VA – Funny Lady (Original Soundtrack Recording) (1975) [1998, Remastered Reissue]

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Artist: Various Artists
Title: Funny Lady (Original Soundtrack Recording)
Year Of Release: 1998-05-19 (1975)
Label: Arista Records, Inc. (USA)
Genre: Stage & Screen, Musical, Vocal
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue+.log) | MP3 320kbps
Total Time: 51:39
Total Size: 404,00 | 234,11 Mb (Full Scans)

About the Album
The Funny Lady soundtrack was released by Arista Records – not Columbia Records (Streisand’s record label and recording “home” since 1962). Clive Davis (a Columbia Records executive who helped Streisand update her sound and release the Stoney End album) had partnered with Columbia Pictures for the Arista label. “After many discussions between me and [Streisand's] devoted manager, Marty Erlichman, he and Barbra agreed to let Arista have the album,” wrote Clive Davis in his 2013 memoire. Arista advertised the album proudly as one of the first releases from the new label.
The original Funny Lady album contained 15 tracks, not in the original order that they appeared in the film. Curiously, the James Caan vocal of “Me and My Shadow” was included, even though it was cut from the final film. Also included on the soundtrack album was the complete track of “So Long Honey Lamb.” Again, in the final film, this number was shortened and lasted only a few seconds. Because Quadraphonic sound was popular, Arista also released another version of the Funny Lady soundtrack in Quadraphonic format. Arista promoted “How Lucky Can You Get” as the single from the Funny Lady soundtrack. A 45-rpm single of the song was released which contained different Streisand vocals and a different musical arrangement than the album version.

CD Releases
It wasn’t until 1990 that Funny Lady appeared on compact disc. Released on the Bay Cities label, the CD contained generic liner notes by Merrick S. Talcove. The CD also replicated the track listing order exactly like the original vinyl album.
Eight years later, back on the Arista label, Funny Lady once again had another life on CD. This time, the CD reissue producer Didier C. Deutsch dug into the Arista master tapes and remastered the tracks in 20-bit digital technology. He re-listed the tracks in the order in which they appear in the film. Deutsch included, as a bonus track, the single mix of “How Lucky Can You Get”.
Another new addition to the Funny Lady soundtrack which appeared on the Arista 1998 CD reissue was the dramatic introduction before “Let’s Hear it For Me,” sung by Streisand in the film as she leaves Nick Arnstein for good. (“Well I’ll be damned. No I won’t be damned. Cause I have been damned. But I won’t be damned anymore.”) This introduction had not appeared on previous Funny Lady soundtracks.
The most interesting change in the 1998 reissue of Funny Lady is “(It's Gonna Be A) Great Day.” The 1998 CD features an entirely different version of “Great Day,” complete with the minor chords that Streisand sings as the song opens, as well as the complex middle-section with the clapping hands. The original soundtrack album and the 1990 Bay Cities CD contained “Great Day” as a 05:16 minute track, which Streisand fans refer to as the “sky-high” version because Streisand belts out a long note when she sings the lyrics “angels in the sky, high.

The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine.

Here's the numbers for this Streisand album:

Debut Chart Date: 3-29-75
No. Weeks on Billboard 200 Albums Chart: 25
Peak Chart Position: #6
Gold: 9/8/75

Gold: 500,000 units shipped

Footnotes:

Arista Masters 20-bit digital remastered CD from original multi-track tapes and songs resequenced from LP to reflect sequencing in film. Original liner notes included, with addition of new comments from the real Linda Richman, whose son-in-law Mike Myers caricatured her Saturday Night Live's "Coffee Talk" sketches.
Track 16, an alternate version, appears on CD for first time; originally released as A-side of Arista AS-0123 single, April 1975.
Streisand vocals on all EXCEPT tracks 4, 8 and 15.
Recorded in L.A. on 2/25/74, 2/28/74, 3/28/74, and 4/4/74.
LP (Arista 9004) and 1990 CD (Bay Cities 3006) both out of print.
Quadraphonic LP (Arista AQ 9004) also released (out of print), with alternate versions of tracks 10 (entirely different take), 13 (entirely different take), and 14 (entirely different take).
Arista's out-of-print album, Soundtrack Memories: Great Themes From The Movies (ABM 2005), released in 1982, contains another unusual alternate take of track 10, the fourth officially released version.
BB: 3-29-75 / 25 / #6 || G, 9/8/75

Release of the album: 1975, March [LP Arista Records, Cat.# AL 9004, USA]
Release of this CD: 1998, May, 19 [CD Arista Records, Inc. (USA), Cat.# 07822-19006-2 / UPC: 886974852322]
(p) 1975, 1998 & (c) 1998 Arista Records, Inc.
Motion picture artwork and photography (c) 1975, 1998 Columbia Pictures Industries. Inc.
Printed in U.S.A.

Credits:

Original Album Produced by Rick Chertoff
Original Album Coordinated by Peter Matz
Arranged, and Conducted by Peter Matz
Original Songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Original Recording Engineers: Jerry Block, Alex Casanegras, Kevin Cleary, Richard Mantel, John Neal, Mike Stone
CD Reissue Producer: Didier C. Deutsch
Cover Illustration: Vincent Petragnani
Photography: Steve Schapiro

Tracklist:

01. Barbra Streisand / Blind Date (05:00)
(F. Ebb / J. Kander)
02. Barbra Streisand / More Than You Know (02:30)
(B. Rose / E. Eliscu / V. Youmans)
03. Barbra Streisand / It's Only A Paper Moon / I Like Him (01:07)
("Paper Moon" – B. Rose / E.Y. Harburg / H. Arlen; "I Like Him" – F. Ebb / J. Kander)
04. James Caan / It's Only A Paper Moon / I Like Her (02:40)
("Paper Moon" – B. Rose / E.Y. Harburg / H. Arlen; "I Like Her" – F. Ebb / J. Kander)
05. Barbra Streisand / I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five & Ten Cent Store) (02:00)
(B. Rose / M. Dixon / H. Warren)
06. Ben Vereen & Barbra Streisand / So Long Honey Lamb (03:14)
(F. Ebb / J. Kander)
07. Barbra Streisand / I Got A Code In My Doze (01:14)
(B. Rose / A. Fields / F. Hall)
08. Barbra Streisand / Clap Hands, Here Comes Charley (02:16)
(B. Rose / B. McDonald / J. Meyer)
09. Barbra Streisand / (It's Gonna Be A) Great Day (05:41)
(B. Rose / E. Eliscu / V. Youmans)
10. Barbra Streisand / How Lucky Can You Get (04:52)
(F. Ebb / J. Kander)
11. Barbra Streisand / Am I Blue (03:23)
(G. Clarke / H. Akst)
12. Barbra Streisand / Isn't This Better (03:32)
(F. Ebb / J. Kander)
13. Barbra Streisand / If I Love Again (03:00)
(J.P. Murray / B. Oakland)
14. Barbra Streisand / Let's Hear It For Me (04:06)
(F. Ebb / J. Kander)
15. James Caan / Me And My Shadow (03:09)
(B. Rose / A. Jolson / D. Dreyer)
16. Barbra Streisand / How Lucky Can You Get (Single Mix) (03:55)
(F. Ebb / J. Kander)

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