Barbra Streisand

Love Songs

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Having been a successful recording artist for nearly 20 years but finding it difficult to break through to the British market, Barbra Streisand was finally on a run of hit albums beginning with the soundtrack to A Star Is Born, which she shared with Kris Kristofferson, Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, and biggest of them all, the Barry Gibb produced Guilty. CBS decided to consolidate her position as the premier female MOR singer in the world and released the album Love Songs with an extensive TV advertising campaign backing it. In the U.S. the album was released as Memories and was a ten-track compilation only, but in the U.K., Love Songs included 14 tracks with a running time of nearly one hour. It worked a treat and ended 1982 as the best-selling album overall, even beating the phenomenon of the Kids from Fame into second place. It wasn't exactly a greatest-hits collection as many of the biggest singles were missing, notably the tracks from Guilty, but with that album still on the charts at the time of the release of Love Songs, even CBS thought it may be stretching it to include tracks from that. Ignoring everything Streisand had recorded in the '60s, her major duets from the '70s are included: "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" with Neil Diamond and "No More Tears Enough Is Enough" with Donna Summer, as well as her solo hits "Evergreen (The Love Theme from a Star Is Born)," "The Way We Were," and a couple of her recent U.S. hits, "Comin in and out of Your Life" and "My Heart Belongs to Me." Also included were the title track from the album Wet, her version of Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind," and "Memory" the song from Cats that was released as a single to help promote the album, but was a strange choice as it had been such a big hit for Elaine Paige less than a year previously.

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