When Legends Gather #236


Noel Coward and Barbara Streisand

9 comments:

Vanwall said...

From the sublime to the ridiculous.

Richard Gibson said...

Noel, Barbara or both?

Excellent photograph.

Vanwall said...

Why, Noel is sublime, don't you agree?

Richard Gibson said...

I'd never really thought about Noel but I suppose he is. I'm quite keen on Barbara if the truth be told.

Tom Sutpen said...

My breakdown . . .

Coward: 90% sublime

Streisand: 90% ridiculous

Vanwall said...

Now, now, Tom, no reason to be so harsh - she wasn't just some shantoosie, after all, Babs could carry a tune pretty well. So could Noel, come to think of it, altho she had a nicer figure, admittedly, but I can take her or leave her. ;-)

Both had their prime eras, but frankly, IMHO Noel's genius in creation well surpassed whatever Barbara had/has in interpretation. The future generational changes will decide which one is truly sublime, but Noel's brilliance continues to subsume any false Dharmas that come town the pike, while Babs' star seems to wane a little each year. Not really too fair a comparison, as few will ever enjoy the breadth and depth of Coward's genius, after all.

Richard Gibson said...

I have those 1960's and early 1970's albums from Babs and I have to say, I quite, actually I really like them.

I also like some of the films she was in.

Babs blog-a-thon anyone?

Tom Sutpen said...

I used to own a few of those early Streisand LPs years ago . . . and I don't say she isn't (or at least wasn't) a formidable vocalist. But there's always been something about her style . . . can't put my finger on what it is . . . that I've only ever been able to take it in small doses.

Coward, on the other hand; I could listen to his recordings forever.

swac said...

I guess this is where I confess that I have both the Noel Coward and Barbra Streisand box sets.