Columbia will next Tuesday (Jan. 29) release "The Essential Barbra Streisand," a two-disc, 40-song retrospective of the legendary songstress' career, beginning with tracks from her 1963 debut album an

Columbia will next Tuesday (Jan. 29) release "The Essential Barbra Streisand," a two-disc, 40-song retrospective of the legendary songstress' career, beginning with tracks from her 1963 debut album and closing out with two new studio recordings, "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Some Day My Prince Will Come."

The highest-selling female recording artist of all time according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Streisand has spent her entire career on Columbia, producing a No. 1 album in each of the last four decades. "The Essential Barbra Streisand" is arranged in chronological order, with the first disc covering the '60s and '70s, and the second including Streisand songs from the '80s and '90s.

"Essential" features songs from 22 different Streisand albums, as well as soundtrack cuts from movies such as "Yentl," "Funny Girl," "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever," "A Star Is Born," "The Main Event," and "The Mirror Has Two Faces." The collection also sports duets with Neil Diamond, Donna Summer, Barry Gibb, Celine Dion, and Bryan Adams. The latter ("I Finally Found Someone") was Streisand's most recent top-10 hit, reaching No. 8 on The Billboard Hot 100 in December 1996.

Streisand's latest album, last year's "Christmas Memories," peaked at No. 15 on The Billboard 200 in December 2001 and has been certified platinum by the RIAA for 1 million U.S. copies sold. It was the artist's 29th album to achieve that milestone.