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A Collection: Greatest Hits...and More
The singer's appears spread out on a long chair with her left hand arched in order to support herself.
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedOctober 3, 1989 (1989-10-03)
Recorded1974–1989
Length51:16
LabelColumbia
Producer
Barbra Streisand chronology
Till I Loved You
(1988)
A Collection: Greatest Hits...and More
(1989)
Just for the Record...
(1991)
Singles from A Collection: Greatest Hits...and More
  1. "We're Not Makin' Love Anymore"
    Released: September 14, 1989 (1989-09-14)
  2. "Someone That I Used to Love"
    Released: 1989 (1989)

A Collection: Greatest Hits...and More is the fourth greatest hits album recorded by American vocalist Barbra Streisand. It was released on October 3, 1989 by Columbia Records. The compilation features ten songs from Streisand's career, dating from 1975 to 1988, plus two previously unreleased songs: "We're Not Makin' Love Anymore" was released as the album's lead single on September 14, 1989, and "Someone That I Used to Love" was distributed as the second and final one in 1989. Both singles charted on several record charts internationally.

The compilation was executively produced by Streisand, Charles Koppelman, and Peter Matz. A Collection: Greatest Hits...and More was criticized by critics for being yet another greatest hits album from Streisand. Commercially, it reached number 26 on the Billboard 200 in the United States and topped the charts in both Norway and Sweden. It would later be certified for significant sales in eight different countries, including in the United States where 2,000,000 copies were shipped.

Development and songs[edit]

In 1989, Barbra Streisand began devoting most of her time towards directing the 1991 film adaptation of Pat Conroy's 1986 novel The Prince of Tides. Due to her tight schedule and limited availability, Columbia Records approached Streisand on releasing another greatest hits album, since she had been in a similar situation during the distribution of her prior compilation release, Memories (1981).[1] A Collection: Greatest Hits...and More was released as a compact disc (CD) in the United States on October 3, 1989 by Columbia Records.[2] The compilation was executively produced by Streisand, Charles Koppelman, and Peter Matz.[3] It was reissued in select European territories in 1997 by Columbia's worldwide label, CBS Records International.[4]

A Collection: Greatest Hits...and More contains various songs from Streisand's catalog as far back as 1975's "By the Way", which was noted as Streisand's first songwriting credit in her entire career.[5] Additionally, it contains the title track from The Main Event (1979) and three tracks from 1980's Guilty ("Woman in Love", "What Kind of Fool", and "Guilty"). From Memories, "Comin' In and Out of Your Life" and "Memory" were included and so were "The Way He Makes Me Feel" (1983), "Somewhere" (1985), and "All I Ask of You" (1988). In addition to the ten aforementioned songs, Streisand recorded two new tracks for the album: "We're Not Makin' Love Anymore" and "Someone That I Used to Love".[3]

"We're Not Makin' Love Anymore" was written by Michael Bolton and Diane Warren and produced by Narada Michael Walden. It was released as a single on September 14, 1989 in four different formats:[6] 7",[7] 12",[8] cassette,[9] and CD.[10] The single peaked at number ten on Adult Contemporary chart in the United States and at number 17 on the similar chart in Canada.[11][12] It also charted in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom at positions 89 and 85, respectively.[13][14] An official music video was created for the single and debuted live on Entertainment Tonight on September 14; it serves as the third music video from her entire career.[6] "Someone That I Used to Love" was distributed as the album's second and final single in late 1989.[15][16] Like its predecessor, it entered several international record charts. On the United States' Adult Contemporary chart, it peaked at number 25 and in the Netherlands, it reached number 86.[11][13]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[17]

Music critics noted the recycling of older tracks on the compilation album. William Ruhlmann from AllMusic considered A Collection: Greatest Hits...and More to be "an odd compilation" and found it to make "no apparent sense". He claimed that its appeal was likely aimed at Streisand's fan base due to the upcoming holiday season: "many Streisand fans must have received it as a present for Christmas in 1989, which was probably the idea".[17] Allison J. Waldman, author of The Barbra Streisand Scrapbook, described the album as "uninspired" and considered that to be the main reason for its lackluster commercial success.[18]

Commercial performance[edit]

The compilation album debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 80 on October 21, 1989; it was the week's third highest debut following Tracy Chapman's Crossroads and Linda Ronstadt's Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind.[19] On November 18 it peaked at number 26 on the chart; it spent a total of 25 weeks on the Billboard 200.[20] For shipments of 500,000 copies, the collection was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on November 29, 1989. It would later be certified 2x platinum on September 27, 1994.[21] On Canada's chart, compiled by RPM, it debuted at number 65 on the week ending November 11, 1989.[22] It eventually peaked at number 59 and was certified 2x platinum for shipments 200,000 units.[23][24] At first, A Collection: Greatest Hits...and More only charted in select European territories due to its limited release; in the Netherlands, it peaked at number 10 and in the United Kingdom it peaked at number 22.[13][25] In the Oceanic regions, it peaked at numbers 22 and 40 in Australia and New Zealand, respectively.[26][27]

When the album was reissued in 1997 in several European countries, it charted on the album charts in Belgium, Norway, and Sweden. It reached the number one spot on the charts in the two latter countries, topping the charts for three consecutive weeks in Norway and four consecutive weeks in Sweden.[28][29] On the Wallonia version of the Ultratop chart in Belgium, it peaked at number 49.[30] Following the release of Streisand's album Guilty Pleasures in 2005, A Collection: Greatest Hits...and More was ranked at number 83 on the PROMUSICAE chart in Spain.[31] Despite not charting in either Finland or France, the album received platinum certifications in both territories.[32][33]

Track listing[edit]

A Collection: Greatest Hits...and More – Standard edition[3]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."We're Not Makin' Love Anymore"Narada Michael Walden5:33
2."Woman in Love" (from Guilty, 1980)3:51
3."All I Ask of You" (from Till I Loved You, 1988)Phil Ramone4:01
4."Comin' In and Out of Your Life" (from Memories, 1981)
  • Richard Parker
  • Bobby Whiteside
Webber4:09
5."What Kind of Fool" (with Barry Gibb) (from Guilty)
  • B. Gibb
  • Galuten
  • B. Gibb
  • Galuten
  • Richardson
4:07
6."The Main Event/Fight" (from The Main Event, 1979)Esty4:54
7."Someone That I Used to Love"Masser4:21
8."By the Way" (from Lazy Afternoon, 1975)
2:56
9."Guilty" (with Barry Gibb) (from Guilty)
  • B. Gibb
  • Galuten
  • Richardson
4:23
10."Memory" (from Memories)Webber3:55
11."The Way He Makes Me Feel" (from Yentl, 1983)4:11
12."Somewhere" (from The Broadway Album, 1985)David Foster4:55
Total length:51:16

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of the standard edition of A Collection: Greatest Hits...and More.[3]

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[36] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[24] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[32] Platinum 42,348[32]
France (SNEP)[37] Platinum 300,000[33]
Norway (IFPI Norway)[38] Platinum 50,000*
Sweden (GLF)[39] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[40] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Waldman 2001, p. 73
  2. ^ "Barbra Streisand – A Collection: Greatest Hits...and More – Audio CD". Amazon.com (US). October 3, 1989. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d A Collection: Greatest Hits...and More (Liner notes). Barbra Streisand (CD release ed.). Columbia. 1989. CK 45369.
  4. ^ A Collection: Greatest Hits...and More (Liner notes). Barbra Streisand (CD release ed.). CBS. 1997. CK 465845 2.
  5. ^ Santopietro 2007, p. 33
  6. ^ a b "For Immediate Release: Barbra Streisand Released 'A Collection – Greatest Hits...And More,' Featuring 10 Favorites Plus Two New Songs; Debut Single, 'We're Not Makin' Love Anymore,' Available September 14". Columbia Records Press & Publicity Department. September 12, 1989.
  7. ^ "We're Not Makin' Love Anymore" / "Here We Are at Last" (Liner notes). Barbra Streisand. Columbia. 1989. 38-73016.
  8. ^ "We're Not Makin' Love Anymore" / "Till I Loved You" (Liner notes). Barbra Streisand. CBS. 1989. BARB T4.
  9. ^ "We're Not Makin' Love Anymore" / "Here We Are at Last" (Liner notes). Barbra Streisand. CBS. 1989. BARBM4.
  10. ^ "We're Not Makin' Love Anymore" / "Here We Are at Last" (Liner notes). Barbra Streisand. CBS. 1989. 655334 2.
  11. ^ a b "Barbra Streisand – Chart history". Billboard Adult Contemporary for Barbra Streisand. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  12. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 6685". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  13. ^ a b c d "Dutchcharts.nl – Barbra Streisand – A Collection - Greatest Hits... And More" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  14. ^ "Barbra Streisand: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on August 3, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  15. ^ "Someone That I Used to Love" / "What Kind of Fool" (Liner notes). Barbra Streisand. CBS. 1989. CBS 655644-7.
  16. ^ "Someone That I Used to Love" / "What Kind of Fool" (Liner notes). Barbra Streisand. CBS. 1989. 655644 1.
  17. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "Barbra Streisand – A Collection: Greatest Hits...And More". AllMusic. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  18. ^ Waldman 2001, p. 74
  19. ^ "Billboard 200: The Week Of October 21, 1989". Billboard. October 21, 1989. Archived from the original on February 19, 2018. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  20. ^ "Billboard 200: The Week Of November 18, 1989". Billboard. November 18, 1989. Archived from the original on February 19, 2018. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  21. ^ a b "American album certifications – Barbra Streisand – A Collection: Greatest Hits ... And More". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  22. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 6608". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Archived from the original on March 19, 2018. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  23. ^ a b "Top RPM Albums: Issue 6634". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  24. ^ a b "Canadian album certifications – Barbra Streisand – A Collection: Greatest Hits.. and More". Music Canada.
  25. ^ a b "Barbra Streisand | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  26. ^ a b "Australiancharts.com – Barbra Streisand – A Collection - Greatest Hits... And More". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  27. ^ a b "Charts.org.nz – Barbra Streisand – A Collection - Greatest Hits... And More". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  28. ^ a b "Norwegiancharts.com – Barbra Streisand – A Collection - Greatest Hits... And More". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  29. ^ a b "Swedishcharts.com – Barbra Streisand – A Collection - Greatest Hits... And More". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  30. ^ a b "Ultratop.be – Barbra Streisand – A Collection - Greatest Hits... And More" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  31. ^ a b "Spanishcharts.com – Barbra Streisand – A Collection - Greatest Hits... And More". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  32. ^ a b c "Barbara Streisand" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  33. ^ a b "Les Albums Platine". infodisc.fr. SNEP. Archived from the original on October 11, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2008.
  34. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  35. ^ "Barbra Streisand Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  36. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2000 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  37. ^ "French album certifications – Barbara Streisand – A Collection: Greatest Hits.. and More" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  38. ^ "IFPI Norsk platebransje". IFPI Norway. Archived from the original on July 25, 2012.
  39. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.
  40. ^ "British album certifications – Barbra Streisand – A Collection: Greatest Hits... and More". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type A Collection: Greatest Hits... and More in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Santopietro, Tom (April 1, 2007). The Importance of Being Barbra: The Brilliant, Tumultuous Career of Barbra Streisand. Macmillan. ISBN 1-4299-0853-X.
  • Waldman, Allison J. (2001). The Barbra Streisand Scrapbook (illustrated, revised ed.). Citadel Press. ISBN 0-8065-2218-6.

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