Barbara Streisand – Guilty (1980)

FrontCover1The biggest selling album of Barbra Streisand’s career is also one of her least characteristic. The album was written and produced by Barry Gibb in association with his brothers and the producers of the Bee Gees, and in essence it sounds like a post-Saturday Night Fever Bee Gees album with vocals by Streisand. Gibb adapted his usual style somewhat, especially in slowing the tempos and leaving more room for the vocal, but his melodic style and the backup vocals, even when they are not sung by the Bee Gees, are typical of them. Still, the record was more hybrid than compromise, and the chart-topping single “Woman in Love” has a sinuous feel that is both right for Streisand and new for her. Other hits were the title song and “What Kind of Fool,” both duets with Gibb. (The song “Guilty” won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal by Duo or Group.) (by William Ruhlmann)

And no, this is not my kind my music, but this blog is called “Many Fantastic Colors”, you know.


George Bitzer (synthesizer on 05., 07. + 08.)
Dan Bonsanti (saxophone on 04. + 09.)
Neal Bonsanti (saxophone on 04. + 09.)
Dennis Bryon (drums on 07.)
Pete Carr (guitar on 02., 06. + 09.)
Harold Cowart (bass)
Cornell Dupree (guitar on 01., 08. + 09.)
Ken Faulk (tracks: A4, B1, B2, B4)
Russ Freeland (trombone on 06.)
Steve Gadd (drums)
Barry Gibb (vocals, guitar on 01. + 06.)
Peter Graves  (trombone on  04., 06., 07. + 09.)
David Hungate (bass on 08.)
Mike Katz (trombone on 06.)
Joe Lala (percussion)
Bernard Lupe (drums on 02., 06. + 07.)
Brett Murphey (trumpet on  04., 06., 07. + 09.)
Jerry Peel (french horn on 02., 03.)
Lee Ritenour (guitar on 04. + 07.)
Whit Sidner (saxophone on 04. + 09.)
Barbara Steisand (vocals)
Richard Tee (piano, synthesizer, clavinet)
George Terry (guitar on 01., 03., 04., 08. + 09.)
Background vocals:
Denise Maynelli – Marti McCall – Myrna Mathews

01. Guilty (B.Gibb/R.Gibb/M.Gibb) 4.24
02. Woman In Love (B.Gibb/R.Gibb) 3.51
03. Run Wild (B.Gibb/R.Gibb) 4.06
04. Promises (B.Gibb/R.Gibb) 4.20
05. The Love Inside (B.Gibb) 5.07
06. What Kind Of Fool (Galuten/B.Gibb) 4.04
07. Life Story (B.Gibb/R.Gibb) 4.34
08. Never Give Up (Galuten/B.Gibb) 3.41
09. Make It Like A Memory (Galuten/B.Gibb) 7.28