Barbra Streisand

Color Me Barbra

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All of the songs on Color Me Barbra were featured on Barbra Streisand's second TV special of the same name. (There were some more songs as well, but they had appeared on earlier albums.) It was a strong collection on which Streisand successfully tackled such standards as Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach's "Yesterdays" and Rodgers & Hart's "Where or When," as well as introducing some good new show material in "Where Am I Going?" from Sweet Charity and Richard Maltby, Jr and David Shire's "Starting Here, Starting Now," as well as displaying her comedic skills on "The Minute Waltz." The long medley of "face" songs ("Funny Face," "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," etc.) made more sense on TV, where Streisand sang it to a studio zoo full of animals, but was still enjoyable. The material wasn't all great, with a retread of "Gotta Move" by Streisand's arranger/conductor Peter Matz and a couple of French songs looking forward to Je M'Appelle Barbra among the filler.

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