The Movie Album (2003)

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Movie Album cover

Back cover

Tracks

  1. Smile [4:16]
    music by Charles Chaplin; lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons (Modern Times, 1936)
  2. Moon River [3:41]
    music by Henry Mancini; lyrics by Johnny Mercer (Breakfast At Tiffany's, 1961)
  3. I'm In The Mood For Love [4:01]
    music by Jimmy McHugh; lyrics by Dorothy Fields (Every Night At Eight, 1935)
  4. Wild Is The Wind [4:12]
    music by Dimitri Tiomkin; lyrics by Ned Washington (Wild Is The Wind, 1957)
  5. Emily [3:45]
    music by Johnny Mandel; lyrics by Johnny Mercer with additional new lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman (The Americanization Of Emily, 1964)
  6. More In Love With You [4:41]
    music by André Previn based on his score; new song lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman (The 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse, 1962)
  7. How Do You Keep The Music Playing? [5:08]
    music by Michel Legrand; lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman (Best Friends, 1982)
  8. But Beautiful [5:34]
    music by Jimmy Van Heusen; lyrics by Johnny Burke (Road to Rio, 1947)
  9. Calling You [4:57]
    music and lyrics by Robert Telson (Bagdad Café, 1988)
  10. The Second Time Around [4:33]
    music by Jimmy Van Heusen; lyrics by Sammy Cahn (High Time, 1960)
  11. Goodbye For Now [2:48]
    music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (Reds, 1981)
  12. You're Gonna Hear From Me [4:06]
    music by André Previn; lyrics by Dory Previn (Inside Daisy Clover, 1965)

Individual track credits:

(mouse and click on each song to reveal the credits...)

1.Smile

From MODERN TIMES - 1936

Music by: Charles Chaplin; Lyrics by: John Tuner & Geoffrey Parsons

Produced by: Barbra Streisand

Arranged & Conducted by: Jeremy Lubbock

Violin Solo: Joel Derouin

2. Moon River

From BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S - 1961

Music by: Henry Mancini; Lyrics by: Johnny Mercer

Produced by: Barbra Streisand & Robbie Buchanan

Arranged, Orchestrated & Conducted by: Robbie Buchanan

Midi-string transcription by: David Blumberg

Recorded by: Bill Schnee & Scott Erickson

3. I'm in the Mood for Love

From EVERY NIGHT AT EIGHT - 1935

Music by: Jimmy McHugh; Lyrics by: Dorothy Fields

Produced by: Barbra Streisand

Arranged & Conducted by: Jorge Calandrelli

Trumpet Solo: Chuck Findley

4. Wild is the Wind

From WILD IS THE WIND - 1957

Music by: Dimitri Tiomkin; Lyrics by: Ned Washington

Produced by: Barbra Streisand

Arranged & Conducted by: Jorge Calandrelli

5. Emily

From THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY - 1964

Music by: Johnny Mandel; Lyrics by: Johnny Mercer; Additional lyrics by: Alan & Marilyn Bergman

Produced by: Barbra Streisand & Johnny Mandel

Arranged & Conducted by: Johnny Mandel

Flute Solo: Dan Higgins

Recorded by: Al Schmitt & David Reitzas

6. More in Love With You

From THE 4 HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE - 1962

Music by: André Previn; Lyrics by: Alan & Marilyn Bergman

Produced by: Barbra Streisand

Arranged & Conducted by: Jeremy Lubbock

Original Soundtrack Arrangement Orchestrated by: Alexander Courage

Violin Solo: Joel Derouin

7. How Do You Keep the Music Playing?

From BEST FRIENDS - 1982

Music by: Michel Legrand; Lyrics byAlan & Marilyn Bergman

Produced by: Barbra Streisand & Robbie Buchanan

Rhythm Arrangement by: Robbie Buchanan

Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by: Jeremy Lubbock

Midi-String transcription by: David Blumberg

Recorded by: Bill Schnee & Scott Erickson & David Reitzas

8. But Beautiful

From ROAD TO RIO - 1947

Music by: Jimmy Van Heusen; Lyrics by: Johnny Burke

Produced by: Barbra Streisand

Arranged & Conducted by: Jeremy Lubbock

Flügelhorn Solo: Warren Luening

9. Calling You

From BAGDAD CAFÉ - 1988

Music & Lyrics by: Bob Telson

Produced by: Barbra Streisand & Robbie Buchanan

Arranged, Orchestrated & Conducted by: Robbie Buchanan

Midi-string transcription by: David Blumberg

Harmonica Solo: William Galison

Background Vocals: Windy Wagner

Recorded by: David Reitzas, Scott Erickson & Moogy Canazio

10. The Second Time Around

From HIGH TIME - 1960

Music by: Jimmy Van Heusen; Lyrics by: Sammy Cahn

Produced by: Barbra Streisand

Arranged & Conducted by: Jorge Calandrelli

Saxophone: Tom Scott
11. Goodbye For Now

From REDS - 1981

Music & Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim

Produced by: Barbra Streisand

Arranged & Conducted by: Jeremy Lubbock

12. You're Gonna Hear From Me

From INSIDE DAISY CLOVER - 1965

Music by: André Previn; Lyrics by: Dory Previn

Produced by: Barbra Streisand

Arranged & Conducted by: Jorge Calandrelli

About the Album

In 1986, Barbra Streisand said she wanted to make an album of songs from movies during her One Voice concert right before she sang “Over the Rainbow,” from The Wizard of Oz.

Recording sessions for The Movie Album, Streisand's 60th album, commenced in spring 2003 with Sony Pictures Studios again hosting on its Culver City, California scoring stage with custom facilities for Barbra, who sang live with a 75-piece orchestra. Basic recording continued into July, which was followed by additional recording and mixing primarily at Barbra's Grandma's House home studio in August.

Streisand told the press that she's collected songs for 2003's The Movie Album for years. “As I heard a song from a movie, I'd say to Jay [Landers], ‘Where's the list I've been giving you?’ I call him up and say, ‘Just get me the sheet music and just put it away for when I say I'm going to make this album.’”

A Columbia Records magazine ad for THE MOVIE ALBUM

Ms. Streisand co-produced three tracks—“Moon River,” “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?,” “Calling You”—with Robbie Buchanan and one track—“Emily” with the legendary composer/arranger Johnny Mandel. All the songs on The Movie Album were recorded with full-band accompanied by 75-piece orchestra(s). Arrangers on the album included Johnny Mandel, Jeremy Lubbock, Jorge Calandrelli, and Robbie Buchanan.

Streisand engaged Marilyn and Alan Bergman to craft “More in Love With You,” an instrumental piece, into a song by adding lyrics. Streisand, as a producer of the album, was conscientious about her budget, too. “But let's take the intricacy of the arrangement of ‘More in Love With You’: Since it was never a song before,” she explained, “it took the whole [recording] session to do the orchestra, so I was left with three takes on my vocal. That's it. Because I'm the producer and don't want to spend an enormous amount of money.”

Streisand dedicated the song “Smile” to her precious Bichon Frise dog, Sammy, who passed away when she was recording the album. “Smile” was adopted as an anthem by the Humane Society of the United States. “I was very flattered that The Humane Society of the United States wished to use this song for this purpose,” Streisand said. “I’m a great admirer of The HSUS’s efforts to improve life for animals, and to assist those who love—and eventually lose—pets who become so much a part of their families. The song brought me solace and if it does the same for others, that will be a very great reward.”

Stephen Sondheim wrote the melody for “Goodbye For Now” as a theme for Reds, Warren Beatty’s movie about the Russian Revolution – Sondheim admits he based it on the Communist anthem “The Internationale.”

Beatty wanted costar Diane Keaton to release the song as a single, so Sondheim added words, too.  Never released, Sondheim confessed the song was “an instrumental, not a vocal, and its tessitura (the preeminent areas of its range) was very wide; Diane couldn’t handle it comfortably – nor could many singers, without noticeably awkward shifts from head voice to chest voice.”

When Streisand recorded “Goodbye For Now” for The Movie Album, she wrote in her liner notes, “I love singing Stephen’s songs, because they tell a story. They give the actor a chance to play a character. In this case, one that is in the middle of a conversation.  Very original.”

Patti Austin and James Ingram introduced the Michel Legrand/Bergman song “How Do You Keep The Music Playing?” in the 1982 film Best Friends. Barbra actually recorded it in 1983 for her Emotion album, but didn’t use it. In 2003, Robbie Buchanan produced it with Barbra. “Sometimes she asks for a key change down, which is a cool thing, too. Like in ‘How Do You Keep the Music Playing’ – on that I put a modulation down into the last verse. So when it modulates up through the end of the song, it's actually back up to the original key. So it sounds like it's going up.”

Streisand told Buchanan “‘don't use anything from that [1983] arrangement.’ We did that arrangement probably four or five times. That was a really hard song to do.”

The Movie Album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard charts, which was Barbra's highest-ranking album since 1997's Higher Ground.

More quotes from Streisand in her 2003 interview with Billboard Magazine about The Movie Album:

On "Calling You" [from "Bagdad Café"]:I remember being enchanted by it when I saw that movie that I loved, and I even met Percy Adlon afterwards because I wanted to meet the director of a movie that I thought was so original and haunting and interesting, so I kept it in my mind.”

On choosing the songs for this album:Over the years, I'd call Jay [Landers] and say, "Put down this song. It's a song I'm going to sing from a Shirley Temple movie." As I heard a song from a movie, I'd say to Jay, "Where's the list [of movie songs] I've been giving you? I'll eventually get around to it."

It came from my past, from my experience. A lot of them, as you see, from my youth. Jay did give me a lot of songs to hear. But, I have no attachment to a song like "The Very Thought of You." Someday I'll sing it probably because my manager loves it, it's his favorite song, so I said, 'If I do a second album, then I'll sing it for you.' But at least even that gives me a purpose. Singing it out of my love and respect for someone who loves it. And there's a motivation in that.”

On changing the point-of-view for “Emily”:Well, you know what's so fabulous is that because I do have this repertoire with people in the music business, or who write songs anyway, I'm not afraid to ask for something that I might not get. At first, [composer] Johnny Mandel looked at me kind of nutty when I said, "I love the melody of 'Emily,' but it's really a man's song, so I would just need a little verse to set it up so that it could be sung by a woman." And he looked at me funny, and said, "Well, I don't think you can do that." So I called Marilyn and Alan, and they happened to be on the Johnny Mercer estate board [the song's lyricst]. So I said, "Well, you can only ask. They can say no, but will you write the melody for it if they say yes to the lyric?" And they did say yes to the lyric, so I'd say to the Bergmans, I think it should be something like, "Wouldn't it be wonderful if somebody could whisper in my ear 'Emily.'" And they would write that line, better than I just said it, but that was the concept, and I'm able to sing "Emily," and probably a lot more women will be able to sing it.”

A special collector's edition deluxe Digipak (#CK 90742) contained the standard CD and bonus limited edition DVD featuring video performances of Barbra recording “I'm In The Mood For Love” and “Wild Is The Wind,” and a 7-minute audio-only interview (recorded August 13, 2003) with Barbra reflecting on the history of the songs, the movies they came from, and the creative process that shaped the album.

Interview CD

The Movie Album was also released as a SACD (Super Audio CD)—Barbra's only album in that format. The hybrid format contained three versions of the same album: CD standard stereo; SA-CD stereo, and SA-CD multichannel surround sound. Of course, to hear the surround mix, it was necessary to own a SACD player.

The Electronic Press Kit for The Movie Album:

Barbra's Press Interviews for The Movie Album:

Mark Iskowitz, of The Barbra Streisand Music Guide, wrote:

[...] beginning October 14, fans sent in reviews from the world over to barbrastreisand.com for posting on its Reviews pages. Every fan review posted to the site was considered for the "Movie Album Review" contest in which two fan reviews were chosen in April 2004 to receive publication in a New Yorker magazine ad that month. On October 22, Barbra posted the following message of appreciation:

“I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have so kindly sent in your reviews of The Movie Album. I'm reading each of them in its entirety, not just the shortened version on the website, and I want to say very personally how humbled I am by the eloquence and graciousness of your response. They all touch me very deeply. I'm not in the habit of reading all of the media reviews, but your thoughts - the thoughts of the people I make records for - are very meaningful to me ... thank you.”

Winners: Linda Goldstone & Danny Gerstein.

Streisand, who was not a judge in the contest, noted that, had she been, “I would not have been able to decide. Each entry was elegant and gracious and had true critical merit. I'm not in the habit of reading all of the media reviews, but the thoughts that were submitted—the thoughts of the people I make records for - were very meaningful to me and touched me deeply.”

Billboard Charts

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

Gold: 500,000 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

Album Cover Outtakes

Terry O'Neill photographed Streisand circa 1992 holding a Mark IV viewfinder. O'Neill's photo received a digital [hair] makeover for 2003's Movie Album cover.

Comparison of original O'Neill photograph with Movie Album makeover

Another shot from that session:

O'Neill alternate

Inside The Movie Album booklet were photographs of Streisand in a pinstriped suit, shot by Annie Leibovitz on a movie studio backlot, probably circa 1991 or 1992. Leibovitz's outtakes are below:

Leibovitz outtakes

And below are Annie Leibovitz outtakes from the CD's back cover:

back cover outtake

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