The Way We Were (1974)

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Front cover of THE WAY WE WERE album

(Below: The renamed version of the album: “Barbra Streisand — Featuring The Hit Single The Way We Were And All In Love Is Fair” ... notice that the coloring on the back cover has been reversed. Instead of red-Barbra on white, the renamed album features black-Barbra on red. “The Way We Were” no longer appears on the covers.) Pictures of the renamed version of THE WAY WE WERE album

(Below: The differences between the 1989 and 1994 CD releases’ cover art.)

two versions of cover art

Tracks:

  1. Being At War With Each Other [4:03]
    (C. King)
  2. Something So Right [4:26]
    (P. Simon)
  3. The Best Thing You've Ever Done [2:49]
    (M. Charnin)
  4. The Way We Were [3:31]
    (M. Bergman / A. Bergman / M. Hamlisch)
  5. All In Love Is Fair [3:49]
    (S. Wonder)
  6. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? [3:21]
    (M. Bergman / A. Bergman / M. Legrand)
  7. Summer Me, Winter Me [2:55]
    (M. Bergman / A. Bergman / M. Legrand)
  8. Pieces Of Dreams [3:26]
    (M. Bergman / A. Bergman / M. Legrand)
  9. I've Never Been A Woman Before [2:44]
    (T. Baird / R. Miller)
  10. Medley: [4:08]
    • My Buddy (G. Kahn / W. Donaldson)
    • How About Me (I. Berlin)

Individual track credits:

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

1. Being At War With Each Other

Written by: Carole King

Produced by: Tommy LiPuma

Arranged by: Nick DeCaro

Date Recorded: December 14, 1973 (United Recorders, Los Angeles, Calif.)

2. Something So Right

Written by: Paul Simon

Produced by: Tommy LiPuma

Arranged by: Nick DeCaro

Date Recorded: December 14, 1973 (United Recorders, Los Angeles, Calif.)

3. The Best Thing You've Ever Done

Written by: Martin Charnin

Produced by: Wally Gold

Arranged by: Peter Matz

Date Recorded: March 10, 1970 (Hollywood, Calif.)

4. The Way We Were

Written by: Marvin Hamlisch / Marilyn & Alan Bergman

Produced & Arranged by: Marty Paich

Date Recorded: September 12, 1973 (RCA Recording Studios, Los Angeles, Calif.)

5. All In Love Is Fair

Written by: Stevie Wonder

Produced by: Tommy LiPuma

Arranged by: Nick DeCaro

Date Recorded: December 14, 1973 (United Recorders, Los Angeles, Calif.)

 

6. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?

Written by: Michel Legrand / Marilyn & Alan Bergman

Produced by: Wally Gold

Arranged & Conducted by: Peter Matz

Date Recorded: September 24, 1969 (Columbia Studio C, New York)

7. Summer Me, Winter Me

Written by: Michel Legrand / Marilyn & Alan Bergman

Produced by: Wally Gold

Arranged by: Peter Matz

Date Recorded: March 10, 1970 (Hollywood, Calif.)

8. Pieces Of Dreams

Written by: Michel Legrand / Marilyn & Alan Bergman

Produced by: Wally Gold

Arranged by: Claus Ogerman

Date Recorded: April 30, 1970 (Columbia Studio C, New York)

9. I've Never Been A Woman Before

Written by: T. Baird / R. Miller

Produced by: Wally Gold

Arranged by: Claus Ogerman

Date Recorded: April 30, 1970 (Columbia Studio C, New York)

10. My Buddy / How About Me

Written by: G. Kahn / W. Donaldson (My Buddy) Irving Berlin (How About Me)

Produced by: Wally Gold

Arranged & Conducted by: Peter Matz

Date Recorded: September 24, 1969 (Columbia Studio C, New York)

 

About the Album...

The soundtrack of The Way We Were as well as Barbra’s pop album (titled The Way We Were) were both released in January 1974. Because both albums had the same title, producer Ray Stark actually sued to keep Barbra’s studio album from competing with Rastar’s soundtrack album featuring the musical score of Marvin Hamlisch, as well as two Streisand vocals of the title tune.

Columbia's ad for both albums

Barbra’s album lost that legal battle and was retitled Barbra Streisand Featuring “The Way We Were” and “All In Love Is Fair”. Years later, when the remastered CD was released, the red title, The Way We Were, was restored to the cover art.

ad in magazine for Way We Were album

The Way We Were—the studio album—was assembled mostly from unused recordings from 1970 for an album Barbra worked on titled The Singer. Only “All in Love is Fair,” “Something So Right,” the pop version of “The Way We Were,” and “Being At War With Each Other” were recorded specifically for this album in December 1973.

A song called “Make the Man Love Me” by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, was recorded at the same December session, but remained unreleased.

“I’ve Never Been A Woman Before” was by Ron Miller who also wrote “If I Could” (from Higher Ground, 1997), and the camp classic “I’ve Never Been To Me.” “Woman Before ” was the 11 o'clock number from the musical Cherry, based on William Inge's Bus Stop. Barbra used to sing this song in her Las Vegas act. Claus Ogerman, her Vegas music director, arranged the song as recorded on this album.

Martin Charnin wrote “The Best Thing You’ve Ever Done.” Charnin is most famous for his lyrics to the musical Annie. He also wrote lyrics for Harold Arlen for a while in the mid-1960's (Streisand recorded Arlen/Charnin's “That's a Fine Kind of Freedom”). Charnin told writer James Kimbrell how “The Best Thing” came to be written. “I was in New York and I ran into Herb Ross who was directing The Owl and the Pussycat at the time,” Charnin said. “He asked me if I'd be interested in writing a song for Barbra to sing in the film when the characters separate. I told him I'd like to see the roughcut of the film first, but that I was interested. I wrote the song, sent it to Barbra's people and that was it. Later, when the film was released, all the music was done by Blood, Sweat and Tears, so I thought my song was just dropped. Barbra, though, liked the song and it ended up on one of her albums three years later.” Barbra also recorded a more stripped-down version of “The Best Thing” with only a trio accompanying her (it's unreleased). Still a third version of “Best Thing” was released as a 7-inch single in 1970.

Barbra first sang “My Buddy/How About Me” on her 1967 television special, The Belle of 14th Street. Mort Lindsey arranged the songs for that show. Since the Belle soundtrack was never released by Columbia Records, it's possible that Streisand wished to resurrect the medley. She recorded it fresh in 1969 with an arrangement by Peter Matz. “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life” was recorded during the same September 1969 session with another Matz arrangement.

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.

The 2002 CD Remaster:

Remastered sticker

The 2002 CD is red with the Columbia Records logo.

The 2002 CD has this red sticker (see right) affixed to its jewel case.

Also, the 2002 remastered CD restored the original title, in red letters, to the front cover.

The 2002 CD insert also included, for the first time, the “Arranged by” credits for most of the tracks.

1981 Half-Speed Mastered LP Version

Half Speed cover Half Speed back cover

Another audiofile format that caught on in the early 1980s was the Half-speed mastered LP. The high sound quality on these albums was achieved, according to Greg Weaver, by playing the master tape back “at precisely half its recorded speed while the cutting lathe is similarly turned at precisely half the desired playback speed. Why? This time-shifting process gives the cutting head twice the time to cut its musically complex and physically demanding analog groove into the lacquer. This luxury affords considerably more accuracy with matters such as frequency extremes and microdynamic contrasts. The final product was pressed to a special, thick (180-gram) blend of virgin vinyl that JVC trademarked as SuperVinyl.”

Other Streisand albums which were released as Half-speed mastered LPs: Guilty, Memories, and Greatest Hits Volume 2.

Album Cover Outtakes

This Streisand album featured a striking cover photo by Steve Schapiro and a duo-toned back cover photo by David Bailey. Bailey concentrated on Streisand’s long fingernails. An alternate shot from the session (below, right) reveals that Streisand is actually smoking in the photo.

Steve Schapiro did a sitting with Streisand at her home and photographed her wearing different outfits and hairstyles, both inside and out.

Schapiro and Bailey Alternate

(Above photos: Outtakes of the cover and back cover photographs by Steve Schapiro and David Bailey, respectively)

Outtakes from album cover session

 

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