Ovation: Barbra Streisand’s “Release Me”.
As a youngster, I was obsessed with Barbra Streisand. My best friend and I knew every word to every song she had ever recorded and could quote lines from all of her movies. It was my mission to own a copy of every album that she released. I would spend hours and hours making “mix tapes” of her songs. I’d label and mark all the tapes using a special marker and stickers and I would, carefully, store them alphabetically in special “STREISAND” cassette storage boxes.
The actress/singer/director/writer/composer/producer/designer/activist/philanthropist has dug through her vault of never-released master tapes to create a new group of tracks, some of which date back to 1963, and will be releasing them next month. The CD, Release Me, will include at least one song recorded for an unreleased 1970 album project and others from the unreleased sequel to the acclaimed The Broadway Album, titled Back To Broadway.
“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.’” – Barbra Streisand on her website regarding Release Me.
I always knew that Streisand was a fantastic singer. But her talents reach far beyond her voice and she has been recognized over the years for many achievements that didn’t involve her singing voice. She is the only artist ever to receive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Endowment for the Arts and Peabody Awards, as well as the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.
And she’s still going strong, entertaining lifelong fans like me with new music and old.
Are you a Streisand fan?
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