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The Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Album
Album
is the debut album by Barbra Streisand, released February 25, 1963, on Columbia Records, catalogue CL 2007 in mono and CS 8807 in stereo. It peaked at #8 on the Billboard pop albums chart, and has been certified a gold album by the RIAA. The album won Grammy awards for Album
Album
of the Year and Best Female Vocal Performance.[2] In January 2006 the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Contents

1 Background 2 Recording 3 Critical reception 4 Track listing 5 Personnel 6 Charts

6.1 Weekly charts 6.2 Year-end charts

7 Certifications and sales 8 References 9 External links

Background[edit] Columbia label president Goddard Lieberson
Goddard Lieberson
initially resisted signing Streisand to a contract, finding her style too close to the cabaret singers he disliked and too far from the understated approach of Jo Stafford or Rosemary Clooney, who recorded for the label in the 1950s.[3] After exposure to Streisand's television interview with Mike Wallace on PM East/PM West and pressure from associates, Lieberson relented and agreed to sign her. Nearly three decades later Streisand would reflect:

The most important thing about that first contract – actually, the thing we held out for – was a unique clause giving me the right to choose my own material. It was the only thing I really cared about. I still received lots of pressure from the label to include some pop hits on my first album, but I held out for the songs that really meant something to me.[4]

Despite Lieberson's initial objections, Streisand went on to become one of Columbia's most enduring artists. Streisand's first album was originally conceived as a live recording, since she had made a name for herself performing at the Bon Soir in New York City
New York City
(a nightclub primarily attracting a gay clientele).[5] Her producer Mike Berniker brought a crew to the club to record Streisand accompanied only by the Bon Soir house pianist, Peter Daniels.[6] These recordings were scrapped, although the cover shot for the album was taken during the Bon Soir session.[citation needed] Some material from the Bon Soir sets would later appear on Streisand's Just for the Record... retrospective box set. Barbra chose the album title, rejecting Columbia's suggestion of Sweet and Saucy Streisand.[7] Recording[edit] Recording studio sessions took place January 23–25, 1963, at Columbia's Studio A in New York City
New York City
with a budget of $18,000. Material was mostly chosen from Broadway standards, many of which were fairly obscure.[6] "I'll Tell the Man in the Street" was originally performed by Dennis King in the 1938 production of I Married An Angel, and "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" was taken from the 1933 Disney cartoon Three Little Pigs. Not one of his well-known numbers, "Come to the Supermarket (in Old Peking)" appeared in a 1958 television special with music by Cole Porter, while "A Sleepin' Bee" came from the 1954 musical House of Flowers. "Soon It's Gonna Rain" and "Much More" were both introduced in the 1960 off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks, and the 1930 film Chasing Rainbows provided "Happy Days Are Here Again". "Cry Me A River" was a signature song of Julie London, while "A Taste of Honey" was coincidentally recorded less than three weeks later by The Beatles
The Beatles
for their 1963 debut album, Please Please Me. "Happy Days Are Here Again" was released as Columbia single 42631 with "When the Sun Comes Out" on the b-side, but it did not chart.[8] Notwithstanding, at the 1964 Grammy Awards, The Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Album won awards in the categories of Album
Album
of the Year, Best Female Vocal Performance, and Best Album
Album
Cover - Other Than Classical, the latter presented to art director John Berg.[9] The only song recorded but not included on this album was "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered which Streisand and Mike Berniker recorded on two separate dates (including a later session on January 29). The song was included instead on Streisand's The Third Album
Album
using a Peter Daniels arrangement.[10] Streisand chose Century Italic typeface for the album sleeve of her debut album, which would also be used on 19 other Streisand album covers.[10] The album made its digital debut on CD in 1987 and was re-released in a remastered CD edition on October 19, 1993. Critical reception[edit] AllMusic gave the album a retrospective five (out of five) stars, and called it "an essential recording in the field of pop vocals because it redefines that genre in contemporary terms," and "the first thing that strikes you listening to it, is that great voice. And it isn't just the sheer quality of the voice, its purity and its strength throughout its register, it's also the mastery of vocal effects that produce dramatic readings of the lyrics -- each song is like a one-act musical." Track listing[edit]

Side one

No. Title Writer(s) Length

1. "Cry Me a River" Arthur Hamilton 3:37

2. "My Honey's Lovin' Arms"

Joseph Meyer Harry Ruby

2:14

3. "I'll Tell the Man in the Street"

Lorenz Hart Richard Rodgers

3:09

4. "A Taste of Honey"

Ric Marlow Bobby Scott

2:51

5. "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?"

Frank Churchill Ann Ronell

2:35

6. "Soon It's Gonna Rain"

Tom Jones Harvey Schmidt

3:44

Side two

No. Title Writer(s) Length

1. "Happy Days Are Here Again"

Milton Ager Jack Yellen

3:04

2. "Keepin' Out of Mischief Now"

Andy Razaf Thomas Waller

2:11

3. "Much More"

Jones Schmidt

3:02

4. "Come to the Supermarket in Old Peking" Cole Porter 1:56

5. "A Sleepin' Bee"

Harold Arlen Truman Capote

4:21

Personnel[edit]

Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
– vocals Mike Berniker – producer Peter Matz – arrangements Fred Plaut and Frank Laico – recording engineers John Berg – design Hank Parker – photography Harold Arlen
Harold Arlen
– liner notes

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1963) Peak position

Australian Albums Chart (Kent Music Report)[11] 6

US Billboard 200[12] 8

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1963) Position

US Cash Box[13] 10

Chart (1964) Peak position

US Billboard Year-End[14] 4

US Cash Box[15] 7

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales

United States (RIAA)[16] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone ^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

^ AllMusic review ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (23 May 1964). "Billboard". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. – via Google Books.  ^ Gary Mamorstein. The Label: The Story of Columbia Records. New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, 2007. p. 321. ^ Barbra Streisand. Just for the Record... Columbia C4K 44111, 1991, liner notes. ^ Mamorstein, p. 320. ^ a b Mamorstein, p. 322. ^ Mann, William J. (2012). Hello Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 306. ISBN 978-0-547-36892-4.  ^ Barbra Archives website retrieved 10/02/11 The November release date for the single as stated in most histories conflicts with January recording sessions for the album of two months later, unless this track was recorded for single release earlier, or derived from the rejected club recordings. ^ "Past Winners Search".  ^ a b " Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Archives - 1963 The Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Album
Album
- LP, CD".  ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Chart Book
Book
1970 - 1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  ^ " Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 29, 2016. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1963". Archived from the original on October 10, 2012. . Cash Box magazine. ^ " Billboard 200
Billboard 200
Albums - Year-end charts". Billboard.com. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2011-12-30.  ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1964". Archived from the original on August 26, 2012. . Cash Box magazine. ^ "American album certifications – Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
– The Barbra Streisand Album". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

External links[edit]

The Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Music Guide – The Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Album Barbra Archives Discography – The Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Album

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Barbra Streisand

Studio albums

The Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Album
Album
(1963) The Second Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Album
Album
(1963) The Third Album
Album
(1964) People (1964) My Name Is Barbra
My Name Is Barbra
(1965) My Name Is Barbra, Two...
My Name Is Barbra, Two...
(1965) Color Me Barbra
Color Me Barbra
(1966) Je m'appelle Barbra
Je m'appelle Barbra
(1966) Simply Streisand
Simply Streisand
(1967) A Christmas Album
Album
(1967) What About Today? (1969) Stoney End (1971) Barbra Joan Streisand (1971) Barbra Streisand...and Other Musical Instruments
Barbra Streisand...and Other Musical Instruments
(1973) The Way We Were
The Way We Were
(1974) ButterFly (1974) Lazy Afternoon (1975) Classical Barbra
Classical Barbra
(1976) Superman (1977) Songbird (1978) Wet (1979) Guilty (1980) Emotion (1984) The Broadway Album
Album
(1985) Till I Loved You (1988) Back to Broadway
Back to Broadway
(1993) Higher Ground (1997) A Love Like Ours
A Love Like Ours
(1999) Christmas Memories
Christmas Memories
(2001) The Movie Album
Album
(2003) Guilty Pleasures (2005) Love Is the Answer (2009) What Matters Most
What Matters Most
(2011) Partners (2014) Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway (2016)

Live albums

A Happening in Central Park
A Happening in Central Park
(1968) Live Concert at the Forum
Live Concert at the Forum
(1972) One Voice (1987) Barbra: The Concert (1994) Timeless: Live in Concert (2000) Live in Concert 2006
Live in Concert 2006
(2007) Back to Brooklyn (2013) The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic!
The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic!
(2017)

Compilations

Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits
Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits
(1970) Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits
Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits
Volume 2 (1978) Memories (1981) A Collection: Greatest Hits...and More (1989) Just for the Record... (1991) The Essential Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(2002) Duets (2002) Barbra: The Ultimate Collection (2010) Release Me (2012) The Classic Christmas Album
Album
(2013)

Cast recordings and soundtracks

I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1962) Funny Girl (1964) Funny Girl (1968) Hello, Dolly! (1969) The Owl and the Pussycat (1970) On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) The Way We Were
The Way We Were
(1974) Funny Lady (1975) A Star Is Born (1976) Yentl (1983) Nuts (1987)

Videos

Timeless: Live in Concert (2001) One Night Only: Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
and Quartet at The Village Vanguard (2010)

Tours

Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
in Concert Timeless Streisand Barbra Live Barbra: The Music, The Mem'ries, The Magic

Films directed

Yentl (1983) The Prince of Tides
The Prince of Tides
(1991) The Mirror Has Two Faces
The Mirror Has Two Faces
(1996)

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Book Category

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Album
of the Year

1959–1979

The Music from Peter Gunn
The Music from Peter Gunn
Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(1959) Come Dance with Me! – Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1960) The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
(1961) Judy at Carnegie Hall
Judy at Carnegie Hall
Judy Garland
Judy Garland
(1962) The First Family – Vaughn Meader
Vaughn Meader
(1963) The Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Album
Album
Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(1964) Getz/Gilberto
Getz/Gilberto
– Stan Getz, João Gilberto
João Gilberto
(1965) September of My Years Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1966) A Man and His Music Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1967) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles
The Beatles
(1968) By the Time I Get to Phoenix – Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell
(1969) Blood, Sweat & Tears – Blood, Sweat & Tears (1970) Bridge over Troubled Water
Bridge over Troubled Water
– Simon & Garfunkel (1971) Tapestry – Carole King
Carole King
(1972) The Concert for Bangladesh – Various (1973) Innervisions
Innervisions
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
(1974) Fulfillingness' First Finale
Fulfillingness' First Finale
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
(1975) Still Crazy After All These Years
Still Crazy After All These Years
Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(1976) Songs in the Key of Life
Songs in the Key of Life
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
(1977) Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac
(1978) Saturday Night Fever – Bee Gees/Various (1979)

1980–2000

52nd Street – Billy Joel
Billy Joel
(1980) Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
(1981) Double Fantasy
Double Fantasy
John Lennon
John Lennon
and Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono
(1982) Toto IV
Toto IV
– Toto (1983) Thriller – Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
(1984) Can't Slow Down – Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie
(1985) No Jacket Required
No Jacket Required
Phil Collins
Phil Collins
(1986) Graceland – Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(1987) The Joshua Tree
The Joshua Tree
– U2 (1988) Faith – George Michael
George Michael
(1989) Nick of Time – Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt
(1990) Back on the Block
Back on the Block
Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones
and various artists (1991) Unforgettable... with Love Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole
(1992) Unplugged – Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1993) The Bodyguard – Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(1994) MTV Unplugged – Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
(1995) Jagged Little Pill
Jagged Little Pill
Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette
(1996) Falling into You
Falling into You
Celine Dion
Celine Dion
(1997) Time Out of Mind – Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
(1998) The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
(1999) Supernatural – Santana (2000)

2001–present

Two Against Nature
Two Against Nature
Steely Dan
Steely Dan
(2001) O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack (2002) Come Away with Me
Come Away with Me
Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2003) Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Outkast
Outkast
(2004) Genius Loves Company
Genius Loves Company
Ray Charles
Ray Charles
and various artists (2005) How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
– U2 (2006) Taking the Long Way
Taking the Long Way
Dixie Chicks
Dixie Chicks
(2007) River: The Joni Letters – Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
(2008) Raising Sand
Raising Sand
Robert Plant
Robert Plant
& Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss
(2009) Fearless – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
(2010) The Suburbs
The Suburbs
Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire
(2011) 21 – Adele
Adele
(2012) Babel – Mumford & Sons (2013) Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
Daft Punk
Daft Punk
(2014) Morning Phase
Morning Phase
Beck
Beck
(2015) 1989 – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
(2016) 25 – Adele
Adele
(2017) 24K Magic –

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