Personnel includes: Barbra Streisand (vocals); Barry Gibb (vocals, acoustic guitar); Richard Tee (electric guitar, keyboards); Cornell Dupree, Lee Ritenour (guitar); Whit Snider (baritone saxophone); Ken Faulk (trumpet); Jerry Peel (French horn); Peter Graves (trombone); George Bitzer (piano, synthesizer); David Hungate, Harold Cowart (bass); Steve Gadd, Bernard Lupe (drums); Joe Lala (percussion); Denise Maynelli, Myrna Matthews, Marti McCall (background vocals).
Producers include: Barry Gibb, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson.
Recorded at Criteria, Middle Ear, Miami, Florida; Sound Labs Inc., Hollywood, California; Mediasound Studios, New York, New York.
Personnel: Barbra Streisand (vocals); Barbra Streisand; Neal Bonsanti, Dan Bonsanti (tenor saxophone); Whitt Sidner, Whit Sidener (baritone saxophone); Russ Freeland, Mike Katz (trombone); David Hungate, Howard Cowart (bass guitar); Myrna Mathews (background vocals); Barry Gibb (vocals, acoustic guitar, background vocals); Pete Carr (guitar, acoustic guitar); George Terry (guitar, slide guitar, gut-string guitar); Cornell Dupree, Lee Ritenour (guitar); Richard Tee (electric guitar, piano, grand piano, electric piano, Clavinet); Hollis "Bud" Burridge, Kenneth Faulk, Brett Murphey (trumpet); Jerry Peel (French horn); Peter Graves (trombone, bass trombone); George Bitzer (piano, grand piano, electric piano, synthesizer); Albhy Galuten (synthesizer); Steve Gadd , Dennis Bryon , Bernard Lupe (drums); Joe Lala (congas, cowbells, cymbals, maracas, shaker, tambourine, timbales, triangle, percussion); Denise Maynelli, Myrna Matthews, Marti McCall (background vocals).
Recording information: Criteria Studios, Middle Ear, Inc., Miami, FL; Media Sound Studios, New York, NY; Mediasound Studios, NY; Sound Labs Studios, Inc., Hollywoord, CA.
Unknown Contributor Role: Joe Lala.
Released in September 1980, GUILTY was Barbra Streisand's best-selling album to date, moving in excess of 20 million units. It is Streisand's THRILLER and arguably her best recorded work. This is largely due to producer Barry Gibb, who developed the songs especially for Barbra, and whose vocal presence is felt throughout the record. "Guilty" (a duet with Gibb) is a mid-tempo smash that blends the superstars' vocals to create pop perfection. "Woman In Love" topped the charts for three weeks and features the trademark "chipmunk-like" Gibb on background vocals.
"Run Wild" is an uptempo number showing that there's no filler here. "Promises" is a mid-tempo track that sounds custom-made for radio airplay. "The Love Inside" features excellent keyboard arrangements while "What Kind Of Fool" (another duet with Gibb) is a ballad that proves Barbra and Barry were meant to sing together. Her vocals on the fast-paced, optimistic "Never Give Up" reveal such a calm demeanor that you can almost picture the relative ease with which this record was produced. This album is a perfect 10, two thumbs up, and proof of what can be achieved when talent and technology come together.