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Barbra Streisand Thinks It's Going to Rain Today: VIDEO

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We're having an appropriate day in New York City for this song, and for this new lyric video, Barbra-approved and photographed, edited, and directed by Matt Amato. 

The track was recorded in September 1970 for Streisand's Stoney End album but it wasn’t used because she already had two other songs of his on the album. Randy Newman wrote the song and plays the piano on the track, and his voice can be heard at the beginning.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Beautiful song but the video is pathetic.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Oct 2, 2012 5:04:55 PM


  2. @RICK - you SERIOUSLY put the AWFUL Madonna and Bette Midler in the same category as Barbra, Nina and Norah ? SERIOUSLY ? I thought gay men were supposed to have good taste....

    Madonna and Bette can't carry a note in a bucket - they are completely manufactured in the studio. Bette is the most out of tune singer I have ever heard.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Oct 2, 2012 5:12:23 PM


  3. @ICEBLOO Oh, gosh, I'm sorry. How about Dolly or Whitney? And I left out Audra, whom somebody mentioned, for heaven's sake!

    And then there is the next generation who we haven't even heard from yet: Louise, Penelope, Christine, Catherine, Hazel, Dorothy, Josephine, Prissy, Missy, and Tissy!

    Can't wait for those renditions!

    Isn't it all just FABULOUS?!

    (P.S. I heard Bruce Springsteen took a shot at it recently, but was told his rendition was simply not fabulous enough and so he canned it!)

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 2, 2012 6:16:34 PM


  4. I think I prefer Bette on this song. Something about the way she sings "going" instead of "gonna" it's too measured. However her voice is stunning!! Crystal clear, and almost completely exposed, no sweeping arrangements or over production that are the hallmark of the later Streisand years. All you who are criticizing her voice at have no idea what you're talking about. She's been a professional singer for nearly 60 years, her voice is in great shape!!

    Posted by: Craig | Oct 2, 2012 6:32:32 PM


  5. Why do older gays act like Barbra is some sort of gay icon? She may have a gay son, but she's never done anything for gay rights. It's fine if you like her music and/or acting, but leave it at that and stop trying to act like she's done wonderful things for gays. There was even a clip of her on the Indiana Jones set where she was filmed unknowingly where she was joking, "I feel like a f@ggot!" Yeah, some gay icon...

    Posted by: Laughable | Oct 2, 2012 7:15:19 PM


  6. @LAUGHABLE - sour, sour, sour.
    That must not have been Barbra I saw perform at an APLA benefit, or doing or saying all that other stuff, huh?
    PS -- her son, Jason, is a really great person, very sweet and shy. I know him slightly.

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 2, 2012 7:51:56 PM


  7. Definitely, Nina Simone is the best. The intensity of her piano playing as she builds toward the finale. The raw emotion (and anger) in it is stunning. But it's a great song. Many people do it well. An embarrassment of riches, really.

    Posted by: BeauChance | Oct 2, 2012 7:57:57 PM


  8. @Matt26: "there isn't much left" to Barbra's voice?? Apparently you did not hear the recording online of Barbra singing last week at Marvin Hamlisch's memorial at Julliard. She not only sounded fantastic for a 70 year old, she simply sounded fantastic. Do you think she'd be embarking on a multi-city tour next week if her voice wasn't in good shape?

    @Laughable: In addition to being a co-host of a fundraiser against Prop 8 in 2008 and donating enormous amounts of money to pro-gay causes over many years, she has donated millions of dollars over the years to electing progressive candidates to state and federal offices. She talks about gay rights from the stage during her concerts. What exactly do you want her to do that she's not doing? March in the LA pride parade?

    The song is gorgeous. There's nothing quite like late 60s/early 70s Barbra.

    Posted by: Robert | Oct 2, 2012 8:43:29 PM


  9. I always liked the Dusty Springfield version best. But then I've never heard the Nina Simone version so I'm off to look that up. Hey, sometimes it is worth reading the Towleroad comments!

    Posted by: Pyre | Oct 2, 2012 8:51:23 PM


  10. It's tough to argue against La Streisand at her peak. I think she sounds lovely although I do have a soft spot for Dusty Springfield's version of this song.
    Did every lady singer record this song in the '70s?

    Posted by: Abie | Oct 2, 2012 9:16:40 PM


  11. see nina simone
    nicer

    Posted by: jw | Oct 2, 2012 11:12:16 PM


  12. audra mcdonald all the way

    Posted by: charles | Oct 2, 2012 11:33:57 PM


  13. Wasn't Barbara Striesand a singer back in the 60's and 70's? Wasn't she married to Sony Bono, who was a congressman back in the day?

    Posted by: andrew | Oct 3, 2012 3:04:10 AM


  14. I've always thought Bette's version far too cheesed up. I love this.

    Posted by: scotsyank | Oct 3, 2012 3:43:19 AM


  15. Matt26, you're either deaf of stupid. She still sounds amazing and to sing the way she does at 70 is beyond impressive.

    Posted by: Bobby | Oct 3, 2012 10:55:39 AM


  16. Part of the problem with "stiffness" is that the song is written that way. Compare Midler's take on the title phrase, "And I think it's gonna rain today," to Streisand's (and everybody else's). Newman wrote such a bizarre rhythm for that line which Midler completely ignores in order to sing it as a person would say it and it works so much better. Now, she also adjust the melody to a more natural phrasing, too, but the primary stumbling block is that the song itself is stiff.

    Posted by: Rrhain | Oct 3, 2012 5:01:36 PM


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