Color Me Barbra (1966)

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Color Me Barbra LP

LP Back cover

Above: Front & Back covers of LP. Album scans by Kevin Schlenker ..... Below: Front cover of CD

CD cover


Ad for Columbia Records and Color Me Barbra album
  1. Yesterdays [3:05] *
    (O. Harbach / J. Kern)
  2. One Kiss [2:17] *
    (O. Hammerstein II / S. Romberg)
  3. The Minute Waltz [1:59] *
    (L. O'Kun)
  4. Gotta Move [2:01] *
    (P. Matz)
  5. Non C'est Rien [3:27] †
    (M. Jourdan / A. Canfora / J. Baselli)
  6. Where Or When [3:06] *
    (L. Hart / R. Rodgers)
  7. Medley: [9:00] *
    • Animal Crackers In My Soup
    • Funny Face
    • That Face
    • They Didn't Believe Me
    • Were Thine That Special Face
    • I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
    • Let's Face The Music And Dance
    • Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long
    • What's New Pussycat?
    • Small World
    • I Love You
    • I Stayed Too Long At The Fair
    • Look At That Face
  8. C'est Si Bon (It's So Good) [3:40] †
    (J. Seelan / A. Hornez / H. Betti)
  9. Where Am I Going? [2:50] ‡
    (D. Fields / C. Coleman)
  10. Starting Here, Starting Now [2:53] §
    (R. Maltby, Jr. / D. Shire)

* Arranged & Conducted by Peter Matz

† Arranged & Conducted by Michel Legrand

‡ Arranged & Conducted by Robert Mersey

§ Arranged & Conducted by Don Costa

About the Album

(Below: In the UK—on the CBS label—“Color Me Barbra” was “Colour Me Barbra.”)

Red vinyl of COLOR ME BARBRA

“The Minute Waltz” — Lan O’Kun wrote specialty material for Barbra Streisand in the 1960s and ‘70s like “Piano Practicing” for … Other Musical Instruments. His lyrics to Chopin’s waltz comically perpetuated the notion that it should be performed in one minute.  In Color Me Barbra, Streisand performed “The Minute Waltz” dressed as Marie Antoinette, surrounded by Eighteenth Century French décor and a throng of Frenchmen wielding a guillotine. explained the history of Chopin's composition best:

Frédéric Chopin wrote a set of three Waltzes in 1847. They were published separately, though always as part of Op. 64. The first one, in the key of D flat minor, was dedicated to Countess Delfina Potocka, and it was unusually named by Chopin himself as valse du petit chien, meaning ‘the little dog waltz’. The publisher, however, printed it under the nickname Minute, which led to a widespread belief that the waltz is to be played in under one minute.”

“Starting Here, Starting Now” — David Shire explained, “Everyone wanted Barbra to record their songs,” he said, until “one day she saw a new piece on the top of my piano and asked ‘What is that?’ to which I replied ‘That’s a bossa nova intended for Robert Goulet.’ ‘Well, let me hear it anyway,’ she said. I played ‘Starting Here, Starting Now,’ and that’s the song she wanted.”


Grammy Nominations


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

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.

CD Packaging Notes

The original LP came with a 4-page, 12-inch Chemstrand full-color pullout. This was not duplicated for the CD release.

Front, BackInside fold

Album insert scans by Kevin Schlenker.


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