At The 'Movies'
Barbra Streisand's 60th album, due this week from Columbia Records, finds the chanteuse covering 12 songs made popular in movies from 1935-1988. "The Movie Album" comprises all-new recordings personally selected by Streisand and recorded with a full band and a 75-piece orchestra.
Streisand produced the new album as well, with co-producers Robbie Buchanan ("Moon River," "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" and "Calling You") and Johnny Mandel ("Emily"). Mandel and Buchanan provided orchestral arrangements, as did Jeremy Lubbock and Jorge Calandrelli.
"I like to capture my first feelings about [a song]," she says. "But let's take the intricacy of the arrangement of 'More in Love With You': Since it was never a song before, it took the whole session to do the orchestra, so I was left with three takes on my vocal. That's it. Because I'm the producer and don't want to spend an enormous amount of money."
A limited-edition collector's version of "The Movie Album" included a bonus DVD with audio commentary by Streisand and videos of the artist performing "I'm In the Mood for Love" and "Wild Is the Wind."