The Third Album (1964)

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Third Album cover mono

Third Album mono back cover

(Below: Later editions of The Third Album contained a correction to track two: “Just in Time.” On the original album, the track is credited: “Arranged by Leonard Bernstein/Orchestrated and Conducted by Sid Ramin.” Later, a special box was added to the back cover—see below—which explained the history of the arrangement of the track. The box read:)

Miss Streisand's arrangement of Just in Time is part of a piano work for four hands called “Bridal Suite” written by Leonard Bernstein for Adolph Green and his wife, Phyllis Newman, as a wedding gift. The opening section of the work is called “Prelude” and was intended to be played by the Greens. Since Mr. Bernstein knew Mr. Green was studying the First Bach Prelude, he used this renowned composition as Mr. Green's half, against which Miss Newman was given the melodic line of the Comden-Green-Styne song Just in Time to play, with the whole blending together miraculously, amazingly and touchingly.

Third Album cover

Third Album back cover

(Below: There were some Third Album covers that were issued with the lettering in pink.)

Third Album with pink lettering

(Below: Back cover of “The Third Album” CD)

Back cover of CD

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Tracks

An ad for the THIRD ALBUM from Columbia
  1. My Melancholy Baby [3:02] *
    (M. Watson / G.A. Norton / E. Burnett)
  2. Just In Time [2:16] †
    (B. Comden / A. Green / J. Styne)
  3. Taking A Chance On Love [2:34] *
    (J. Latouche / T. Fetter / V. Duke)
  4. Bewitched (Bothered And Bewildered) [2:54] **
    (L. Hart / R. Rodgers)
  5. Never Will I Marry [2:27] §
    (F. Loesser)
  6. As Time Goes By [3:46] *
    (H. Hupfeld)
  7. Draw Me A Circle [2:15] ‡
    (C. Young)
  8. It Had To Be You [3:46] *
    (G. Kahn / I. Jones)
  9. Make Believe [2:41] §
    (O. Hammerstein II / J. Kern)
  10. I Had Myself A True Love [4:23] ‡
    (J. Mercer / H. Arlen)

* Arranged and Conducted by Ray Ellis
† Orchestrated and Conducted by Sid Ramin
‡ Arranged and Conducted by Sid Ramin
** Arranged by Peter Daniels
§ Arranged and Conducted by Peter Matz

About the Album

This was the third album that Mike Berniker produced for Streisand. He explained to the press how, in just a few short years, Streisand had grown as a vocalist: “There used to be an edge on the top of her voice,” he said, “but now that edge is gone. She's still pushing just as hard, but it's not as evident as it used to be. In her third album, her new one, there's a real serenity—at least, for Streisand it's serenity.”

Third Album Recording Sessions:

January 29, 1963

Produced by: Mike Berniker
Arranged & Conducted by: Peter Matz

October 30, 1963 — Studio A (799 7th Avenue, New York)
11:30pm—2:30am

* unreleased

Produced by: Mike Berniker
Arranged & Conducted by: Peter Matz

November 20, 1963 — Studio C (207 East 30th Street, New York)

Produced by: Mike Berniker
Arranged & Conducted by: Ray Ellis

January 6, 1964 — Studio C (207 East 30th Street, New York)
8:00 pm—11:00 pm

Produced by: Mike Berniker
Arranged & Conducted by: Sid Ramin

Third Album magazine ad

Songwriter Sammy Cahn contributed lovely liner notes, which were printed on the back cover of the album:

The first time I saw Barbra I was with my collaborator, Jimmy Van Heusen, at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. Barbra came out on stage to open the show—the dinner show! She slowly walked to the microphone, facing a very typical dinner-type audience. In defiance of all the rules, she went into her opening number, “When the Sun Comes Out”—a ballad instead of the traditional up-tempo opener—as unlikely a number as ever began a show. I was just getting over the shock of it when I noticed, to my amazement, that everyone had stopped eating. Even more amazing, the waiters had stopped serving. It was all Barbra Streisand, and Barbra Streisand had them all. I have only known one or two people in all of show business who had this power with an audience. I never waited to see who closed the show, but rushed backstage and fell in love!

What I adore about this or the other Barbra Streisand albums is that the magic of that first meeting is captured and held in every song. If you have ever seen Barbra, you will understand. If you haven't, what are you waiting for?

Sammy Cahn

Streisand in the recording studio

Columbia Records mailed a press release to publicize the album:

press release

“A Star of Stars”

Youthful dreams and fancies usually never come true. For Barbra Streisand is is necessary to think up new dreams and new fancies to keep up with the speed with which her old ones come to pass. The latest is this album, which was preceded by Cue Magazine's champagne party honoring this daring young lass as their Entertainer of the Year.

Next on Barbra's agenda is a starring role on Broadway. From there? Well, your guess is as good as any. One thing is certain ... wherever electricity is being manufactured in this elusive pursuit called show business ... you will find Barbra Streisand in the forefront.

Here is her third album. The first two are red-hot best sllers, but this one captures both the rising talent and the supreme confidence Barbra is exuding these days. Combining her talents with this new warm glow presents you with yet a new accomplishment. This is undoubtedly her best album to date. Why not listen now? You'll agree.

Sincerely,

Bob Thompson

Columbia Records Sales Corp.

Formats

Jukebox EP label

Columbia also released The Third Album as a “Little LP” (or a “Jukebox EP”) with catalog number Columbia 7-8954.

Cover of Jukebox album

These were 7-inch “Stereo 33” records for use in jukeboxes across America. Title strips and album jacket replicas accompanied the LPs for display in the jukebox. Local music operators would place their music machines in “the higher-brow cocktail lounge or sophisticated-type tavens,” according to one music industry magazine. These jukebox records were meant to promote the full album, so only a few tracks were included on the 2-sided record.

Side One Side Two
Bewitched Make Believe
Taking A Chance On Love Draw Me A Circle
My Melancholy Baby Never Will I Marry

Jukebox label

Other formats:

CD Remasters

1987 CD Catalog Numbers:

Columbia released The Barbra Streisand Album and The Second and The Third albums on CD for the first time in 1987. Something went wrong with the sound on those three CDs, however. "There had been mention from Columbia Records that they couldn't find the original tapes but they put out the CDs anyway," said Victor Bisio, a California-based recording engineer. "They were are the worst sounding CDs I ever heard. They were screechy and distorted. When she hit the high notes, it just shattered your speakers."

All three albums were restored and remastered (along with new artwork) in October 1993 and part of Columbia Records' 11 Essential Barbra Streisand Releases. The master tapes were prepared for release by John Arrias (who put together the masters for Just For The Record). According to Columbia's publicity:

“The objective with each album was to restore the tapes to the quality of the original master recording. To do this in some cases, 30 years of noise had to be eliminated. John used his proprietary C.A.P. Noise Reduction System to eliminate hiss, distortion and noise. In each case great care was taken to maintain the integrity of the original albums.”

Columbia also recreated the packages using the original art or printing film.

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 & More

Roddy McDowall captured the cover image on Barbra's Third Album. He photographed her in 1963 when she guested on The Judy Garland Show. Against black, Barbra was singing “Bewitched.”

McDowall alternate

In 1979, singer and songwriter Paul Jabara released his third album on Casablanca Records and paid homage to Streisand's Third Album cover. Jabara's album included the tracks “Disco Wedding” and a duet with Donna Summer called “Never Lose Your Sense Of Humor.” Streisand fans will recognize Jabara's name as one of the writers of the Streisand and Donna Summer duet “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough).”

Paul Jabara The Third Album cover

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