Simply Streisand (1967)

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Simply Streisand front cover

Back cover scan by Kevin Schlenker

Below: The Simply Streisand remastered CD.

Remastered CD front and back covers


  1. My Funny Valentine (from "Babes in Arms") [2:22]
    (L. Hart / R. Rodgers)
  2. The Nearness Of You [3:27]
    (N. Washington / H. Carmichael)
  3. When Sunny Gets Blue [2:56]
    (J. Segal / M. Fisher)
  4. Make The Man Love Me (from "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn") [2:26]
    (D. Fields / A. Schwartz)
  5. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?) [2:52] *
    (J. Davis / R.J. Ramirez / J. Sherman)
  6. More Than You Know [3:29]
    (B. Rose / E. Eliscu / V. Youmans)
  7. I'll Know (from "Guys and Dolls") [2:47]
    (F. Loesser)
  8. All The Things You Are (from "Very Warm for May") [3:36]
    (O. Hammerstein II / J. Kern)
  9. The Boy Next Door (from "Meet Me in St. Louis") [2:50]
    (H. Martin / R. Blane)
  10. Stout-Hearted Men (from "The New Moon") [2:43]
    (O. Hammerstein II / S. Romberg)

* arranged and conducted by David Shire

About the Album

Simply Streisand was the first album released after Barbra and her manager Marty Erlichman renegotiated her contract with Columbia Records' Clive Davis—the administrative vice president and general manager, appointed in 1965 by president Goddard Lieberson.

“Back then,” Clive Davis wrote in his bio The Soundtrack of My Life, “an established label like Columbia had a carefully defined set of parameters regarding the kinds of contracts it could offer [...] The label's standard royalty rate was 5 percent. Based on the success they had already demonstrated, [Andy] Williams and Streisand were both asking for more than a million dollars.” Davis explained that the deal he made with Streisand was for fifteen albums over a five year period for reportedly just under a million dollar guarantee.

That being said, Streisand continued her creative control while creating her albums for Columbia Records, picking songs she loved and working with arrangers she enjoyed.


Recording Sessions

March 14, 1967 — Studio C (207 East 30th Street, New York)

March 15, 1967 — Studio C (207 East 30th Street, New York)

March 20, 1967 — Studio C (207 East 30th Street, New York)

* unreleased

Reference acetate

Streisand used to include “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” in her nightclub act, but this was the first time she recorded it for Columbia. Incidently, Streisand re-recorded the Fran Landesman/Tommy Wolf tune 42 years later in 2009 for her album Love is the Answer because she thought her 1967 unreleased recording was “lousy.”

“Willow Weep For Me,” the 1932-written Ann Ronnell song, was finally released in 2012 on the album Release Me.

Rare foldout pocket catalog insert

(Above photo:) The first U.S. pressings of Simply Streisand included a rare, illustrated 10-page foldout pocket catalog listing all of Barbra's albums up to 1967: Songs by Barbra / A complete listing. Shown above are the front and back of the foldout insert. Included in this list of songs that Barbra had recorded to date were “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” and “Willow Weep for Me,” both recorded for this album but ultimately both were not included.

Billboard ad for SIMPLY and CHRISTMAS ALBUM

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.

Album Cover Outtakes

James Moore photographed Streisand in various poses for CBS Television (probably to publicize My Name is Barbra in 1965). These photos are most likely from the same session as the Simply cover photo.

James Moore alternate photo


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