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

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25 Jan 2014

Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand

Playbill.com correspondent Ben Rimalower offers a selection of the essential recordings by award-winning singer and actress Barbra Streisand.

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After paying her dues and honing her craft on the nightclub circuit, Barbra Streisand burst onto Broadway in 1962's I Can Get It For You Wholesale, igniting a blaze of excitement. Chart-topping albums, concerts and television appearances quickly followed, culminating in Streisand's legendary performance in Funny Girl on Broadway, and subsequently on film, for which she won an Academy Award.

It's a fairy tale, the likes of which has never been seen again, and Streisand herself has yet to return to Broadway. Lucky for us, her output on record has been, to put it mildly, abundant. She has released more than 50 albums across a gamut of musical styles, always providing an actor's sensitivity and that iconic, preternatural voice. True fans — and there are millions upon millions of us — will require most of those 50-plus album in their personal collection, but I've selected just a handful of my very favorites for those with less shelf (or hard drive) space to spare.

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