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Album: Barbra Streisand, Release Me (Columbia)


Technically perfect, tonally bright, texturally flexible; unreal power, enormous range, two good feet … That's Barbra. Here are 11 outtakes/omission-jobs, mostly from her grand period in the 1960s and 1970s, songs by Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Paul Williams ...

Essential for fans, of course. It is left to the rest of us to look on from a safe distance with our hard hats on and to marvel at the most self-regarding singing voice in post-war popular music.