Duets (2002)

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Tracks

  1. I Won't Be The One To Let Go (with Barry Manilow) {previously unreleased} [4:41]
    (R. Marx / B. Manilow)
  2. Guilty (with Barry Gibb) [4:24]
    (B. Gibb / R. Gibb / M. Gibb)
  3. You Don't Bring Me Flowers (with Neil Diamond) [3:24]
    (M. Bergman / A. Bergman / N. Diamond)
  4. I Finally Found Someone (with Bryan Adams) [3:42]
    (B. Streisand / M. Hamlisch / R.J. Lange / B. Adams)
  5. Cryin' Time (with Ray Charles) [2:18]
    (B. Owens)
  6. I've Got A Crush On You (with Frank Sinatra) [3:22]
    (G. Gershwin / I. Gershwin)
  7. Tell Him (with Celine Dion) [4:53]
    (D. Foster / L. Thompson / W. Afanasieff)
  8. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) (with Donna Summer) [4:43]
    (P. Jabara / B. Roberts)
  9. What Kind Of Fool (with Barry Gibb) [4:05]
    (B. Gibb / A. Galuten)
  10. I Have A Love/One Hand, One Heart (with Johnny Mathis) [4:44]
    (L. Bernstein / S. Sondheim)
  11. One Less Bell To Answer/A House Is Not A Home (with Barbra Streisand) [6:29]
    (H. David / B. Bacharach)
  12. Lost Inside Of You (with Kris Kristofferson) [2:54]
    (B. Streisand / L. Russell)
  13. Till I Loved You (with Don Johnson) {radio edit} [4:16]
    (M. Yeston)
  14. Make No Mistake, He's Mine (with Kim Carnes) [4:09]
    (K. Carnes)
  15. If You Ever Leave Me (with Vince Gill) [4:36]
    (R. Marx)
  16. The Music Of The Night (with Michael Crawford) [5:35]
    (A. Lloyd Webber / C. Hart / R. Stilgoe)
  17. Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead (with Harold Arlen) [1:54]
    (H. Arlen / E.Y. Harburg)
  18. Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again (with Judy Garland) [2:20]
    ("Happy Days" - M. Ager / J. Yellen; "Get Happy" - H. Arlen / T. Koehler)
  19. All I Know Of Love (with Josh Groban) {previously unreleased} [4:29]
    (D. Foster / L. Thompson)

About the Album

Executive Producers Barbra Streisand and Jay Landers gave fans previously released tracks on 2002's Duets album.

Mark Iskowitz noted at The Barbra Streisand Music Guide:

Two tracks were new: the duets with Barry Manilow and Josh Groban.

The Manilow Duet

Manilow had never worked with Streisand before. “You can't imagine what it's like to hear a song you've written sung by that voice. It's amazing!” he said. Manilow contributed “I Won't Be the One To Let Go”, co-written with Richard Marx.

Barry Gram magazine

“Duets are tricky,” Barry Manilow wrote in the Winter 2002 BarryGRAM fan magazine. When asked about recording with other artists, Manilow elaborated: “[Duets have] to be written so that the performers can relate to each other and they've got to have melodies that can hold up individually. The trick to a good duet, in my opinion, is relating honestly to your duet partner. The song I wrote with the talented Richard Marx is called ‘I Won't Be the One To Let Go’. I've just recorded it with the brilliant Barbra Streisand ... we sound like we like each other and mean what we're singing because we worked on it together, in the same room, for days and days before we went into the studio. I think that there's an obvious connection between the two of us (we actually come from the same neighborhood in Brooklyn) and I think you will be able to feel that when you hear the song. It's a wonderful duet and I'm very proud of the song.”

Manilow single

“I Won't Be the One To Let Go” was released to radio stations as a CD-single(#CSK 59450). It contained two tracks: the radio version and the radio edit of the song.

A full-length audio stream of the Streisand-Manilow duet premiered exclusively on AOL Music's First Listen on Monday, November 4 and at Netscape Music's First Listen the next day.

The Groban Duet

Josh Groban appeared on Paul O'Grady's British talk show in 2007 and talked about working with Streisand on “All I Know of Love”. Groban said, “I was so nervous because at the time I did the duet with her ... I was 21 years old. You just try to soak it up like a sponge ... She was so nice, she didn't have to do the song with me and she did. It was wonderful ... We got to sit and talk and go over the mix together and really sing a lot together. She's been a friend ever since,” Groban explained.

As for Streisand's working method, Groban said, “She's a perfectionist. Her phrasing is so impeccable. She'll go over a line a hundred times just to make sure it's the right way. She rehearses everything so much, and that's why she's always so perfect.”

Streisand told radio host Delilah (during an interview in 2002) about her experience working with Josh Groban. “I recorded it a while ago before he got famous,” Barbra said. “He was a substitution for Andrea Bocelli. In other words, Linda and my friend David Foster, had written a song for me and Bocelli. So [Josh Groban] did the part that Bocelli was supposed to sing. [Foster] played two different voices for me—a different kid who was Italian—and I picked Josh, and we did the duet together.”

BJS Music reported: “Warner Bros. has prohibited Columbia from using Josh Groban's name in its advertising, promotion, and publicity for Duets. His name will appear on the CD, of course, but don't expect to see it anywhere else unless the situation changes.”

Packaging

Sony Music created four differently-colored covers to make the album more "collectible".

Streisand wrote this lovely liner note for the CD:

Thanks to all my wonderful singing partners for sharing the gift of your time and talent with me.

... and to the memory of Peter Matz, who was such a rare person ... intelligent, funny, and extremely gifted. We shared so much of our early professional lives together. He will forever be in my heart.

With love,

Barbra

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.

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