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Ovation: Barbra Streisand’s “Release Me”.

08/24/2012

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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12 Comments
  1. I’ve always found her voice astonishing. I think she’s a very talented lady. She deserves the accolades.

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  2. I’ve always liked her, but thought she was a little too cold. I don’t often hear a great deal of emotion in her voice. Perfection? oh yeah, but it lacks a certain warmth for me.

    Though i do love her version of “Somewhere” from West Side Story.

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  3. Very talented person. She acted in and directed the movie of one of my favorite books, “The Prince of Tides.” I love her singing, but I tend to like her better in movies where she did not sing, except maybe the theme song.

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  4. Travis permalink

    Every line, every song – A Star is Born. I saw the movie so many time I could point out all the little prop errors. It still lists as one of my fav’s. What I enjoy the most, still to this day… Her voice and the emotions I see / feel when I see her singing. Simply – she makes me smile.

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  5. Greetings. I gave you a quick shout out in my last post. Keep on keepin on. Great work.

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  6. She’s still alive?

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  7. CB’s question reminded me of when we saw that Gordon Lightfoot was coming to town a couple of years ago. Since I thought he had passed away, we went to see him and it was marvelous even thought his voice was not quite as strong.

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  8. BeckiSue permalink

    I’m always excited when Ms. Streisand records a new alblum. The purity in her voice never changes. I’ve loved her from the moment my father took me to see her movie “Hello Dolly”
    and began listening to her songs back in the 1960s on the radio. Once you fall in love with her voice, you’ll always want more.

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  9. I have been in love with Barbra Streisand since Funny Girl & I have never waivered – her voice is truly magical.

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