1975 Barbra Streisand – Lazy Afternoon

Lazy Afternoon is the seventeenth studio album recorded by American singer Barbra Streisand. It was released on October 14, 1975 by Columbia Records. Following a mixed critical response to her previous studio album, ButterFly (1974), the singer began working with new musicians for the project. Recorded in April 1975 in Los Angeles, Lazy Afternoon contains pop standards. Producer Rupert Holmes wrote three songs on the album, and co-wrote a fourth, “By the Way”, with Streisand. She also included a few cover songs, such as Four Tops’ “Shake Me, Wake Me (When It’s Over)”, Stevie Wonder’s “You and I”, and Libby Holman’s “Moanin’ Low”.

The album received generally favorable reviews from music critics who agreed that it was more exciting than ButterFly. Commercially, the album peaked at number 12 on the United States, number 42 in Canada, and number 84 in Australia. It was later certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of 500,000 copies. “My Father’s Song” and “Shake Me, Wake Me (When It’s Over)” were released as singles in August and November 1975, respectively. The former entered the Adult Contemporary charts in the United States and Canada while the latter was a success on two of Billboard’s dance charts in late 1975.

Tracks

1  Lazy Afternoon (Jerome Moross; John Latouche) 03:49
2  My Father’s Song (Rupert Holmes) 03:54
3  By The Way (Barbra Streisand; Rupert Holmes) 02:57
4  Shake Me Wake Me (When It’s Over) (Brian Holland; Lamont Dozier; Edward Holland) 02:53
5  I Never Had It So Good (Paul Williams; Roger Nichols) 03:35
6  Letters That Cross In The Mail (Rupert Holmes) 03:37
7  You And I (Stevie Wonder) 04:14
8  Moanin’ Low (Howard Dietz; Ralph Rainger) 04:27
9  A Child Is Born (Alan Bergman; Marilyn Bergman; Dave Grusin) 02:50
10  Widescreen (Rupert Holmes) 04:00

Musicians

GuitarJay Graydon
Acoustic GuitarLarry Carlton
Acoustic GuitarLee Ritenour
Electric PianoDavid Foster
PianoLincoln Mayorga
SynthesizerRupert Holmes
HarmonicaEddie Manson
TrumpetChuck Findley
CongasBobbye Hall
VocalsBarbra Streisand

Liner Notes

Producer – Rupert Holmes, Jeffrey Lesser
Arranged By– Rupert Holmes
Conductor – Rupert Holmes
Contractor – Frank DeCaro
Engineer – Jeffrey Lesser, Baker Bigsby, Deni King, Gary Kellgren, Gary Landinsky, Grover Helsley, Hugh Davies, Kent Tunks, Larry Quinn, Mickey Crawford, Ron Nevison
Mixed By – Jeffrey Lesser

Design – Nancy Donald
Photography – Steve Schapiro, Sam Emerson

Recorded At Record Plant, Los Angeles
Recorded At RCA Studios, Hollywood
Recorded At Capitol Studios
Remixed At Westlake Audio
Phonographic Copyright (p) CBS Inc
Copyright (c) CBS Inc