Emotion (Barbra Streisand album)

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Studio album by Barbra Streisand
Released October 9, 1984 (1984-10-09)
Recorded Los Angeles, California and New York City in 1984
Genre Pop
Length 46:12
Label Columbia
Producer Richard Perry, Maurice White, Jim Steinman, Albhy Galuten, Kim Carnes
Barbra Streisand chronology
The Broadway Album
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Emotion is the twenty-third studio album released by Barbra Streisand. It was released on October 9, 1984 and went platinum in the United States on December 18 the same year.[2]

This album was recorded in eleven L.A. and two N.Y. studios with a multitude of producers and writers. The title track, the third single released from the album, is an upbeat number with The Pointer Sisters on background vocals. This song was also released as a 12" single, remixed by Jellybean Benitez, popular for his work with Madonna. "Make No Mistake, He's Mine", the second single released from the album, is a duet with Kim Carnes with lush cello and piano sounds. Produced by Jim Steinman, "Left in the Dark", the first single released from the album, clocks in at over seven minutes and features Roy Bittan on piano and Max Weinberg on drums. Another ballad is "Heart Don't Change My Mind," written by Diane Warren. "You're a Step in the Right Direction", with lyrics by Streisand and music by John Mellencamp, is a fast, rocking tune. The album concludes with "Here We Are at Last", originally written for the 1987 American drama film Nuts.

The album was promoted by a music video of the title track "Emotion", starring Streisand, The Who's Roger Daltrey and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

The album peaked at number 19 on the US chart and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Emotion"   Peter Bliss 4:58
2. "Make No Mistake, He's Mine" (with Kim Carnes) Carnes 4:10
3. "Time Machine"   Maurice White, Martin George Page, Brian Fairweather 4:56
4. "Best I Could"   Bobby Whiteside, Richard Parker 4:21
5. "Left in the Dark"   Jim Steinman 7:13
6. "Heart Don't Change My Mind"   Diane Warren, Robbie Buchanan 4:56
7. "When I Dream"   Kathy Wakefield, Richard Baskin 4:31
8. "You're a Step in the Right Direction"   Streisand, John Mellencamp 3:54
9. "Clear Sailing"   Peter McIan, Anne Black Montgomery 3:56
10. "Here We Are at Last"   Streisand, Richard Baskin 3:19

Unreleased songs[edit]

  • "When the Lovin' Goes Out of the Lovin'"
  • "How Do You Keep the Music Playing" (this song was later re-recorded and included on The Movie Album).


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[3] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[4] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[5] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
Norwegian Albums Chart 13



  1. ^ William Ruhlmann (2007-03-26). "AllMusic Review:Barbra Streisand-Emotion". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  2. ^ Billboard Magazine (2007-03-26). "Billboard Magazine: Barbra Streisand discography". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  3. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2000 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  4. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Barbra Streisand – Emotion". Music Canada. 
  5. ^ "American album certifications – Barbra Streisand – Emotion". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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