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The Third Album

The Third Album

Babs raids the Great American Songbook for this 1964 smash featuring Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered; As Time Goes By; It Had To Be You , and seven more.

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  • Tyrone says:
    22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Quintessential Streisand Album, January 18, 2000
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    Tyrone (Los Angeles, CA) –
    This review is from: Third Album (Audio CD)
    Even though her first album received a Grammy as Album of the Year and her second album was regarded as even better than the first, Streisand was still considered a fluke — and someone who didn’t sing “standards.”
    So with this album, she sang the standards — “Melancholy Baby,” “Just in Time,” “As Time Goes By,” “Make Believe,” “Taking a Chance on Love,” “It Had to Be You” — but of course, she sang them as only she could.
    A pristine masterpiece of what singing is all about and should be all about.
    A classic album.
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  • Matthew G. Sherwin says:
    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Barbra sold these songs without even trying–BRAVO, BARBRA STREISAND !!!, May 14, 2008
    By 
    Matthew G. Sherwin (last seen screaming at Amazon customer service) –
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    This review is from: Third Album (Audio CD)
    The Third Album by Barbra Streisand has me believing even more than I did before that this lady has TALENT! Barbra’s voice is in excellent form on this CD and it’s only too bad that we don’t get twenty more songs from her on this CD! I mean that in a positive way. In addition, the quality of the sound is excellent and the artwork is very nicely done.

    “My Melancholy Baby” shines brighter than silver and gold when Barbra sings this ever so sweetly; and when the full musical arrangement starts this number truly takes flight! Barbra sings this with great sensitivity and that’s terrific. Her voice is clear as a bell; and her uncanny sense of timing enhances her performance even further. “Just In Time” features Barbra Streisand’s vocals squarely front and center–and that’s quite all right with me! The lush musical arrangement never drowns out Barbra as she sings this to perfection–and beyond! Wonderful!

    “Taking A Chance On Love” gets the royal treatment from Barbra; she sings this with a slower tempo than I’m used to but it all works very well. “Taking A Chance On Love” really sparkles when Streisand picks this up and makes her own mark on this ballad with some tactful key changes and that slower tempo that sounds great. No wonder this record album sold well when it was originally released all those years ago! In addition, there’s also “Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered;” Barbra throws herself into this ballad to make it even brighter and upbeat than ever before. This love song benefits so much from Streisand’s natural vocal talent and “Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered” has a very pretty musical arrangement.

    “As Time Goes By,” is, of course, one of the very greatest love songs ever written; and Barbra does great justice to this timeless ballad as she delivers it without a superfluous note. “As Time Goes By” was originally performed by Dooley Wilson in the movie Casablanca; and Dooley would have been proud of Barbra’s rendition!

    “It Had To Be You” gets a very sensitive treatment from Streisand who never misses a beat; and the strings are used to great advantage. The soft piano arrangement rounds out the melody quite nicely as the strings carry the bulk of the melody. Listen also for “Make Believe;” this ballad is quite sweet and Barbra performs this with panache.

    The CD also ends well with Barbra Streisand performing “I Had Myself A True Love.” This final number again showcases Barbra’s vocal talents and her delivery of “I Had Myself A True Love” impresses me greatly.

    Barbra Streisand fans will naturally want this album in their collections.

    Thank you, Barbra Streisand!

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  • Fernando Silva says:
    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    MY FAVOURITE STREISAND ALBUM, November 14, 2001
    By 
    Fernando Silva (Santiago de Chile.) –
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    This review is from: Third Album (Audio CD)
    First I owned the tape, which I wore out. Then I bought the cd-remastered edition. This has been my favorite Streisand album for a loong time! The excellent choice of classic songs (As Time Goes By, Make Believe, It Had to Be You, My Melancholy Baby, etc.), the ultra-slow tempo, a very subtle piano, her unique phrasing which contributes to definitive versions of her own, make this cd a must for Streisand fans and for music lovers in general. Barbra’s first albums are among her best. If lou liked this one you should buy “Simply Streisand” and “Color Me”.
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