A star is born.
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“In March 1962, Streisand auditioned for RCA Records by recording nine songs, pressed on a 12-inch acetate record. Marty Gold, called ‘one of RCA’s yeoman house arrangers’, accompanied Barbra on piano.
“The demo includes Barbra’s version of a song Shirley Temple sang in a film called Captain January. Written by S. Mitchell and L. Pollack, ‘At the Codfish Ball’ has never been recorded by Barbra - although she did confess that in preparation for 2003’s The Movie Album, she was considering recording a medley of Shirley Temple songs!” - from the Taper’s Notes.
Streisand, despite auditioning for RCA, signed with Columbia Records in 1963. Here’s why:
“Initially, Columbia label president Goddard Lieberson resisted signing Streisand to a contract, finding her style too close to the cabaret singers he disliked and too far from the understated approach of Jo Stafford or Rosemary Clooney, having recorded for the label in the 1950s. After exposure to a television interview of Streisand by Mike Wallace on PM East/PM West and pressure from associates, Lieberson relented and agreed to sign her. In Just For the Record…, Streisand indicated that
“The most important thing about that first contract - actually, the thing we held out for - was a unique clause giving me the right to choose my own material. It was the only thing I really cared about. I still received lots of pressure from the label to include some pop hits on my first album, but I held out for the songs that really meant something to me.”
Streisand would spend her entire career to date recording for Columbia.” - wikipedia
Columbia gave the young singer artistic freedom. Thanks to Scooter123 for freeing this recording to the net.
- Professor Red
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Track 01. Studio Talk: We’re rolling (206k)
Track 02. A Sleepin’ Bee* (6.3MB)
Track 03. Studio Talk (321k)
Track 04. Have I Stayed Too Long At The Fair (6.3MB)
Track 05. Studio Talk (824k)
Track 06. When The Sun Comes Out (4.8MB)
Track 07. Studio Talk (216k)
Track 08. A Taste Of Honey* (3.9MB)
Track 09. Studio Talk (271k)
Track 10. At The Codfish Ball (Take 1) (1.8MB)
Barbra never recorded this song again for any album
Track 11. Studio Talk (530k)
Track 12. At The Codfish Ball (Take 2) (3.2MB)
Track 13. Studio Talk (238k)
Track 14. Lover, Come Back To Me (Take 1) - faster pace (2.5MB)
Track 15. Studio Talk (549k)
Track 16. Lover, Come Back To Me (Take 2) - slower pace (3.3MB)
Track 17. Studio Talk (118k)
Track 18. Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered (4.2MB)
Track 19. Studio Talk (116k)
Track 20. I Had Myself A True Love (7.4MB)
Track 21. Soon It’s Gonna Rain (5.7MB)
* Both songs made it to Streisand’s debut album in 1963.
Her debut, The Barbra Streisand Album, was recorded in January 1963 and released in February. Like the demos, it was clear she was going to have a long career ahead. Buy it here.
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