Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway (2016)

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Encore deluxe cover

Encore CD Cover

CD Tracks

Regular Edition:

  1. At the Ballet (with Anne Hathaway and Daisy Ridley) [7:30]
    (M. Hamlisch / E. Kleban)
  2. Loving You (with Patrick Wilson) [3:30] (S. Sondheim)
  3. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) (with Anthony Newley) [4:24]
    (A. Newley / L. Bricusse)
  4. The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened (with Alec Baldwin) [3:13] (S. Sondheim)
  5. Any Moment Now (with Hugh Jackman) [4:45] (M. Hamlisch / C. Leigh)
  6. Anything You Can Do (with Melissa McCarthy) [3:12] (I. Berlin)
  7. Pure Imagination (with Seth MacFarlane) [4:12] (A. Newley / L. Bricusse)
  8. Take Me to the World (with Antonio Banderas) [4:16] (S. Sondheim)
  9. I'll Be Seeing You / I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face (with Chris Pine) [4:41]
    (S. Fain / I. Kahal) (A.J. Lerner / F. Loewe)
  10. Climb Ev'ry Mountain (with Jamie Foxx) [4:01] (R. Rodgers / O. Hammerstein II)
Encore CD

Deluxe CD—Target & EU Version:

  1. At the Ballet (with Anne Hathaway and Daisy Ridley) [7:30]
    (M. Hamlisch / E. Kleban)
  2. Loving You (with Patrick Wilson) [3:30] (S. Sondheim)
  3. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) (with Anthony Newley) [4:24]
    (A. Newley / L. Bricusse)
  4. Any Moment Now (with Hugh Jackman) [4:45] (M. Hamlisch / C. Leigh)
  5. I Didn't Know What Time It Was * [5:48] (R. Rodgers / L. Hart)
  6. The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened (with Alec Baldwin) [3:13] (S. Sondheim)
  7. Not A Day Goes By * [3:19] (S. Sondheim)
  8. Anything You Can Do (with Melissa McCarthy) [3:12] (I. Berlin)
  9. Fifty Percent * [4:26] (B. Goldenberg / A. Bergman / M. Bergman)
  10. I'll Be Seeing You / I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face (with Chris Pine) [4:41]
    (S. Fain / I. Kahal) (A.J. Lerner / F. Loewe)
  11. Losing My Mind * [3:56] (S. Sondheim)
  12. Pure Imagination (with Seth MacFarlane) [4:12] (A. Newley / L. Bricusse)
  13. Take Me to the World (with Antonio Banderas) [4:16] (S. Sondheim)
  14. Climb Ev'ry Mountain (with Jamie Foxx) [4:01] (R. Rodgers / O. Hammerstein II)

* Solo bonus tracks

StubHub Bonus Track:

  1. Loving You (solo version) **

** Customers who purchased Streisand concert tickets on StubHub were given a link to download a special track — “Loving You,” which was a solo version of the song sung by Barbra with a different orchestration.

Individual track credits:

(DELUXE songs listed below ... Mouse and click on each song to reveal the credits...)

1. At the Ballet

From A CHORUS LINE

Voice of Zach: Bradley Cooper

Drums: Vinnie Colaiuta

Bass: Chuck Berghofer

Piano, Synths, and Percussion: Walter Afanasieff

Guitar: Dean Parks

2. Loving You

From PASSION

Bass: Nathan East and Walter Afanasieff

Piano and Synths: Walter Afanasieff

3. Who Can I Turn To

From THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT - THE SMELL OF THE CROWD

Bass: Nathan East and Walter Afanasieff

Piano and Synths: Walter Afanasieff

4. Any Moment Now

From SMILE

Drums and Percussion: Walter Afanasieff

Bass: Nathan East

Piano and Synths: Walter Afanasieff

Guitar: Dean Parks

Background Vocals: Luke Edgemon and Missi Hale

5. I Didn't Know What Time It Was

From TOO MANY GIRLS

Trumpet Solo: Chris Botti

Drums: Peter Erskine

Bass: Chuck Berghofer

Piano: Randy Waldman

Guitar: George Doering

6. The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened

From ROAD SHOW

Drums: Vinnie Colaiuta and Walter Afanasieff

Bass: Chuck Berghofer

Piano: Randy Waldman

Guitar: Dean Parks and Tim Pierce

Background Vocals: Luke Edgemon and Missi Hale

7. Not a Day Goes By

From MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

8. Anything You Can Do

From ANNIE GET YOUR GUN

New Lyrics: David Zippel and Gerard Alessandrini

Strings and Horns arranged by Walter Afanasieff and Chris Walden

Piano, Bass and Drums: Walter Afanasieff

Saxophones: Sal Lozano

Guitar: Andrew Synowiec

9. Fifty Percent

From BALLROOM

Bass: Walter Afanasieff

Male Voice: James Brolin

10. I'll Be Seeing You / I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face

From RIGHT THIS WAY and MY FAIR LADY

Drums: Vinnie Colaiuta and Walter Afanasieff

Bass: Chuck Berghofer

Piano: Randy Waldman

Synths: Walter Afanasieff

Percussion: Luis Conte and Walter Afanasieff

Guitar: Dean Parks

 

11. Losing My Mind

From FOLLIES

Arranged by: William Ross and Walter Afanasieff and Barbra Streisand

12. Pure Imagination

From CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Bass, Synths and Percussion: Walter Afanasieff

Background Vocals: Luke Edgemon and Missi Hale

13. Take Me to the World

From EVENING PRIMROSE

Bass: Nathan East

Piano and Synths: Walter Afanasieff

14. Climb Ev'ry Mountain

From THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Bass, Piano, Percussion and Synths: Walter Afanasieff

Barnes & Noble Exclusive — LP Tracks

Barnes and Noble LP front and back cover

 

Side 1

Side 2

* The LP came with a code to login and download a digital copy of the album [Valid until August 27, 2017].

* The Barnes & Noble exclusive LP contained a poster and the album in lavender-colored vinyl.

Barnes and Noble insert and vinyl

About the Album

Streisand, Reitzas and Afanasieff

Photo above: From left to right Barbra Streisand, David Reitzas and Walter Afanasieff

Walter Afanasieff started making instrumental demos for the songs on Encore in the Summer of 2015 with his engineer Tyler Gordon. Over at Momentum Studio, Bill Ross also produced demos with his associate Mary Webster. Shortly after the demo work began, David Reitzas recorded the dialogue for the songs at Grandma's House on Streisand's California property. “That was the early stages of creating a kind of dialogue road-map,” Reitzas explained to Sound On Sound magazine. “She performed all the parts of the female vocals, and Walter or her husband [James Brolin] did the male vocal parts.”

David Reitzas continued: “The process is that I load their demos as audio into Pro Tools. I spend time with these demos, making them sound as good as I can, so we can keep building the songs and figuring out the arrangement while we record vocals [...] once it was decided who was going to sing on a track, we had to work out the keys that are best for the singer or singers, which meant that we might have to replace a whole section in the demo, using a different key and with new transitions to get to that key. The arrangements are constantly evolving, and Walter and Bill later in their studios changed the MIDI to match the changes I made to the audio.”

The next step in the process of creating the Encore album was to start recording the final vocals. Sessions began February 12, 2016 at Woodshed Recording in Malibu (you can see the gorgeous wood studio with outdoor vistas in the YouTube videos for the album). Jamie Foxx and Streisand recorded “Climb Ev'ry Mountain” first. “At the Ballet,” “Loving You,” “Pure Imagination,” “Losing My Mind,” and “Who Can I Turn To?” followed.

“We spent a lot of time on the vocals, trying them one day, picking the best ideas, trying them again another day, and so on, until we felt comfortable with the most honest readings,” Reitzas stated.

Streisand in recording studio

Singing partners Alec Baldwin and Hugh Jackman were recorded at MSR Studios in New York; Chris Pine's vocals at Angel Studios, and Antonio Banderas's vocals from AIR Studios in London were monitored remotely during the recording sessions by the Encore technical team.

In early April 2016, ten of the songs' final arrangements were recorded at the Barbra Streisand Scoring Stage with Bill Ross conducting the orchestra using movie streamers to keep in time with the score. (For “Anything You Can Do,” the team kept the original orchestral mock-up from the demo.)

Recording Encore wasn't always a high tech effort — iPhones came in handy! “There were a couple of times where [Barbra] had a vocal idea that she had recorded into her iPhone,” Reitzas told Sound on Sound. “I would put these ideas in the session as markers so we could later record those ideas properly on her microphone, but when we we later tried to re-record some of those ideas, she was like: ‘No, I like my reading of what I did on the iPhone better, so let's just use that.’ So you have to make it work. Obviously you use things like EQ and compression, or maybe you put a cymbal roll right before or after to try to trick the ear into not noticing or focusing on the sonic difference of the part I am trying to keep in there from the phone recording.”

Hugh Jackman recording his part

Walter Afanasieff and Jim Brolin both recorded the voice of Zach on “At the Ballet” — until Barbra had a last-minute idea to ask Bradley Cooper to play the part. “He recorded his voice on his iPhone and sent that to us,” Reitzas said. Apparently, the low-resolution recording worked perfectly since the director's voice is supposed to be coming through a P.A. on the record.

Streisand and Reitzas work together at Grandma's House to complete the final mixes of the songs. Final mastering was done at Gateway Mastering in Maine.

New York Times ad for ENCORE

Barbra's Movie Partners

Daisy Ridley explained to ABC Radio that her Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams arranged the meeting with Streisand. “J.J. told me she wants to meet me,” Ridley said. “I was like, ‘Sure…whatever you say.' I went for tea at her house … She doesn’t know this, but I left and I was sobbing [with joy] in the car. That was actually one of the moments where I thought, like, ‘Life-change moment,'” she explained. “Just the opportunities that were kind of coming up.” Singing with Streisand in the studio was overwhelming for Daisy. “It was amazing!” she exclaimed. “She’s an incredible human being. And we went to go see her concert which was, like, bring-the-roof-down.”

Patrick Wilson told talk show host Harry Connick, Jr. he was told “You can record your track in New York, or you can fly out and sing with her. Yeah, I'll take that one. That's the one I want to do.” Wilson described the duet with Streisand as “the gift that kept on giving” because he flew out to L.A. again to film the studio footage for the Electronic Press Kit; then he was able to sing the song live in concert with Streisand during her 2016 tour.

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.

Encore on Billboard chart at #1

Eleventh #1 Album

Billboard reported that Encore achieved #1 status with 149,000 units sold — most of those were “physical album sales” (i.e. CDs and LPs).

Barbra posted this statement upon hearing the good news:

When I heard the thrilling news that Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway had gone to #1 in the US, UK and Australia, I thought about the title of Hillary Clinton’s book, It Takes A Village!

I’m extremely happy to share this achievement with my brilliant movie partners: Alec Baldwin, Antonio Banderas, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Seth MacFarlane, Melissa McCarthy, Chris Pine, Daisy Ridley, Patrick Wilson, and my dear friend Anthony Newley. Also, special thanks to Bradley Cooper and my husband James Brolin for lending their speaking voices.

Deepest appreciation to Rob Stringer, Joel Klaiman, Chris Poppe, and everyone at Columbia Records, who've given their time and talent to bring this music to the world. I’m very proud to call Columbia “home" for my entire career.

Thanks also to Jason Iley and the great Sony Music UK team and to Denis Handlin and the great Sony Music Australia team, for all their belief in this album.

I especially want to thank my own tireless team — Marty Erlichman, Jay Landers, Walter Afanasieff, Bill Ross, Dave Reitzas, Ken Sunshine, and Renata Buser for all their talent and dedication.

Finally, as always, I want to thank the loyal fans who have continued to support my music through the years. I’m very grateful to all of you.

Barbra's thank you note for #1 album

Sony Australia's CEO Denis Handlin issued a statement, too. Encore was #1 in his country as well.

Barbra Streisand has one of the greatest voices of all time. She has been an incomparable recording artist on Columbia Records for more than 50 years and her latest album “Encore – Movie Partners sing Broadway” proves she is still at the top of her game. We are very proud of Barbra and the Number 1 Aria Chart Debut this week in Australia.

And, finally, Barbra's longtime manager, Marty Erlichman, wrote a letter to Barbra's fans.

Erlichman's letter to Streisand fans

Grammy Nomination

Album Cover Outtakes

By Russell James ...

Encore outtake

 

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