By Jeremy Kinser
Originally published on Advocate.com August 23 2012 8:22 PM ET
Next month Barbra Streisand will share 11 previously unreleased songs recorded during her five decades as the world's premiere female vocalist.
The legendary entertainer's next album, humorously titled Release Me, will be available on vinyl September 25 and CD October 9. The songs span a cross-section of Streisand's career from 1963 to the present and have been stored in her vault until now.
A press release notes "many of the sessions for these albums yielded extra recordings, which weren’t included on the albums they were intended for." Among the songs included in the collection are her version of "Home," the stirring anthem from The Wiz; an unreleased studio version of “With One More Look At You” from the soundtrack of her 1976 hit A Star Is Born; and "Didn't We," recorded for Streisand's famously never-completed album The Singer.
“The thing I’m happiest about is that I still have great affection for all these songs," Streisand says in a statement released to the media today. "They appealed to me at the time…and still do. Listening now, I actually think to myself, ‘The girl wasn’t half bad.’”