Something to cheer Streisand fans: new album of standards
You may have read about the surprising way Streisand plans to launch the new disc, Love is the Answer -- appearing, after an absence of nearly 50 years, at the Village Vanguard in New York, where she opened for Miles Davis (!!) in 1961. The coolest thing about this Sept. 26 gig is that we little people get to enter a drawing for free tickets. (I put my name in today, and I figure I'll have the same chance I do every time I play the lottery, which means I'll be sitting forlorn in Baltimore that night, dreaming of what it must be like for the lucky ones at the performance.)
What really has me geared up for the new recording is a) the very classy track list, and b) the fact that there will be a two-disc release of the material, one featuring Streisand with a four-piece jazz combo (including Diana Krall), the other with the same songs arranged for orchestra by veteran songwriter/arranger Johnny Mandel.
Streisand has done too little in the way of singing with minimal backup, so it's going to be great to hear her sing a whole album with ...
So there's a lot to look forward to with Love is the Answer. I'm particularly anxious to hear how she interprets "Some Other Time," that sublime ballad from On the Town (there are quite a few other Bernstein songs I'd love to hear her sing). And "A Time for Love," which Tony Bennett did so superbly, has the kind of haunting melody that Streisand is bound to caress with great sensitivity. It will also be great to hear studio versions of songs she only performed in concert way back when -- "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" and the Sinatra-classic "In the Wee Small Hours."
Basically, I can't wait to hear all of this material. Judging by the repertoire, the musicians behind the recording, and the fact that Streisand, at 67, retains such an exquisitely burnished voice, this has the potential to be her most thoroughly satisfying release since The Broadway Album.
Here's the complete song list:
1. "Here's To Life" (Artie Butler/Phyllis Molinary)
2. "In The Wee Small Hours" (Bob Hilliard/David Mann)
3. "Gentle Rain" (Luiz Bonfa/Matt Dubey)
4. "If You Go Away" (Jacques Brel/Rod McKuen)
5. "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" (Tommy Wolf/Fran Landesman)
6. "Make Someone Happy" (Jule Styne/Betty Comden/Adolph Green)
7. "Where Do You Start?"(Johnny Mandel/Alan Bergman/Marilyn Bergman)
8. "A Time For Love" (Johnny Mandel/Paul Francis Webster)
9. "Here's That Rainy Day" (Johnny Burke/Jimmy Van Heusen)
10. "Love Dance" (Ivan Lins/Gilson Peranzzetta with English lyrics by Paul Williams)
11. "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" (Jerome Kern/Otto Harbach)
12. "Some Other Time" (Leonard Bernstein/Betty Comden/Adolph Green)
13. Bonus Track - "You Must Believe In Spring" (Michel Legrand/Alan & Marilyn Bergman)
ALBUM COVER FROM BARBRASTREISAND.COM