The Essential Barbra Streisand

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The Essential Barbra Streisand
The singer's head appears in a black and white photograph.
Greatest hits album by Barbra Streisand
Released January 29, 2002 (2002-01-29)
Genre Pop
Length 2:30:53
Label Columbia
Producer
Barbra Streisand chronology
Christmas Memories
(2001)Christmas Memories2001
The Essential Barbra Streisand
(2002)
Duets
(2002)Duets2002

The Essential Barbra Streisand (retitled The Ultimate Collection in some countries) is the fifth greatest hits album by American singer Barbra Streisand, released on January 29, 2002, by Columbia Records. The compilation features 38 songs from Streisand's catalog, in addition to two previously unreleased tracks (covers of "Someday My Prince Will Come" and "You'll Never Walk Alone"). It includes material from 26 of the singer's albums and was described as a collection of, mainly, her pop songs. A reissued version of the compilation was distributed by Columbia in 2008 and includes a bonus disk featuring nine additional songs from Streisand's discography.

Critically, the album was noted for being a comprehensive and complete view of her discography, unlike her previous greatest hits releases. It topped the charts in Ireland, Scotland, and the United Kingdom, and peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200 in the United States. The Essential Barbra Streisand also reached the top ten in several countries and was included on four year-end lists. The album has since been certified Platinum in Australia, Europe, New Zealand, Spain, and the United States, and multi-platinum in the United Kingdom.

Background and development[edit]

The Essential Barbra Streisand was released on January 29, 2002, by Columbia Records.[1] A compilation of Streisand's "pop-oriented performances",[2] the collection contains two discs featuring 38 songs from Streisand's discography. Representing 26 albums from her career, the first-recorded song included on The Essential Barbra Streisand is "A Sleepin' Bee" from The Barbra Streisand Album (1963), while the most recent track featured is "I've Dreamed of You" from A Love Like Ours (1999).[3] In addition, Streisand included two previously unreleased tracks on the second disc, covers of "Someday My Prince Will Come" and "You'll Never Walk Alone". William Ruhlmann from AllMusic suggested that the former song was recorded during sessions for A Love Like Ours while the latter was meant for her twenty-seventh studio album, Higher Ground (1997).[4] In some European countries, the album was released under the title The Ultimate Collection with an identical track listing.[5]

The Essential Barbra Streisand was reissued in 2008 through a co-partnership between Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings. The new version featured a bonus third disk with seven more songs from Streisand's back-catalog and two live renditions.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[4]

The Essential Barbra Streisand was given a perfect five star rating by AllMusic's William Ruhlmann. He felt that Streisand's discography had not been detailed well on her previous compilations and considered The Essential Barbra Streisand to be the best choice for fans not willing to purchase the expensive box set Just for the Record... (1992). Considering it comprehensive, Ruhlmann praised the album's inclusion of her eleven top ten hits and nearly all of her top 40 hits.[4] Tom Santopietro, author of The Importance of Being Barbra: The Brilliant, Tumultuous Career of Barbra Streisand, was disappointed by Streisand's decision to release two greatest hits albums in the same year (the other being Duets). Describing her action as "cynical", he wrote: "At this point, even the most die-hard Streisand fan could be forgiven for expressing frustration at yet another release of 'People' and 'The Way We Were'." However, he praised the inclusion of "Someday My Prince Will Come" and "You'll Never Walk Alone", calling them both "extraordinary" cover tracks.[7] In addition to The Barbra Streisand Album and Stoney End (1971), Phyllis Fulford and Michael Miller, authors of the 2003 book The Complete Idiot's Guide to Singing, listed The Essential Barbra Streisand as one of the singer's "CDs that best represent [her] more pop-oriented performances".[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Essential Barbra Streisand entered the Billboard 200 at number 15, its peak position, during the week of February 16, 2002. It was the chart's second highest entry of the week, just behind the soundtrack to the 2002 film State Property, which debuted at number 14. It spent a total of nine weeks on the Billboard 200.[8] On March 15, 2002, it was certified Gold as a multi-disk package by Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for physical shipments of 250,000 copies; its certification was then upgraded to Platinum, signifying shipments of 500,000 copies, on October 17, 2003.[9] As of June 22, 2007, The Essential Barbra Streisand has sold 506,000 copies in the United States.[10] Elsewhere in North America, it debuted in Canada at number 73 according to the chart published by Nielsen SoundScan.[11]

In Europe, The Essential Barbra Streisand topped the charts in several countries and has been certified Platinum by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry for sales upwards of one million.[12] According to the Official Charts Company, it topped the charts in both Scotland and the United Kingdom.[13][14] In the latter country, the compilation spent 49 weeks charting and was ranked on the year-end sales charts for both 2002 and 2003 at positions 36 and 192, respectively.[15][16] It was later certified double-platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for shipments of 600,000 copies.[17] In the same continent, The Essential Barbra Streisand (or The Ultimate Collection in some European territories) topped the Irish Albums Chart,[18] and reached the top ten in Belgium,[19] Denmark,[20] Finland,[21] Germany,[22] Greece,[23] the Netherlands,[24] Norway,[25] and Sweden.[26] In Oceania, the album peaked in Australia and New Zealand at numbers 5 and 3, respectively.[27][28] Both countries issued the compilation Platinum certifications as well.[29][30]

When the album was reissued in 2007 and 2008 in several European countries, it debuted on the album charts in Austria, Italy, and Spain. In the first country, it reached the top twenty and peaked at number 11,[31] and in Italy it peaked at number 75.[32] In Spain, the album originally peaked at number 14 but reentered in 2013 at number 85.[33][34] The Essential Barbra Streisand has since been certified Platinum in the lattermost country for shipments of 100,000 units.[35]

Track listing[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[29] Platinum 70,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[43] Gold 15,840[43]
France (SNEP)[44] Gold 100,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[30] Platinum 15,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[35] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[45] Gold 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] Platinum 506,000[10]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[12] Platinum 1,000,000*

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "Album – The Essential Barbra Streisand – Barbra Streisand". iTunes Store (US). January 29, 2002. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Fulford & Miller 2003, p. 158
  3. ^ a b c The Essential Barbra Streisand (Liner notes). Barbra Streisand. Columbia. 2002. C2K 86123. 
  4. ^ a b c Ruhlmann, William. "Barbra Streisand – The Essential Barbra Streisand". AllMusic. Retrieved January 6, 2018. 
  5. ^ The Ultimate Collection (Liner notes). Barbra Streisand. Columbia. 2002. 506257 2. 
  6. ^ a b The Essential Barbra Streisand (Liner notes). Barbra Streisand (Reissued ed.). Columbia, Legacy. 2008. 88897 34570 2. 
  7. ^ Santopietro 2007, p. 56
  8. ^ a b "Barbra Streisand Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "American album certifications – Barbra Streisand – The Essential Barbra Streisand". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 26, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
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  13. ^ a b "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
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  15. ^ a b "End of Year Album Chart Top 100 - 2002". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 5, 2017. 
  16. ^ a b "2003 Year-End Charts" (PDF). Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
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  23. ^ a b "Greek Foreign Albums Chart (31/5 - 5/6)". IFPI Greece. May 31, 2002. Archived from the original on June 2, 2002. Retrieved June 2, 2002. 
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  29. ^ a b "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  30. ^ a b "New Zealand album certifications – Barbra Streisand – The Essential". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
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  32. ^ a b "Italiancharts.com – Barbra Streisand – The Essential". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  33. ^ a b Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
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  35. ^ a b "Spanish album certifications – Barbra Streisand – The Essential" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved October 26, 2013.  Select album under "Chart", enter 2002 in the field "Year". Select '' in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts"
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Bibliography[edit]

  • Fulford, Phyllis; Miller, Michael (2003). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Singing (illustrated ed.). Penguin. ISBN 1592570860. 
  • Santopietro, Tom (April 1, 2007). The Importance of Being Barbra: The Brilliant, Tumultuous Career of Barbra Streisand. Macmillan. ISBN 142990853X. 

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