Memories (1981)

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(Below: front and back cover of original LP)

Front cover of MEMORIES LP

Back cover

(Below: the inside photo sleeve, front and back)

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Tracks (U.S. version)

  1. Memory [3:52]
    (A. Lloyd Webber / T.S. Eliot / T. Nunn)
  2. You Don't Bring Me Flowers (Duet with Neil Diamond) [3:25]
    (M. Bergman / A. Bergman / N. Diamond)
  3. My Heart Belongs To Me [3:22]
    (A. Gordon)
  4. New York State Of Mind [4:46]
    (B. Joel)
  5. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) - (Duet with Donna Summer) [4:44]
    (P. Jabara / B. Roberts)
  6. Comin' In And Out Of Your Life [4:08]
    (R. Parker / B. Whiteside)
  7. Evergreen (Love Theme From "A Star Is Born") [3:06]
    (B. Streisand / P. Williams)
  8. Lost Inside Of You [3:59]
    (B. Streisand / L. Russell)
  9. The Love Inside [5:05]
    (B. Gibb)
  10. The Way We Were [3:30]
    (M. Bergman / A. Bergman / M. Hamlisch)

Tracks (U.K. version—“Love Songs”)

Love Songs UK Version
  1. Memory
  2. You Don't Bring Me Flowers
  3. My Heart Belongs To Me
  4. Wet
  5. New York State Of Mind
  6. Man I Love
  7. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
  8. Comin' In And Out Of Your Life
  9. Evergreen
  10. I Don't Break Easily
  11. Kiss Me In The Rain
  12. Lost Inside Of You
  13. The Love Inside
  14. The Way We Were

About the Album

All tracks on the Memories album were previously released, 1974-1980, except tracks 1 and 6 (both produced by Lloyd Webber in London, September 1981), and track 8 (which was a solo rendition of the song from the A Star Is Born sessions).

“Memory” from the musical Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber was a semi-hit for Barbra Streisand, reaching number 18 on Billboard’s singles charts. Lloyd Webber was proud to work with Streisand. “We met when she came to see the show [Cats] and we’ve been working on a number of things together,” he told columnist Liz Smith. “[Barbra] is sheer magic!”

Lloyd Webber recorded Streisand singing “Memory” live with an orchestra. “I thought it unlikely that she’d sung live with an orchestra in a long time. With no overdubbing, no technical tricks, no nothing,” Lloyd Webber said. “She was nervous, but her phrasing was unerring and her musicality was uncanny. It was wonderful the way she responded. It showed me that Barbra Streisand is fundamentally a theater animal.”

Charles Koppelman was Streisand’s record producer at the time. He brought in Jay Landers. “Charles asked me to find some material for a compilation he was working on with her, which became Memories,” Landers explained. “So I brought her ‘Comin’ In And Out Of Your Life,’ which was a song I’d come across a few months earlier. That was my first association with her. Then she recorded a few other songs I published or found for her.”

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Bobby Whiteside wrote “Comin’ In and Out of Your Life”. “[Barbra] had a few changes she wanted to make in the song,” Whiteside said. “A couple of line changes. One or two words, nothing major. Just a couple of things she felt a little funny singing— not for any reason other than she needed an explanation. She wanted to know what we meant by a certain line or two. I think I was on the phone with London three or four times while she was recording.”

The Memories album was the first attempt by Columbia Records to put Streisand product on the record store shelves by recycling old material. Streisand was busy doing preproduction work on Yentl and could not record a new album – the most she could commit to was recording one or two new singles. Therefore, Columbia released Memories—seven of the ten tracks on it had already appeared on previous Barbra Streisand albums. Only “Memory” and “Comin’ In” were new. “Lost Inside of You” was sort of a new track, in that it was a solo version of a song that was done as a duet on the Star is Born album. So, technically, it was a track fans had not heard before.

Memories established a precedent: Streisand fans will buy anything as long as one or two new songs are included. Therefore, Memories paved the way for A Collection: Greatest Hits and More, The Essential Barbra Streisand, and Duets – all albums containing previously released tracks, yet sold as “new” because they featured one or two newly recorded tracks by Streisand.

Barbra filmed a music video of “Memory” to promote the album, although it was only shown in the UK. In the video, Barbra lip-synched to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s song in front of a microphone. Some vintage stock footage of New York and New Year’s Eve parties was edited in to make the mood melancholy. Barbra filmed the video in London while she was doing preproduction work on Yentl.

Memories Half Speed Mastered cover

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.

Billboard Charts

(Below: the CD cover)

Memories Front cover

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

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.

Album Cover Outtakes

Greg Gorman photographed Streisand in neutral shades of brown for the cover of Memories. Outtakes from the photo session appeared on the covers of magazines.

Gorman outtakes Gorman outtake

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