Barbra Streisand – Je M’Appelle Barbra – ’60s 360 Vs. ’70s Red

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For Barbra Streisand’s early albums the original pressings on the 360 label have just got to be better, right? 

Nope. It’s just another Record Myth. The best of the 360 pressings in our shootout did well, just not as well.

Our good later label pressings had all the richness and Tubey Magic of the 360s — one really couldn’t tell which pressing was on the turntable by the sound — but had a bit more space, clarity and freedom from artificiality.

Watch your levels because she really gets loud on some of this material. The best copies, such as this side one, hold up. The lesser copies get congested, shrill and crude at their loudest, and of course get marked down dramatically when that happens.

Side two as very rich and smooth, yet clear and breathy – this is the right sound for ol’ Babs. The first track has tons of Tubey Magical reverb – check it out!

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Free Again
Autumn Leaves
What Now My Love
Ma première chanson
Clopin clopant
Le mur

Side Two

I Wish You Love
Speak to Me of Love
Love and Learn
Once Upon a Summertime
Martina
I’ve Been Here

AMG 5 Star Review

This album devoted to songs penned by French composers marks Streisand’s first collaboration with producer/composer Michael Legrand, whom would go on to write the brilliant score for Yentl in 1983. It provides the singer with a bit of challenge, seeing that it calls upon her to sing not only in English but also French for the first time as well. Not surprisingly, she pulls off the numbers splendidly and JE M’APPELLE BARBRA is yet another exceptional release from Streisand’s sixties catalogue.

Barbra gives definitive renditions of the French classics “Autumn Leaves,” “Clopin Clopant,” “Speak To Me Of Love,” and the breathtaking “Once Upon A Summertime.” The lessor-known material (“What Now My Love,” “I Wish You Love”) is just as good, with “Free Again” (which had been performed in French as “Non C’est Rien” on Color Me Barbra) standing strong as one of her most amazing vocal performances. The disc also finds Barbra composing her first melody (“Ma Premiere Chanson,” which showcases her considerable writing talent in it’s early stages), as well as tackling a song that was originally written for Edith Piaf (“Le Mer”), on which Streisand really excels.

Det. Abilene, Amazon