"People" is a stunning album in terms of repertoire, singing and arrangements, but this iTunes "People" (the iTunes-Plus version notwithstanding) is deficient in fidelity. This is apparent in the first two tracks. Legato strings sour on "Absent Minded Me" and the jazzy obbligato flute on "When In Rome" feeds back. Streisand and arranger Peter Matz get five stars; fidelity gets one. I wonder if there's a digital, techno fix for this. Till then, I'm getting out my LP version, which sounds warm and wonderful.
Close to my heart
This album was one of the first I ever owned. I remember flipping over the back and seeing the photos of Barbra in different costumes and characters I was hooked. I played this over and over again. This album is really like a show or a play. It is older yes, but it holds up over time. What a voice. This music is very touching and a lot of fun to listen to.
A Personal Favorite
By a song 4u
Not one song on this lp is bad or placed here just as "filler." This release is quality and it was reported that Barbra was demanding and difficult during the recording of this lp. Her demand for perfection shines through each cut, fortunately all we have to do is enjoy the fruits of this labor, and bountiful it is!! Barbra's vocal is strong, youthful, and pitch perfect. Outside of the title track which would become a trademark song and concert staple, standout tracks include the upbeat "Love Is A Bore," the opening stanza of this song sounds like it belongs on a Christmas lp given the string arrangement, then it becomes a rouser. Truman Capote's "Don't Like Goodbyes" is beautiful, he really should have stayed with writing songs, even if he had to collaborate with other composers.