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There are seventy-five minutes of duets on this CD, covering a wide range of styles and sounds over almost fifty years of Streisand's career. Two are from the 1960s (and are rarities in their own right); five are from the 1970s; five each also from the 1980s and 1990s; and finally two from the last decade. These last two are new tracks, one a duet with Barry Manilow, the other a duet with Josh Groban.
Others here include the gravelly-voiced Bryan Adams, the strong vibrato of Johnny Mathis, and the spoken-style of Neil Diamond. Donna Summer has Streisand's strength, but not her subtlety, but I suppose it is Celine Dion who comes closest to Streisand's vocal powers. Kim Carnes cannot really compete at all on her level, but the voice of Don Johnson is for me the most perfect as a singing companion to Streisand. On one track Streisand even gets to duet with herself.
So, overall, there's a mixed bag here, but I counted only one terrible track, namely the painful duet with Kris Kristofferson. On the other side of the coin, I counted four tracks worthy of five stars, namely `Guilty' and `What Kind of Fool' (both with Barry Gibb); the fantastically composed and arranged `You Don't Bring Me Flowers' (Neil Diamond); and the equally well-written and produced `If You Ever Leave Me' (with Vince Hill - who?).
Over the years Streisand has sung with the best; but this album demonstrates that she is probably THE best English-speaking singer of the last fifty years. Some achievement!