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This review is from: Release Me (Audio CD)Recently I was in Beaune, France. After midnight. A rainy night in what seemed like the end of the world. Over my iPad, I got a notice from her website (...) that they had a preview of I THINK IT'S GOING TO RAIN by Randy Newman. So there I was, halfway around the world from my home base and Barbra's beautiful voice, thrilling highs and delightful phrasing filled the empty night. I knew everything would be OK in the morning (and it was). She has that sort of power.
Culled from her private vaults, these are songs that Ms. Streisand personally rejected from former projects. After listening to them, I can't imagine why she (or anyone) would not have them on any of her albums. Yes, they are that good.
Don't believe me? Try the legendary HOW ARE THINGS IN GLOCCA MORRA/ HEATHER ON THE HILL. For over fifteen years, there have been excited whispers about this compilation. Eagerly, Barbra Streisand's fans awaited to hear it. Well, all I can say is: It was worth the wait.
Starting with BEING GOOD (Which is more a personal philosophy for the lady than a song), all the way to HOME (From "The Wiz"), the special Streisand touch is on each of these numbers making them priceless.
Some might grouse that these are not songs recently recorded. Know what? Who cares? Listen to her playful and insightful duet with herself on MOTHER AND CHILD and you'll know what I mean.
Yes, the songs are a curious mixture of tunes. Frankly, if it weren't for her perfect pitch, LOST IN WONDERLAND would be an unwise selection but her magic makes it, and the other 11 tunes, work.