Live Concert at the Forum

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Live Concert at the Forum
A black and white image of the singer's face appears, with her head positioned towards the left side of the cover.
Live album by Barbra Streisand
Released October 1, 1972
Recorded April 15, 1972
Venue The Forum (Los Angeles)
Genre Pop
Length 41:05
Label Columbia
Producer Richard Perry
Barbra Streisand chronology
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Singles from Live Concert at the Forum
  1. "Sweet Inspiration / Where You Lead"
    Released: May 25, 1972
  2. "Sing / Make Your Own Kind of Music"
    Released: August 1972
  3. "Didn't We"
    Released: November 1972

Live Concert at the Forum (retitled Barbra Streisand Live in some countries) is the second live album by American singer Barbra Streisand, released physically on October 1, 1972 by Columbia Records. Produced by long-time collaborator Richard Perry, it was recorded at The Forum in Los Angeles on April 15, 1972, during a concert held in benefit for George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign. A CD version of Live Concert at the Forum was released on September 6, 1989.

Streisand's medley of "Sweet Inspiration" and "Where You Lead", medley of "Sing" and "Make Your Own Kind of Music", and "Didn't We" were released as the album's three singles, all throughout 1972. The lead single was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 15th Annual Grammy Awards in 1973. Commercially, Live Concert at the Forum peaked at numbers 17 and 19 on the album charts in Canada and the United States, respectively, and received a Platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments exceeding one million copies.

Background[edit]

Her first live album since 1968's A Happening in Central Park, Streisand released her second one, Live Concert at the Forum, on October 1, 1972.[1] The album's songs were recorded during the 4 for McGovern concert held in benefit towards George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign; her segment for the event was titled "Barbra-Live!" and took place on April 15, 1972 at The Forum in Los Angeles.[2][3] Tickets for the performance ranged in price from $5.50 to $100.00 USD and the event itself grossed over $300,000; however, after covering the expenses for the show, McGovern's campaign only received approximately $18,000 in donations from Streisand's event.[4] During select live renditions, and to warn the public on the misuse of drugs and alcohol, the singer pretended as if she was under the influence of marijuana.[3][5]

Richard Perry solely and executively produced the album's eleven tracks, which are selections taken from previous works in Streisand's music catalog. Arrangements for the songs were headed by Don Costa, Don Hannah, Peter Matz, Claus Ogerman and Gene Page. David Shire served as the conductor on Live Concert at the Forum and Eddie Kendrix was tasked as being Streisand's vocal director.[6] The album was later released as a CD on September 6, 1989.[7]

Singles[edit]

Three singles were released from Live Concert at the Forum, all throughout 1972. The medley of "Sweet Inspiration" and "Where You Lead" was released as the album's lead single on May 25, 1972 on 7" vinyl with B-side track "Didn't We".[8] This medley was the most commercially successful single on Live Concert at the Forum, peaking at number 37 in both the United States and Canada.[9][10] In addition to being nominated at the 15th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance,[11] Streisand would later feature this live rendition on her second greatest hits album, Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits Volume 2 (1978).[12] Her medley of "Sing" and "Make Your Own Kind of Music" served as the album's second single in August 1972 and was paired with her live performance of "Starting Here, Starting Now" as the B-side.[13] It reached number 94 on the Billboard Hot 100 and entered the lower positions of the Adult Contemporary charts in both Canada and the United States.[9][14][15]

Streisand's version of "Didn't We" was released as the album's third and final single in November 1972. Columbia Records distributed the single on 7" vinyl alongside B-side track "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever".[16] According to Julian Coleman of Billboard, the cover was popular on soul radio and was frequently on rotation for airplay.[17] Her rendition peaked at number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100 and on the Adult Contemporary charts in the United States and Canada, it reached numbers 22 and 46, respectively.[18][19][20]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone (Positive)[21]

William Ruhlmann from AllMusic awarded the album three out of five stars, enjoying the noticeable differences of "how much her music ha[s] changed since her first [live album] had been released four years before". Singling out her performances of "People" and "Stoney End", he noted that they both "demonstrate Streisand's versatility" as a musician. Ruhlmann also complimented her vocals, acknowledged her "powerful delivery", and enjoyed her commentary during the monologue, finding it to be "as dated as it was timely in 1972".[5] Also singling out Streisand's vocal delivery, Rolling Stone's Jon Landau wrote that "there is something about that big, beautiful, instantly recognizable voice singing in front of a strictly pro big band that casts a shadow over the material"; describing it as a pop record, he called "On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)" the album's best track and found that, overall, the album's strengths never overshadow the "shortcomings [because they] never really seem to matter".[21]

In the United States, the album debuted at number 100 on the Billboard 200 for the week ending November 18, 1972.[22] On January 6 of the following year, Live Concert at the Forum peaked at number 19.[23] The Recording Industry Association of America certified the live album Gold for shipments upwards of 500,000 sales on February 13, 1973 and upgraded the certification to Platinum for shipments of one million on November 21, 1986.[24] In Canada, where the album was released under the title Barbra Streisand Live, it peaked at a slightly higher position. The record debuted on the list, compiled by RPM, at number 94 on December 2, 1972 and during the following month it would peak at number 17.[25][26]

Track listing[edit]

Live Concert at the Forum – Standard edition[6]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sing / Make Your Own Kind of Music" 4:23
2. "Starting Here, Starting Now" 2:45
3. "Don't Rain on My Parade" 2:40
4. "Monologue" (Dialogue)   3:12
5. "On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)" 1:56
6. "Sweet Inspiration / Where You Lead" 6:19
7. "Didn't We" Jimmy Webb 3:12
8. "My Man"
4:34
9. "Stoney End" Laura Nyro 3:06
10. "Sing / Happy Days Are Here Again" 5:30
11. "People" Merrill 3:28
Total length: 41:05

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of the standard edition of Live Concert at the Forum.[6]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
position
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[26] 17
US Billboard 200[23] 19

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[24] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "Live Concert at the Forum – Barbra Streisand". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved December 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Barbra-Live!". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 84 (45): 5. November 4, 1972. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Waldman 2001, p. 52
  4. ^ Spada & Nickens 1981, p. 149
  5. ^ a b c Ruhlmann, William. "Barbra Streisand – Live Concert at the Forum". AllMusic. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c Live Concert at the Forum (Liner notes). Barbra Streisand (CD release ed.). Columbia. 1972. C4K 31760. 
  7. ^ "Live Concert at the Forum – Live: Barbra Streisand". Amazon.com (US). Retrieved December 2, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Sweet Inspiration / Where You Lead" / "Didn't We" (Liner notes). Barbra Streisand. Columbia. 1972. 4-45626. 
  9. ^ a b "Barbra Streisand Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 26, 2017. 
  10. ^ "RPM Top Singles – Barbra Streisand". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 12, 2017. 
  11. ^ "15th Annual Grammy Awards". The Recording Academy. Retrieved December 31, 2016. 
  12. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Barbra Streisand – Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2". AllMusic. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Sing / Make Your Own Kind of Music" / "Starting Here, Starting Now" (Liner notes). Barbra Streisand. Columbia. 1972. 4-45686. 
  14. ^ "RPM Adult Contemporary Singles – Barbra Streisand". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 12, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Barbra Streisand Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved December 26, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Didn't We" / "On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)" (Liner notes). Barbra Streisand. Columbia. 1972. 4-45739. 
  17. ^ Coleman, Julian (December 23, 1972). "Soul Sauce". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 84 (52): 18. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  18. ^ "The Hot 100 – The Week Of January 20, 1973". Billboard. January 20, 1973. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  19. ^ Billboard staff (December 23, 1972). "Billboard Easy Listening: Top 40". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 84 (52): 22. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 4271". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 26, 2017. 
  21. ^ a b Landau, Jon (December 21, 1972). "Album Reviews: Barbra Streisand – Live Concert at the Forum". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on August 21, 2008. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Billboard 200: The Week Of November 18, 1972". Billboard. November 18, 1972. Retrieved November 26, 2017. 
  23. ^ a b "Barbra Streisand Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  24. ^ a b "American album certifications – Barbra Streisand – Live in Concert at the Forum". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 26, 2017.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  25. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 4244". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 26, 2017. 
  26. ^ a b "Top RPM Albums: Issue 4253". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  27. ^ Live Concert at the Forum (Liner notes). Barbra Streisand (8-track cartridge ed.). Columbia. 1972. CA 31760. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Spada, James; Nickens, Christopher (1981). Streisand: The Woman and the Legend. Dolphin Books. ISBN 0385175671. 
  • Waldman, Allison J. (2001). The Barbra Streisand Scrapbook (illustrated, revised ed.). Citadel Press. ISBN 0806522186. 

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