By Jim Farber
Updated April 15, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT

Okay, it wasn’t a great idea for big-voiced Barbra to take on John Lennon’s fetal-position moaner, ”Mother,” but the album that houses this howler, self-titled Barbra Joan Streisand, remains the best of her early-’70s, catch-up-with-the- counterculture records. A