Stoney End

Stoney End

by Barbra Streisand
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Barbra Streisand scored her second Top Ten hit in early 1971 by treating Laura Nyro's recording of her song "Stoney End" as a demo and copying it practically note for note. "Mama, let me start all over," she sang, and her wish was granted. The followup album of the same title was, in its own way, as surprising as Streisand's debut album eight years earlier. Where that record had redefined the role of the traditional pop singer in contemporary terms for the early '60s, Stoney End redefined Streisand as an effective pop
ock singer, which her last outing, What About Today?, had failed to do. Maybe she listened as closely to Nyro and Joni Mitchell as she had to Ethel Merman and Judy Garland a decade earlier, but somehow she re-oriented her approach to music, adapting herself to vocal demands that were very different in terms of dynamics, expressiveness, and especially rhythm from the traditional pop and theater music she had sung previously. Producer Richard Perry may have eased the transition by using sessionmen like Randy Newman, who played piano on two of his own compositions and who bridged the worlds of show tunes and rock. But Streisand herself found something to identify with in songs like Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind" (maybe that passage about the movie queen) and Mitchell's "I Don't Know Where I Stand." Stoney End was not a perfect album -- the reliance on minor Brill Building material and two more Nyro copies kept it from classic status -- but it was so far removed from what Streisand's fans and her detractors thought her capable of that it stands as one of her major triumphs. It was also her biggest seller in four years and launched the comeback that saw her through the '70s.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972502229
catalogNumber: 725022
Rank: 4324

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbra Streisand   Primary Artist,Vocals
Randy Newman   Piano,Keyboards
Larry Carlton   Guitar
Nickey Barclay   Keyboards
Clydie King   Background Vocals
Eric Weissberg   Guitar
June Millington   Guitar
Hal Blaine   Drums
Max Bennett   Bass
Merry Clayton   Background Vocals
David Cohen   Guitar
Venetta Fields   Background Vocals
Richie Hayward   Drums
Eddie Kendricks   Background Vocals
Larry Knechtel   Bass
Sherlie Mathews   Background Vocals
Larry Muhoberac   Keyboards
Earl Palmer   Drums
Richard Perry   Guitar,Percussion
Michel Rubini   Keyboards
Glenna Session   Background Vocals
Sweet Lou Shelton   Guitar
Maretha Stewart   Background Vocals
Ron Tutt   Drums
Jackie Ward   Background Vocals
Toni Wine   Background Vocals
Jerry Cook   Background Vocals
Sharone de Vault   Background Vocals
Milt Holand   Percussion
Joe Osborn   Bass
Sherlie Matthews   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Laura Nyro   Composer
Gene Page   Arranger
Perry Botkin   Arranger
Bob Breault   Contributor
Claus Ogerman   Arranger
Glen Kolotkin   Engineer
Sy Mitchell   Engineer
Richard Perry   Producer
Rafael O. Valentin   Engineer
Peter Weiss   Engineer

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