Recorded to accompany her TV special of the same name, COLOR ME BARBRA captures Barbra Streisand at the peak of her early musical career. Having been catapulted to fame following sold-out nightclub engagements plus the Broadway and London productions of FUNNY GIRL, Barbra pours all her skills and musical tastes into this impressive record.
Things get off to a cracking start with "Yesterdays" (originally from the musical ROBERTA), a manic opening number with medieval harpsichord prominently scored. More magic is right around the corner with "One Kiss", "The Minute Waltz" and "Gotta Move" (a number she previously covered on her second album, but in a different arrangement). "Non C'est Rien" is a gorgeous romantic ballad that's guaranteed to make you hit the 'repeat' button on your CD player.
"Where or When", a delicious romantic song from Rodgers and Hart's BABES IN ARMS, glows like a rare jewel with Streisand's delicate interpretation. The clever medley incorporating "Animal Crackers in My Soup", "Funny Face", "That Face!", "They Didn't Believe Me", "Were Thine That Special Face?", "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face", "Let's Face the Music and Dance", "Sam, You Made the Pants too Long", "What's New, Pussycat?", "Small World", "I Love You", "I Stayed too Long at the Fair" and "Look at That Face" (phew!) is delivered with lots of showmanship.
Those only familiar with Eartha Kitt's classic recording of "C'est Si Bon" will find a refreshing change within Barbra's sparse cover of it. "Where Am I Going?", the dramatic eleven o'clock ballad from SWEET CHARITY and a clarifying, inspirational "Starting Here, Starting Now" bring the album to a satisfying close.
Even if you haven't seen the COLOR ME BARBRA television special you'll certainly appreciate everything that Barbra climbs and conquers on this album, which displays her versatility as a singer and all-round entertainer. An essential title for Barbra fans. [COLUMBIA-CK9278]