Barbra Streisand's "Release Me," With Songs from The Wiz, Brigadoon, Finian's Rainbow, Due in the Fall

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28 Aug 2012

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Award-winning singer, actress and director Barbra Streisand's newest recording, "Release Me," will be available on vinyl beginning Sept. 24 and on CD and download beginning Oct. 8.

Columbia Records will issue the 11-track recording, a compilation of previously unreleased material from 1963 to the present.

Many of the sessions for Streisand's more-than 60 albums yielded extra recordings, which weren't included on the albums and have been stored in her vault until now. Over the past year, Streisand has gone through the recordings to come up with this collection, "Release Me."

Highlights include “Didn’t We” written by Jimmy Webb and 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; Randy Newman’s “I Think It’s Going Rain Today,” with Streisand 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 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).

In a statement Streisand said, "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.’”



The complete track list follows:

1. Being Good Isn’t Good Enough (from Hallelujah, Baby!)
2. Didn’t We
3. Willow Weep For Me
4. Try To Win A Friend
5. I Think It’s Going To Rain Today
6. With One More Look At You (from "A Star Is Born")
7. Lost In Wonderland
8. How Are Things In Glocca Morra? / Heather On The Hill
(from Finian’s Rainbow / Brigadoon)
9. Mother And Child
10. If It’s Meant To Be
11. Home (from The Wiz)