The Way We Were is an album recorded by singer Barbra Streisand. It was originally released in 1974 with the title The Way We Were but due to legal disputes with producer Ray Stark who produced the feature film with the same name, the album was re-issued and re-titled Barbra Streisand Featuring the Hit Single The Way We Were and All in Love Is Fair, the title The Way We Were was removed from the front, and the spine of the vinyl release reflected the new title. The title has since been changed back to The Way We Were and the cover art has had this title added back to its original release for its 2002 digitally remastered compact disc issuing.
The album contains six songs originally recorded in 1970 for an album that was to be entitled The Singer that was eventually shelved. In 1991 two other tracks recorded for The Singer ("The Singer" and "I Can Do It") were issued on Streisand's four-disc retrospective box set Just for the Record.... The new songs recorded specifically for this album were "The Way We Were", "All in Love Is Fair", "Being at War with Each Other" and "Something So Right".
The album peaked at number 1 on the Billboard albums chart for two weeks and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA for sales of around 2,000,000. The album was certified Silver in UK (for 60,000 copies shipped) where this release was Streisand's fourth album to chart; it peaked at number 49. According to the liner notes of Barbra's retrospectivebox set: Just for the Record, the album also received a record certification in New Zealand.
The Way We Were has sold 3,000,000 copies world-wide.
The cover photograph was originally intended for a fashion spread in McCall's magazine.
The track "Pieces of Dreams" was written for the 1970 Robert Forsterfilm of the same name. Although Streisand's rendition of the tune was not featured in the movie itself, Columbia Records did issue a promo-only single of Streisand's version in 1970. It received little attention at the time.