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The 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.)

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074643675024
catalogNumber: 36750
Rank: 20179

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbra Streisand   Primary Artist,Vocals
Pete Carr   Acoustic Guitar
Barry Gibb   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Peter Graves   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Albhy Galuten   Synthesizer
George Bitzer   Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano,Piano (Grand)
Dan Bonsanti   Tenor Saxophone
Neal Bonsanti   Tenor Saxophone
Dennis Bryon   Drums
Hollis "Bud" Burridge   Trumpet
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
Kenneth Faulk   Trumpet
Russ Freeland   Trombone
Steve Gadd   Drums
David Hungate   Bass,Bass Guitar
Mike Katz   Trombone
Joe Lala   Percussion,Conga,Cymbals,Maracas,Tambourine,Timbales,Triangle,Shaker,cowbell,guido,kabassa
Myrna Matthews   Background Vocals
Marti McCall   Background Vocals
Brett Murphey   Trumpet
Jerry Peel   French Horn
Lee Ritenour   Guitar
Whit Sidener   Baritone Saxophone
Richard Tee   Piano,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Clavinet,Piano (Grand)
George Terry   Guitar,Slide Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Myrna Mathews   Background Vocals
Whitt Sidner   Baritone Saxophone
Harold Cowart   Bass
Bernard Lupe   Drums
Denise Maynelli   Background Vocals
Howard Cowart   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Robin Gibb   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Albhy Galuten   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Don Gehman   Engineer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Steve Klein   Engineer
Charles Koppelman   Executive Producer
Joe Lala   Contributor
Gene Orloff   String Contractor
Karl Richardson   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production

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Guilty 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
koolkrat More than 1 year ago
This dual disc has mediocre sound quality despite the fact that it is remastered & it is not PC compatible, which means that the tracks on the CD side cannot be played on a computer or transferred to a portable listening device. I bought this product to replace the original version of the CD I had (35DP7, CBS, Japan) released in around 1982 (apparently one of the first CDs ever made) because I expected that the remastering process would have improved the sound since those early days. These comments apply to the CD side of this dual disc - I am not interested in the DVD side. I use a studio mastering grade DAC & ATC speakers, so my system provides very clean & analytical (i.e. detailed & uncoloured) sound. The remastering has made the sound quality of this great album worse, not better. It has spoilt the effect & the main appeal of this production, which was the presence, clarity & airiness of Barbra Streisand's fantastic voice rising above (in volume) & in front of (in sound stage placement) the background instrumentation to result in quite a realistic sensation of her actually being in the room. The original CD mix did this (which was a testament to the original production quality) but the CD side of this dual disc does not do this & is very disappointing. This dual disc renders Barbra Streisand further back in the mix & her voice is not rendered as cleanly as on the original CD - it sounds slightly rolled off in the top end as if 2nd or 3rd generation masters may have been used. As is typical with most remastering these days, the volume is higher on this CD than on the original, but unlike most remasters, it is not cleaner, it is slightly muddier & the vocal / instrument mix has been altered sufficiently to rob the sound of the magical & sparkling quality it once had. The result is that the appeal of the original album has been lost. Barbra Streisand is no longer in the room with you a few feet away, she is now singing through a shroud alongside the rest of the musicians. This surprises me a little because normally Sony do a reasonable job with their sound. Unfortunately, this one is an example of either corporate incompetence or insensitivity. If you want to hear the magic that this album can reveal, or if you want to enjoy the benefits of computer playback or be able to transfer the music onto a portable device, stick with the standard CD version (e.g. the 1990 version which is still available) & avoid this dual disc altogether. PS - After writing this, I also bought the 1990 version of the standard CD still available online, but I am afraid to say it is mastered similarly to the dual disc, which is why I have edited this review with this final remark. Neither are mastered as pleasingly as the original 35DP7 disc, so I guess I will stick with what I had. If you have the original 35DP7 disc, stick with it save your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! After I listened to it twice I felt like I had found a diamond in the rough, and couldn't understand why more people and reviewers weren't going crazy over it. It is beautifully put together with some upbeat songs like "never give up" and some unforgetable balads like "Eyes Wide Open" and " somebody else." It should have gotten a grammy for Best Album the year it came out. It is an amazing piece of poetry in motion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Without a doubt this is Barbra's best album ever. The production and writing on this album are outstanding, vocals are absolutely breathe taking. Guilty stands among the best album's ever recorded. Tracks like ''Woman in Love, Guilty, What kind of Fool and Promises'' are gems. This album touches people of all backgrounds and ages. Barbra, you're like buttah....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is so boring I just had to return it. it is like BARBRA wants nothing to with her fans what so ever think about she has not had a concert in some time and she dont keep her fans updated I am sorry to say that after 30 years of being a fan I am no longer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
get real, show some intelligence