- Streisand’s Pop Masterpiece returns to the site on this original pressing with killer sound on both sides, just shy of our Shootout Winner – exceptionally quiet vinyl too
- You get lovely extension up top, good weight down low, as well as exceptional transparency in the midrange, all qualities that were much less evident on the average copy we played
- This is Barbra and The Bee Gees at the peak of their Pop Powers – it just doesn’t get any better
- 4 1/2 stars: “The biggest selling album of Barbra Streisand’s career is also one of her least characteristic. The album was written and produced by Barry Gibb in association with his brothers and the producers of the Bee Gees, and in essence it sounds like a post-Saturday Night Fever Bee Gees album with vocals by Streisand. Still, the record was more hybrid than compromise, and the chart-topping single ‘Woman in Love’ has a sinuous feel that is both right for Streisand and new for her.”
This ain’t no zombie audiophile BS, the kind of sleep-inducing, reverb-drenched trash that passes for “female vocals” in bad audio showrooms around the globe. (Paging Diana Krall.)
This is the best album Babs ever made, and you can take that to the bank. It’s also one of the best sounding, if not the best sounding of her later Monster Pop Productions. Can’t say for sure as I haven’t played all that many. Her first album is a true Demo Disc as well, but that one’s all about the Tubey Magical ’60s Columbia era, the Golden Age of Natural Sound, a world away from Guilty and its layers and layers of tracks. Having said that, there are multi-tracks and then there are multi-tracks.
The engineers and producers here pull it off brilliantly.
If you don’t feel something deep inside when playing this record, open up a vein and let some of the ice water in your system that passes for blood run out.