NEW YORK Back in the day, if Barbra Streisand made one vocal error or found one problem while recording a song, she’d toss the whole thing.
“If I didn’t like that one word, I wouldn’t release the record,” the 70-year-old said in a recent interview. “Because in those days ... we did take one, take two, take three. We made albums in three days. Twelve songs. We didn’t have this digital way.”
Now, because of her perfectionism, she has a case full of unreleased material, and she’s decided to share it with the world.
“Release Me,” a collection of Streisand songs she recorded in the 1960s, '70s and '80s, came out Tuesday. It also includes the new song “If It’s Meant to Be,” written by her longtime friends and collaborators, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, recorded last year.
Besides the new album, Streisand is readying another duets album and a launching a U.S. tour on Thursday in Philadelphia. She talked with The Associated Press about it all, including politics.