Release Me (Barbra Streisand album)

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Release Me
Compilation album by Barbra Streisand
Released LP: September 25, 2012
CD: October 8, 2012
Recorded 1967-2011
Genre Vocal
Length 41:45
Label Legacy, Columbia
Barbra Streisand chronology
What Matters Most
(2011)
Release Me
(2012)
Barbra Streisand: The Classic Christmas Album
(2013)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Daily News 3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly A-[3]

Release Me is a 2012 compilation album of rare and previously unreleased tracks by American singer Barbra Streisand.

Overview[edit]

Streisand announced the album's release on her official website in August 2012.[4] It contains tracks recorded between her 1967 Simply Streisand and 2011 What Matters Most albums, gathering unreleased material from, among others, Stoney End, The Broadway Album, and Back to Broadway. The compilation's release was accompanied by a series of short video clips posted onto YouTube, in which Barbra discussed every track.[5] A music video for "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" was directed, photographed and edited by Matt Amato.[6]

The album debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200 albums sales chart (with approximately 40,000 copies sold), making this her 32nd Top 10 album and her 7th consecutive Top 10 effort since The Movie Album in 2003.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Being Good Isn't Good Enough" (From Hallelujah, Baby!) – 3:30 (Intended for The Broadway Album)
  2. "Didn't We" – 2:36 (Intended for aborted album The Singer)
  3. "Willow Weep for Me" – 3:31 (Intended for Simply Streisand)
  4. "Try to Win a Friend" – 4:07 (Intended for Streisand Superman)
  5. "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" – 3:27 (Intended for Stoney End)
  6. "With One More Look at You" (From A Star Is Born) – 3:39 (Unreleased studio take)
  7. "Lost in Wonderland" – 3:33 (Often cited as being recorded during the What About Today? sessions) [8]
  8. "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?"/"Heather on the Hill" (From Finian's Rainbow/Brigadoon) – 4:34 (Intended for unreleased version of Back to Broadway)
  9. "Mother and Child" – 5:03 (Intended for aborted album Life Cycle Of A Woman)
  10. "If It's Meant to Be" – 4:08 (Intended for What Matters Most)
  11. "Home" (From The Wiz) – 3:37 (Intended for The Broadway Album)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Belgium[9] 125
Canada[10] 8
France[11] 138
Hungary[12] 29
Italy[13] 83
Netherlands[14] 37
Spain[15] 33
Switzerland[16] 78
United Kingdom[17] 31
United States[18] 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Bush (October 2012). "Release Me - Barbra Streisand : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ Jim Farber (October 2, 2012). "Album Review: Barbra Streisand, 'Release Me'". www.nydailynews.com. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ Jessica Shaw (October 3, 2012). "Release Me - review - Barbra Streisand Review". www.ew.com. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ "RELEASE ME - Barbra's new compilation of unreleased material to debut on September 25". www.barbrastreisand.com. 2012-08-23. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  5. ^ "RELEASE ME". www.youtube.com. October 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  6. ^ "I Think It's Going To Rain Today". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  7. ^ Keith Caulfield (October 13, 2012). "Barbra Streisand Set For 32nd Top 10 Album on Billboard 200 Chart". www.billboard.com. Retrieved October 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Barbra Streisand Archives - What About Today?". www.barbra-archives.com. Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  9. ^ "Discografie Barbra Streisand" (in Dutch). www.ultratop.be. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  10. ^ "Canadian Albums". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  11. ^ "Discographie Barbra Streisand" (in French). lescharts.com. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  12. ^ "MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége". mahasz.hu. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  13. ^ "Italy Albums Top 100 - Music Charts". acharts.us. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  14. ^ "Discografie Barbra Streisand" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  15. ^ "top 100 albumes (publicar)_w41.2012.pdf (application/pdf Object)" (PDF) (in Spanish). www.promusicae.org. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  16. ^ "Barbra Streisand" (in German). hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  17. ^ "2012-10-20 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  18. ^ "Music Albums, Top 200 Albums & Music Album Charts". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-10-24.