For Funny Lady, the motion picture sequel to Funny Girl, a continuation of the musical biography of Fanny Brice again starring Barbra Streisand, songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb were brought in to write six new songs (replacing Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, who wrote the songs for Funny Girl), and the score was fleshed out with period songs, many of them co-written by Billy Rose, who was played by James Caan in the film, such as "I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five & Ten Cent Store)" and "Me And My Shadow." Since Streisand is not known for singing standards, the chief virtue of the soundtrack was hearing her singing songs like "Am I Blue," even if she sometimes camped them up. She also got to duet with co-star Ben Vereen on Kander and Ebb's "So Long Honey Lamb," and Vereen got his own solo on "Clap Hands, Here Comes Charley." These were not great virtues, however, especially when you also had to endure the singing of James Caan. But Streisand dominated the proceedings sufficiently to push the album to Top Ten, gold status, even if it was a minor entry in her extensive catalogue. The album was reissued on CD initially by Bay Cities. In 1998, Arista's own reissue, billed as The Funny Lady Soundtrack Masters, improved the sound with 20-bit digital mastering, resequenced the tracks to reflect the order of their appearance in the film, and added a single mix of "How Lucky Can You Get" as a bonus.
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