Barbra Streisand to release album of live 1962 recordings at NYC club that were supposed to be her debut album

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Barbra Streisand is letting the memory live again. A series of early recordings made by the Brooklyn-born singer when she was 20 at a Greenwich Village nightclub will finally be available this fall.

The album, “Live at the Bon Soir,” will feature Streisand’s earliest live recordings, which she made during a three-night stint in November of 1962 at the now-defunct famed Manhattan nightspot, which was located on 8th St. between 6th Ave. and MacDougal.

The album, set to be released on Nov. 4, includes 24 tracks that have been produced, mixed and approved by the singer.

“I had never even been in a nightclub until I sang in one,” the EGOT winner, who’s 80, said in the album’s liner notes.

“I sang two songs in a talent contest at a little club called The Lion and won, which led to being hired at a more sophisticated supper club around the corner called the Bon Soir, with an actual stage and a spotlight,” she added.

That series of performances — recorded on Nov. 4, 5 and 6 of 1962 — took place just weeks after Streisand inked her first record deal with Columbia Records, on Oct.1 of that year.

The album was initially intended to be released as Streisand’s debut solo album, but the songs were later re-recorded in a studio and released as her self-titled debut album in 1963.

That album, which ignited a six-decade career in entertainment, earned a Grammy for album of the year and one for best female vocal performance.

“These early tapes have been sleeping in my vault for six decades,” Streisand said. " I’m delighted to finally bring them out into the light and share what could have been my debut album.”