Friday, May 25, 2012

Pins and Needles 1962

Pins and Needles 1962
Seeing her in I Can Get It For You Wholesale, composer Harold Rome was so impressed with Barbra's comic and vocal prowess that he asked her to contribute to the 25th anniversary recording of Pins and Needles, a musical revue about the garment industry (which had originally been performed by union workers). Today, this album is only known because of Barbra's involvement. Of her solos, "Nobody Makes A Pass At Me" is "Marmelstein"-like comedy song and quite funny. "What Good Is Love?" is a torch song which shows off Barbra's dramatic side. But the best songs are two comic turns, "Not Cricket to Picket" and "Status Quo," both of which give Barbra a chance to shine.

Sing Me a Song With Social Significance - Jun
Doing the Reactionary - Streisand
One Big Union for Two - Jun
It's Better With a Union Man - Rome
Nobody Makes a Pass at Me - Streisand
I've Got the Nerve to Be in Love - Jun
Not Cricket to Picket - Streisand
Back to Work - Carroll
Status Quo - Streisand
When I Grow up (The G-Man Song) - Rome
Four Little Angels of Peace - Streisand & company
Sunday in the Park - Carroll
What Good Is Love - Streisand
Mene, Mene, Tekel - Rome
Chain Store Daisy - Jun

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