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       芭芭拉史翠珊有着超乎常人的“拖音”能力,下面让我们来看看她在哪几首歌中(大多是在歌曲末尾)拖的音最长。以下这组数据是"The Barbra Streisand Scrapbook"一书的作者Allison J. Waldman女士长期研究的成果之一:

  "I Got Rhythm" 0:23
  "Wet" 0:22
  "A Piece of Sky" 0:19
  "Porgy, I's Your Woman Now" 0:17
  "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" 0:15
  "Before the Parade Passes By" 0:15
  "I Never Has Seen Snow" 0:14
  "Evergreen" 0:13
  "Enough Is Enough" 0:13
  "He Touched Me" 0:13
  "It's Gonna Be A Great Day" 0:12

COLUMBIA RECORDS SET TO RELEASE THE EAGERLY-AWAITED BRAND NEW BARBRA STREISAND STUDIO RECORD, THE MOVIE ALBUM 

Legendary Artist's 60th Album Showcases Best-Loved Songs From Films
The Movie Album In Stores Tuesday, October 14 


(dateline - New York - Columbia Records - September 15, 2003) 

Columbia Records will release the new Barbra Streisand record, The Movie Album, a personal selection of some of the artist's favorite songs from films spanning the years 1935-1988 (see track listing following). The Movie Album will be in stores Tuesday, October 14. 

The new CD, Ms. Streisand's 60th album, features 12 brand-new recordings produced by Barbra Streisand. Ms. Streisand co-produced three tracks--"Moon River," "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?," "Calling You"--with Robbie Buchanan and one track--"Emily" with the legendary composer/arranger Johnny Mandel. All the songs on The Movie Album were recorded with full-band accompanied by 75-piece orchestra(s). Arrangers on the album include Johnny Mandel, Jeremy Lubbock, Jorge Calandrelli, and Robbie Buchanan. The Movie Album is executive produced by Barbra Streisand and Jay Landers.The Movie Album includes revealing song-by-song annotations by Ms. Streisand, who dedicates the album "...to my friend, Gregory Peck, a screen legend who in real life possessed all the humanity and dignity he brought to his career-defining roles." 

A special collector's edition of The Movie Album will also be made available for a limited time. The special package will include The Movie Album in its entirety as well as a bonus DVD featuring videos of Ms. Streisand performing "I'm In The Mood For Love" and "Wild Is The Wind" as well as an in-depth exclusive audio commentary with the artist. 

Barbra Streisand
The Movie Album 

1. Smile (from Modern Times - 1936)
2. Moon River (from Breakfast At Tiffany’s – 1961)
3. I’m In The Mood For Love (from Every Night At Eight - 1935)
4. Wild Is The Wind (from Wild Is The Wind - 1957)
5. Emily (from The Americanization Of Emily - 1964)
6. More In Love With You (from The 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse - 1962)
7. How Do You Keep The Music Playing? (from Best Friends - 1982)
8. But Beautiful (from Road To Rio - 1947)
9. Calling You (from Bagdad Café - 1988)
10. The Second Time Around (from High Time - 1960)
11. Goodbye For Now (from Reds - 1981)
12. You’re Gonna Hear From Me (from Inside Daisy Clover - 1965) 

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Having received Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace and Peabody Awards (among numerous others), Barbra Streisand is truly a Renaissance woman with her extraordinary popularity now in its fifth decade. She is the highest-selling female recording artist ever, the only artist to have had a #1 album in each of the past four decades. Consistently releasing #1 albums over a period of nearly 40 years, she has achieved the greatest longevity of success of any recording artist or group. Barbra Streisand has set a series of unprecedented sales records with her recordings: to date, 48 of her albums and 8 of her singles have earned RIAA gold certifications; 28 of her albums and 5 of her singles have earned platinum certifications; 13 of her albums have broken into multi-platinum territory. In addition, she has earned 5 gold, 1 platinum, and 2 multi-platinum certifications for her video releases. Her unbroken string of successes began when her debut album, The Barbra Streisand Album, became the nation's top-selling record by a female vocalist in 1963 and has continued unabated through the release of Duets, which was certified gold by the RIAA shortly after its release in November 2002. 

A national poll by the Reuters News Agency named Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra as the favorite female and male singers of the last century while the RIAA confirmed her status as the leading female recording artist of the 20th century.

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Barbra Streisand
The Movie Album (Special Package) 
Release Date : 10/14/2003
Label : COLUMBIA
Selection # 090742

       最新专辑The Movie Album中芭芭拉的声音非常清脆悦耳,仿佛又回到了年轻时期。不过由于已年逾花甲,她还是避免了过度涉入自己的高音带,而是全力投入到低音区的情感表达上,甚至在这一领域有所突破。"But Beautiful"一曲便是最佳例证。"Love is funny, or it's sad. Or it's quiet, or it's mad. It's a good thing, or it's bad. But beautiful..."。几个简单、平面的形容词一一被芭芭拉瓷实的低音塑造成实实在在的感觉。之后对"-ful"音节的拖长恰到好处,让听者感受到尽管爱情给人带来如此复杂的感受,但的确是"full of beauty"。"You're Gonna Hear from Me"则是全辑中的华彩乐章。芭芭拉在歌曲结尾处几乎声嘶力竭地重复着一句"You're Gonna Hear from Me.",向舞台、向听众、向观众自信地宣告自己的艺术生命力历久不衰,不仅与"Funny Girl"剧中那一首颇有孤芳自赏意味的、旋律同样激昂的"I'm the Greatest Star"遥相呼应,更是相映成趣。同时也暗示了史翠珊导演的下一部力作既在酝酿之中。这是芭芭拉十多年来最出色的一张录音室专辑。和The Broadway Album相比,选材更具个性色彩,演唱技巧更趋完美。

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Disc 1
  1.  A Sleepin' Bee [4:22]
  2.  Cry Me A River [3:37]
  3.  I Stayed Too Long At The Fair [4:20]
  4.  Lover, Come Back To Me [2:17]
  5.  People [3:40]
  6.  My Man [2:58]
  7.  Second Hand Rose [2:09]
  8.  He Touched Me [3:10]
  9.  Don't Rain On My Parade [2:45]
10.  Happy Days Are Here Again (from A Happening In Central Park) [3:14]
11.  On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever) [2:11]
12.  Stoney End [2:59]
13.  Since I Fell For You [3:25]
14.  What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? [3:20]
15.  The Way We Were (from solo album) [3:30]
16.  All In Love Is Fair [3:50]
17.  Lazy Afternoon [3:50]
18.  Evergreen (Love Theme from "A Star Is Born") [3:05]
19.  My Heart Belongs To Me [3:21]
20.  You Don't Bring Me Flowers (Duet with Neil Diamond) [3:24]
21.  The Main Event/Fight [4:55]
22.  No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) (Duet with Donna Summer) [4:43] 

Disc 2   
  1.  Woman In Love [3:51]
  2.  Guilty (Duet with Barry Gibb) [4:24]
  3.  Comin' In And Out Of Your Life [4:09] 
  4.  Memory [3:55]
  5.  Papa, Can You Hear Me? [3:29]
  6.  A Piece Of Sky [4:20]
  7.  Putting It Together [4:21]
  8.  Not While I'm Around [3:29]
  9.  Send In The Clowns [4:43]
10.  Somewhere [4:56]
11.  All I Ask Of You [4:02]
12.  Children Will Listen [4:09]
13.  As If We Never Said Goodbye (from Back To Broadway) [4:44]
14.  I Finally Found Someone (Duet with Bryan Adams) [3:41]
15.  Tell Him (Duet with Celine Dion) [4:51]
16.  I've Dreamed Of You [4:44}
17.  Someday My Prince Will Come (Bonus Track/Previously Unreleased)  [4:06]
18.  You'll Never Walk Alone (Bonus Track/Previously Unreleased)


       初听Essential最后那首You'll Never Walk Alone便觉察出芭芭拉的声带紧缩,嗓音露出疲态。不过这也许是由于她现场演出过度紧张所致。
       Essential是集史翠珊艺术观之大成的一张专辑。其中收集的每一首歌曲无论是在主题思想、还是在演唱风格上,都是在特定时期内具有代表性的。其中包含了60年代默默无闻的百老汇情歌,70年代朴实的摇滚乐和风靡一时的迪斯科,以及80年代讲究音效的现代派音乐剧。唯一的缺失是没有将芭芭拉90年代洲际演唱会上的几首即兴作纳入其中。2张唱片中的40首作品串接起来,细腻、多面地展现了芭芭拉四十多年歌唱生涯的全貌。对刚开始接触史翠珊音乐的朋友来说,这是一块试金石。对老歌迷来说,它是一本活生生的回忆录。