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

By Ben Rimalower
25 Jan 2014

1. "The Concert" (live album, 1994)

Even Barbra Streisand's stage fright is legendary! A consummate perfectionist, she famously declined live performing for decades, making only the rarest live appearances singing for a very few political or social causes. This spell was broken in 1993 when she returned to the concert stage in a record-breaking tour including an HBO special and this live album. Her voice was in astonishingly agile form and she rose elegantly and powerfully to the occasion of this monumental event. "The Concert" is my number one Barbra Streisand desert island disc because it offers a wide range of her repertoire, spanning her venerable career, as well as a real taste of the magnitude of her superstardom.