Barbra Streisand - The Ultimate Collection

US multi-award winning superstar Barbra Streisand is not a performer you’d necessarily associate with a younger audience these days, but her name has been on the lips of many a club-goer in recent weeks due to the appearance of dance duo Duck Sauce’s Boney M-sampling smash, name checking the lady herself in the title and on numerous occasions during the song. This may have led to the youth of today questioning, Nikki Grahame-style “Who is she? Who she?” Well, as the year draws to a close help is at hand, just in time for Christmas in the shape of Streisand’s newest compilation - The Ultimate Collection.

What club goers may not realise is that several of the tracks on Bab’s new album may have seeped into their consciousness already thanks to their appearance on the hit TV show Glee, with fans hearing renditions of Funny Girl’s “Don’t Rain On My Parade”, Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” and - if they’ve been lucky enough to catch season two while holidaying in the States - “Papa Can You Hear Me?” from the Streisand movie Yentl.

There’s no question that Glee’s ability to mix showtunes in with current pop fare has made them more acceptable to a wider audience and with talent shows like the BBC’s Over The Rainbow also dipping into the show and easy listening pool there must be a wealth of new listeners eager to sample the sort of classic rendition of the songs that feature on this compilation.

There have been numerous Streisand collections over the decades and as the years roll on some high points of her career get left out due to the inclusion of more recent fare. The 2010 edition does a pretty decent job of including songs from the 1960s onwards right through to a track from 2009’s Love is the Answer.

If I had a choice I would always gravitate towards Barbra’s early output from the 60s but there’s still tracks from later eras that are worthy of a listen including her take on Sunset Boulevard’s “As If We Never Said Goodbye” and a heart tugging rendition of “Send in the Clowns” for these downbeat moments and “No More Tears (Enough is Enough)" when you fancy a boogie round your sitting room. There's definitely enough on offer to bring a smile to the face of a curious listener if they happen to find it under their tree when Santa comes to town!

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