The Essential Barbra Streisand

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The Essential Barbra Streisand
Greatest hits album by Barbra Streisand
Released January 29, 2002
Recorded 1962–2001
Genre Adult Contemporary
Length 152:43
Label Columbia
Barbra Streisand chronology
Christmas Memories
(2001)
The Essential Barbra Streisand
(2002)
The Movie Album
(2003)
Alternative Cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

The Essential Barbra Streisand is a two-disc compilation album of Barbra Streisand (her first career-retrospective) released by Sony BMG as part of their Essentials series. Released in January 2002, and drawing from four decades of her work, it includes all but one of her top-ten hits, and most of her top-forty hits. The album was particularly well-received as it reviewed most of her career - throughout its 38 songs, there are 26 albums represented. In addition, it includes two previously unreleased songs - "Someday My Prince Will Come" and a rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone". The album was a big hit. It also went Platinum in the UK and Australia.

Track listing[edit]

Disc: 1[edit]

  1. "A Sleepin' Bee"
  2. "Cry Me a River"
  3. "(Have I Stayed) Too Long at the Fair"
  4. "Lover, Come Back to Me"
  5. "People"
  6. "My Man"
  7. "Second Hand Rose"
  8. "He Touched Me"
  9. "Don't Rain on My Parade"
  10. "Happy Days Are Here Again" Live From Central Park
  11. "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever"
  12. "Stoney End"
  13. "Since I Fell for You"
  14. "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?"
  15. "The Way We Were"
  16. "All in Love Is Fair"
  17. "Lazy Afternoon"
  18. "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)"
  19. "My Heart Belongs to Me"
  20. "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" Duet Version (performed by Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond)
  21. "The Main Event/Fight"
  22. "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" (performed by Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer) Radio Version

Disc: 2[edit]

  1. "Woman in Love"
  2. "Guilty" (performed by Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb)
  3. "Comin' In and Out of Your Life"
  4. "Memory"
  5. "Papa, Can You Hear Me?"
  6. "A Piece of Sky"
  7. "Putting It Together"
  8. "Not While I'm Around"
  9. "Send in the Clowns"
  10. "Somewhere"
  11. "All I Ask of You"
  12. "Children Will Listen"
  13. "As If We Never Said Goodbye"
  14. "I Finally Found Someone" (performed by Barbra Streisand & Bryan Adams)
  15. "Tell Him" (performed by Barbra Streisand & Celine Dion)
  16. "I've Dreamed of You" (extended Introduction)
  17. "Someday My Prince Will Come" (previously unreleased)
  18. "You'll Never Walk Alone" (previously unreleased)

A new version appeared on August 26, 2008 with a new added third cd with 9 tracks.

Disc: 3[edit]

  1. Letting Go
  2. Love Like Ours
  3. At the Same Time
  4. By the Way
  5. Unusual Way [Live]
  6. Evergreen (Love Theme from a Star Is Born) [Live]
  7. Wild Is the Wind [From Wild Is the Wind]
  8. On My Way to You
  9. After the Rain

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[2] 5
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[3] 12
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[4] 8
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[5] 5
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[6] 3
Irish Albums (IRMA)[7] 1
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 3
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[9] 4
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 4
UK Albums (OCC)[11] 1
US Billboard 200[12] 15
Chart (2007) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[13] 11
Chart (2013) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[14] 6

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[15] Platinum 70,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[16] Gold 15,840[16]
France (SNEP)[17] Gold 100,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[18] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[20] Platinum 500,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[21] Platinum 1,000,000*

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Barbra Streisand – The Essential". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  3. ^ "Barbra Streisand – The Essential" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  4. ^ "Barbra Streisand – The Essential" (in French). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  5. ^ "Top 40 Albums - 16 / 2002 - Hitlisten". Hitlisten.nu. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  6. ^ "Barbra Streisand: Essential" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  7. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Chart-Track.co.uk. GFK Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  8. ^ "Barbra Streisand – The Essential". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  9. ^ "Barbra Streisand – The Essential". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  10. ^ "Barbra Streisand – The Essential". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  11. ^ "2002-03-16 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  12. ^ "Barbra Streisand Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Barbra Streisand. Prometheus Global Media.
  13. ^ "Barbra Streisand - The Essential" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  14. ^ "Barbra Streisand – The Essential" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  17. ^ "French album certifications – Barbra Streisand – The Essential" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  18. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Barbra Streisand – The Essential". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  19. ^ "British album certifications – Barbra Streisand – The Essential". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved October 26, 2013.  Enter The Essential in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  20. ^ "American album certifications – Barbra Streisand – The Essential Barbra Streisand". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 26, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  21. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2004". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
Preceded by
The Very Best of Sting & The Police
by Sting & The Police
UK number one album
March 16, 2002 – March 22, 2002
Succeeded by
Silver Side Up by Nickelback