First Streisand Nightclub recording remastered for release

NEW YORK — A series of Barbra Streisand’s 1962 performances 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-night stint at the Bon Soir nightclub in Greenwich Village. The singer-actor’s sessions led to his first recording contract. Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings announced Friday that the remastered sessions will be released on November 4.

The performances were intended to become Streisand’s debut album, but instead many of the songs were remade as studio recordings and released as his Grammy-winning self-titled debut album in 1963.

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 acoustics were not intended for professional recording, but modern techniques allowed van der Saag to separate Streisand’s voice from the sounds of the instruments.

The outing will allow listeners “to see 20-year-old Streisand on the cusp of his unprecedented career,” Friday’s announcement said.

“I had never even been to a nightclub until I sang there,” Streisand said in a statement, noting that the release comes 60 years after the Bon Soir sessions.

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