Wednesday, March 6, 2013

BARBRA STREISAND

The Name alone stands for LEGEND, I've been a long time admirer of Barbra Streisand, she is to this day THE BEST singer I've ever come across yes there are many good singers and even pleasant singers but only one takes the Throne. What makes her really good is that she thinks of herself as an actress first. So she approaches a song as an actress, she gets right down to the meaning of the song and the story it tells, then she sings every song with beautiful tones, and lushness, richness and the wonderful layer of emotions into each song. Her range of depth in her emotion and knowledge of the words of a song just becomes a force to be reckoned with.

From her first Debut of THE BARBRA STREISAND ALBUM in 1963 she captivated audiences not only because she was a beautiful singer but because she was performing music with orchestra and strings during the Rock & Roll era as well as the Motown Era. The best part about her story is where she was told to do her music a certain way and/or she had to fix her nose and change her name she said NO! she had so much power already at 19 she said NO and took her risk and made it big, from 1963-1969 She had already had 12 albums under her belt. What made her a STAR was her Feature Film debut playing the role of Fanny Brice in FUNNY GIRL earned her first Oscar Win too. the film debuted in 1968 she then also filmed another musical classic HELLO DOLLY.


The 1970s probably her most interesting years of her career  Her music style had changed it went more tempo and contemporary  with it as well as her films, she also tapped into her more sensual side during this era She had her biggest hit in 1973 both in film and music, THE WAY WE WERE, and she had several strings of big hit blockbuster films in this era: The Owl and the Pussycat, For Pete's Sakes, Funny Lady (2nd film to Funny Girl), A STAR IS BORN (which also held her signature song EVERGREEN and it won her another Oscar for best original song) The Main Event, She also dabbed a little bit in the Disco as well of few more strings of hits with, No More Tears with Donna Summer (Rest In Peace Disco Queen). My personal favorite album in this era was Superman, the songs on it were amazing and has the best version of New York State of Mind i've ever heard to this day. Wet her last Disco album is the one that has the duet with the Disco Queen but it also carried the best version of Come Rain  or Come Shine ever recorded. As i said 1970s treated her real good, professionally anyways.

1980s started out with a bang musically she collaborated with Barry Gibbs of the Bee Gees in making the biggest album of her career GUILTY. She Directed, produced, wrote and starred in YENTL, a emotional movie that took place when in the days when learning for women was a demonic thing to do (how stupid is that) but the story is terrific and the music of the film is fantastically written, The Film should have won best Picture! Then a couple of low selling records until she took a big yet another big risk, she produced THE BROADWAY ALBUM, selecting songs from her favorite Broadway shows, during the 80s it was a dance/ syntho pop era, that's why it was a risk and she shattered yet more records with her risk taking moves. SMART WOMEN DON'T YOU THINK!! She also had NUTS a film that probably showcased her Acting talent the most. she then did her first concert since 1972 with One Voice concert special for HBO the concert was a big hit so they released her concert onto cd and video tapes.

1990s. She only had done a few albums in this era but all of which still hit big on the charts making her the only Artist to have a #1 album in each decades, her 1994 Concert tour was her first tour ever and sold out at every venue she visited all concert tickets were sold out within minutes of being released. 1997 she released HIGHER GROUND probably her most mature album that shattered records in the 90s and had her duet with Celine Dion "Tell Him" which won a Grammy. 1999 she release A Love Like Ours album as a sequel to People  (1964) it was also a tribute to her new husband. Oh i forgot to mention she has a son name Jason Gould (from first marriage to Elliot Gould[who plays Monica's dad on Friends]) anyway the album wasn't number one but it still hit the top 10s.



2000-2009 She starts the decade with her New Years Eve/Day concert and of course naturally was a big hit as well did the recorded concert put in a two disc.  THE MOVIE ALBUM featured songs from Old films was placed in the top 10. then she collaborated with Barry Gibbs again for GUILTY PLEASURES and scored with hits yet again on the charts her first album since the early 80s to contain heavy beats the record was beautifully and tastefully done. She then set out to do her biggest tour since 1994 in 2006 shattered Records yet again. she then release a soft album 2008 LOVE IS THE ANSWER which also hit #1 on the 200 ablum list, this album is one of my favorites because it's just her and just a piano, drums, bass and her it's beautiful. she then did a promotion ONE NIGHT ONLY 2009 concert for that album at the Village Vangaurd a very tiny and cramped club a very personal concert.

2010-Present she has done one album WHAT MATTERS MOST and released her unreleased songs on RELEASE ME (fantastic works) and She Embarked another tour she is going to be schedule again later this year she completed 20 city in 2012. now she's adding more dates 2013 hope i get to go to her at least ONCE! she's worth the money!!!







SEE BARBRA STREISAND the name itself screams Legend, the only Artist to receive a TONY, GRAMMY, OSCAR, and GOLDEN GLOBE.  if you have never watched her or listened to her you are missing out!!

2 comments:

Jamaal Robinson said...

Is she the only one in site Buzz that didn't know what a plastic surgeon is. Imagine waking up to that thing in her face

Jamaal Robinson said...

Is she the only one in site Buzz that didn't know what a plastic surgeon is. Imagine waking up to that thing in her face