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Barbra Streisand's private music vault holds all the master tapes she's recorded for five decades. Now, she's sharing 11 previously unreleased songs, spanning a cross-section of her career from 1963 to the present.
In an unparalleled career, Streisand has released more than 60 albums. Many of the sessions for these albums yielded extra recordings, which weren't included on the albums they were intended for. They've all been stored in her vault until now. Over the past year, Barbra has painstakingly gone through the recordings to come up with this collection, Release Me.
Highlights include: "Didn't We" written by Jimmy Webb - recorded in 1970 for an unreleased album project titled The Singer; the standard "Willow Weep For Me" - an unreleased track recorded in 1967 for Simply Streisand, arranged by Ray Ellis noted for his legendary work with Billie Holiday; A striking version of Randy Newman's "I Think It's Going Rain Today," with Barbra on vocals and Newman on piano - from the 1971 Stoney End sessions; an unreleased studio version of "With One More Look At You" from A Star Is Born; Two tracks from the unreleased sequel to the acclaimed The Broadway Album, titled Back To Broadway - "Home" (from The Wiz) and "How Are Things In Glocca Morra? / Heather On The Hill" (from Finian s Rainbow / Brigadoon).
Reflecting on the album, Streisand noted, "The thing I'm happiest about is that I still have great affection for all these songs. They appealed to me at the time...and still do. Listening now, I actually think to myself, 'The girl wasn't half bad. "
With the exception of two songs where the original masters couldn't be located, all the tracks on Release Me were transferred from first generation master tapes. Every attention was paid to preserving the sonic perspective of the sessions as they were originally recorded and mixed.
While it's in no way as generous or comprehensive as 1991's Just For The Record, Release Me is still a wonderful collection of rarities spanning Barbra's incomparable six-decade... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Justin G.
Accolades don't due justice to the legend glad to hear some unreleased tracks.Published 3 months ago by J. M. Webster
Very disappointed with this CD, and hated the cheesy paper cover.Published 5 months ago by Vincent Maida
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The "Glocca Morra" medley is indeed from the original *UNRELEASED* version of BACK TO BROADWAY, recorded in 1988 with arrangements by Rupert Holmes. "Warm All Over" which was included in Barbra's 1991 box-set JUST FOR THE RECORD... was also from these sessions. (The issued... Read More
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