CD, DualDisc, オリジナルレコーディングのリマスター, 2005/8/30
Guilty The 25th Anniversary Edition
CD AUDIO SIDE: * Entire Album
DVD SIDE: * Entire album in Enhanced LPCM Stereo * Video programming includes: - Interview with Barbra and Barry on the recording of Guilty filmed in June 2005. - A video performance of one of the songs from the new album included exclusively on this disc as a preview of the new album. - "Guilty" live from the TV special "One Voice" - Photo gallery with outtakes from the original Mario Casilli photo session
Guilty may well be Barbra Streisand's best pop album. At the peak of her late-'70s popularity, she hooked up with the Bee Gees' Barry Gibb, who himself was basking in his Saturday Night Fever glow. Gibb wrote and produced most of the material on 1980's Guilty, and he supplied background vocals as well as co-leads on two tracks. The results are still completely bewitching. "Promises," for instance, is a lounge-like dance number and Babs sounds simply fabulous--sexy, lighthearted, passionate, playful--all at once. "Life Story" is a wild epic, and "Make It Like a Memory" keeps soaring up and up into a stratosphere of shag-carpeted luxury. Even Gibb's wavering vocals are great--and not a little like a disco version of Mandy Patinkin. And of course, the hits are out of this world: "Woman in Love" and "What Kind of Fool" are titanium-plated classics the likes of which Streisand has not topped since. A guilty pleasure, sure--just indulge. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
NOTE: This 25th-anniversary edition reissue includes: CD AUDIO SIDE: Entire Album DVD SIDE: Entire album in Enhanced LPCM Stereo; video programming includes: interview with Barbra and Barry on the recording of Guilty filmed in June 2005; a video performance of one of the songs from the new album Guilty Pleasures; included exclusively on this disc as a preview; "Guilty" live from the TV special "One Voice"; a photo gallery with outtakes from the original Mario Casilli photo session.
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It is amazing that after over 25 years, "Guilty" is still Streisand's largest selling album. Barry Gibb and his brothers have worked wonders with many female artists, but this is probably their best writing and production work (Grammy winners). Garnering 5 singles with 2 going to #1, this is Barbra's essential "pop" album. From the R&B laden title track to the softly, sultry "Run Wild", Streisand's voice is relished. The Gibb's really know how to focus on Barbra's strengths. The two duets are some of Barry Gibb's strongest vocals to date and all the songs are bouncy, pop masterpieces. Finishing off nicely with the extravagant "Make It Like A Memory", you'll just hit the 'play' button again. Great album. Great songs. Great memories.
* The official term (sometimes abbreviated to 'PCM') for the high-quality stereo soundtrack found on most music DVDs. It refers to the most common digital recording process, first introduced with CD. In fact, DVD supports higher-resolution versions of LPCM than CD, the most common of which is 48kHz/16 bit (as opposed to CD's 44.1kHz/16 bit). It should be noted that LPCM Stereo is 'uncompressed', offering higher quality than such 'compressed' alternatives as Dolby Stereo (commonly used for feature films).
A new listen reaffirms that these songs are true pop classics. Well written, nicely structured, with the most amazing vocals. As Barry says in the DVD interview, writing for Barbra is like writing for an instrument rather than another voice. Her range is astounding.
The classic singles are here ("Woman In Love," "What Kind of Fool") but "Run Wild" is, in my opinion, the best track on the CD. This song is classic Barry, a well written pop tune made all the more amazing by Barbra's performance.
Barry's production is top notch. Structurally, none of Streisand's other albums (none) come close. (An aside: Techincally this is not a "Bee Gees" production. While Barry wrote some of the tracks with Robin and Maurice, it is Barry alone who produced and Barry alone who provided stellar background vocals.)
Barbra and Barry make the ultimate team. Their work here makes the ultimate CD. I look forward to "Guilty Pleasure."