For her first live recording in more than 14 years (a benefit held in her backyard with tickets at $5,000.00 dollars a throw), Barbra Streisand reviewed her work in the interim, singing her chart-topping themes from the movies The Way We Were and A Star Is Born and choosing material from such memorable projects as Guilty (for which Barry Gibb got up and sang along), Yentl, and The Broadway Album. She also found room for a wonderful version of "Over the Rainbow" and for such old favorites as "People" and "Happy Days Are Here Again," the latter a Democratic Party campaign song and therefore singularly appropriate since the concert was held to raise money for Democratic Senate candidates. The political caste of the evening came out in Streisand's sometimes preachy stage remarks and the concert-closing "America the Beautiful," but it was possible to enjoy the recording no matter what your politics.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann