NEW YORK (AP) – A series of 1962 performances by Barbra Streisand at a Manhattan nightclub before she became a superstar has been remastered and will be released this fall.
Barbra Streisand – Live at the Bon Soir features songs from a three-day stint at Greenwich Village’s Bon Soir nightclub. The singer was an actress and the sessions led to her first record deal. Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings announced on Friday that the remastered sessions will be released on November 4th.
The performances were intended to be Streisand’s first album, but instead many of the songs were reworked as studio recordings and released in 1963 as her Grammy-winning, self-titled debut album.
Streisand kept the recordings in her personal collection, and she approved the release after engineer Jochem van der Saag used technology to improve their quality, according to a press release. The nightclub’s acoustics were not designed for professional recording, but modern techniques allowed van der Saag to separate Streisand’s vocals from the instrument sounds.
The release will allow listeners to “catch 20-year-old Streisand as she begins her unprecedented career,” according to Friday’s announcement.
“I had never been to a nightclub until I sang at one,” Streisand said in a statement, noting that the release comes 60 years after the Bon Soir sessions.
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