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Album: Stoney End

Stoney End is the twelfth studio album by Barbra Streisand. Released in 1971, it became her first studio album that was a change in direction for Streisand with a more upbeat contemporary pop sound. The album peaked at #10 in the United States, her first to reach the top 10 in five years, and was produced by music producer Richard Perry. When asked by fans during the Q&A segment of Streisand's Back To Brooklyn concert on October 11, 2012 what the title track "Stoney End" was about, she replied that she still didn't know. AllMusic has retrospectively given the album four and a half (out of five) stars, and called it "not a perfect album, but it was so far removed from what Streisand's fans and her detractors thought her capable of that it stands as one of her major triumphs"...The review also mentioned: "whereas (The Barbra Streisand Album, 1963) had redefined the role of the traditional pop singer in contemporary terms for the early '60s, Stoney End redefined Streisand as an effective pop/rock singer." Commercial performance The album hit number 10 on the Billboard 200. It was certified Platinum with sales of 1 million copies. In the UK the album entered the chart at number 28. It also peaked at #12 in Canada. It peaked #62 in the 1971's Year-end chart of the Cash Box magazine. Singles Stoney End (the title track), composed by Laura Nyro and sung by Streisand, was released in the US as a single and charted at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 on the Adult Contemporary chart and also reached number 27 on the UK singles chart. "Time and Love" reached Number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 3 on the AC Chart. "Hands Off the Man", the final single, was officially titled "Flim Flam Man" (and backed with "Maybe"). It spent 5 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at 82. Personnel: Barbra Streisand – vocals Randy Newman – piano on "Let Me Go" and "I'll Be Home" Larry Carlton – guitar Nickey Barclay – keyboards [of the band, Fanny] Gene Page – arranger Eric Weissberg – guitar June Millington – guitar [of the band, Fanny] Hal Blaine – drums Max Bennett – bass Perry Botkin, Jr. – arranger Claus Ogerman – arranger Richie Hayward -drums Larry Knechtel – bass Larry Muhoberac – keyboards Joe Osborn – bass Earl Palmer – drums Richard Perry – guitar, percussion Michel Rubini- keyboards Sweet Lou Shelton – guitar Ron Tutt – drums Milt Holland – percussion David Cohen - guitar Jackie Ward – background vocals Toni Wine – background vocals Jerry Cook – background vocals Sharone de Vault – background vocals Sherlie Matthews – background vocals Clydie King – background vocals Merry Clayton – background vocals Venetta Fields – background vocals Eddie Kendricks – background vocals Glenna Session – background vocals Maretha Stewart – background vocals Robert Honablue – engineering Barry Feinstein, Tom Wilkes - design, photography User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.