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

By Ben Rimalower
25 Jan 2014


6. "Stoney End" (studio album, 1971)

"Stoney End" was another success for Barbra Streisand, crossing over into then-current pop styles. This time, she inhabited the world of singer-songwriters, trying on a sort of hippie sensibility. Tackling great songs by such greats as Laura Nyro, Dusty Springfield, Gordon Lightfoot and Randy Newman, Streisand's approach was to emulate the style of the original version. If these tracks individually lack the authenticity of prior recordings, collectively they make for a cohesive listening experience that takes the listener on moving journey through the sounds and themes of the early 1970s. Of course, too, the Streisand voice is a welcome addition to this music.