Barbra Streisand - Live At The Bon Soir
Catalogue No.: 19658713762
Release Date: 04 Nov 2022
In 1960, Barbra entered a weekly talent contest at The Lion, a Greenwich Village nightclub. Barbra won the contest (1st prize - $50 + dinner). After a few more performances, The Lion’s manager suggested Barbra audition at a “swanky” club around the corner called the Bon Soir - Barbra got the job. Her initial run was meant to be two weeks, but she was such a hit that her run was extended to eleven weeks and then continued into 1962. Barbra’s performances at The Bon Soir led to her contract at Columbia Records, signed on 1st October, 1962. In November that year, Columbia Records recorded three nights of shows at the Bon Soir, intending to release the live recordings as Barbra’s first album. However, the mix didn’t capture the electricity that had ignited the club performances, and instead Barbra went into the studio and recorded the tracks that would become her debut studio album. The live album was shelved for 60 years, but has finally been remixed to capture the essence of the nightclub shows. Nothing about Barbra’s vocals has been altered , but modern state-of-the-art mixing equipment now gives listeners “the best seat in the house.” Recorded in November 1962, this album marks the first official release of the legendary Greenwich Village Nightclub shows and includes 24 newly mixed performances from the original master tapes in Barbra’s personal collection. With the release of this album, Columbia Records celebrates 60 years of making records with Barbra Streisand, the artist with the longest continuous catalogue on the label and the only artist - male or female - on any label to chart #1 albums in every decade since the 1960s.
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