Release Me (Barbra Streisand album)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Release Me
Release Me Barbra Streisand.jpg
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)What Matters Most2011
Release Me
(2012)
Barbra Streisand: The Classic Christmas Album
(2013)Barbra Streisand: The Classic Christmas Album2013
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Daily News 3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly A-[3]
The Independent Favorable[4]
The Boston Globe Favorable[5]

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.[6] 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.[7] A music video for "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" was directed, photographed and edited by Matt Amato.[8]

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.[9]

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 in 1970)
  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) [10]
  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)

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[11] 125
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[12] 130
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[13] 8
French Albums (SNEP)[14] 138
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[15] 29
Italian Albums (FIMI)[16] 83
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[17] 37
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[18] 33
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 78
UK Albums (OCC)[20] 31
US Billboard 200[21] 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. ^ Nick Coleman (7 October 2012). "Album: Barbra Streisand, Release Me (Columbia)". The Independent. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Sarah Rodman (8 October 2012). "Decades of gems from Streisand’s vaults". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "RELEASE ME - Barbra's new compilation of unreleased material to debut on September 25". www.barbrastreisand.com. 2012-08-23. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  7. ^ "RELEASE ME". www.youtube.com. October 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  8. ^ "I Think It's Going To Rain Today". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  9. ^ Keith Caulfield (October 13, 2012). "Barbra Streisand Set For 32nd Top 10 Album on Billboard 200 Chart". www.billboard.com. Retrieved October 20, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Barbra Streisand Archives - What About Today?". www.barbra-archives.com. Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Barbra Streisand – Release Me" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Barbra Streisand – Release Me" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  13. ^ "Barbra Streisand – Chart history" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Barbra Streisand. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  14. ^ "Lescharts.com – Barbra Streisand – Release Me". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  15. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2012. 45. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  16. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Barbra Streisand – Release Me". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Barbra Streisand – Release Me" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  18. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Barbra Streisand – Release Me". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Barbra Streisand – Release Me". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  20. ^ "Barbra Streisand | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  21. ^ "Barbra Streisand – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Barbra Streisand. Retrieved September 5, 2016.