November 21, 2012 – 9:32 am

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and The Billy Ross Orchestra
Los Angeles 2012 [no label, 2CD]

Live at The Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA; November 9, 2012. Good to fairly good FM feed, hissy.

Thanks to Scooter123 who recorded the show and sharing it at planetrocklosslessbootlegs.

Scooter’s notes:

Barbra Streisand returns home to the Hollywood Bowl, where she last performed in 1967. Streisand shows are scarce as hen’s teeth and the rarity continued with a cord issue, which scrapped my audience tape, but I did have the benefit of a local FM feed, which was really low gain, and had to be boosted resulting in a noticeable hiss. If that bothers you, then better pass on this one.

Climate control isn’t really possible at an outdoor venue like the Hollywood Bowl, but the Gods knew better than to rain on Barbra Streisand’s homecoming this cold and wet evening. Clouds threatened, winds blew, but Mother Nature wasn’t about to launch an all-out assault on this Brooklyn-born, Malibu-enthroned diva for her homecoming after 12 shows throughout the country. Temperatures were in the low 50s with a brisk wet wind.

Icons like Babs don’t have to prove themselves night after night, but she still has her pipes. The Streisand of 2012 is a vulnerable if imperial semi-operatic diva who carefully conserves her power by cleverly constructing the show, so that she never sang more than four to five songs at a time, and had time to rest. She still maintained her reputation for strong-arm perfectionism. She kept talking about toe warmers and heaters and was continually fussing with the wrap that was the only thing standing between her glamorous black ensemble and the wind. Yet no cold November breeze was going to thwart her homecoming.

Elegantly supported by a 60-piece orchestra and chorus conducted by Bill Ross, Streisand played den mother to the teenage Italian singing trio Il Volo, who sang “O Sole Mio.” She innocently flirted with jazzy instrumentalist Chris Botti, who accompanied her in an emotionally resonant “Lost Inside of You.” She paid tribute to Marvin Hamlisch (using the original orchestration for “The Way We Were”) and Jule Styne (giving us a taste of what her Rose in “Gypsy” would be like). The “Way We Were” was absolutely flooring.

Her son, Jason Gould, also performed with a duet of “How Deep Is the Ocean?,” a kvelling Streisand made Jewish mothers of us all: Such a nice a boy, and he sings almost as good as his mother! The show was a family affair, as Streisand’s younger sister, actress and singer Roslyn Kind, joined in during the encore after the two listened to a few operatic strains of their mother on tape.

There was politics too, naturally enough, but celebratory remarks about the election were saved for the most part until the end, when conservative fans could make a beeline for the exits without making a scene.

Local FM Feed: A- (Hiss)
Recorder: Sony M-10
Transfer: Goldwave (Volume Boost, Compression > Dither to 16b) > Media Monkey (Flac Transfer L8)
Location: FOB

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Disc 1
Track 101. On a Clear Day (3.0MB)
Track 102. Banter (5.1MB)
Track 103. Nice and Easy Does It (5.0MB)
Track 104. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (4.8MB)
Track 105. Didn’t We (4.3MB)
Track 106. Banter (1.9MB)
Track 107. Smile* (5.2MB)
Track 108. Un Amore Cosi’ Grande Unknown* (6.3MB)
Track 109. Banter (1.0MB)
Track 110. Ole Sole Mio* (5.0MB)
Track 111. Banter (6.6MB)
Track 112. Enough is Enough (2.8MB)
Track 113. The Way We Were (12.4MB)
Track 114. Rose’s Turn (8.2MB)
Track 115. My Man (14.0MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Banter (2.8MB)
Track 202. Lost Inside of You (9.9MB)
Track 203. Emanuel** (7.9MB)
Track 204. Banter (1.0MB)
Track 205. When I Fall In Love** (4.0MB)
Track 206. Banter (909k)
Track 207. Nature Boy*** (6.3MB)
Track 208. Banter (1.4MB)
Track 209. How Deep Is The Ocean (6.0MB)
Track 210. This Masquerade (6.6MB)
Track 211. People (5.1MB)
Track 212. Banter (1.9MB)
Track 213. Here’s to Life (15.3MB)
TT: 2:03

Barbra Striesand, Vocals
Billy Ross Orchestra and Chorus
Il Volo*
Chris Botti**
Jason Gould***

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  1. 11 Responses to “BARBRA STREISAND - HOLLYWOOD BOWL 2012”

  2. Saw the SAn Jose show a few days before. Good show.

    By natel nawami on Nov 21, 2012

  3. Thanks for this show!! I was at both Brooklyn shows! Here are the UNKNOWN track listing for you.

    DISC 1:
    108:Un Amore Cosi’ Grande

    By Jay on Nov 21, 2012

  4. Thanks for sharing!! This will be a treat for my wife and a few people here at work. Not my taste, but she is an extraordinary talent!!

    By DanC on Nov 22, 2012

  5. Hello Jay

    Thanks for the feedback.

    By bigozine2 on Nov 22, 2012

  6. Thank you for doing this. I missed this show, and felt terrible about it.

    By Tim on Nov 23, 2012

  7. I had the fortune of being on the two Brooklyn perfomances at the Barclays Stadium and the show was delighted
    Listen to Barbra live is always a pleasure and being at her home town is moving, specially form me and Kirk who flew from Buenos Aires Argentina and Perth Australia to be there
    I enjoy the Los Angeles show, but i prefer the Brooklyn’s one, probably because i was there.

    By Nestor on Nov 23, 2012

  8. Creative minding!

    By cd cover drucken on Nov 28, 2012

  9. Thanks very much bigO! A friend has been a huge Streisand fan for years, she’ll love this.

    By Mark E on Nov 29, 2012

  10. I was at this show sitting second row and after Barbra sang ‘Enough is Enough’ I yelled “Thank You” and Barbra responded “Oh Your Welcome, Your Welcome” I now have it on tape — THANK YOU THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH - Brendan Thompson, New Orleans

    By Brendan on Dec 23, 2012

  11. thank you so much,i was there both nights.i will never forget,heavenly

    By manuelamauger on Sep 28, 2014

  12. Hello!

    I took my parents for their anniversary to the Atlanta show November 2nd 2006. Is there anybody out there that can please email me where I can find a copy of the show. I don’t mind paying a few bucks for shipping. I would love to surprise them a copy with the show.

    Thank you


    [email protected]

    By Jill on May 12, 2015

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