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

By Ben Rimalower
25 Jan 2014

4. "The Barbra Streisand Album" (studio album, 1963)

Streisand's first album is in a similar vein to her second and gives an equally privileged peek at her early career in the clubs. Some might prefer this over the second as, comparatively, "The Barbra Streisand Album" has more integrity as a whole and feels a bit more like an actual concert set. There's a somewhat smokier, jazzier vibe that balances out Streisand's histrionics, perhaps making this disc more palatable to a wider audience. Still, she goes for the jugular on such classics as "Cry Me A River," "A Taste Of Honey" and "Much More," is a hoot-and-a-half in the funny bits of "My Honey's Lovin' Arms" and "Who's Afraid Of The Big, Bad Wolf?" and, all in all, is in rich, searing voice with apparently no limitations.