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This was from Streisand's first album of songs that weren't from Broadway/film musicals and weren't standards. On the album, she recorded two songs written by Laura Nyro, including "Stoney End."
Producer Richard Perry looked at several Laura Nyro songs for Barbra Streisand to sing on her second Pop-Rock album. He selected this song and convinced Streisand to sing it, despite her not being comfortable with the line "I was raised on the good book, Jesus." It was Streisand's biggest Hot 100 hit until "Evergreen."
Many of Streisand's fans were initially bothered by this song because it had more of a Rock feel, with heavy bass and drums and her searing vocal. It was Streisand's biggest Pop/Rock hit until "Evergreen
" in 1976.
Richard Perry produced this album with Phil Ramone as the engineer. Ramone would later produce several Streisand albums. (thanks, Ken - Louisville, KY, for all above)
Nyro recorded this in 1967 on her album More Than a New Discovery. In 1968, Peggy Lipton recorded it.
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