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."
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.
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.
Barbra Streisand – vocals
Randy Newman – piano on "Let Me Go" and "I'll Be Home"
Larry Carlton – guitar
Nickey Barclay – keyboards
Gene Page – arranger
Eric Weissberg – guitar
June Millington – guitar
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
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