A Star Is Born (1976 soundtrack)

A Star Is Born is the soundtrack album to the 1976 musical film of the same name, performed by its stars Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. The album was very successful, holding the number-one spot on the Billboard 200 chart for six weeks and eventually was certified 4× Platinum by RIAA for more than four million units shipped and has sold a total of eight million copies worldwide.[4]

A Star Is Born
A star is born soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedNovember 1976
Recorded1975–1976
Studio
GenreClassic pop
Length41:31
LabelColumbia
Producer
Barbra Streisand chronology
Classical Barbra
(1976)
A Star Is Born
(1976)
Superman
(1977)
Kris Kristofferson chronology
Surreal Thing
(1976)
A Star Is Born
(1976)
Songs of Kristofferson
(1977)
Singles from A Star Is Born
  1. "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)"
    Released: January 1977
  2. "Watch Closely Now"
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Rolling StoneUnfavorable[3]
The Village VoiceD+[2]

"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" was released as the album's lead single and Streisand's second US number 1 single spending three weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and six weeks atop the easy listening chart.

According to the liner notes of Barbra's compilation box set Just for the Record, the album also received a record certification in New Zealand, Brazil, the Netherlands, Italy and Mexico.[5] The import version of the CD adds the Spanish version of Evergreen as a bonus track.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Watch Closely Now" (Paul Williams, Kenny Ascher) – 3:49
  2. "Queen Bee" (Rupert Holmes) – 3:55
  3. "Everything" (Holmes, Williams) – 3:50
  4. "Lost Inside of You" (Barbra Streisand, Leon Russell) – 2:54
  5. "Hellacious Acres" (Williams, Ascher) – 2:58
  6. "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" (Streisand, Williams) – 3:04
  7. "The Woman in the Moon" (Williams, Ascher) – 4:49
  8. "I Believe in Love" (Kenny Loggins, Alan and Marilyn Bergman) – 3:13
  9. "Crippled Crow" (Donna Weiss) – 3:30
  10. Finale: "With One More Look at You" / "Watch Closely Now" (Williams, Ascher) – 7:43
  11. Reprise: "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" – 1:46
  12. "Evergreen (Love theme from A Star Is Born)" (Spanish version) – 3:05 (Import version only)

The songs that appear on the soundtrack are in most cases alternate (live) and studio recordings that do not appear in the film. The alternate version of "Lost Inside of You" that actually appears in the movie, was finally released in 1991 as part of the 4-CD Barbra Streisand Anthology Just for the Record. A previously unreleased studio version of the track appeared on her 1982 compilation Memories. It was later re-recorded as a duet with Babyface for her 2014 duets album Partners.

An alternative previously unreleased studio version of the track "With One More Look At You" appeared on her 2012 retrospective Release Me.

PersonnelEdit

The Speedway
The Oreos

with:

ChartsEdit

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[18]
with Greatest Hits
2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[19] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[20] Gold 10,000*
Japan 59,690[8]
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[22] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ A Star Is Born – Review AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (February 14, 1977). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  3. ^ Tucker, Ken (February 24, 1977). "Barbra Streisand – A Star Is Born". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 9, 2008. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  4. ^ Vincent, Alice (January 22, 2020). "First Barbra, now Pamela: How super-producer Jon Peters took Hollywood for a ride". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on September 29, 2020. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  5. ^ Liner notes, C4K 44111. Columbia Records, 1991
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 282. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 5269a". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  8. ^ a b Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 978-4-87131-077-2.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Barbra Streisand / Kris Kristofferson – A Star Is Born" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Charts.nz – Barbra Streisand / Kris Kristofferson – A Star Is Born". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Barbra Streisand / Kris Kristofferson – A Star Is Born". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Barbra Streisand / Kris Kristofferson – A Star Is Born". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Barbra Streisand | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  14. ^ "Barbra Streisand Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  15. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 429. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  16. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums - Year-end charts". Billboard.com. Archived from the original on 11 December 2007. Retrieved 2011-12-30.
  17. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1977". Archived from the original on 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2018-09-29.. Cash Box magazine.
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2000 Albums" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association.
  19. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Barbra Streisand – A Star is Born". Music Canada.
  20. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1979". IFPI Hong Kong.
  21. ^ "British album certifications – Barbra Streisand/Kris Kristofferson – A Star is Born". British Phonographic Industry.
  22. ^ "American album certifications – Barbra Streisand & Kris Kristofferson – A Star is Born". Recording Industry Association of America.