Funny Lady: Original Soundtrack Recording (1975)

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* In late-2008, because of a corporate joint venture, Sony Corporation of America operated music labels such as Arista Records, Columbia Records, Epic Records, J Records, Jive Records, RCA Records and Zomba Records. Since the Funny Lady soundtrack was previously an Arista release, it is now owned by Sony. Columbia Legacy re-released the CD in 2009 with, apparently, no changes.

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back cover of FUNNY LADY album

(Above): Original Arista Funny Lady LP, front and back covers; (Below): Original Arista inside of gatefold LP:

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Tracks [Arista LP—AL 9004]

Side One

Arista ad for Funny Lady soundtrack
  1. How Lucky Can You Get (4:46)
    (F. Ebb / J. Kander)
  2. So Long, Honey Lamb (3:10)
    (F. Ebb / J. Kander)
  3. I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five And Ten Cent Store) (2:55) (B. Rose / M. Dixon / H. Warren)
  4. Isn't This Better (3:25)
    (F. Ebb / J. Kander)
  5. Me And My Shadow (3:00)
    (B. Rose / A. Jolson / D. Dreyer)
  6. If I Love Again (2:55)
    (J.P. Murray / B. Oakland)
  7. I Got A Code In My Doze (1:05)
    (B. Rose / A. Fields / F. Hall)
  8. (It's Gonna Be A) Great Day (5:14)
    (B. Rose / E. Eliscu / V. Youmans)

Side Two

  1. Blind Date (4:55)
    (F. Ebb / J. Kander)
  2. Am I Blue (3:20)
    (G. Clarke / H. Akst)
  3. It's Only A Paper Moon / I Like Him (1:05)
    ("Paper Moon" - B. Rose / E.Y. Harburg / H. Arlen; "I Like Him" - F. Ebb / J. Kander)
  4. It's Only A Paper Moon / I Like Her (2:37)
    ("Paper Moon" - B. Rose / E.Y. Harburg / H. Arlen; "I Like Her" - F. Ebb / J. Kander)
  5. More Than You Know (2:25)
    (B. Rose / E. Eliscu / V. Youmans)
  6. Clap Hands, Here Comes Charley (2:10)
    (B. Rose / B. McDonald / J. Meyer)
  7. Let's Hear It For Me (3:13)
    (F. Ebb / J. Kander)

About the Album

Funny Lady, as a recording, has had several iterations since 1975 when it was first released.

The Funny Lady soundtrack was released by Arista Records—not Columbia Records (Streisand’s record label and recording “home” since 1962). Clive Davis (a Columbia Records executive who helped Streisand update her sound and release the Stoney End album) had partnered with Columbia Pictures for the Arista label.

“After many discussions between me and [Streisand's] devoted manager, Marty Erlichman, he and Barbra agreed to let Arista have the album,” wrote Clive Davis in his 2013 memoire.

Arista advertised the album proudly as one of the first releases from the new label.

The original Funny Lady album contained 15 tracks, not in the original order that they appeared in the film. Curiously, the James Caan vocal of “Me and My Shadow” was included, even though it was cut from the final film. Also included on the soundtrack album was the complete track of “So Long Honey Lamb.” Again, in the final film, this number was shortened and lasted only a few seconds.

Because Quadraphonic sound was popular, Arista also released another version of the Funny Lady soundtrack in Quadraphonic format. (See “Funny Lady” Quadraphonic page).

Arista promoted “How Lucky Can You Get” as the single from the Funny Lady soundtrack. A 45-rpm single of the song was released which contained different Streisand vocals and a different musical arrangement than the album version.

Soundtrack Memories album cover

Later, an Arista compilation album entitled Soundtrack Memories (ARISTA/2005) featured another version of “How Lucky Can You Get.” On this one, the first half of the song (with the male backup singers) is completely different than the album and single versions. The men’s voices are huskier and there are a few more “doo-ahh’s.” Plus, Streisand’s singing of the lyric is different as well. You can listen to it below on the Funny Lady Jukebox.

Tracks [Bay Cities BCD 3006 CD]

Bay Cities CD cover
  1. How Lucky Can You Get (4:49)
  2. So Long, Honey Lamb (3:12)
  3. I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five And Ten Cent Store) (2:00)
  4. Isn't This Better (3:30)
  5. Me And My Shadow (3:04)
  6. If I Love Again (2:58)
  7. I Got A Code In My Doze (1:10)
  8. (It's Gonna Be A) Great Day (5:15)
  9. Blind Date (4:57)
  10. Am I Blue (3:21)
  11. It's Only A Paper Moon / I Like Him (1:04)
  12. It's Only A Paper Moon / I Like Her (2:38)
  13. More Than You Know (2:28)
  14. Clap Hands, Here Comes Charley (2:14)
  15. Let's Hear It For Me (3:13)

It wasn’t until 1990 that Funny Lady appeared on compact disc. Released on the Bay Cities label, the CD contained generic liner notes by Merrick S. Talcove. The CD also replicated the track listing order exactly like the original vinyl album.

The liner notes from the Bay Cities CD are reproduced below since the CD is now out of print:

Bay Cities liner notes

 

Tracks [Arista Masters 19006 CD]

Arista CD front and back cover
  1. Blind Date (4:57)
  2. More Than You Know (2:28)
  3. It's Only A Paper Moon / I Like Him (1:05)
  4. It's Only A Paper Moon / I Like Her (2:37)
  5. I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five And Ten Cent Store) (1:59)
  6. So Long, Honey Lamb (3:12)
  7. I Got A Code In My Doze (1:10)
  8. Clap Hands, Here Comes Charley (2:14)
  9. (It's Gonna Be A) Great Day (5:38)
  10. How Lucky Can You Get (4:48)
  11. Am I Blue (3:21)
  12. Isn't This Better (3:29)
  13. If I Love Again (2:59)
  14. Let's Hear It For Me (4:04)
  15. Me And My Shadow (3:03)
  16. How Lucky Can You Get (Single Mix) (3:55)

Eight years later, back on the Arista label, Funny Lady once again had another life on CD. This time, the CD reissue producer Didier C. Deutsch dug into the Arista master tapes and remastered the tracks in 20-bit digital technology. He re-listed the tracks in the order in which they appear in the film. Deutsch included, as a bonus track, the single mix of “How Lucky Can You Get”.

Another new addition to the Funny Lady soundtrack which appeared on the Arista 1998 CD reissue was the dramatic introduction before “Let’s Hear it For Me,” sung by Streisand in the film as she leaves Nick Arnstein for good. (“Well I’ll be damned. No I won’t be damned. Cause I have been damned. But I won’t be damned anymore.”) This introduction had not appeared on previous Funny Lady soundtracks.

Two “Great Days”

Great Day sheet music

(Above: The published sheet music for Rose/Eliscu/Youmans “Great Day”)

The most interesting change in the 1998 reissue of Funny Lady is “(It's Gonna Be A) Great Day.”

The 1998 CD features an entirely different version of “Great Day,” complete with the minor chords that Streisand sings as the song opens, as well as the complex middle-section with the clapping hands.

The original soundtrack album and the 1990 Bay Cities CD contained “Great Day” as a 5:16 minute track, which Streisand fans refer to as the “sky-high” version because Streisand belts out a long note when she sings the lyrics “angels in the sky, high.”

[Note: One has to wonder if the 1998 Arista CD version of “Great Day” is the original Peter Matz-version that Marvin Hamlisch reportedly reworked.]

You can listen to a comparison between the original LP version and the 1998 Arista CD version of “Great Day” by visiting the Funny Lady Jukebox below.

Arista CD

Promotional Album

Columbia Pictures issued a very rare 10-inch promotional record of Barbra Streisand's songs from Funny Lady.

Read more about this album here >>

“Funny Lady” ... Unreleased Tracks

After detailing the various versions of the Funny Lady soundtracks that have been released over the years, it is interesting to note that there are some tracks which were not included on any of them!

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.

“Funny Lady” Jukebox

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