Thursday, May 19, 2011

The #83 Album of All-Time in the Rock Era--"Guilty" by Barbra Streisand

For her 1980 album Guilty, Barbra Streisand solicited the help of Bee Gee Barry Gibb.  The Brothers Gibb were on top of the songwriting world, having just accomplished the feat of writing all five songs in the Top Five in 1978.  It became the top album of Streisand's career.

The title song (a Streisand-Gibb duet) won the Grammy for Best Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.  "Woman in Love" was a smash hit that was #1 for three weeks.  "What Kind of Fool", another duet with Gibb, was another big hit and "Promises" is a great song that was popular on the Adult Contemporary chart.  These four lead tracks gave the album powerful airplay and exposure.

The album was #1 for three weeks and #2 for nine.  It spent 17 weeks in the Top Ten and 49 weeks on the chart.  It has sold five million copies in the United States alone and has a Track Rating* of 9.06.  Streisand won an American Music Award for Favorite Rock Female Vocalist for this album.  It was nominated for Grammies for Album of the Year, Record of the Year "Woman in Love" and Best Female Vocal Performance.    

  1. "Guilty" (Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb) – 4:23
  2. "Woman in Love" (B. Gibb, R. Gibb) – 3:49
  3. "Run Wild" (B. Gibb, R. Gibb) – 4:06
  4. "Promises" (B. Gibb, R. Gibb) – 4:20
  5. "The Love Inside" (B. Gibb) – 5:08
  6. "What Kind of Fool" (B. Gibb, Albhy Galuten) – 4:06
  7. "Life Story" (B. Gibb, R. Gibb) – 4:38
  8. "Never Give Up" (B. Gibb, A. Galuten) – 3:44
  9. "Make It Like A Memory" (B. Gibb, A. Galuten) – 7:28

Dennis Byron, Steve Gadd and Bernard Lupe played drums on the album, Joe Lala contributed his percussion skills, Harold Cowart and David Hungate played bass, Galuten, George Bitzer and Richard Tee played keyboards, Pete Carr, Barry Gibb, Lee Ritenour, Cornell Dupree and Richard Tee played guitar, Dan & Neal Bonsanti and Whit Sidner played sax, Russ Freeland Peter Graves and Mike Katz were on trombone and Bud Burridge, Kenneth Faulk and Brett Murphy played trumpet.

Charles Koppelman was the Executive Producer for Guilty, with assistance from Albhy Galuten, Barry Gibb & Karl Richardson.  The album was recorded and engineered by Don Gehman, Richardson and Steve Klein; Gehman and Richardson mixed the album.  It was mastered by Bob Carbone.

Guilty was recorded in February and March of 1980 at Middle Ear in Miami Beach, Florida and Sound Labs Studio in Hollywood, California.  It was released in September, 1980 on Columbia Records.

Barbra Streisand has the #83 Album of All-Time in the Rock Era--Guilty.

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