Guilty (Barbra Streisand album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 23, 1980
RecordedFebruary–March 1980
StudioMiddle Ear, Miami Beach & Sound Labs Studio in Hollywood, Los Angeles
Barbra Streisand chronology
Singles from Guilty
  1. "Woman in Love / Run Wild"
    Released: August 16, 1980
  2. "Guilty / Life Story"
    Released: October 1980
  3. "What Kind of Fool / The Love Inside"
    Released: January 1981
  4. "Promises / Make It Like A Memory"
    Released: May 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauC+[2]
Rolling Stone(Favorable)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide5/5 stars[4]

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.[5] It became her best-selling album to date internationally, with sales of 15 million copies worldwide as well as spawning several hit singles.[6] According to the liner notes of Barbra's retrospective box set: Just for the Record, the album also received a record certification in Austria, Brazil, Denmark, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain. Sweden, Switzerland, and Russia.[7]

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 48 in both the U.S. and Canada. It was a much bigger Adult Contemporary hit in both nations, reaching number eight and number five, respectively.[8] 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
1."Guilty" (Duet with Barry Gibb)4:23
2."Woman in Love"
  • B. Gibb
  • R. Gibb
3."Run Wild"
  • B. Gibb
  • R. Gibb
  • B. Gibb
  • R. Gibb
5."The Love Inside"B. Gibb5:08
Side two
6."What Kind of Fool" (Duet with Barry Gibb)
7."Life Story"
  • B. Gibb
  • R. Gibb
8."Never Give Up"
  • B. Gibb
  • Galuten
9."Make It Like a Memory"
  • B. Gibb
  • Galuten
Total length:41:41



  • Charles Koppelman – executive producer
  • Albhy Galuten – producer
  • Karl Richardson – producer, recording, engineering, mixing
  • Don Gehman – recording, engineering, mixing
  • Steve Klein – recording, engineering
  • Dale Peterson - assistant engineer
  • Bob Carbone – mastering


American Music Awards

Year Recipient Award (with notes) Result
1981 Herself Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist (for her album Guilty)[9][10] Won

Grammy Awards

Year Recipient (with notes) Award Result
1981 Guilty Album of the Year[11] Nominated
"Woman in Love" (written by Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb) Best Pop Vocal Performance - Female[11] Nominated
Record of the Year[11] Nominated
Song of the Year[11] Nominated
"Guilty" (Duet with Barry Gibb) Best Pop Vocal Performance - Duo or Group[12] Won

National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM)

Year Recipient Award Result
1981 Guilty Best Selling LP by a Female Vocalist[9] Honored


Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[32] 6× Platinum 420,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[33] 5× Platinum 500,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[34] Platinum 57,106[34]
France (SNEP)[35] 2× Platinum 908,000[36]
Germany (BVMI)[37] Platinum 500,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[38] Platinum 20,000*
Japan 138,530[24][28]
New Zealand (RMNZ)[39] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[40] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[41] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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", the cover of which 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
Released10 October 2006
RecordedOctober 1979
Criteria Studios, Miami
ProducerBarry Gibb
Barry Gibb chronology
The Eaten Alive Demos
The Guilty Demos
The Eyes That See in the Dark Demos

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.[42] 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 feature 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 Paige 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.[43]

Track listing[edit]

  • Barry Gibb
  • Maurice Gibb
  • Robin Gibb
2."Woman in Love"
  • B. Gibb
  • R. Gibb
3."Run Wild"
  • B. Gibb
  • R. Gibb
  • B. Gibb
  • R. Gibb
5."The Love Inside"B. Gibb4:47
6."What Kind of Fool"
  • B. Gibb
  • Albhy Galuten
7."Life Story"
  • B. Gibb
  • R. Gibb
8."Make It Like a Memory"
  • B. Gibb
  • A. Galuten
9."Carried Away"
  • B. Gibb
  • A. Galuten
  • B. Gibb
  • R. Gibb


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
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  7. ^ Liner notes, C4K 44111. Columbia Records, 1991
  8. ^
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