Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits Volume 2 (1978)

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Volume 2 cover Greatest Hits 2 back cover

(Below: The original Greatest Hits Volume 2 album had a record sleeve with lyrics to all of the songs on the record.)

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Tracks

  1. Love Theme From "A Star Is Born" (Evergreen) [3:04]
    (B. Streisand / P. Williams)
  2. Love Theme From "Eyes Of Laura Mars" (Prisoner) [3:57]
    (K. Lawrence / J. Desautels)
  3. My Heart Belongs To Me [3:21]
    (A. Gordon)
  4. Songbird [3:45]
    (D. Wolfert / S. Nelson)
  5. You Don't Bring Me Flowers (Duet with Neil Diamond) [3:26]
    (M. Bergman / A. Bergman / N. Diamond)
  6. The Way We Were [3:30]
    (M. Bergman / A. Bergman / M. Hamlisch)
  7. Sweet Inspiration/Where You Lead [6:20]
    ("Sweet" - D. Penn / S. Oldham; "Where" - "C. King / T. Stern)
  8. All In Love Is Fair [3:52]
    (S. Wonder)
  9. Superman [2:47]
    (R. Snyder)
  10. Stoney End [2:58]
    (L. Nyro)

About the Album

Diamond and Streisand

Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits: Volume 2 was Barbra's fourth album to reach #1 on the charts.

The song “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” helped solidify the album as a best-seller. The duet with Neil Diamond was a huge hit for Streisand.

Barbra's solo version of “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” first appeared on her May 1978 album, Songbird.

The duet version with Diamond came together a little later. A disc jockey named Gary Guthrie edited together Barbra’s solo version of the song with Neil Diamond’s solo version and started playing it on the air. Fans began requesting the duet which —technically—did not exist.

Columbia Records, hoping to capitalize on the idea, requested that Streisand and Diamond actually record the song together.

Bob Gaudio, who usually worked with Diamond, produced the duet; Alan Lindgren arranged it. In October 1978, Streisand and Diamond's “official” single was released. It appeared on this second collection of Streisand hits.

Gary Guthrie set the record straight in 2009 in a Billboard Chart Beat column by Gary Trust:

There's some misinformation about how Barb and Neil came about. For example, most accounts have me listed as a “deejay,” even though I was rarely on the air. The short story is this: Becky, my wife, and I were going through a very amiable divorce. The previous Fall, we had heard Neil's version at a friend's house and I noticed how it made her cry. Fast forward to Spring 1978 and Barbra's new album (another of Becky's favorites) came out and, dayumm, there it was again.

There was just something that clicked in my head and I decided to do it for her. Since we weren't really sleeping in the same bed at that time, my nights were open and I'd hang out at the station and play with the mix, then take it in to whoever (was on the air and) have them play it while I went out to my car and listened to how it sounded.

There was a lot of back and forth with that late at night before I ever unleashed it on the daytime public. Once I did, however, all hell broke loose. Requests, record store calls, you name it.

I had two friends who had an in at Columbia — one who had been their Nashville VP and one who was their local guy in Miami — and I asked both to help me get this up the ladder. They did their job well.

Word spread quickly, and my 15 minutes of fame was in full force. People magazine, the LA Times, Good Morning America, Merv Griffin, Casey Kasem, even the Aussie version of Johnny Carson came calling for the story.

Diamond and Streisand at microphone

Greatest Hits Volume 2 was also the only Streisand album where the song “Prisoner” appeared. It originally appeared on the now out-of-print soundtrack album to The Eyes of Laura Mars.industry ad for GREATEST HITS 2

Columbia released a series of half-speed LP pressings in the 1980s. The half-speed mastered albums do not contain alternate takes or mixes of songs. They were created using the same 2-track stereo mixdowns as the regular albums. Their main purpose was to utilize lower generation master tapes to create clearer and better-sounding pressings of the albums. The half-speed albums played perfectly on standard stereo systems.

picture of front and back cover of half speed mastered LP

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.

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