The Essential Barbra Streisand

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The Essential Barbra Streisand
The Essential Barbra Streisand.jpg
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)Christmas Memories2001
The Essential Barbra Streisand
(2002)
Duets
(2002)Duets2002
Alternative cover
The Essential Barbra Streisand 2.jpg
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]

The Essential Barbra Streisand (released in some countries as The Ultimate Collection) 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 one
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "A Sleepin' Bee" (from The Barbra Streisand Album, 1963) Mike Berniker 4:22
2. "Cry Me a River" (from The Barbra Streisand Album, 1963) Arthur Hamilton Berniker 3:37
3. "I Stayed Too Long at the Fair" (from The Second Barbra Streisand Album, 1963) Billy Barnes Berniker 4:20
4. "Lover, Come Back to Me" (from The Second Barbra Streisand Album, 1963) Berniker 2:17
5. "People" (from People, 1964) Berniker 3:40
6. "My Man" (from My Name Is Barbra, 1965) Robert Mersey 2:17
7. "Second Hand Rose" (from My Name Is Barbra, Two..., 1965) Mersey 2:09
8. "He Touched Me" (from My Name Is Barbra, Two..., 1965) Mersey 3:10
9. "Don't Rain on My Parade" (from Funny Girl (soundtrack), 1968)
  • Styne
  • Merrill
Jack Gold 2:45
10. "Happy Days Are Here Again" (live from A Happening in Central Park, 1968) Jack Gold 3:14
11. "On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)" (from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (soundtrack), 1970) Wally Gold 2:11
12. "Stoney End" (from Stoney End, 1971) Laura Nyro Richard Perry 2:59
13. "Since I Fell for You" (from Barbra Joan Streisand, 1971) Buddy Johnson Perry 3:25
14. "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" (from The Way We Were, 1974) Wally Gold 3:20
15. "The Way We Were" (from The Way We Were, 1974)
Marty Paich 3:30
16. "All in Love Is Fair" (from The Way We Were, 1974) Stevie Wonder Tommy LiPuma 3:50
17. "Lazy Afternoon" (from Lazy Afternoon, 1975) 3:50
18. "Evergreen" (from A Star Is Born (soundtrack), 1976)
3:05
19. "My Heart Belongs to Me" (from Streisand Superman, 1977) Alan Gordon 3:21
20. "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" (Duet with Neil Diamond, from Greatest Hits Volume 2, 1978)
Bob Gaudio 3:24
21. "The Main Event/Fight" (from The Main Event (soundtrack), 1979) Esty 4:55
22. "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" (Duet with Donna Summer, from Wet, 1979)
  • Jabara
  • Roberts
Gary Klein 4:43
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Woman in Love" (from Guilty, 1980) 3:51
2. "Guilty" (Duet with Barry Gibb, from Guilty, 1980)
  • Barry Gibb
  • Galuten
  • Richardson
4:24
3. "Comin' In and Out of Your Life" (from Memories, 1981)
  • Richard Parker
  • Bobby Whiteside
Andrew Lloyd Webber 4:09
4. "Memory" (from Memories, 1981) Webber 3:55
5. "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" (from Yentl (soundtrack), 1983)
  • Alan Bergman
  • Marilyn Bergman
  • Legrand
  • Streisand
  • Alan & Marilyn Bergman
3:29
6. "A Piece of Sky" (from Yentl (soundtrack), 1983)
  • Alan Bergman
  • Marilyn Bergman
  • Legrand
  • Streisand
  • Alan & Marilyn Bergman
4:20
7. "Putting It Together" (from The Broadway Album, 1985) Stephen Sondheim
4:21
8. "Not While I'm Around" (from The Broadway Album, 1985) Sondheim Richard Baskin 3:29
9. "Send in the Clowns" (from The Broadway Album, 1985) Sondheim Streisand 4:43
10. "Somewhere" (from The Broadway Album, 1985) David Foster 4:56
11. "All I Ask of You" (from Till I Loved You, 1988) Ramone 4:02
12. "Children Will Listen" (from Back to Broadway, 1993) Sondheim Streisand 4:09
13. "As If We Never Said Goodbye" (from Back to Broadway, 1993)
4:44
14. "I Finally Found Someone" (Duet with Bryan Adams, from The Mirror Has Two Faces (soundtrack), 1996) Foster 3:41
15. "Tell Him" (Duet with Celine Dion, from Higher Ground, 1997)
  • Foster
  • Afanasieff
4:51
16. "I've Dreamed of You" (from A Love Like Ours, 1999) Streisand 4:44
17. "Someday My Prince Will Come"
4:06
18. "You'll Never Walk Alone"
Streisand 4:35

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[21] Platinum 70,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[22] Gold 15,840[22]
France (SNEP)[23] Gold 100,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[24] Platinum 15,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[11] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[25] Gold 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[27] Platinum 506,000[28]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[29] Platinum 1,000,000*

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

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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