Streisand initially recorded “Home” for The Broadway Album in 1985, which marked a best-selling and hugely-acclaimed return to her theatrical roots after years devoted to singing contemporary pop songs. For undisclosed reasons the track wasn’t included.
Word is, while listening to her powerful 25-year-old vocals on the track, Streisand decided to re-record the bass, drums, and piano in order to fully realize the potential of the more uptempo arrangement of the popular standard, which serves as a sort of answer to “(Somewhere) Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, the source material for the 1974 musical.
Streisand, a noted perfectionist, even enlisted the same three musicians who had played on the original session for the song to maintain continuity.
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