DIVA TALK: A Dozen Must-Have Female Vocal Recordings

By Andrew Gans
19 Jul 2013

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Barbra Streisand
"Stoney End"

Readers of this column will probably be surprised my Barbra Streisand choice is not one of her Broadway recordings. My Streisand pick is one of her earlier recordings, "Stoney End," which I simply love. Even though the disc only features one standard (Harry Nilsson's "Maybe"), the singing is so rich and sublime that once I start listening to the first track (a beautiful version of Joni Mitchell's "I Don't Know Where I Stand"), I inevitably listen to each and every song. It's a feel-good disc that includes such upbeat tunes as "Hands off the Man," "If You Could Read My Mind" and "Just a Little Lovin'" as well as two additional gems by Laura Nyro, the popular hit "Stoney End" and the equally exciting "Time and Love."