September 10, 2014

101 Reel-to-Reel Tapes 77: Barbara Streisand ~ Greatest Hits

Barbra Streisand ~ Greatest Hits                       
reel-to-reel tape box cover detail                       
photo by Lawrence Schiller                          
detail photo by Styrous©                                         

In addition to my vinyl LP record collection I'm selling, I have hundreds of reel-to-reel, pre-recorded tapes as well. This is an entry about one of them that is for sale on eBay (see link below). Interested? Contact me by email, please, not by a comment.

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Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits includes many of her biggest charting songs such as “People” which had reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and “Second Hand Rose” which peaked at #32 on that chart. It also includes Sam, You Made the Pants Too Long which had never before been released on an album. The album would reach #32 on the Billboard 200 and would be certified double-platinum by the RIAA. This was the second album from Streisand to chart in the UK, peaking at #44 in the UK album charts.

reel-to-reel tape box cover 
photo by Styrous©

Photographer Lawrence Schiller was botn in 1936 in Brooklyn and grew up outside of San Diego, Californis. After attending Pepperdine College in Los Angeles, he worked for Life magazine, Paris Match, The Sunday Times, Time, Newsweek, Stern, and The Saturday Evening Post as a photojournalist. He published his first book, LSD, in 1966. Since then he has published eleven books, including W. Eugene Smith's Minamata and Norman Mailer's Marilyn. He collaborated with Albert Goldman on Ladies and Gentleman, Lenny Bruce (in 1967 he edited and produced the Capitol Records audio documentary album "Why did Lenny Bruce die?") and with Norman Mailer on The Executioner's Song and Oswald's Tale. His own books that became national bestsellers and made the New York Times Bestseller list include American Tragedy, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, Cape May Court House, and Into the Mirror. He has directed seven motion pictures and miniseries for television; The Executioner's Song and Peter the Great won five Emmys. American Tragedy, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town and Into the Mirror were made into television mini-series for CBS, all of which Schiller produced and directed. In 2008, after the death of the writer Norman Mailer, he was named Senior Advisor to the Norman Mailer Estate and is the Managing Director of The Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony, in New York, NY, which he created with Norris Mailer. Schiller was a close friend of Mailer and collaborator on five of his works, and represents the Norman Mailer Licensing company. Schiller serves as a consultant to political campaigns and major corporations on such issues as crisis management, branding, public imaging and the use of social networking. Schiller has been an on air analyst to NBC news, a consultant to TASCHEN Publshing, Annie Leibovitz Studio, Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas and has written for The New Yorker, The Daily Beast and other publications.

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photo by Styrous©

My favorite song on the album is Second Hand Rose which was originally performed by Fanny Brice which she introduced in the "Ziegfeld Follies of 1921."

Fanny Brice (occasionally spelled Fannie Brice) was the stage name of Fania Borach, born in New York City. She began her association with Florenz Ziegfeld, headlining his Ziegfeld Follies from 1910 to 1911. 

From the 1930s until her death in 1951, Brice made a radio presence as a bratty toddler named Baby Snooks, a role she premiered in a Follies skit co-written by playwright Moss Hart. Baby Snooks premiered in The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air in February 1936 on CBS with Alan Reed playing Lancelot Higgins, her beleaguered "Daddy." Brice moved to NBC in December 1937, performing the Snooks routines as part of the Good News show, then back to CBS on Maxwell House Coffee Time, with the half-hour divided between the Snooks sketches and comedian Frank Morgan.

Don't Rain On My Parade is a popular song from the 1964 musical Funny Girl, based on the life of Fanny Brice. It was also featured in the 1968 movie version of the musical. The song was written by Bob Merrill and Jule Styne. Both the movie and stage versions feature Barbra Streisand performing the song.

reel-to-reel tape box back detail 
detail photo by Styrous©

reel-to-reel tape box back detail 
detail photo by Styrous©

Happy Days Are Here Again is a song copyrighted in 1929 by Milton Ager (music) and Jack Yellen (lyrics) and published by EMI Robbins Catalog, Inc./Advanced Music Corp.[1] The song was recorded by Leo Reisman and His Orchestra, with Lou Levin, vocal (November 1929), and was featured in the 1930 film Chasing Rainbows. The song concluded the picture, in what film historian Edwin Bradley described as a "pull-out-all-the-stops Technicolor finale, against a Great WarArmistice show-within-a-show backdrop." This early example of 2-strip Technicolor footage was, along with another Technicolor sequence, later cut from the 1931 re-edited release of the otherwise black-and-white film, and is believed to have been lost in the 1967 MGM Vault 7 fire

Today, the song is probably best remembered as the campaign song for Franklin Delano Roosevelt's successful 1932 presidential campaign. According to TIME magazine, it gained prominence after a spontaneous decision by Roosevelt's advisers to play it at the 1932 Democratic National Convention, and went on to become the Democratic Party's "unofficial theme song for years to come". The song is also associated with the Repeal of Prohibition, which occurred shortly after Roosevelt's election.
One of the most influential recordings of the song was by Barbra Streisand, made 33 years after its first recording. While the song is traditionally sung at a brisk pace, her recording is notable for how slowly and expressively she sings it.

photo by Styrous©

People is the title of Barbra Streisand's fourth solo studio album which was released in September 1964. The song is also from the Broadway musical Funny Girl in which Streisand starred. The album became the first of Streisand's albums to hit #1 on the Billboard album chart, spending five weeks in the top spot; it was also certified Platinum. It was re-released in the UK on the CBS Hallmark Series label in 1966 with different artwork.

reel-to-reel tape label detail
detail photo by Styrous©

Track listing: 

          Side 1:

  1. “People” (Jule Styne, Bob Merrill) – 3:39
    • This song had been released on People.
  2. “Second Hand Rose” (Grant Clarke, J.F. Hanly) – 2:08
  3. “Why Did I Choose You” (Michael Leonard, Herbert Martin) – 2:49
  4. “He Touched Me” (Ira Levin, Milton Schafer) – 3:08
    • This song had been released on My Name Is Barbra, Two....
  5. “Free Again” (R. Colby, Mark Jourdan, A. Canfora, J. Baselli) – 3:40
  6. Don't Rain on My Parade” (Styne, Merrill) – 2:44
    • This song had been released on the soundtrack to Funny Girl

    Side 2:

  7. “My Coloring Book” (Fred Ebb, John Kander) – 4:09
  8. “Sam, You Made the Pants Too Long” (Smiley Lewis, Victor Young, F. Whitehouse, Milton Berle) – 2:04
    • This song had been released as a single in 1966. An abbreviated version appears as part of a medley on Color Me Barbra.
  9. “My Man” (Jaques Charles, Channing Pollock, Albert Willemetz, Maurice Yvain) – 2:55
    • This song had been released on My Name Is Barbra.
  10. “Gotta Move” (Peter Matz) – 1:58
    • This song had been released on The Second Barbra Streisand Album. A rerecording appears on Color Me Barbra.


Barbara Streisand ~ Greatest Hits, reel-to-reel tape is for sale on eBay 

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Styrous® ~ Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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