Love is the Answer (2009)

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Love is the Answer coverLove is the Answer: Back cover

Deluxe Edition:Buy from Amazon

Regular Edition:Buy from Amazon

 

Tracks

  1. Here's To Life [4:36] †
    (Artie Butler/Phyllis Molinary)
  2. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning [4:03]
    (Bob Hilliard/David Mann)
  3. Gentle Rain [4:21]
    (Luiz Bonfa/Matt Dubey)
  4. If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas) [4:17] *
    (Jacques Brel/Rod McKuen)
  5. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most [4:34]
    (Tommy Wolf/Fran Landesman)
  6. Make Someone Happy [4:09]
    (Jule Styne/Betty Comden/Adolph Green)
  7. Where Do You Start? [4:28]
    (Johnny Mandel/Alan Bergman/Marilyn Bergman)
  8. A Time For Love [5:14]
    (Johnny Mandel/Paul Francis Webster)
  9. Here's That Rainy Day [5:05]
    (Johnny Burke/Jimmy Van Heusen)
  10. Love Dance [4:44] ‡
    (Ivan Lins/Gilson Peranzzetta/English lyrics by Paul Williams)
  11. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes [4:24]
    (Jerome Kern/Otto Harbach)
  12. Some Other Time [4:58]
    (Leonard Bernstein/Betty Comden/Adolph Green)
  13. [Bonus Track:] You Must Believe In Spring [4:04]
    (Michel Legrand/Alan & Marilyn Bergman)

Deluxe Edition, Disc Two:

Barbra's note: “As much as I love the fully orchestrated versions of the songs we recorded, these ‘unplugged’ takes have their own special intimacy. We've included them here to give you an idea of the basic tracks ...

  1. Here's To Life (quartet version) [4:32]
  2. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning (quartet version) [3:59]
  3. Gentle Rain (quartet version) [4:21]
  4. If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas) (quartet version) [4:13]
  5. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (quartet version) [4:34]
  6. Make Someone Happy (quartet version) [4:03]
  7. Where Do You Start? (quartet version) [4:27]
  8. A Time For Love (quartet version) [5:14]
  9. Here's That Rainy Day (quartet version) [5:04]
  10. Love Dance (quartet version) [4:44]
  11. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (quartet version) [4:18]
  12. Some Other Time (quartet version) [4:44]

Arranged & Conducted by: Johnny Mandel

* Arranged & Conducted by: Alan Braodbent

† Conducted by Bill Ross

‡ Arranged & Conducted by: Anthony Wilson

Starbucks CD cover

Starbucks Edition:

* The Starbucks CD comes in cardboard packaging, with liner notes. The CD is a mix of orchestra and quartet versions of the songs.

  1. Here's To Life (Orchestra Version)
  2. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning (Quartet Version)
  3. Gentle Rain (Orchestra Version)
  4. If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas) (Orchestra Version)
  5. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (Quartet Version)
  6. Make Someone Happy (Orchestra Version)
  7. Where Do You Start? (Quartet Version)
  8. A Time For Love (Orchestra Version)
  9. Here's That Rainy Day (Orchestra Version)
  10. Love Dance (Quartet Version)
  11. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Orchestra Version)
  12. Some Other Time (Quartet Version)
  13. [Bonus Track:] You Must Believe In Spring (Quartet Version**)

** Note: Even though the sleeve credits say it's the “Quartet Version”, the track is actually the same piano-only track which appears on all other versions of Love is the Answer.

Order the Starbucks CD online (or visit your local store)

 

Vinyl Edition:

Love is the Answer LP gatefold

2 LPs; Heavyweight 180g Vinyl; Gatefold cover with printed inner sleeves containing photos, liner notes, and album credits.

Side One:

Side Two:

Side Three:

Side Four:

 

Individual track credits:

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

1.Here's To Life

Written by: Artie Butler, Phyllis Molinary

Conducted by: Bill Ross

Bass: Robert Hurst

Piano: Tamir Hendelman

QUARTET VERSION:

Piano: Bill Charlap

2. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning

Written by: Bob Hilliard, David Mann

Bass: Robert Hurst

Piano Solo: Diana Krall

Piano: Tamir Hendelman

QUARTET VERSION:

+ Drums: Jeff Hamilton

Guitar: Anthony Wilson

3. Gentle Rain

Written by: Luiz Bonfá, Matt Dubey

Piano: Diana Krall

Percussion: Paulinho DaCosta

QUARTET VERSION:

Drums: Jeff Hamilton

Bass: John Clayton

Guitar: Anthony Wilson

4. If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas)

Written by: Jacques Brel, Rod McKuen

Arranged & Conducted by: Alan Broadbent

Piano: Diana Krall

QUARTET VERSION:

Drums: Jeff Hamilton

Bass: John Clayton

Guitar: Anthony Wilson

Piano: Diana Krall

5. Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most

Written by: Tommy Wolf, Fran Landesman

Piano: Alan Broadbent

QUARTET VERSION:

Drums: Jeff Hamilton

Bass: John Clayton

Guitar: Anthony Wilson

6. Make Someone Happy

Written by: Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Bass: Robert Hurst

Piano: Tamir Hendelman

QUARTET VERSION:

Drums: Jeff Hamilton

Guitar: Anthony Wilson

7. Where Do You Start?

Written by: Johnny Mandel, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman

Piano: Alan Broadbent

QUARTET VERSION:

Drums: Jeff Hamilton

Bass: John Clayton

8. A Time For Love

Written by: Johnny Mandel, Paul Francis Webster

Piano: Alan Broadbent

QUARTET VERSION:

Drums: Jeff Hamilton

Bass: John Clayton

Guitar: Anthony Wilson

9. Here's That Rainy Day

Written by: Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen

Piano Solo: Diana Krall

Piano: Alan Broadbent

QUARTET VERSION:

Drums: Jeff Hamilton

Bass: John Clayton

Guitar: Anthony Wilson

10. Love Dance

Written by: Ivan Lins, Gilson Peranzzetta, English lyric by Paul Williams

Arranged & Conducted by: Anthony Wilson

Piano: Diana Krall

Percussion: Paulinho DaCosta

QUARTET VERSION:

Drums: Jeff Hamilton

Bass: John Clayton

Guitar: Anthony Wilson

11. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Written by: Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach

Bass: Robert Hurst

Piano: Tamir Hendelman

QUARTET VERSION:

Drums: Jeff Hamilton

Bass: John Clayton

Guitar: Anthony Wilson

12. Some Other Time

Written by: Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Piano: Tamir Hendelman

QUARTET VERSION:

Drums: Jeff Hamilton

Bass: John Clayton

Bonus Track: You Must Believe in Spring

Written by: Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman

Piano: Bill Charlap

About the Album

Johnny Mandel, who arranged and conducted many of the songs on Love is the Answer, explained how Streisand worked with the album's producer Diana Krall: “Barbra first got together with Diana and went over the songs she wanted to do and the keys in which she wanted to sing them. Then Diana and I spoke about the approach ... Then I had a month to finish five songs.”

Mandel explained that he orchestrated for Krall's quartet first. “Once those were completed, Barbra recorded her vocal tracks with just Diana's quartet. Then those tracks came back to me for the orchestral arrangements. After those were added, Barbra listened to the results and in many cases re-recorded her vocal tracks.”

Billboard congratulatory ad to Streisand

“Diana records differently than I usually do," Streisand said. “I mostly sing live with an orchestra, where she'll sing with a quartet, then add the orchestra later.”

“I love the inspiration of the orchestra,” Streisand told the L.A. Times.

“The most fun we had, in a way, was with the quartet,” Streisand stated. “It was a throwback to the way I sang in clubs when I was 18 or 19 or 20.”

Musicians and Streisand pose in the studio

(Above, left to right): Anthony Wilson, Jeff Hamilton, Diana Krall, Barbra, John Clayton, and Tamir Hendelman.

“The trick for me on the orchestration side,” Mandel elaborated, “was to elegantly surround the arrangements I wrote for Diana's quartet. You don't want to hear the quartet accompanied by the orchestra, or first the quartet and then the orchestra. I hate that sound—hearing one and then the other. Barbra has never recorded an album like this before, with a jazz quartet plus orchestration. She had mixed feelings about it, mostly over concern that just the sound of a quartet might be too spare for her sound. Which was perfect for me, since I like when a quartet and orchestra overlay are completely integrated as one.”

Streisand's screening room

The lovely album cover photograph was taken by Firooz Zahedi in Streisand's “elegant barn”—the newly-designed home on her Malibu, California property. Zahedi captured Streisand on her couch in the home's screening room.

QVC DVDWhen Love is the Answer was first released, Streisand's stage director, Richard Jay-Alexander, appeared on the cable channel QVC to sell the album. QVC offered LITA with a bonus DVD of songs from Streisand's earlier television specials.

Bonus DVD video tracks: People, from My Name Is Barbra (1965); Yesterdays from Color Me Barbra (1966); I'm Always Chasing Rainbows, from The Belle Of 14th Street (1967); Silent Night (Sleep In Heavenly Peace) from A Happening In Central Park (1968); Cryin' Time (with Ray Charles) from Barbra Streisand and Other Musical Instruments (1973).

Streisand also appeared in a 4-minute Electronic Press Kit to publicize the album. In it, she talked about the songs, and working with Diana Krall.

You can watch the video at Amazon.com by clicking here.

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.

Love Is the Answer earned Barbra Streisand her ninth No. 1 on the chart, opening with 180,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. The debut also put Streisand in the history books as the female act with the most No. 1 albums in the history of the Billboard 200. It was also Streisand's best sales week and highest charting album since 1997, when Higher Ground started at No. 1 with 207,000.

Love Is the Answer was also Barbra's sixth No. 1 album on the UK album charts.

On October 7, 2009, Streisand posted the following on her official website:

I was just told that “Love Is The Answer” came out at Number One, and I want to share that honor with all of you... my fans, my friends... who have made that possible. I want to share it as well with Diana Krall and Tommy LiPuma and everyone who worked on the album... with Jay Landers and especially my manager Marty Erlichman and my team at Columbia Records. You'd think that getting the news that you've been Number One in five consecutive decades would make you feel old, but this makes me feel young. Thank you all.—Love, Barbra

Album Cover Outtakes

The incredible Firooz Zahedi photographed Streisand in her new home for the album's cover shot. Streisand, wearing a variety of tops, looks gorgeous!

 

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