The first of her studio albums to not immediately reach gold status is also among barbra's finest. A true American songbook record that includes all 20th century standards, sung with a rich maturity that people may not have expected from a 25-year-old. But barbra is always growing and this beautiful recording reflects that. Definitive versions include "my funny valentine"; "the nearness of you"; "more than you know"; and "all the things you are". But every track is magnificent and memorable.