Emotion (Barbra Streisand album)

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Studio album by Barbra Streisand
Released October 9, 1984 (1984-10-09)
Recorded Studio 55, Los Angeles; Record One, Los Angeles; Ocean Way Recording, Los Angeles; Evergreen Studios, Burbank; The Complex, Los Angeles; Soundcastle, Los Angeles; Capitol Studios, Los Angeles; The Village Recorder, Los Angeles; The Power Station, New York City; House of Music, West Orange, NJ; Bill Schnee Studios, Hollywood; Rumbo Recorders, Los Angeles[1]
Genre Pop
Length 46:12
Label Columbia
Producer Richard Perry, Maurice White, Jim Steinman, Albhy Galuten, Kim Carnes
Barbra Streisand chronology
The Broadway Album
(1985)The Broadway Album1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]

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.[3]

This album was recorded in eleven studios in Los Angeles and two in New York 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 to be the ending theme for the 1979 American romantic comedy film The Main Event. An instrumental version of this song would later be used on the soundtrack to the 1987 drama Nuts.

The album was promoted by a music video of the title track "Emotion", starring Streisand, The Who's Roger Daltrey and Mikhail Baryshnikov. "Left in the Dark" also received a music video, reuniting Streisand with Kris Kristofferson, her costar from A Star Is Born.

The album peaked at number 19 on the US chart and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. According to the liner notes of Barbra's retrospective box set, Just for the Record, the album also received a record certification in the Netherlands.[4]

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" Barbra 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).



Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[15] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[16] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[17] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[19] Platinum 1,000,000^

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


  1. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Barbra-Streisand-Emotion/release/9686395
  2. ^ William Ruhlmann (March 26, 2007). "AllMusic Review:Barbra Streisand-Emotion". AllMusic. Retrieved August 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Barbra Streisand discography". Billboard. March 26, 2007. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ Liner notes, C4K 44111. Columbia Records, 1991
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Barbra Streisand – Emotion" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Barbra Streisand – Emotion" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  7. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Top 100 Longplay". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  8. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Barbra Streisand – Emotion". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  9. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Barbra Streisand – Emotion". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  10. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Barbra Streisand – Emotion". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  11. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Barbra Streisand – Emotion". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  12. ^ "Barbra Streisand | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  13. ^ "Barbra Streisand Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  14. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1984". Archived from the original on October 3, 2012. . Cash Box magazine.
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2000 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  16. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Barbra Streisand – Emotion". Music Canada. 
  17. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. Archived from the original on March 1, 2016. Retrieved March 1, 2016. 
  18. ^ "British album certifications – Barbra Streisand – Emotion". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Emotion in the search field and then press Enter.
  19. ^ "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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