"I'm the Greatest Star" The Essential Barbra Streisand on Disc

By Ben Rimalower
25 Jan 2014

14. "Live Concert At The Forum" (1972)

A fundraiser for George McGovern's presidential campaign, this event produced the unique occurrence of a live Barbra Streisand concert in the 1970s. McGovern lost the election, but we win with an eclectic group of such rare live performances as "Starting Here, Starting Now," "Where You Lead," "Didn't We" and even "Stoney End." I delight particularly in Streisand's warm and hearty medley of "Sing" from "Sesame Street" and the Cass Elliott hit "Make Your Own Kind Of Music." Also, Streisand does a funny monologue about smoking pot, that is, well, a sign of the times.

(Ben Rimalower is the author and original star of the critically acclaimed Patti Issues. Read Playbill.com's coverage of the solo show here. Visit him at benrimalower.com and follow @benrimalower on Twitter.)