Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"Woman In Love" by Barbra Streisand

#1 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Rated 10 Alert!
Song#:  0326
Date:  09/06/1980
Debut:  49
Peak:  1 (3 weeks)
Weeks:  24
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary



Pop Bits:  People tend to recognize Streisand by her specific songs and don't necessarily think of her as an album artist. From her debut chart single in 1964 through the next ten years, she only had two Top 10 hits - "People" (#5) and "The Way We Were" (#1). But currently she holds the record for most #1 albums by a female artist (9), most Top 10 albums (32), and most chart albums (57). Her best streak of singles began in 1976 with the #1 "Evergreen" and lasted through the singles from her biggest selling album, 1980's "Guilty." She amassed eight Top 10 hits in that time including four #1's. This first single from that album became her fifth and last #1 and received Grammy nominations for Record of the Year and Pop Female Vocalist.

ReduxReview:  Oh, La Streisand! Welcome to the 80s! Yes, I know it is stereotypical for a person of my "persuasion" to love Babs, but I can't help it. I mean, c'mon? You've heard her sing, right? You can keep your Judy and Liza - I'm on the Barbra bandwagon! I remember when this song came out. I heard it on the radio and was wow'd. Went right to the record store and got the single. Although I'm sure my parents were not thrilled I was in my room singing "I am a woman in love," this magical pairing of Streisand and Barry Gibb was just too hard to resist. She has had some terrific singles, but for me this has to be the top one. Just brilliant. Sorry - gotta score it like I hears it...

ReduxRating10/10

Trivia:  Unless you live under a non-musical rock you should know this. After their mega-success, the BeeGees took a little time to do other projects. Streisand asked Barry Gibb to write songs for her album. He not only did that, but co-produced the album and sang two duets with her. The album ended up more of a collaboration of the two artists and that was kind of summed up with "Guilty's" album cover that featured the two of them. The pair revisited their collaborative time together in 2005 and came out with a sequel called "Guilty Pleasures," which peaked at #5 on the album chart.

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