On October 1st, 1962, a twenty-year-old Barbra Streisand signed a deal with Columbia Records. Barely a month later, her live performance from the Greenwich Village nightclub, the Bon Soir, was recorded with the idea of having it be her debut release. The label ultimately decided to have her go into the studio to record songs from this performance, and that became The Barbra Streisand Album. That debut record earned Barbra Streisand three Grammy’s including Album of the Year.
The legendary recording from the Bon Soir has been widely bootlegged over the years and is now finally officially being released on November 4th, sixty years after it was recorded. Mixed by Jochem van der Saag from the original tapes from Barbra’s vault, and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Paul Blakemore in 24 bit/96 kHz, this newly-minted classic features Streisand’s singular vocal performances on timeless songs like “Cry Me A River,” “Happy Days Are Here Again,” “Bewitched Bothered And Bewildered,” and “A Taste of Honey,” to name just a few.
Impex Records is proud to present the 180-gram LP and stereo hybrid SACD of this long-awaited classic from the world’s pre-eminent vocal artist and have given these our usual “Impex Treatment” with meticulous attention paid to every aspect of audio and package presentation: SACD is contained in a lavish hardcover book package with a 32-page booklet full of historical notes, photographs, and a message from Barbra Streisand. The 2-LP HQ-180 vinyl set gets a tip-on gatefold jacket and a similarly-featured 12-page booklet.
“The initial plan for my first album was to record it at the club, and these early tapes have been sleeping in my vault for six decades. I’m delighted to finally bring them out into the light and share what could have been my debut album, Live At The Bon Soir.” —Barbra Streisand