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Weekend Wround-Up: Barbra Streisand Joined by Bennett, Wonder, Krall on DVD and BD; Pixar Compiles More “Favorites”

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On February 11, 2011, Barbra Streisand joined some illustrious company, including Bono, Brian Wilson, Aretha Franklin and her “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” duet partner, Neil Diamond.  That was the evening Streisand was recognized as the MusiCares Person of the Year, following in the footsteps of those above-named artists.  Streisand was a natural candidate for the honor, as the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences annually bestows it upon an artist with significant artistic achievement in music and commitment to philanthropy.  Part of the MusiCares tradition finds that person being celebrated by a line-up of peers and younger talent, and so that evening, Streisand was joined in Los Angeles by Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Barry Manilow, Stevie Wonder and others, to perform many of the songs she made famous throughout her career. On November 13, Shout Factory will release A MusiCares Tribute to Barbra Streisand on DVD, with a selection of the performances from the celebratory concert.

Diana Krall was in the producer’s chair for Streisand’s 2009 album Love is the Answer, and she opens the Blu-ray/DVD with a medley of three famous Streisand songs: “Down with Love,” “Get Happy,” and “Make Someone Happy.”  The first two, of course, were co-written by Harold Arlen, one of Streisand’s most admired composers.  Tony Bennett, who has performed with both Krall and Streisand in the past, performed a rendition of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” (the opening track of Streisand’s 2003 The Movie Album).  Barry Manilow offered his take on Andrew Lloyd Webber and Trevor Nunn’s “Memory” from the musical Cats; both Brooklyn natives released the song as a single and made the Billboard Hot 100 and Top 10 AC charts with it.  Stevie Wonder performed Jule Styne and Bob Merrill’s “People” from Funny Girl with Arturo Sandoval, and Jeff Beck offered a scorching “Come Rain or Come Shine” (another Arlen song) with LeAnn Rimes and BeBe Winans.  The younger set was represented not only by Rimes, but by Leona Lewis (“Somewhere” from West Side Story), Faith Hill (Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns”) and a trio of stars from Glee (Lea Michele with Fanny Brice’s signature song, “My Man,” and Matthew Morrison and Kristin Chenoweth reprising their television duet of Bacharach and David’s “One Less Bell to Answer/A House is Not a Home” in Streisand’s arrangement).   Streisand herself brings the DVD to a close with performances of “The Windmills of Your Mind” and “The Promise (I’ll Never Say Goodbye).”

A MusiCares Tribute to Barbra Streisand is due for release on November 13 and follows Shout! Factory’s last MusiCares release celebrating Neil Young.  Pre-order links are currently not available, but we will add them as soon as possible!  You’ll find the complete track listing after the jump, down below!

Last week, Walt Disney Records quietly released a second volume of modern-day classics from Pixar’s animated films.  The new Disney-Pixar All-Time Favorites follows 2009’s Disney-Pixar Greatest, which brought the studio’s output up to date as of the Academy Award-winning Up.  In addition to revisiting some of the films represented on the first compilation with newly-compiled tracks, All-Time Favorites adds songs and score cues from Toy Story 3 (2010), Cars 2 (2011) and this year’s Brave.

Randy Newman is, of course, prominently featured, singing “I Will Go Sailing No More” from 1995’s Toy Story and “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3, while his compositions are also sung by Riders in the Sky (“Woody’s Round-Up” from 1999’s Toy Story 2), the Gipsy Kings (the Spanish-language “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story 3).  Newman’s scores from A Bug’s Life (1998) and Monsters, Inc. (2001) are also excerpted.  Randy’s cousin Thomas Newman is represented via score excerpts from the just-about-to-be-re-released Finding Nemo (2003) and WALL-E (2008), while another frequent member of the Pixar team, Michael Giacchino, takes the spotlight for tracks from 2007’s Ratatouille, Cars 2 and 2004’s The Incredibles.  One song and one score cue appear from Brave: Julie Fowlis’ rendition of Alex Mandel’s “Into the Open Air,” and Patrick Doyle’s “In Her Heart.”

Disney-Pixar All-Time Favorites is available in stores now, and can be ordered after the jump!   You’ll also find the complete track listing there.

A MusiCares Tribute to Barbra Streisand (Shout! Factory, 2012 – available on DVD and Blu-ray)

  1. Down With Love / Get Happy/ Make Someone Happy – Diana Krall
  2. Guilty – Seal
  3. Somewhere – Leona Lewis
  4. On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever) / Lazy Afternoon – Herbie Hancock and Nikki Yanofsky
  5. My Man – Lea Michele
  6. Come Rain or Come Shine – Jeff Beck, LeAnn Rimes and BeBe Winans
  7. Send in the Clowns – Faith Hill
  8. One Less Bell to Answer / A House Is Not a Home – Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison
  9. Memory – Barry Manilow
  10. Smile – Tony Bennett
  11. People – Stevie Wonder featuring Arturo Sandoval
  12. The Windmills of Your Mind – Barbra Streisand
  13. The Promise (I’ll Never Say Goodbye) – Barbra Streisand

Various Artists, Disney-Pixar All-Time Favorites (Walt Disney Records D001405802, 2012)

  1. I Will Go Sailing No More (Toy Story) – Randy Newman
  2. Woody’s Round-Up (Toy Story 2) – Riders in the Sky
  3. You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Para El Buzz Español) (Toy Story 3) – Gipsy Kings
  4. We Belong Together (Toy Story 3) – Randy Newman
  5. Find Yourself (Cars) – Brad Paisley
  6. You Might Think (Cars 2) – Weezer
  7. Into the Open Air (Brave) – Julie Fowlis
  8. The City (A Bug’s Life)
  9. Walk to Work (Monsters, Inc.)
  10. Wow (Finding Nemo)
  11. The Glory Days (The Incredibles)
  12. Special Order (Ratatouille)
  13. Eve (WALL-E)
  14. It’s Finn McMissile! (Cars 2)
  15. In Her Heart (Brave)

Track 1 from Toy Story: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack, Walt Disney Records CD 60883-7, 1995
Track 2 from Toy Story 2: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack CD 60647-7, 1999
Tracks 3 & 4 from Toy Story 3: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack, Disney/Intrada CD D001734402, 2012)
Track 5 from Cars: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack, Walt Disney Records CD 61536-7, 2006
Tracks 6 & 14 from Cars 2: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack, Walt Disney Records CD D000650792, 2011
Tracks 7 & 15 from Brave: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack, Walt Disney Records CD D001405202, 2012
Track 8 from A Bug’s Life: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack, Walt Disney Records CD 60634-7, 1998
Track 9 from Monsters, Inc.: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack, Walt Disney Records CD 60712-7, 2001
Track 10 from Finding Nemo: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack, Walt Disney Records CD 60078-7, 2003
Track 11 from The Incredibles: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack, Walt Disney Records CD  61100-7, 2004
Track 12 from Ratatouille: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack, Walt Disney Records CD D000050102, 2007
Track 13 from WALL-E: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack, Walt Disney Records CD D000174302, 2008

Written by Joe Marchese

September 14, 2012 at 15:06

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