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Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand

She’s still got it! Barbra – a one-woman conglomerate of artistry – is still going strong.  If you compiled a sizzle reel of the last year alone,
the viewers would see a sell-out tour, a new #1 album, a dedicated radio channel, a rare late-night television appearance, a Grammy nod, a sultry
fashion magazine photo shoot, a classic movie voted into the National Film Registry, and a powerful speech on equality…and even more.
By the way, Encore’s debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums list (9–17-16) wasn’t her only recent effort to make the charts.
Her Music…Mem’ries…Magic tour landed at #1 on the Hot Tour chart (12–13-16), and all-new remixes of “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)”
– her duet with Donna Summer – are still climbing the Dance Club Songs chart as All About Barbra is going to press.

VIDEO: Barbra and Donna Summer sing: “No More Tears (Enough is Enough)”

In the works: she will also be
adding at least two new job titles to her celebrated résumé: autobiographer of that long-awaited memoir, and chairwoman of the board for a performing
arts center at the World Trade Center.  How does she do it?  With energy, willpower, drive, and talent for days.  That’s how.

A note on those liner notes Remember the chefs who won’t share their secrets?  Remember, “Clark Kent, eat your heart out?”
Remember the glimpse of infinity?  If you’re like me, each new Barbra album release is a major event.  Back in the day, it wasn’t just the
discovery of new music… and long before the Internet, even the track list was a true surprise.  It was also the album cover.  That was art.

LISTEN! Barbra and Hugh Jackman sing "Any Moment Now" from her album Encore. (A Marvin Hamlisch / Howard Ashman unproduce tune from the Musical Smile.

LISTEN! Barbra and Hugh Jackman sing “Any Moment Now” from her album Encore. (A Marvin Hamlisch / Howard Ashman unproduce tune from the Musical Smile.

You could hold it and stare at it… sometimes with a gatefold or a poster or a booklet. The photography.  The font.  There was great entertainment
to be had before the vinyl platter ever touched the turntable.  And then there were those liner notes.  In Streisand albums, these were the commentary
to cap the excitement.  Even her very first album had an intriguing, promissory note by Harold Arlen: “The young lady (a mere twenty) has a stunning future.”
He wasn’t kidding.  In the 70s and beyond, Barbra took to penning some liner notes of her own.  She became a chef who shared her secrets.

Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford. Film: The Way We Were (1973)

The “making of” enhanced the art of the music.  Nowhere is this more evident than in the liner notes by Barbra’s longtime A & R man, Jay Landers.
Starting with the Barbra: The Concert CD and continuing through with many of the albums that followed – all the way to Encore – Jay has invited us into the
recording studio or the concert hall or Barbra’s home turf, Grandma’s House – and shared what it was like to witness the greatest singer of all time recording
her songs.  For more than two decades, his compelling liner notes have captured the excitement of being there. To say I am grateful to him for the opportunity to participate as the Liner Notes Editor for the Encore CD is the understatement of the year! Holding Barbra’s records in my hands since I was eight years old and poring over them for endless hours and being captivated by the images and words and designs, they became a part of me. They were my hobby, my inspiration, and my joy.  Working in any capacity on a Streisand project is cause for celebration.  So dear Jay…and of course, dear Barbra…if I haven’t said it enough, let me say it here once more: THANK YOU!

Source: Todd Sussman. Thanks to “All About Barbra Magazine
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