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Barbra Streisand album brings unheard recordings out of the vault

BarbrStreis(shown kick-off her her current tour earlier this month New York) performed United Center Friday night. | AP

Barbra Streisand (shown at the kick-off her her current tour earlier this month in New York) performed at the United Center on Friday night. | AP

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8 p.m. Friday

United Center, 1901 W. Madison

Tickets, $90-$500

(800) 745-3000;

Updated: November 22, 2012 6:19AM

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.

“I wouldn’t release the record,” she said. Because of her perfectionism, she has lots of unreleased material, and she’s decided to share it with the world.

“Release Me” is a new collection of Streisand songs she recorded in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. Streisand, 70, also is readying another duets album and singing on a tour that comes to the United Center on Friday.

Q. How’s does it feel to finally release this music?

A. It feels liberating. ... I had this black case in my house for so long called “Unreleased Songs.” Listening to some of them again I thought, “God, I was hard on myself.”

Q. How many songs are in that black case?

A. I have another album or two. ... I really wasn’t aware of how many things I had in there, between films and videotapes and TV shows.

Q. What can people expect from the tour?

A. A lot of songs I’ve never sung live before. Some songs I wrote, even.


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