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Release Me 2

Barbra Streisand

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There is no one like Barbra Streisand. There's never been a singer like her. As Release Me 2 proves over and over again, even a duet with a frog puppet can be magic if it includes her voice. But… Release Me 2 is pure audible catnip, a career-stretching, for-fans release of all previously unreleased tracks (and companion to 2012's first volume). Like any truly great singer, Streisand makes each song here her own. Most comfortable in lush arrangements that allow her to soar, and ever willing to wade into schmaltz no matter how many violins, flutes or glockenspiels are involved, she's notoriously careful to choose settings for her incredible instrument that exude a certain epic crooner vibe. On an album in which none of the players behind her are given credit, this old pro easily knocks numbers like Michel Legrand's "Once You've Been in Love" or the Arlen/Harburg chestnut "Right as the Rain," (recorded in 1962 before her first album) out of the park. Her sweeping rendition of the Bacharach/David tune "Be Aware" from 1971—a practice run for a TV performance—is masterful. Perhaps the most sure-footed phraser in all of American popular music, equaled only by Garland and Sinatra, Streisand just doesn't make mistakes. And she can be game to a point with material as well. As referenced above, her 1979 re-envisioning of "Rainbow Connection" with Kermit the Frog is a classic of sorts, as she soars over his monotone. "If Only You Were Mine," from her 2005 album Guilty Pleasures with Barry Gibb is playful with Streisand adding spoken asides. And her duet with Willie Nelson, "I Want It To Be You," is the perfect blend of her studied creaminess and his talky cragginess. But let's get back to that first BUT. Listening to all the gloss here makes an adventurous listener wonder, especially in a collection of unreleased tracks: but what about pushing the envelope? Streisand works in a very tightly controlled stylistic range. She even art directed this project. Here when she steps out of her comfort zone into Randy Newman's "Living Without You," it suffers from trying too hard. It's unavoidable to wonder what her magnificent instrument could do if she'd challenged herself with more interesting material. A blues tune? Something with a little funk? A Pearl Jam cover? But idle speculation aside, this is supremely top shelf Streisand—not a note out of place and her voice ever confident and gleaming. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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1
Be Aware
00:03:40

Jay Landers, Executive Producer - Burt Bacharach, Composer, Lyricist, Conductor, Producer, Arranger - Hal David, Composer, Lyricist - Jochem Van Der Saag, Co-Producer, Mixing Engineer - Barbra Streisand, Producer, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
You Light Up My Life
00:03:38

Alan Lindgren, Conductor, Arranger - Jay Landers, Executive Producer - Carole King, Composer, Lyricist - Jochem Van Der Saag, Co-Producer, Mixing Engineer - Barbra Streisand, Producer, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
I'd Want It To Be You
00:04:02

Steve Dorff, Composer, Lyricist, Co-Producer - Bobby Tomberlin, Composer, Lyricist - Jay Landers, Composer, Lyricist, Executive Producer - WALTER AFANASIEFF, Producer, Arranger - Jochem Van Der Saag, Mixing Engineer - Willie Nelson, AssociatedPerformer, with - William Ross, Conductor, Arranger - Craig White, Co-Producer - Barbra Streisand, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Producer - Barbra Streisand with Willie Nelson, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Sweet Forgiveness
00:05:12

Jeremy Lubbock, Conductor, Arranger - Jay Landers, Executive Producer - David Reitzas, Mixing Engineer - WALTER AFANASIEFF, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Arranger - JOHN BETTIS, Composer, Lyricist - Barbra Streisand, Producer, Arranger, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Living Without You
00:02:04

Jay Landers, Executive Producer - Randy Newman, Composer, Lyricist - Richard Perry, Vocal Producer - WALTER AFANASIEFF, Producer, Arranger - Jochem Van Der Saag, Mixing Engineer - Barbra Streisand, Producer, Arranger, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
One Day (A Prayer)
00:03:06

Jay Landers, Executive Producer - Jochem Van Der Saag, Mixing Engineer - Michel Legrand, Composer, Lyricist - Marilyn Bergman, Composer, Lyricist - Alan Bergman, Composer, Lyricist - Wally Gold, Producer - DON COSTA, Conductor, Arranger - Barbra Streisand, Producer, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Don Meehan, Engineer

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Rainbow Connection
00:03:23

K. Ascher, Composer, Lyricist - Jay Landers, Executive Producer - Jochem Van Der Saag, Producer - LEE HOLDRIDGE, Arranger - Paul Williams, Composer, Lyricist - Gary Klein, Producer - Kermit The Frog, AssociatedPerformer, with - Barbra Streisand, Producer, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Koppelman, Executive Producer - Matt Vogel, Vocal - Barbra Streisand duet with Kermit the Frog, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Right As The Rain
00:03:00

Mike Berniker, Producer - Jay Landers, Executive Producer - Harold Arlen, Composer, Lyricist - Frank Laico, Recording Engineer - E. Y. "Yip" Harburg, Composer, Lyricist - George Williams, AssociatedPerformer - Barbra Streisand, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
If Only You Were Mine
00:02:34

Stephen Gibb, Composer, Lyricist - Jay Landers, Executive Producer - Barry Gibb, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, AssociatedPerformer, with - Ashley Gibb, Composer, Lyricist - Doug Emery, Arranger - Barbra Streisand, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Merchant, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Barbra Streisand with Barry Gibb, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Once You've Been In Love
00:03:06

Jay Landers, Executive Producer - Michel Legrand, Composer, Lyricist, Conductor, Arranger - Marilyn Bergman, Composer, Lyricist - Alan Bergman, Composer, Lyricist - John Arias, Mixing Engineer - Barbra Streisand, Producer, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

There is no one like Barbra Streisand. There's never been a singer like her. As Release Me 2 proves over and over again, even a duet with a frog puppet can be magic if it includes her voice. But… Release Me 2 is pure audible catnip, a career-stretching, for-fans release of all previously unreleased tracks (and companion to 2012's first volume). Like any truly great singer, Streisand makes each song here her own. Most comfortable in lush arrangements that allow her to soar, and ever willing to wade into schmaltz no matter how many violins, flutes or glockenspiels are involved, she's notoriously careful to choose settings for her incredible instrument that exude a certain epic crooner vibe. On an album in which none of the players behind her are given credit, this old pro easily knocks numbers like Michel Legrand's "Once You've Been in Love" or the Arlen/Harburg chestnut "Right as the Rain," (recorded in 1962 before her first album) out of the park. Her sweeping rendition of the Bacharach/David tune "Be Aware" from 1971—a practice run for a TV performance—is masterful. Perhaps the most sure-footed phraser in all of American popular music, equaled only by Garland and Sinatra, Streisand just doesn't make mistakes. And she can be game to a point with material as well. As referenced above, her 1979 re-envisioning of "Rainbow Connection" with Kermit the Frog is a classic of sorts, as she soars over his monotone. "If Only You Were Mine," from her 2005 album Guilty Pleasures with Barry Gibb is playful with Streisand adding spoken asides. And her duet with Willie Nelson, "I Want It To Be You," is the perfect blend of her studied creaminess and his talky cragginess. But let's get back to that first BUT. Listening to all the gloss here makes an adventurous listener wonder, especially in a collection of unreleased tracks: but what about pushing the envelope? Streisand works in a very tightly controlled stylistic range. She even art directed this project. Here when she steps out of her comfort zone into Randy Newman's "Living Without You," it suffers from trying too hard. It's unavoidable to wonder what her magnificent instrument could do if she'd challenged herself with more interesting material. A blues tune? Something with a little funk? A Pearl Jam cover? But idle speculation aside, this is supremely top shelf Streisand—not a note out of place and her voice ever confident and gleaming. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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