PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsBarbra Streisand has delved into her private archives and compiled an album of previously unreleased tunes she's recorded throughout her career. Release Me, which includes 11 rare tracks spanning from 1963 to today, will be issued as a vinyl LP on September 25 and as a CD on October 9.
Among the interesting tracks included in the collection is a rendition of Jimmy Webb's "Didn't We" that La Streisand originally intended to put out as part of a shelved 1970 album titled The Singer; and a version of Randy Newman's "I Think It's Going Rain Today" featuring Newman on piano that was recorded during sessions for Streisand's 1971 Stoney End record. Release Me also boasts a pair of tracks earmarked for an unreleased follow-up to 1985's chart-topping The Broadway Album -- "Home" from The Wiz, and a medley of "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" and "Heather on the Hill" from Finian's Rainbow and Brigadoon, respectively.
"The thing I'm happiest about is that I still have great affection for all these songs," says Streisand in a statement. "They appealed to me at the time…and still do. Listening now, I actually think to myself, 'The girl wasn't half bad.'"
Here is the complete track list for Release Me:
"Being Good Isn't Good Enough" (from Hallelujah, Baby!)
"Willow Weep for Me"
"Try to Win a Friend"
"I Think It's Going to Rain Today"
"With One More Look at You" (from A Star Is Born)
"Lost in Wonderland"
"How Are Things in Glocca Morra?"/"Heather on the Hill (from Finian's Rainbow/Brigadoon)
"Mother and Child"
"If It's Meant to Be"
"Home" (from The Wiz)
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