Saturday, May 26, 2012

Lazy Afternoon 1975

Lazy Afternoon 1975
If Barbra was clouded by love when she chose Jon Peters to produce ButterFly, her mind was crystal clear when she turned to young singer/songwriter Rupert Holmes to produce Lazy Afternoon. She'd heard Holmes' solo album Widescreen and based on that one LP, approached him to work with her on her new album. Holmes was an inspired choice and his collaboration with Barbra was very advantageous. Holmes inventive storytelling is showcased in songs like "Letters That Cross in the Mail" and "Widescreen," and for Barbra in particular, Rupert wrote "My Father's Song," an homage to the father she never had a chance to know. Holmes also gave Barbra colorful musical arrangements on numbers like "Moanin' Low" and the dreamy "Lazy Afternoon." The latter was a Broadway song, showing that no matter how contemporary she became, Barbra always gravitated back to her roots on Broadway. Barbra found gold in Stevie Wonder's "You & I" and also was sweet and lovely with "I Never Had It So Good" and "A Child Is Born" (the latter based on a theme from Up the Sandbox). The Holmes/Streisand collaboration was so successful that it paved the way to their work on A Star Is Born. Undiscovered gem: "Shake Me, Wake Me" Barbra's first dip into the disco waters.

Lazy Afternoon
My Father's Song
By the Way
Shake Me, Wake Me
I Never Had It So GoodLetters That Cross in the Mail
You and I
Moanin' Low
A Child Is Born

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