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芭芭拉史翠珊《Stoney End》開啟七○年代盛世

七○年代的美國,女權運動風起雲湧,芭芭拉有點傻大姐的銀幕性格,雖然為自己理想與感情爭取權益,但既不像珍芳達(Jane Fonda)太「躁進」嚇到保守派,也不像茱麗安德魯絲(Julie Andrews)天真地不解世事,所以她從《妙女郎》(Funny Girl)大紅特紅後,受歡迎程度持續不墜。
 
她從百老匯轉戰影歌壇大受歡迎,所灌錄的專輯也是以美聲派為主,儘管她以《People》專輯站穩腳步,但接下來專輯卻逐漸每下愈況,一方面曲風不夠大眾,另一方面風起雲湧的搖滾風潮,也讓她的光環多少遭受影響。於是她選擇「跟上潮流」,開始改唱搖滾歌曲。照唱片公司官方資料顯示一九七一年專輯《Stoney End》改走搖滾路線引發諸多樂評抨擊,不過,我覺得倒是她前一張、一九六九年的《What About Today?》因為大量翻唱「披頭四」(The Beatles)及保羅賽門(Paul Simon)歌曲,專輯銷量遭受前所有未有的挫敗,從一百萬張的實力遽跌到只剩三十五萬張。
 
可能她大快向流行靠攏卻又選擇翻唱名曲,因此被樂評大罵媚俗,因此她痛定思痛,找來七○年代最負盛名的製作人李察培瑞(Richard Perry)為她統籌新專輯。一九七一年二月她推出《Stoney End》,終於洗刷屈辱,這張樂風帶點輕搖滾的專輯,找來眾多女性創作樂手抬轎,包括卡洛金(Carole King)、瓊妮蜜雪兒(Joni Mitchell)、蘿拉尼羅(Laura Nyro)等,既不像翻唱披頭四歌曲太過突兀,又充滿對女性運動的關懷,終於獲得廣大歌迷共鳴,該張專輯打進告示牌第十名,成為她當時賣座最佳的一張,共銷售超過一百多萬張,比《人們》(People)專輯還多。
 
她食髓知味,不過半年時間立刻乘勝追擊,緊接推出《Barbra Joan Streisand》專輯,同樣由李察培瑞製作,並與卡洛金、蘿拉尼羅再合作,也再度翻唱約翰藍儂(John Lennon)的《Love》、《Mother》及卡洛金同年的熱門歌曲《You’ve Got A Friend》,病狂歌迷照樣買單,大賣了一百萬張。
 
但真正奠定芭芭拉七○年代無敵的巨星地位,多虧了她主演並演唱的電影主題曲《往日情懷》(The Way We Were)。但一開始時,芭芭拉一度不想灌錄此首歌曲,因為她不想讓觀眾只聽到她的歌聲而忽略了她的演技,但在片子拍好後的六個月剪輯期內,愈來愈多的新聞焦點卻放在當紅炸子雞的勞勃瑞福身上,因此她反悔了,她覺得錄製一首主題曲,將會讓影迷重新注意到她。
 
這個決定果然是正確的,《The Way We Were》一九七三年十一月剛推出時,反應不算熱烈,一方面電台都熱中播放搖滾樂,另一方面電影也才剛上映,很快地,愈來愈多人愛上了這首歌,等到隔年二月,它終於成為芭芭拉第一首冠軍曲,而且連霸了三周,同時贏了金球獎、奧斯卡最佳歌曲獎,及葛萊美年度歌曲獎。專輯也再度稱霸告示牌冠軍,連莊兩周,銷售超過兩百二十萬張,毫無意外,成為她當時最成功的專輯。
 
《Stoney End》
I was born from love
And my poor mother worked the mines
I was raised on the Good Book Jesus
Till I read between the lines
Now I don't believe I want to see the morning
Going down the stoney end
I never wanted to go
Down the stoney end
Mama let me start all over
Cradle me,
Mama, cradle me again
I can still remember him
With love light in his eyes
But the light flickered out and parted
As the sun began to rise
Now I don't believe I want to see the morning
Going down the stoney end
I never wanted to go
Down the stoney end
Mama let me start all over
Cradle me,
Mama, cradle me again
(Cradle me, mama, cradle me again
Mama, cradle me again...)
Never mind the forecast
'Cause the sky has lost control
'Cause the fury and the broken thunders
Come to match my raging soul
Now I don't believe I want to see the morning
Going down the stoney end I never wanted to go
Down the stoney end
Mama let me start all over
Cradle me,
Mama, cradle me again
Going down the stoney end...


 
 
《The Way We Were》
Memories
Light the corners of my mind
Misty watercolor memories
Of the way we were
Scattered pictures
Of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another
For the way we were

Can it be that it was all so simple then
Or has time rewritten every line
If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me - Would we? Could we?

Memories
May be beautiful and yet
What's too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget

So it's the laughter
We will remember
Whenever we remember
The way we were

So it's the laughter
We will remember
Whenever we remember
The way we were

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