Streisand: Unreleased Recordings

Recording Session By Year
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Streisand poses on couch

Songs, Sessions, Demos, Albums, Live recordings ...

Barbra Streisand has recorded many, many songs.

For various reasons, some of the songs she's recorded over the years have never been released or included on commercially available Streisand albums. Sometimes Streisand's attention span moves on to another project and songs are abandoned. It's possible, too, that Streisand does not release certain songs because of personal reasons—maybe the recording session was disagreeable or she wasn't in the mood to sing a disco song, or the arrangement or key felt odd to her. Finally, knowing that Streisand is a high-caliber artist and an admitted perfectionist, some of the songs she's recorded over the years may remain unreleased based on her own high standards—the arrangements or vocals simply may fall short of the high bar she sets for herself.

That being said—and although she has classified herself as a “work in progress”—Streisand has shown interest in looking backward on her recording history and revisiting previously unreleased work. Barbra has dipped into her archives before—1991's Just For The Record contained many previously unreleased tracks, demos, and live recordings. And in 2012, more unreleased tracks were included on Streisand's Release Me album.

About this list ...

When I redesigned Barbra-Archives.com in November 2008 and added the Streisand Discography section, I incorporated a lot of this information into each Streisand album's individual page. However, several fans have requested that I repost this list ... so it's back (with improvements) !

Below is a comprehensive list of songs and sessions that were recorded and remain unreleased. They are in ascending order by year. You can jump to a year by using the key above (“Recording Session By Year”). Click on the blue arrow blue arrow to return to the top of this page.

Since Barbra Archives is an unofficial fan site, I cannot vouch that the list below is 100% accurate. However, I have endeavored to make it as accurate as I can, based on my resources.

About the Sources ...

Various sources were used to compile this list including Spada's 1995 biography; interviews with Streisand and colleagues; Considine's 1985 biography; bootleg recordings traded by fans; Karen Swenson's book, Barbra: The Second Decade; and Allison Waldman's 2005 publication*, Between the Grooves, which references actual Columbia Records recording sessions — but does not, unfortunately, identify the songwriters. Also, it only covers Streisand recording sessions until 1992. Therefore, sometimes I've had to search ASCAP and BMI's databases to determine who wrote some of the songs listed here. In several cases, I've made an educated guess based on songwriters Streisand has worked with before, or styles of music she would most likely record, or even “six degrees” criteria—like if the songwriter had worked with Streisand's producer before.

I wanted to reiterate that this list contains unreleased songs only. Fans should check out the Streisand Discography here at Barbra Archives, as well as the Streisand Singles page.

There is a plethora of rare Streisand songs that have been officially released, but have fallen into obscurity because the recording industry discarded vinyl records for compact discs. Fans with old-fashioned turntables can hear alternate takes on Quadraphonic albums as well as 7-inch singles. There are some songs that have never made it onto a Streisand album, and, thus, have never been “digitized” on compact disc.

1951 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.
Have You Heard  

At age 9, Barbra auditioned for MGM and sang “Have You Heard” — a song Joni James made famous.

Barbra told Clive James in 1999: “My mother ... got me an audition with MGM 'cause I think I once auditioned for Star Time Kids or something and didn't get accepted. [I] went to this booth for the MGM audition, and I thought I'd become famous just by singing, and the guy just said thank you, that was it, you know.”

This was probably the very first time Streisand was recorded. It is very unlikely that the acetate still exists, as Streisand herself never had a copy.

 
1955 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.

Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart

(J. Hanley)

December 29, 1955

Nola Recording Studios

New York

At age 13, Barbra recorded “You'll Never Know” and “Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart” at Nola Recording Studios. Barbra dramatized this session, attended by her mother, for her Timeless concert in 1999.

“You'll Never Know” appeared on Barbra's 1991 retrospective Just For The Record. “Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart”, however, remains unreleased. A short snippet of it was used on an Australian interview show in the 90s and has been traded among fans.

“We had a weeks' vacation a year in the Catskill Mountains, and that's where my mother found a piano player to make a record with her,” Streisand recalled in 2014.

For her 1991 retrospective set, Just For the Record, Barbra wrote: “This scratchy acetate was the kind that would wear out after a couple of dozen plays. Mine sat on a shelf for twenty years before I put it on tape.”

Nola Recording
1961 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.
Barry Dennen Tapes

 

In 1961 Barbra Streisand auditioned for an agent who was casting The Sound of Music tour (Barbra was up for the part of Liesl). She asked her friend Barry Dennen, who had an Ampex tape recorder, if he would tape her singing. Barry Dennen recorded Barbra (and guitarist Carl Esser) singing "Day By Day" (Cahn S.; Stordahl A.; Weston P.) Unfortunately, the audition tape was sent away to the agent and not copied.

Dennen also recorded some of Streisand's 1961 Bon Soir shows. Dennen and Barbra reviewed the previous night's performance and honed her act that way. The tapes of the shows were also played for Columbia Records President Goddard Lieberson when Barbra's manager Marty Erlichman was pursuing a recording contract for her. Dennen wrote in his book, "And tucked away in my bank vault, the tapes I made of her so long ago at the Bon Soir, the tapes that caused so many problems between us."

Dennen spoke at one of the Streisand Fan gatherings in the mid-90's and played a compilation tape of the Streisand songs.

More about the Barry Dennen tapes here >>

  1. Have I Stayed Too Long At the Fair
  2. Come To the Supermarket in Old Peking

Fine Recording Inc.

118 West 57th Street

New York

In 1961 Barbra recorded a 10-inch 45 rpm acetate demo at Fine Recording.

On one side was “Have I Stayed Too Long at the Fair”, and the flip side, “Come to the Supermarket (in Old Peking),” with what sounds like a trio backing her.

Fine Recording demo
1962 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.
RCA Records Demo

March 1962

In March 1962, Streisand auditioned for RCA Records by recording nine songs, pressed on a 12-inch acetate record.

Side A:

  1. A Sleepin' Bee
  2. Have I Stayed Too Long at the Fair
  3. When the Sun Comes Out
  4. A Taste of Honey
  5. At the Codfish Ball (take 1)
  6. At the Codfish Ball (take 2)

Side B:

  1. Lover, Come Back to Me (take 1)
  2. Lover, Come Back to Me (take 2)
  3. Bewitched
  4. I Had Myself a True Love
  5. Soon It's Gonna Rain
RCA demo
Columbia Records Demo

Columbia's Studio B

799 Seventh Avenue

New York

Columbia Records President Goddard Lieberson asked Barbra to audition for the label again in early 1962.

Marty Erlichman—Barbra's manager— said, “This time he wanted to put her into a studio and record her. He wanted to hear how she sounded professionally taped. Part of the deal I made with him is that we'd get to keep those tapes. And we weren't gonna sit forever for his decision. We'd record on a Friday, and he'd get back to us on Monday. So we went up there—me, Barbra, and her accompanist, Peter Daniels.”

Lieberson and record producer John Hammond attended the audition. Barbra recorded:

  • A Sleepin' Bee
  • I Had Myself a True Love
  • When the Sun Comes Out
  • Have I Stayed Too Long at the Fair
  • Come to the Supermarket in Old Peking

These audition songs have never appeared on any Streisand albums, nor have they circulated among fans. However, according to Marty Erlichman's comments above, they probably sit in Barbra's personal archives and have not been included on any Streisand albums.

Right As The Rain

(E.Y. Harburg & H. Arlen)

October 16, 1962

Columbia's Studio C

207 East 30th Street

New York

7-inch Columbia Records single.

  • Mike Berniker: producer
  • George Williams: arranger & conductor

This session produced Barbra's first 45 rpm singles: When the Sun Comes Out, Happy Days, and Lover, Come Back to Me.

Right As The Rain was recorded but not released.

Barbra Streisand Live at the Bon Soir

November 5, 6, 7, 1962

Bon Soir

40 West 8th Street

New York

Streisand's first album, after signing with Columbia Records, was recorded live at the Bon Soir.

Columbia did not release it.

Some (but not all) of the tracks from these sessions surfaced on the 1991 retrospective, Just For The Record.

Read more about the abandoned live album here >>

Bon Soir Streisand
1963 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.

Who Would Have Dreamed?

(Cole Porter)

The Second Barbra Streisand Album

February 8, 1963

Columbia's Studio A

799 7th Ave.

New York

  • Mike Berniker: producer
  • Peter Matz: arranger & conductor

From Cole Porter's 1940 show, Panama Hattie

Live at the hungry i

March/April 1963

One of Barbra's shows at the hungry i nightclub was recorded.

Read more about the hungry i album here >>

Live at Basin Street East

  • When The Sun Comes Out
  • My Honey's Lovin' Arms
  • Cry Me A River
mid-May 1963

In the book Benny Goodman Wrappin' It Up, author D. Russell Connor wrote that, while compiling Just For the Record, Streisand's “personal manager/attorney sought tape copies of her three outstanding renditions from” the Basin Street East engagement. “After conslutation with the Goodman Estate, the author declined to provide them.”

According to Connor's notes, there are three Streisand songs on the Benny Goodman recording. Goodman announces Barbra on the tape, saying this is Barbra's “debut” at Basin Street East.

  1. Who Are You Now?
  2. Cornet Man

(J. Styne, B. Merrill)

December 20, 1963

Columbia's Studio A

799 7th Ave.

New York

7-inch Columbia Records singles.

  • Mike Berniker: producer
  • Peter Matz: arranger & conductor

I Am Woman and People were released as 7-inch singles from this same session.

These other two songs from the Funny Girl score have remained unreleased.

1965 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.

Who Would Have Dreamed?

(Cole Porter)

My Name is Barbra ... Two

September 13, 1965

Columbia's Studio A

799 7th Ave.

New York

  • Robert Mersey: producer
  • Peter Matz: arranger & conductor

A second attempt at this Cole Porter song, this time with Mersey producing.

Napoleon

(E.Y. Harburg & H. Arlen)

Color Me Barbra

December 14, 1965

Columbia's Studio A

799 7th Ave.

New York

  • Robert Mersey: producer
  • Don Costa: arranger & conductor
1966 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.

Nobody's Heart Belongs To Me

(E.Y. Harburg & H. Arlen)

Color Me Barbra

January 7, 1966

Columbia's Studio A

799 7th Ave.

New York

  • Robert Mersey: producer
  • Don Costa: arranger & conductor

 

La Valse des lilas *

(Music: M. Legrand & E. Barclay

* French lyrics: Eddie Marnay

English lyrics: J. Mercer)

Je m'appelle Barbra

January 13, 1966

Columbia's Studio A

799 7th Ave.

New York

Streisand recorded a French version of Once Upon A Summertime.

Down With Love

(E.Y. Harburg & H. Arlen)

 

Color Me Barbra

January 27, 1966

CBS Broadcast Center

During the taping of the concert segment for her television show, Streisand reportedly performed Down With Love for the cameras.
“A Very Informal History of the American Musical Theater: 1926—1966”

June 12, 1966

U.S. Embassy

Grosvenor Square, London, England

Barbra's portion of the program was taped by Columbia Records. broadcast on the BBC radio.

Read more about the live performance here >>

An Evening With Barbra Streisand August 3, 1966

Columbia Records recorded the 8/3/66 Philadelphia show of Streisand's 1966 concert tour.

Read more about the tour here >>

  1. Qui es tu? *
  2. (Music: M. Legrand

    * French lyrics: Eddie Marnay)

  3. Et Maintenant *
  4. (Music: Gilbert Bécaud

    * French lyrics: Pierre Delanoë)

  5. Parlez-moi d'amour
  6. (Music & French Lyrics: Jean Lenoir)

  7. Que reste-t-il de nos amours?
  8. (Music & French lyrics: Charles Trénet)

Je m'appelle Barbra

September 14, 1966

Columbia's Studio C

207 East 30th Street

New York

Streisand recorded French versions of:

  1. Love And Learn
  2. What Now, My Love?
  3. Speak to Me of Love
  4. I Wish You Love
Recording Je mappelle Barbra
  1. Clopin Clopant
  2. (B. Coquatrix, P. Dudan & K. Goell)

  3. Les Feuilles Mortes
  4. (Music: Joseph Kosma

    French lyrics: Jacques Prévert)

Je m'appelle Barbra

October 14, 1966

Columbia's Studio A

799 7th Ave.

New York

Streisand recorded French versions of Clopin Clopant and Autumn Leaves. Recording French songs
1967 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.
  1. Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most (Landesman/Wolf)

Simply Streisand

March 15, 1967

Columbia's Studio C

207 East 30th Street

New York

  • Ray Ellis: arranger
  • David Shire: conductor
  • Howard Roberts: producer

 

Belle of 14th Street Soundtrack Album April, 1967

Columbia Records and Streisand decided not to release the soundtrack album to her 1967 television special.

Presumably, studio versions of Streisand's songs from the special would have comprised the bulk of the album: I Don't Care, Alice Blue Gown, Liebestraum, Mother Machree, Everybody Loves My Baby, I'm Always Chasing Rainbows*, My Buddy/How About Me, A Good Man is Hard to Find/Some of These Days, and Put Your Arms Around Me Honey.

* The studio version of Rainbows appeared on Just For The Record.

People (Italian) Funny Girl film (foreign versions)

Streisand possibly recorded more of Funny Girl's songs in other languages for its international release. People in Italian

People in Italian exists.

Hollywood Bowl concert July 9, 1967

Columbia Records recorded Streisand's live concert at the Bowl. Her “folk monologue” from Act One was used on the Happening in Central Park album.

Read more abou the 1967 Bowl concert here >>

1968 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.

One Day

(Music by: M. Legrand

Lyrics by: Alan & Marilyn Bergman)

What About Today?

March 16, 1968

Los Angeles

  • Wally Gold: producer
  • Don Costa: arranger & conductor

This pro-peace song is based on a Michel Legrand theme from the 1965 French film The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean, which Streisand originally heard as an instrumental. She requested Marilyn and Alan Bergman contribute lyrics.

1969 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.

One Day

(Music by: M. Legrand

Lyrics by: Alan & Marilyn Bergman)

What About Today?

February 8, 1969

Los Angeles

  • Wally Gold: producer
  • Michel Legrand: arranger/conductor

This pro-peace song is based on a Michel Legrand theme from the 1965 French film The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean, which Streisand originally heard as an instrumental. She requested Marilyn and Alan Bergman contribute lyrics.

  1. Tomorrow I Will Bring You A Rose
  2. * composer unknown.

  3. One Day

(Music by: M. Legrand

Lyrics by: Alan & Marilyn Bergman)

What About Today?

May 14, 1969

Columbia's Studio C

207 East 30th Street

New York

  • Wally Gold: producer
  • David Shire: arranger (One Day)
  • Peter Matz: conductor
1970 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.
  1. What Did I Have That I Don't Have
  2. He Isn't You

(B. Lane / A.J. Lerner)

March 19, 1970

Columbia's Studio C

207 East 30th Street

New York

7-inch Columbia Records singles session.

  • Wally Gold: producer
  • Peter Matz: arranger & conductor

At this session, the promotional 7-inch version of On A Clear Day was recorded as well (which was different than the soundtrack version).

  1. Living Without You (R. Newman)
  2. He's A Runner (L. Nyro)

Stoney End

September 23, 1970

New York

  • Richard Perry: producer

 

Because

(Lennon/McCartney)

Stoney End

September 26, 1970

New York

  • Richard Perry: producer

Your Loves Return

(G. Lightfoot)

Stoney End

September 30, 1970

New York

  • Richard Perry: producer
1971 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.
Talk About Your Troubles (H. Nillson)

Barbra Joan Streisand

March 3, 1971

Columbia's Studio A

799 7th Ave.

New York

  • Richard Perry: producer
1973 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.
German & French love songs 1973

On May 5, 1973, Hollywood agent Sue Mengers married Belgian writer-director Jean-Claude Tramont.

“... Barbra gave us the most unique wedding present. She taped German lieder for me, love songs, and, on the other side, French songs for Jean-Claude. That was so unbelievable, such a lovely, personal gift,” Mengers said.

Reportedly, Mengers has the only copy.

Daniel Ellsberg ACLU Fundraiser

April 7, 1973

Columbia Records recorded the entire evening, in which Streisand took song requests to raise money for Daniel Ellsberg.

Read more about the evening, including some of the unique songs Streisand sang, here.

  1. Once You've Been In Love (Legrand/Bergmans)
  2. Mother and Child (Legrand/Bergmans)
  3. The Smile I Never Smiled (Legrand/Bergmans)

April 19, 1973

TTG Studios

Los Angeles

Read more about these Legrand/Bergman recording sessions here.

“Mother and Child” was officially released on the 2012 album, Release Me.

  1. An Sylvia (To Sylvia) (Franz Schubert)
  2. Auf dem Wasser zu Singen (Franz Schubert)
  3. I Loved You

Classical Barbra

May 9—10, 1973

RCA Recording Studio

Los Angeles

  • Claus Ogerman: producer

Streisand sang Auf dem Wasser zu Singen in comedic fashion on her television show, Barbra Streisand and Other Musical Instruments in 1973. The recording she made in the May 1973 sessions with Ogerman was straightforward and not comedic.

An Sylvia and Auf dem Wasser were released on the remastered Classical Barbra CD in 2013.

Ogerman and Streisand also recorded an orchestrated version of “I Loved You”—a piano-only version is on the final album.

  1. Better (E. Kleban)
  2. Do Me Wrong, But Do Me (A. O'Day)

June 6, 1973

Sunset Sound Studio

Los Angeles

  • Richard Perry: producer

Better demo

Better was written by Ed Kleban, who is most known for writing the lyrics to Marvin Hamlisch's music for A Chorus Line.

Streisand recorded Better three times. This 1973 session with Richard Perry was the first attempt.

The song appeared in the 2001 Broadway show, A Class Act, which featured an actor playing Kleban and focused on his frustrated career. Better opened Act Two, and the fact that Streisand recorded it and didn't release it figured into the plot of the show.

Do Me Wrong But Do Me

Do Me Wrong, But Do Me was written by Alan O'Day, who wrote hits like Angie Baby for Helen Reddy and Rock and Roll Heaven for The Righteous Brothers. O'Day had his own hit with his own recording of Undercover Angel.

Johnny Mathis recorded Do Me Wrong, But Do Me, too, in 1976. Columbia released it as a single, arranged by Gene Page and produced by Jack Gold — both of whom worked with Streisand on recording projects!

You can hear a version of Do Me Wrong by singer Chris Christman over at YouTube. The song's got a great hook!

Better (E. Kleban)

September 12, 1973

RCA Recording Studio

Los Angeles

  • Marty Paich: producer/arranger/conductor

At this recording session, when Streisand and Paich recorded the 7-inch single version of The Way We Were, they also laid down tracks for another version of Ed Kleban's Better.

Make the Man Love Me (Mann/Weill)

The Way We Were

December 14, 1973

United Recorders Studio

Los Angeles

  • Tommy LiPuma: producer
  • Nick DeCaro: arranger

 

1974 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.
  1. You Light Up My Life (C. King)
  2. Funky Type Thang
  3. Everything Must Change (B. Ighner Benard)
  4. On Broadway * (Leiber/Mann/Stoller/Weil)

* demo only

Butterfly

February 18, 1974

Burbank Studios

Los Angeles

  • Jon Peters: producer
Streisand recording Butterfly

For Pete's Sake (Don't Let Him Down)

(Artie Butler / Mark Lindsay)

Spring 1974 Recorded for Streisand's 1974 film, For Pete's Sake. You can hear the song over the opening credits. It's never been released on an official Streisand album, though.
1975 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.
Everything (R. Holmes)

Lazy Afternoon

June 12, 1975

Record Plant

Los Angeles

  • Jeffrey Lesser: producer
  • Rupert Holmes: arranger/conductor

This song, written by Holmes, has a different melody and lyric than the same-titled song on the Star is Born soundtrack.

A sample of the lyrics:

“Isn't it a shame / we want so much / blame it on the hunger that we have...”

Recording Lazy Afternoon
Better (E. Kleban)

Lazy Afternoon

June 26, 1975

RCA Studios

Los Angeles

  • Jeffrey Lesser: producer
  • Rupert Holmes: arranger/conductor

This was the third, and last, attempt to record Kleban's song, Better.

A Child Is Born [Orchestrated version] Lazy Afternoon
  • Jeffrey Lesser: producer
  • Rupert Holmes: arranger/conductor

Holmes arranged and conducted a fully orchestrated version of “A Child Is Born”. (The simple, piano-accompanied version ended up on the final album.)

 
1977 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.
"Gospel" songs 1976-77 On the commentary track to the DVD of Streisand's film, A STAR IS BORN, she mentions recording some "gospel songs" at the home of Leon Russell and his wife while they were working on the movie. Streisand stressed she wanted to release these recordings on a future album of unreleased songs.
  1. With One More Look At You
  2. Woman in the Moon
  3. Everything

A Star is Born

February 24, 1977

United Western Recorders

Los Angeles

7-inch Columbia Records singles.

  • Gary Klein: producer
  • Nick DeCaro: arranger

Klein produced Lost Inside of You, Everything and With One More Look At You and Woman in the Moon as singles during the session. Neither were released — however Lost Inside ended up on Barbra's 1981 greatest hits album, Memories. (To date, Streisand's released three different versions of Lost Inside of You).

“With One More Look At You” was officially released on the 2012 album, Release Me.

Shadow in the City (J. Ian)

Superman

March 23, 1977

Sound Labs

Los Angeles

  • Gary Klein: producer

Shadow in the City is, I'm pretty certain, a Janis Ian song. Ian recorded it 10/11/75 and lists it on her website as an "outtake for publishing company". Since Ian recorded for Columbia during this time period and was friends with Charles Koppelman (Klein's partner in The Entertainment Company), I'm going to assume this song was by Janis Ian.

  1. I Love Making Love to You (Germinaro/ Sands/ Weisman)

Superman

April 12—13, 1977

United Western Recorders

Los Angeles

  • Gary Klein: producer

Evie Sands, who originally wrote and recorded I Love Making Love to You, heard Karen Carpenter's version of the song when she recorded it in 1979. Sands recalled in the bio Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter, “I imagined [Karen's] take on it would be similar to mine or closer to the mellow Barbra Streisand version. It turned out to be a perfect blend of both.”

Music Man

Superman

April 20, 1977

Capitol Records

Los Angeles

  • Gary Klein: producer
  1. Til I Get It Right (Larry Henley, Red Lane)
  2. Nightmoves (Michael Franks, Michael Small)

Songbird

November 13, 1977

Media Sound

New York

  • Gary Klein: producer

Til I Get It Right —originally sung by Tammy Wynette—had a gospel-like sound.

Sweet Forgiveness 1977

Written by Walter Afanasieff & John Bettis.

In 2013, Afanasieff talked about this song on the Pauly and Monks radio show. "I had written this song for Barbra— there were no lyrics yet. So I invited my really good friend and lyricist John Bettis over to my house. I gave him the melody and he took it, took his headphones and he went out in my garden [...] I lost track of time and I wondered where John is [...] His wife just left him the day before. He was sitting in the garden with his felt pen and the paper. And in just one take of writing he'd written the lyrics to the song and it was called ‘Sweet Forgiveness.’ I remember his tear marks on the page. And the words were: ‘4 a.m., another restless night, each weary word I write, a tear on the page.’ So, later, cut to the future, I'm in the studio with Barbra and she sang those lyrics. And she sang it so —like, she's an Oscar-winning actor—it was amazing and I started crying. And she also did it in one take.

This Masquerade

1977 *

* to be confirmed

Streisand covered Leon Russell's song.
1978 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.

Looking Out for Number One

(Carole King)

Songbird

February 6—8, 13, 15,16, 1978

Sound Labs

Los Angeles

  • Gary Klein: producer

 

1979 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.
  1. I Am Alone Tonight (A. Gordon)
  2. Understand Your Man (A. Gordon)
  3. Something's Missing From My Life (Jabara/Ascher)

Wet

July 16—19, 1979

Sound Labs

Los Angeles

  • Gary Klein: producer

I am perplexed by the song Understand Your Man. It appears that Streisand recorded Alan Gordon's song. Johnny Cash had a hit with the same song. But the lyrics are written so distinctly from a male point-of-view that I am questioning whether the song Streisand recorded was by a different composer.

Streisand at microphone

Rainbow Connection

(P. Williams/ K. Ascher)

Wet

July 23, 1979

Capitol Studios

Los Angeles

  • Gary Klein: producer

The Tracks of My Tears

(W. Robinson, Jr., W. Moore, & M. Tarplin)

Wet

August 8, 1979

Capitol Studios

Los Angeles

  • Gary Klein: producer
1980 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.
  1. Kansas City (J. Witherspoon)
  2. Lady Madonna (Lennon/McCartney)

Guilty

March 1980

Streisand and Gibb

Shaun Considine says in his Streisand biography that Barry Gibb recorded Streisand singing these two rock-and-roll classics and that they were unused because the concept of the album was Streisand singing Gibb songs ... A Streisand insider, however, has confirmed that these songs were incorrectly attributed to Streisand. Only Barry Gibb's vocals are there, probably recorded for himself during the GUILTY sessions.

1983 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.
  1. A Piece of Sky
  2. Papa, Can You Hear Me?

Yentl

April 1983

A&M Studios

Los Angeles

  • Phil Ramone: producer
  • Dave Grusin: arranger/conductor
1984 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.
  1. How Do You Keep the Music Playing? (Legrand & Bergmans)
  2. When the Lovin' Goes Out of the Lovin' (Whiteside/Wold)

Emotion

May 21, 24, 1984

Los Angeles

Streisand re-recorded How Do You Keep the Music Playing with a different arrangement and producer for The Movie Album in 2003. In her liner notes, she wrote: “I'd actually recorded this song once before in the 1980s, but wasn't quite satisfied with the arrangement, so I never released it.”

1985 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.

Can't Help Lovin' That Man of Mine

(Kern / Hammerstein)

The Broadway Album

July 29, 1985

A&M Studios

Los Angeles

  • Barbra Streisand & Peter Matz: producers
  • Peter Matz: orchestrator & conductor

This is the jazzy version with trumpet, as seen on Putting It Together: The Making of The Broadway Album television special.

Singing at A&M
  • Home (C. Smalls) — From The Wiz
  • Unusual Way (M. Yeston) — From Nine
  • Show Me (Lowe/Lerner) — From My Fair Lady
  • Complete King & I Medley (Rodgers/Hammerstein)

The Broadway Album

August, 1985

A&M Studios, Lion's Share Recording Studio, Village Recorders

Los Angeles

The King and I Medley, produced and arranged by Bob Esty and Paul Jabara, was a full 8-minutes long. It began with the songs Shall We Dance and Hello Young Lovers, then sequed into I Have Dreamed and We Kiss in A Shadow, which was included on the final album.

“Home” was officially released on the 2012 album, Release Me.

Streisand recording Broadway songs

Show Me was completed with a jazz-waltz tempo.

1988 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.
  1. How Are Things in Glocca Mora? (Lane/Harburg) / Heather on the Hill (Lerner/Lowe) — (from Finian's Rainbow / Brigadoon)
  2. On My Own (Schönberg) — (from Les Miserables)
  3. A Funny Thing Happened On My Way To Love (Rome) (from I Can Get It For You Wholesale)
  4. Moonfall (R. Holmes) (from The Mystery of Edwin Drood)
  5. Make Our Garden Grow(Bernstein) (from Candide)
  6. All I Ask of You (Lloyd Webber / Hart / Stilgoe) (from Phantom of the Opera)

Back To Broadway (Abandoned sessions)

April 14, 15, 21, 1988

MGM/Lorimar Studios

Los Angeles

Rupert Holmes: arranger/producer

“Glocca Mora/Heather” was officially released on the 2012 album, Release Me.

Read more about these sessions here.

  1. Keeper of the Flame
  2. Give Me Tonight
 

Keeper of the Flame—most likely a Martin Page song ... Page released the song in 1995 on his own solo album.

Give Me Tonight is a pop song by Jack Ponti and Seth Swirsky.

1989 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.

Halfway Through the Night

(Masser/Weil)

A Collection: Greatest Hits and More

June 1989

  • Michael Masser: producer

Streisand recorded Masser's song, Halfway Through the Night, during the same session in which We're Not Making Love Anymore and Someone That I Used To Love were sung.

1991 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.

For All We Know

(Coots / Lewis)

The Prince of Tides Soundtrack

June 11, 1991

Sony Studios

  • James Newton Howard & Barbra Streisand: producers
  • Marty Paich: conductor

Paich's orchestration of For All We Know didn't make it onto the soundtrack album — Johnny Mandel's did. They recorded Mandel's version a month after Paich's. It'd be fascinating to hear the two!

1992 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.
  1. Unusual Way (M. Yeston) ... from Nine
  2. Being Good Isn't Good Enough (J. Styne / Comden / Green) ... from Hallelujah, Baby!
  3. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (J. Kern / O. Harbach) from Roberta
  4. I've Got A Crush On You (Gershwins ... from Treasure Girl (1928), and Strike Up the Band (1930).)
  5. I Have A Love / One Hand, One Heart

Back To Broadway

November 1992

Streisand's second attempt to record both Unusual Way and Being Good for a Broadway album. Neither were included ... again.

Streisand revealed in 2009 that she'd recorded Smoke Gets In Your Eyes with David Foster. “... I wasn’t thrilled with the arrangement.”

Foster's 1992 arrangement featured electronic keyboards. Streisand felt the original chords that she and Foster rehearsed were better than some of the Jeremy Lubbock chords that Foster incorporated into the demo recording. She also didn't like Foster playing melody on the keyboards. “That's why I've got to sing it before you do all this work [on the demo],” Streisand complained.

Barbra also attempted I've Got A Crush On You as a solo version — until she was contacted to sing it as a duet with Frank Sinatra on his album. The solo version has a different arrangement and includes the second refrain: “This isn’t just a flirtation; We’re proving that there’s predestination.”

Streisand and Johnny Mathis recorded several arrangements of their duet, “I Have A Love / One Hand, One Heart”—including one version backed by an orchestra. The final track was a synthesized piano version.

Note: After 1992, I have less details and sources about Streisand's unreleased songs and recording sessions. It's also interesting to note that Streisand's album output changed post-1992. Not counting her three live albums (released in 1994, 2000, and 2007), Streisand's studio albums seem to have fallen into an every-other-year release schedule. There was Back To Broadway in 1993; then four years until 1997's Higher Ground; then original studio albums in 1999, 2001, 2003, and 2005. Streisand's next studio album (Love is the Answer)—released four years after her last—came out Fall 2009.

1996 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.

It Doesn't Get Better Than This

(Streisand / Hamlisch / Bergmans)

The Mirror Has Two Faces

Spring 1996

  • David Foster & Barbra Streisand: producers

Alternate Mirror theme song; actually played during credits at July 1996 preview screening.

2000 
Album Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.

Timeless

Madison Square Garden

September 27-28, 2000

Columbia recorded Barbra's “final” concerts in New York for posterity and a possible release.
2005 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.

If Only (You Were Mine)

(B. Gibb)

Guilty Pleasures

May 2005

Grandma's House

Malibu

 

2009 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.

You Must Believe In Spring [Orchestra version]

(Legrand / Alan & Marilyn Bergman)

Love is the Answer

November 2008

Capitol Studios, Hollywood, Calif.

Streisand wrote in her liner notes:

“We recorded Michel Legrand's fine melody with a big string orchestra, but we all loved the purity of this Bill Evans inspired piano track, played here by Bill Charlap.”

2011 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.

* unknown

(Alan & Marilyn Bergman)

What Matters Most: Barbra sings the lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman

2011

Streisand wrote in her liner notes:

“To give you some idea as to how much I admire [the Bergman's] lyrics, I've already recorded 51 of their songs ... and with this new collection it will be 63!”

If you do the math: 51 plus 12 equals 63. However, the Bergman album only contains 10 songs! Therefore, Streisand has indirectly told us that 2 of the 12 new Bergman songs she recorded were not released.

One of the songs was “If It's Meant To Be”—included on the 2012 CD, Release Me.

2012 
Song Session Info Notes Photos, Misc.

* unknown

[Willie Nelson duet]

Partners

2012

Walter Afanasieff and Jay Landers (producers of Partners) traveled to Spicewood, Texas in 2012 to lay down tracks with Willie Nelson at his Pedernales Recording Studio. The song is unknown, but Nelson said in 2012: “She had a song written for her and I recorded it, and I went in and sang with Barbra Streisand.”

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