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Love Songs And Memories - Barbra At Her Best.
on 13 December 2009
When I decides to transfer my ageing Barbra Streisand favourite album via my Mac to my ipod, I kept seeing "Love Songs" coming up on screen as the Album name for each song, instead of Memories - which was the name of the album as released in Australia. Upon investigation I discovered that despite the title change, God was good and released the 14 songed original in Australia back in 1981 - where as the American version has 10 songs. In short, we got the Brit version.
This Love Songs/Memories Album has always been my favourite Streisand album, even more so than the most popular of her albums (as stated by Ms Streisand herself during a tour of Australia a few years back) "The Way We Were."
It was released on Columbia in 1980, then re-released in 1981 on CBS with four extra songs. It reached number #1 in Britain where it stayed for nine weeks and was the best selling album of 1982 in the UK. It was certified as platinum, and won the best album award in 1983.
In Australia it won 6x platinum and in the USA Memories/Love Songs won 5x platinum and reached number 10 in their charts.
This is NOT a greatest hit album, it's an early 80's album when Barbra had recently recorded Memory from "Cats" and the top 40 hit "Comin' In And Out of Your Life,". She then re-recorded "Lost Inside Of You," which she and Kris Kristoffersen had recorded together for their film "A Star Is Born" and included her take on Billy Joel's immortal "A New York State Of Mind." Adding songs like the Way We Were,You Don't Bring Me Flowers (with Neil Diamond) and Evergreen, enhances what was already a beautiful collection of songs and didn't bother me one bit.
One critic, however disagreed when he said "Memories (Love Songs) was a blatant consumer rip off,highly unusual for an artist who usually gave value for money." But it is the balance of this album that made it so very popular in at least three countries. The hits "Evergreen","The Way We Were" and "Enough Is Enough" with Donna Summer, plus the inclusion of a (then) recent hit "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," added to 10 other gems was the reason we bought Love Songs/Memories in our droves, and is exactly why it remains as one of La Streisands best selling albums.
Memories - The Australian Version
2. You Don't Bring Me Flowers
3. My heart Belongs To Me
5. New York State of Mind
6. A Man I Loved
7. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
8. Coming In And Out Of Your Life
9. Evergreen (A Star Is Born)
10 I Don't Break Easily
11 Kiss Me In The Rain
12 Lost Inside Of You
13 The Love Inside
14 The Way We Were.
The subsequent Memories Albums in Australia seem to have reverted back to the 10 song American version, so I will hang on to my '81 version knowing it can never be replaced.
No one has more right than a girl from Brooklyn to pay homage to Billy Joel's "New York State Of Mind," and no-one does it better than Barbra Streisand.
"Kiss Me In the Rain" is a beautiful love song that I haven't come across on any other album,her solo performance of "Lost Inside of You" is poignant, "Wet" is another song I didn't have in my collection, and if I was allowed to take 10 CD's up to heaven with me - this would be one of them.