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The Barbra Streisand Album
Studio album by Barbra Streisand
Released 25 February 1963
Recorded 23—25 January 1963 at Columbia's Studio A in New York City
Genre Pop, Vocal
Label Columbia
Producer Mike Berniker
Professional reviews
Barbra Streisand chronology
Pins And Needles
(1962)
The Barbra Streisand Album
(1963)
The Second Barbra Streisand Album
(1963)
Singles from The Barbra Streisand Album
  1. "Happy Days Are Here Again"
    Released: November, 1962
  2. "Happy Days Are Here Again (Re-Release)"
    Released: March, 1965

The Barbra Streisand Album is the title of Streisand's debut solo studio album. Released on February 25, 1963 in the United States, it contained her interpretations of eleven pop standards. The album was very well received, critically and commercially, and won three Grammy Awards, most notably for Album of the Year.

Contents

Album information

The album was nearly titled "Sweet and Sassy Streisand", the studio LP was released instead of an intended live album, which was recorded at the Bon Soir in New York, 5th-7th November 1962. Eight of these live songs were later included on the compilation "Just For the Record...". [1]

The album cover shot was taken during a performance at the Bon Soir in New York. [1]

Track listing

  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
  7. "Happy Days Are Here Again" (Milton Ager, Jack Yellen) – 3:04
  8. "Keepin' Out of Mischief Now" (Andy Razaf, Thomas Waller) – 2:11
  9. "Much More" (Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt) – 3:02
  10. "Come to the Supermarket in Old Peking" (Cole Porter) – 1:56
  11. "A Sleepin' Bee" (Harold Arlen, Truman Capote) – 4:21

Non-album tracks

Chart performance

The album was very successful for Streisand reaching number eight on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart even though none of the tracks reached the charts as a single. The album has been certified Gold by the RIAA.

Chart (1963) Peak
Position
Pop Albums Chart 8
Country Provider(s) Certification Sales/Shipments
US RIAA Gold 500,000+

Grammy Awards

At the 1964 Grammy Awards, The Barbra Streisand Album won the awards for Album of the Year, Best Female Vocal Performance and Best Album Cover - Other Than Classical (presented to art director John Berg).

In January 2006, the album was a Grammy Hall of Fame selection. [1]

Song information

Barbra indicated in 'Just For the Record...': "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". [1]

"Cry Me a River" was previously (and most famously) recorded by Julie London for her 1955 album Julie Is Her Name.

"I'll Tell the Man in the Street" was originally performed by Dennis King in the 1938 production of I Married an Angel.

"A Taste of Honey" was based upon the play of the same name and was recorded by The Beatles for their 1963 album Please Please Me.

"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" was taken from the 1933 Disney cartoon "Three Little Pigs

"Soon It's Gonna Rain" and "Much More" were both introduced in the 1960 Off Broadway musical The Fantasticks.

"Happy Days Are Here Again" was taken from the 1930 film Chasing Rainbows.

"Come To The Supermarket (In Old Peking)" was written by Cole Porter for his 1958 Aladdin TV special.

"A Sleepin' Bee was taken from the musical House of Flowers

Re-release

In 2005, the album was re-released by Sony Music, Australia as "Barbra Streisand: The Real Deal", a double CD release with The Second Barbra Streisand Album.

Personnel

  • Produced by Mike Berniker
  • Arranged and Conducted by Peter Matz
  • Original Album Engineers: Fred Plaut & Frank Lacio
  • Album Cover Design: John Berg
  • Cover Photo: Hank Parker
  • Linear Notes: Harold Arlen

References

External links

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