Barbra: The Concert (1994)

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Tracks

Disc/ Act I

Concert CDs
  1. Overture [5:47]
  2. As If We Never Said Goodbye [4:20]
    (A. Lloyd Webber / D. Black / C. Hampton / A. Powers)
  3. Opening Remarks [1:13]
  4. I'm Still Here/Everybody Says Don't/Don't Rain On My Parade [4:25]
    ("Here" - S. Sondheim; "Everybody" - S. Sondheim; "Don't" - J. Styne / B. Merrill)
  5. Can't Help Lovin' That Man [4:29]
    (J. Kern / O. Hammerstein II)
  6. I'll Know (with Marlon Brando) [2:48]
    (F. Loesser)
  7. People [4:18]
    (J. Styne / B. Merrill)
  8. Lover Man [1:17]
    (J. Davis / R.J. Ramirez / J. Sherman)
  9. Therapist Dialogue #1 [1:24]
  10. Will He Like Me? [1:59]
    (S. Harnick / J. Bock)
  11. Therapist Dialogue #2 [1:00]
  12. He Touched Me [2:51]
    (M. Schafer / I. Levin)
  13. Evergreen [3:17]
    (B. Streisand / P. Williams)
  14. Therapist Dialogue #3 [1:54]
  15. The Man That Got Away [4:05]
    (H. Arlen / I. Gershwin)
  16. On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever) [3:29]
    (B. Lane / A.J. Lerner)

Disc/Act II

  1. Entr'acte [3:02]
  2. The Way We Were [3:15]
    (M. Hamlisch / A. Bergman / M. Bergman)
  3. You Don't Bring Me Flowers [4:44]
    (N. Diamond / A. Bergman / M. Bergman)
  4. Lazy Afternoon [4:30]
    (J. LaTouche / J. Moross)
  5. Disney Medley [5:07] *
    • Once Upon A Dream
      (S. Fain / J. Lawrence)
    • When You Wish Upon A Star
      (L. Harline / N. Washington)
    • Someday My Prince Will Come
      (L. Morey / F. Churchill)
  6. Not While I'm Around [3:03]
    (S. Sondheim)
  7. Ordinary Miracles [4:35]
    (M. Hamlisch / A. Bergman / M. Bergman)
  8. Yentl Medley [9:18]
    (M. Legrand / A. Bergman / M. Bergman)
    • Where Is It Written?
    • Papa, Can You Hear Me?
    • Will Someone Ever Look At Me That Way?
    • A Piece Of Sky
  9. Happy Days Are Here Again [3:40]
    (M. Ager / J. Yellen)
  10. My Man [3:18]
    (M. Yvain / C. Pollack / A. Willemetz / J. Charles)
  11. For All We Know [5:04]
    (J.F. Coots / S.M. Lewis)
  12. Somewhere [5:15]
    (L. Bernstein / S. Sondheim)

* Recorded January 1, 1994 at MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas

About the Album

“Nothing with Barbra is ever just handed in,” Marty Erlichman told the Los Angeles Times Calendar. “On these recordings there were 64 musicians and it takes a lot of mixing and editing to make it really sound live.”

Jay Landers also told the newspaper: “Fortunately, in this particular situation it was sort of a matter of being able to choose—and I don't want to sound too effusive—between great and greater performances of particular songs. We spent a considerable amount of time listening and relistening to all the shows recorded.

“One evening,” Landers said, “the composer Jule Styne, who did Funny Girl, was in the audience, front row center, and Barbra dedicated ‘People’ to him and the New York audience went berserk, so we wanted to have that. And on the closing night [of the New York run], Barbra's image was projected on the Jumbotron in Times Square where there were tens of thousands of people, and Barbra shouted out ‘Hello, Times Square!’ and we wanted to preserve that moment.”

The Concert press release

Barbra: The Concert —Streisand's fourth live album—was a nicely packaged, 2-CD set from Columbia Records. It contained an attractive, fold-out insert with photos, concert credits, reviews, and liner notes.

Concert CD packaging

Fold out insert

Columbia Records repackaged and re-cut the 2-CD set into a single-CD release the next year called Barbra Streisand: The Concert—Highlights.

Newspaper ad for Concert CD and VHS

Columbia released a CD-single of the new Marvin Hamlisch-penned song, “Ordinary Miracles,” in May 1994 to promote Streisand's concert tour. [Read more about it in the Streisand Singles section of this site].

The only other place to find the studio version of “Ordinary Miracles” is on an out-of-print Columbia compilation CD entitled 1995 Grammy Nominees (Columbia CK-67043).

Out of print Grammy CD

Billboard Charts

The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine.

Here's the numbers for this Streisand album:

Gold: 500,000 units shipped

Platinum: 1 million units shipped.

Note: The record company must submit an album to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) where it undergoes a certification process to become eligible for an award. The process entails an independent sales audit, which calculates the quantity of singles or albums shipped for sale, net after returns. The audit surveys shipments to the entire music marketplace, including retail, record clubs, television sales, Internet orders and other ancillary markets. Based on the certification of these shipments, a title is awarded Gold, Platinum, Multi-Platinum or Diamond status. The data here comes directly from official sources, mainly the RIAA online database.

Grammy Nomination

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