The Broadway Album

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The Broadway Album
Studio album by Barbra Streisand
Released November 5, 1985
Recorded July–August 1985
Genre Vocal, show tunes
Length 47:44
Label Columbia
Producer Richard Baskin, Bob Esty, David Foster, Paul Jabara, Peter Matz, Kim Skalecki, Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand chronology
Emotion
(1984)
The Broadway Album
(1985)
One Voice
(1987)

The Broadway Album is the twenty-fourth studio album by director, composer, actress and singer Barbra Streisand, released by Columbia Records on November 5, 1985. Consisting mainly of classic show tunes, the album marked a major shift in Barbra Streisand's career. Streisand had spent ten years appearing in musicals and singing standards on her albums in the 1960s. Beginning with the album Stoney End in 1971 and ending with the album Emotion in 1984, Streisand sang mostly rock and disco oriented songs for Columbia records. Noted Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim personally penned additional lyrics for the songs "Putting It Together" and "Send in the Clowns" on request of the singer.[1] The album, originally released on the Columbia label and subsequently re-released by Columbia and Sony Records, was a critical and commercial success. First certified gold by the RIAA on January 13, 1986, it reached four times platinum on January 31, 1995.[2]

This album has gone to sell 7.5 million copies worldwide.

The album was accompanied by a television special, Putting It Together: The Making of the Broadway Album.[3] The original LP and cassette releases contained 11 tracks. The subsequent CD release added the bonus track of "Adelaide's Lament".[4] In 2002, Columbia rereleased The Broadway Album with another bonus track, "I Know Him So Well".[5]

Chart and Awards[edit]

The album reached #1 on the "Billboard 200" chart in 1986, selling 218,000 copies in that week and earned Streisand a Grammy Award for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance". It launched two successful singles. "Send in the Clowns", from A Little Night Music, reached #25 on the "Adult Contemporary" chart. "Somewhere", a song from West Side Story, reached #5 on "Adult Contemporary" and also earned a Grammy for producer David Foster for "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)/Best Background Arrangement".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly (A) link
Robert Christgau (C) link

In 1993, Entertainment Weekly looked back nostalgically on the album as "the work of a supreme singer-actress still unspoiled enough to fall in love with the characters she sings".[6] Writing at the time of the release, Rolling Stone took a slightly more cynical view, although after criticizing the album for its self-consciousness and overproduction, reviewer Francis Davis did concede that the album "works somehow, if only as a reminder of what a neglected wealth of riches Broadway offers and what a marvelous singer Streisand is when she's not trying to pass herself off as a rock star".[7] New York Times reviewer Stephen Holden, once himself with Rolling Stone, had no such reservations, declaring shortly after the album's release that Streisand had "just released what may be the album of a lifetime".[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Putting It Together" (Stephen Sondheim) – 4:20
  2. "If I Loved You" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) – 2:38
  3. "Something's Coming" (Leonard Bernstein, Sondheim] – 2:55
  4. "Not While I'm Around" (Sondheim) – 3:29
  5. "Being Alive" (Sondheim) – 3:23
  6. "I Have Dreamed"/"We Kiss in a Shadow"/"Something Wonderful" (Hammerstein, Rodgers) – 4:50
  7. "Adelaide's Lament" (Frank Loesser) – 3:25 (CD Bonus Track)
  8. "Send in the Clowns" (Sondheim) – 4:42
  9. "Pretty Women"/"The Ladies Who Lunch" (Sondheim) – 5:09
    • from Sweeney Todd/Company
  10. "Can't Help Lovin' That Man" (Hammerstein, Jerome Kern) – 3:31
  11. "I Loves You, Porgy"/"Porgy, I's Your Woman Now (Bess, You Is My Woman)" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) – 4:35
  12. "Somewhere" (Bernstein, Sondheim) – 4:56
    • from West Side Story

Bonus track[edit]

  1. "I Know Him So Well" [Session outtake] (Tim Rice, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus) – 4:14

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[9] 2× Platinum 200,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

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

Personnel[edit]

Performance[edit]

Production[edit]

  • John Arrias – engineer, remixing
  • Israel Bakerconcert mastering
  • Richard Baskin – arranger, producer
  • Michael Boddickerprogramming, synthesizer programming
  • Alexander Courageorchestration
  • Bob Esty – arranger, producer
  • Benny Faccone – engineer, assistant engineer
  • David Foster – arranger, producer
  • Humberto Gatica – engineer, remixing
  • Don Hahn – engineer, remixing
  • Jerry Hey – arranger, horn arrangements
  • Paul Jabara – arranger, producer
  • Gregg Jampol – assistant engineer
  • Rhett Lawrence – programming, keyboard programming
  • Laura Livingston – engineer, remix assistant
  • Jeremy Lubbock – orchestration
  • Stephen Marcussen – remastering, original mastering
  • Peter Matz – arranger, producer, executive producer, orchestration
  • Magic Moreno – engineer, assistant engineer
  • Sid Ramin – orchestration
  • Conrad Salinger – original orchestrations
  • Kim Skalecki – producer, production coordination
  • Barbra Streisand – arranger, producer, executive producer, mastering supervisor
  • Gerald Vinci – concert master
  • Randy Waldman – arranger, assistant engineer
  • Stewart Whitmore – digital editing
  • Jay Willis – engineer, remix assistant
  • Jeffrey "Woody" Woodruff – assistant engineer

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Broadway Album at AllMusic
  2. ^ RIAA search engine. Accessed October 18, 2007.
  3. ^ Putting It Together: The Making of the Broadway Album at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Howe, Matt. Compact Discs: New Technology [1]. Barbra Streisand Archives.
  5. ^ The Broadway Album [Bonus Track] at AllMusic
  6. ^ Sandow, Greg. (June 25, 1993). Back to Broadway. EW.com. Accessed October 18, 2007.
  7. ^ Davis, Francis. (January 16, 1986) The Broadway Album. Rolling Stone. Accessed October 18, 2007.
  8. ^ Holden, Stephen (November 10, 1985), "Barbra Streisand: 'This is the music I love. It is my roots'", The New York Times: Late City Final Edition, Section 2, Page 1, Column 1 
  9. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Barbra Streisand – The Broadway Album". Music Canada. 
  10. ^ "British album certifications – Barbra Streisand – The Broadway Album". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Broadway Album in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Barbra Streisand – The Broadway Album". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Miami Vice (soundtrack) by Various artists
Billboard 200 number-one album
January 15 - February 14, 1986
Succeeded by
Promise by Sade