, she outshines herself on each track. A diva in her own right, Barbra Streisand has proven time and time again, that she is a legend, to whatever
she puts her music to. The Broadway Album is just that - a look at the Broadway musicals, and 12 songs from them, she simply shines on each and
one of them.
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