Release Me 2 [B&N Exclusive] [Clear Vinyl & Green Album Jacket Artwork]

Release Me 2 [B&N Exclusive] [Clear Vinyl & Green Album Jacket Artwork]

by Barbra Streisand
Release Me 2 [B&N Exclusive] [Clear Vinyl & Green Album Jacket Artwork]

Release Me 2 [B&N Exclusive] [Clear Vinyl & Green Album Jacket Artwork]

by Barbra Streisand

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It's hard to think of Barbra Streisand recording anything that wouldn't get released, but with 2021's Release Me 2, she has put together a gorgeous collection of rare and previously unreleased recordings going back the beginnings of her studio career. A companion album to 2012's Release Me, Release Me 2 again features recordings Streisand made that, for a variety of reasons, were never included on their intended albums. It's a deeply felt, well-curated album that finds Streisand applying her distinctive style to melodies by a bevy of iconic songwriters, such as Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Barry Gibb, and others. Adding to the wealth of material are the superb arrangements by such longtime Streisand associates as Don Costa, Walter Afanasieff, Michel Legrand, and more. Some tracks, like her duet with Willie Nelson on "I'd Want It to Be with You" (initially intended for inclusion on 2014's Partners), were only partly finished and given a final polish in 2020. Others, like 1962's "Right as Rain" (recorded for 1963's The Barbra Streisand Album), are presented as they were originally intended, capturing the then-20-year-old singer in her effusive rise to stardom. Elsewhere, we get other delights, including a 1979 duet with Kermit the Frog on "Rainbow Connection," a 1971 rendition of Randy Newman's "Living Without You" left off of Stoney End, and an emotive take on Carole King's "You Light Up My Life" recorded for 1974's Butterfly with some final studio additions done in 2020. As with the first Release Me volume, Release Me 2 is much more than a rarities compilation and feels like a classic Streisand album rediscovered. ~ Matt Collar

Product Details

Release Date: 08/06/2021
Label: Bmg Special Products
UPC: 0194398764313

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbra Streisand   Primary Artist
Kermit the Frog   Primary Artist
Lee Holdridge   Conductor
Michel Legrand   Conductor
Willie Nelson   Featured Artist
Alan Lindgren   Conductor
Burt Bacharach   Conductor
Barry Gibb   Featured Artist
William Ross   Conductor
Don Costa   Conductor
George Williams   Conductor

Technical Credits

Steve Dorff   Composer,Producer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Bobby Tomberlin   Composer
Kenny Ascher   Composer
Craig White   Producer
Doug Emery   String Arrangements
Carole King   Composer
Don Meehan   Engineer
Wally Gold   Producer
Lee Holdridge   Arranger
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Dave Reitzas   Mixing
Jay Landers   Composer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
John Merchant   Mixing,Producer
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Randy Newman   Composer
Michel Legrand   Arranger,Composer
Alan Lindgren   Arranger
Alan Bergman   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Barry Gibb   Composer,Producer
William Ross   Arranger
Kenneth Edmonds   Producer
Paul Blakemore   Mastering
Hal David   Composer
Don Costa   Arranger
Charles Koppelman   Executive Producer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
Barbra Streisand   Arranger,Producer,Cover Photo,Art Direction,Executive Producer
George Williams   Arranger
Gary Klein   Producer
Kim Skalecki   Supervisor
Ashley Gibb   Composer
Stephen Gibb   Composer
Jochem van der Saag   Mixing,Producer,Mastering,Assistant Producer
Gabrielle Raumberger   Art Direction,Package Design
Chris Poppe   Product Manager
Paul Williams   Composer
John Arias   Mixing
Mike Berniker   Producer
Russell James   Cover Photo
Todd Sussman   Liner Notes
Brynn Shuller   Photo Restoration
Grace Handy   Photography
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