Tuesday, September 12, 2017

"Make No Mistake, He's Mind" by Barbra Streisand with Kim Carnes

Song#:  2160
Date:  12/15/1984
Debut:  63
Peak:  51
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  The first single from Streisand's Emotion album, "Left in the Dark," didn't perform as well as expected. The Jim Steinman-produced epic stalled at #50 on the Pop chart despite having an associated MTV video and doing well at AC reaching #4. In the past, Streisand collected two duet #1's (with Donna Summer and Neil Diamond), so perhaps a third would do the trick as well. This duet with Kim Carnes would be issued as the LP's next single. Unfortunately it fared nearly the same as the previous single at both Pop and AC (#8).

ReduxReview:  I've always loved this song. It is beautifully written, arranged and performed. Who knew that Carnes and Streisand would mesh so well in a duet? It was a bit of an odd pairing, but it completely worked. They both sound great, but Streisand really digs in her heels and delivers a terrific vocal. I just think it might have been too adult to pass off to Pop radio. It deserved to do a lot better at Pop, but the timing and style was just not right and it fizzled.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) This song was written by Kim Carnes. Even though it wasn't a major hit in duet form with her and Streisand, the song would do very well for Carnes in another genre. In 1987, the song would get picked up by Kenny Rogers and Ronnie Milsap. The pair would record the tune as "Make No Mistake, She's Mine." It was a big success at Country reaching #1 on that chart. It would also get to #42 at AC. Carnes would also do a solo version of the song, but it wouldn't see the light of day until 2001 when it was a bonus track on a reissue of her 1985 album Barking at Airplanes.  2) This wasn't the first time Streisand recorded a song by Kim Carnes. In 1976 before her career really took off, Carnes wrote and recorded the song "Love Comes from the Most Unexpected Places" for her album Sailin'. Streisand would pick up the song and record it for her 1977 LP Streisand Superman. The song was not issued as a single, but the album would reach #3 and be a double-platinum seller, which certainly helped out Carnes. The song would also be used in an episode of the hit TV show Glee.


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