Saturday, May 26, 2012

Barbra Streisand Greatest Hits Vol. 2

Barbra Streisand Greatest Hits Vol. 2
While it wasn't yet 10 years since the previous Greatest Hits album, Barbra was ready for another set -- especially since she really had the hits to fill it! Of course, the big selling point of the album -- and the reason it was put out just eight months after Songbird -- is Barbra's duet with Neil Diamond, "You Don't Bring Me Flowers." They needed to be expedient because of the efforts of a Kentucky deejay who'd skillfully edited Barbra's solo version from Songbird with Neil's version (on I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight) and "created" a duet. It was such a success that Columbia wanted an official recording. The label beckoned Barbra and Neil to get into the studio together and record the duet for real -- that could be sold by Columbia! Neil and Barbra -- who'd both been in the Erasmus Hall High choir for a year -- got together in late September and the single immediately shot to the top of the charts. Neil rushed his new album into production, and Barbra followed suit. Since she had nothing planning, Barbra Streisand Greatest Hits Vol. 2 was born. The rest of the LP is mainly Barbra's radio successes, like "The Way We Were," "Evergreen," "My Heart Belongs to Me" and "Stoney End." An excellent collection, especially for those who didn't have all her album from the 1970's. Undiscovered gem: "Prisoner," from the soundtrack from The Eyes of Laura Mars -- a Jon Peters production. This song presented a hard-edged, rock Streisand

My Heart Belongs to Me
You Don't Bring Me Flowers (with Neil Diamond)
The Way We Were
Sweet Inspiration/Where You Lead
All In Love Is Fair
Stoney End

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