Barbra Streisand...And Other Musical Instruments

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Barbra Streisand...And Other Musical Instruments
Studio album by Barbra Streisand
Released November 1973
Length 34:37
Label Columbia
Producer Gary Smith
Barbra Streisand chronology
Live Concert at the Forum
(1972)
Barbra Streisand...And Other Musical Instruments
(1973)
The Way We Were
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Barbra Streisand...And Other Musical Instruments is a studio album by Barbra Streisand, released in 1973. The material on the album was drawn from Streisand's fifth television special which had aired earlier in the same year, on which Streisand had sung a selection of her best-known tracks and other popular songs with unusual and eclectic musical accompaniments. The album was a commercial failure, and is globally the lowest-selling album of Streisand's career, peaking at #64 on the US charts. The album serves as one of only three studio albums (the others being 1969's What About Today? and 2011's What Matters Most) not to have received an RIAA sales certification in the United States.

Development[edit]

AllMusic explains the genesis for the album and television special: "The idea of the special was to have Streisand sing many of her best-known songs and other pop standards over musical accompaniment from a variety of national origins, most of them tied into the Gershwin song 'I Got Rhythm.' 'People,' for example, was sung over a Turkish-Armenian backing as a medley with 'I Got Rhythm,' 'Don't Rain on My Parade' was played on American Indian instruments, etc."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Piano Practicing" (Lan O'Kun) – 2:27
  2. "I Got Rhythm" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 1:24
  3. "Johnny One Note"/"One Note Samba" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)/(Antonio Carlos Jobim) – 3:40
  4. "Glad to Be Unhappy" (Rodgers, Hart) – 2:43
  5. "People" (Bob Merrill, Jule Styne) – 1:51
  6. "Second Hand Rose" (James F. Hanley, Grant Clarke) – 0:16
  7. "Don't Rain on My Parade" (Merrill, Styne) – 3:41
  8. "Don't Ever Leave Me" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) – 0:41
  9. Monologue [Dialogue] – 0:46
  10. "By Myself" (Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz) – 1:54
  11. "Come Back to Me" (Alan Jay Lerner, Burton Lane) – 1:38
  12. "I Never Has Seen Snow" (Harold Arlen, Truman Capote) – 5:07
  13. Lied Auf dem Wasser zu singen (Franz Schubert, Friedrich Leopold zu Stolberg-Stolberg) – 1:32
  14. "The World Is a Concerto"/"Make Your Own Kind of Music" (Welch, Welch)/(Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil) – 4:02
  15. "The Sweetest Sounds" (Rodgers) – 2:55

Critical reception[edit]

Entertainment Weekly gave the album a D, writing "Years before the term world beat came into vogue, Barbra globe-trotted through African, Japanese, and other indigenous styles on Barbra Streisand and Other Musical Instruments. Nice idea, but do we really need a Spanish version of 'Don't Rain on My Parade'?"[3] AllMusic gave the album 3.5 stars, writing "While the result was eclectic by definition, it was more gimmicky than inventive, especially when 'The World Is a Concerto' was set against the sounds of household appliances! Barbra Streisand...and Other Musical Instruments was a forgettable misstep that thankfully was erased by the appearance, the same month, of Streisand's biggest hit single yet, 'The Way We Were,' which reestablished her as a contemporary pop singer".[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
position
US Billboard Top 200 64
Canadian Album Chart 80

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