Guilty (Barbra Streisand album)

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Guilty
Studio album by Barbra Streisand
Released September 23, 1980
Recorded February 1980
(Middle Ear, Miami Beach)
March 1980
(Sound Labs Studio, Hollywood)
Genre
Length 41:41
Label Columbia
Producer
Barbra Streisand chronology
Wet
(1979)
Guilty
(1980)
Memories
(1981)
Singles from Guilty
  1. "Woman in Love"
    Released: August 16, 1980
  2. "Guilty"
    Released: October 1980
  3. "What Kind of Fool"
    Released: January 1981
  4. "Promises"
    Released: May 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]
Rolling Stone (Favorable)[3]

Guilty is the twenty-second studio album by American singer Barbra Streisand released on September 23, 1980 by Columbia Records. It was produced by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees and his group's regular production team of Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson. After the success of the Bee Gees in the late 1970s, there was some time to write songs for other artists and Streisand, one of those artists, asked Gibb to write an album for her.[4] It became her best-selling album to date internationally, with sales of 12 million copies according to an official press release.[5]

The lead single "Woman in Love" became one of the most successful songs of Streisand's music career and spent a total of three weeks at number one in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Two other singles were released, which also peaked within the top ten on Billboard Hot 100: the title track, a duet between Streisand and Gibb, won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1981, released as a second single for the album, and became an instant hit, peaking at number three, and "What Kind of Fool", another duet with Gibb, reached number ten for three weeks. The fourth single, "Promises", a more disco-oriented track released in May 1981, reached as high as number forty-eight. This song was also released on Streisand's first commercially released 12" single as a solo artist following her 1979 duet with Donna Summer, "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)", and two promotional singles released for "Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)" in 1975, and "The Main Event/Fight" in 1979.

Streisand released a sequel to this album, Guilty Pleasures, in 2005, also produced and largely written by Gibb. Both albums can also be considered partial-collaboration albums, since Streisand not only did two duets with Gibb, but Gibb could also be heard as a background vocalist in a few other songs solely by the artist herself, along with the fact that both singers were on the cover for both albums issued.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Guilty" (Duet with Barry Gibb) 4:23
2. "Woman in Love"  
  • B. Gibb
  • R. Gibb
3:49
3. "Run Wild"  
  • B. Gibb
  • R. Gibb
4:06
4. "Promises"  
  • B. Gibb
  • R. Gibb
4:20
5. "The Love Inside"   B. Gibb 5:08
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "What Kind of Fool" (Duet with Barry Gibb)
4:06
7. "Life Story"  
  • B. Gibb
  • R. Gibb
4:38
8. "Never Give Up"  
  • B. Gibb
  • A. Galuten
3:44
9. "Make It Like A Memory"  
  • B. Gibb
  • A. Galuten
7:28
Total length:
41:41

Production[edit]

  • Executive Producer: Charles Koppelman
  • Produced By Albhy Galuten, Barry Gibb & Karl Richardson
  • Recorded & Engineered By Don Gehman, Steve Klein & Karl Richardson
  • Assistant Engineer: Dale Peterson
  • Mixed By Don Gehman & Karl Richardson
  • Mastered By Bob Carbone

Personnel[edit]

Accolades[edit]

American Music Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award (with notes) Result
1981 Herself Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist (for her album Guilty)[6][7] Won

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient (with notes) Award Result
1981 Guilty Album of the Year[8] Nominated
"Woman in Love" (written by Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb) Best Pop Vocal Performance - Female[8] Nominated
Record of the Year[8] Nominated
Song of the Year[8] Nominated
"Guilty" (Duet with Barry Gibb) Best Pop Vocal Performance - Duo or Group[9] Won

National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM)[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1981 Guilty Best Selling LP by a Female Vocalist[6] Honored

Charts[edit]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[26] 6× Platinum 420,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[27] 5× Platinum 500,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[28] Diamond 57,106[28]
France (SNEP)[29] 2× Platinum 908,000[30]
Germany (BVMI)[31] Platinum 500,000^
Japan (Oricon) 138,530[20][23]
United Kingdom (BPI)[32] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[33] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

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

Re-release[edit]

Guilty was re-released on DualDisc on 30 August 2005 by Sony Legacy Recordings in advance of its sequel project, Guilty Pleasures and also commemorated its 25th anniversary. The re-release featured remastered audio, new interviews with Streisand and Gibb, two live performances from 1986 and a photo gallery of the original photo session for Guilty by Mario Casilli.

References in popular culture[edit]

In October 2010, American DJ duo Duck Sauce released a single titled Barbra Streisand, whose album artwork is modeled directly after Guilty. Neither the song nor the artist are associated in any way with Barbra Streisand.

The Guilty Demos[edit]

The Guilty Demos
Demo album by Barry Gibb
Released 10 October 2006
Recorded October 1979
Criteria Studios, Miami
Length 44:39
Producer Barry Gibb
Barry Gibb chronology
"The Eaten Alive Demos"
(2006)
"The Guilty Demos"
(2006)
"The Eyes That See in the Dark Demos"
(2006)

The Guilty Demos is a demo version of the album by Barry Gibb. Not intended for release tapes of these had been circulating among fans before bootleg CDs started emerging. In October 2006 Gibb made these available through iTunes.[34] Recorded in 1979 all of the songs were written that same year except "The Love Inside" which was written in 1978 during work on Spirits Having Flown. All songs features Barry Gibb's falsetto voice, except "What Kind Of Fool" where he used his natural voice. The songs "Carried Away" and "Secrets" were not used by Streisand but instead recorded by Elaine Page with only "Secrets" being issued on her 1981 self-titled album. Olivia Newton-John recorded and released "Carried Away" on her "Physical" album, also in 1981. The demo version of "Never Give Up" remains unreleased.[35]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Guilty"  
  • Barry Gibb
  • Maurice Gibb
  • Robin Gibb
4:03
2. "Woman in Love"  
  • B. Gibb
  • R. Gibb
3:53
3. "Run Wild"  
  • B. Gibb
  • R. Gibb
4:23
4. "Promises"  
  • B. Gibb
  • R. Gibb
4:15
5. "The Love Inside"   B. Gibb 4:47
6. "What Kind of Fool"  
  • B. Gibb
  • Albhy Galuten
4:05
7. "Life Story"  
  • B. Gibb
  • R. Gibb
4:57
8. "Make It Like A Memory"  
  • B. Gibb
  • A. Galuten
6:34
9. "Carried Away"  
  • B. Gibb
  • A. Galuten
3:52
10. "Secrets"  
  • B. Gibb
  • R. Gibb
3:50

Personnel[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ Stichting Nederlandse Top 40, 500 nr.1 hits uit de Top 40, 9023009444 (Book in Dutch)
  5. ^ Columbia Records (2005-08-29). "New Barbra Streisand-Barry Gibb Collaborative Album, 'Guilty Pleasures,' to be Released as CD and DualDisc on Tuesday, September 20". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  6. ^ a b "Barbra Streisand: AWARDS". 
  7. ^ "Barbra Streisand: FAQs & Timeline". 
  8. ^ a b c d "Rock On The Net: 23rd Annual Grammy Awards - 1981". Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  9. ^ "Past Winners Search". grammy.com. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  10. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
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  18. ^ a b c "Chart Stats - Barbra Streisand - Guilty". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  19. ^ Allmusic Barbra Streisand > Guilty> Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums
  20. ^ a b Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  21. ^ "1980s Albums Chart Archive". everyhit.com. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  22. ^ "Austriancharts.st - Jahreshitparade 1981". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  23. ^ a b "日本で売れた洋楽アルバムトップ20 (Top-20 international albums on the Japanese Oricon Year-End Charts 1981". Archived from the original on 2011-08-29. Retrieved 2007-02-17. 
  24. ^ "Complete UK Year-End Album Charts". Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  25. ^ "The Billboard 200 - Year-end: 1981". Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  26. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2000 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  27. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Barbra Streisand – Guilty". Music Canada. 
  28. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  29. ^ "French album certifications – Barbra Streisand – Guilty" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  30. ^ "Les Albums Double Platine". infodisc.fr. SNEP. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  31. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Barbra Streisand; 'Guilty')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  32. ^ "British album certifications – Barbra Streisand – Guilty". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Guilty in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  33. ^ "American album certifications – Barbra Streisand – Guilty". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  34. ^ "Barry Gibb - The Guilty Demos". iTunes Apple. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  35. ^ "Gibb Songs 1979". Joseph Brennan. 

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