Beautiful Girl: The Essential Barbara Cook On Disc

By Ben Rimalower
09 Nov 2013

"As Of Today"

I would not include 1977's "As Of Today" my essentials list — except for one thing. Cook's cover of Janis Ian's "Stars" is worth far more than the price of this otherwise unexciting 1970s adult contemporary pop album. Cook infuses Ian's show-business survival story with so much personal emphasis and heart, it seems as if she'd written herself about her own experiences.