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The Songs That Got Away

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1. Meadowlark
2. I Am Going to Like It Here
3. I Remember
4. Mr. Monotony
5. Dreamers
6. Silent Heart
7. Lud's Wedding
8. Three-Cornered Tune
9. If I Ever Fall in Love Again
10. What Makes Me Love Him?
11. Chi il Bel Sogno Di Doretta
12. Away From You
13. If Love Were All
14. Half a Moment

Product Details

  • Vinyl (June 30, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram
  • ASIN: B00008FK98
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,269 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Morelli on January 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I didn't really know what to title this review. The music is so different from what we're used to hearing from Sarah. The cd was created when Sarah and Andrew Lloyd Webber were together. "The songs that got away" is a collection of forgotten tunes of yesteryear, brilliantly written and perfect for Sarah's voice.
You'll only hear one operatic song. This song is "Chi il sogno di doretta". The opera quality in Brightman's voice is not very rich. Yet, this cd is beautiful in many ways.
The breakdown of the CD? Well, personally, track 1 "Meadowlark" has to be the best. As for the rest, the songs are either folk or broadway. This cd has a lot, variety-wise, recommending it to listeners with a "serious" ear.
Upon purchasing "The songs...", I already had the U.S. version of "Eden". My expectations were not met. I admit there was some disappointment. That's only because my ear for Sarah was much more operatic. Over time, the songs grew on me. I would have rated the cd 5 stars, but there are a couple of tunes I'm still not used to.
The material on "The songs..." is worth giving attention to. Some songs will take time to grow on you, like many artists' material does. Don't take my word for it. Buy this cd for the selection of material.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on December 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Before experimental albums like Dive and Fly, as well as the ones where her classically-trained voice enchanted millions, Sarah Brightman did a collection of musical and theatrical songs originally released in 1989, but reissued when she made it big with Time To Say Goodbye. Her vocal style leans towards the theatrical Broadway side, but more mellowed. But on songs like the strings-laden mid-tempo "Meadowlark" from Stephen Schwartz's The Baker's Wife, the way she would later do splendidly interpret Lloyd Webber's songs is in the making. Here are other highlights, including those that were reissued on Sarah's Encore album (2002).
Stephen Sondheim's "I Remember" is a sad ballad told from the POV of a window mannequin remembering the sights it has experienced throughout the seasons, but the memories are now hazy and at the end, it sings, "At times I think/I would gladly die/for a day of sky."
Some songs like "Lud's Wedding" from Bernstein's failed bicentennial musical, only seem to work due to Sarah's voice. Ditto for the simple "Three-Cornered Tune." Consisting of three verses, each repeated twice. However, Irving Berlin's "Mr. Monotony", a tune understandably cut from Easter Parade, is not a particularly inspiring song.
Marvin Hamlisch's "Dreamers" is one of my favourites here, as I have affinity to it, and I'm sure Sarah is one at heart as well. "Only dreamers have wings with which to fly far away", as in their own fantasies, but unfortunately, "sometimes dreamers are forced to leave their dreams far away", i.e. the harshness of reality. However, it paints them in a positive light and states that everyone needs to have some sort of dream "to take time to find treasures and mountains we can climb.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By "gplechuck" on December 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
For those of you used to Sarah's voice from her albums "Eden" and "Time to Say Goodbye", you're in for quite a shock. This album is 10 years old and Sarah's voice is very young here, similar to when she was in "The Phantom of the Opera". This CD is a collection of songs that "Got away" from musical theater for some reason or another. Some of the songs are truly enchanting, like "Meadowlark", "I Remember", and "Silent Heart". For others, it's easy to see how they got away. Not worth the $ I paid for it some 5 years ago, but now that it's been released domestically with a reasonable price, it's worth a shot.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my favorite albums by Sarah. She surprised me with her ability to go from light opera to jazz. Here we don't find the over-produced albums such as Harem, just a superbly trained voice. No little girl breathy tunes here, just solid performances. This is the Sarah Brightman that I like to remember and enjoy. If you see this album and you're a Sarah Brightman fan, pick it up and treasure it. I'd like to see her do more of thisgenre, where she showcases her voice. Who ever thinks that Sarah has a small voice will be convinced otherwise by this album.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christine on December 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I bought this cd because of curiosity after listening to Eden it is one of her best cds i like Meadowlark,Mr.Monotony,and Dreamers!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Gardner on March 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have had this CD since its original (imported) release in 1989. It is a perl of great price, and a rare one. Just as this is a collection of little-known gems from somewhat-forgettable musicals, this is a little-known gem in a vast wasteland of forgettable CDs and popular music. Definately one of the most used resources in my house due to its delightful arrangements and Brightman's enchanting and addicting voice. Yes, she was much younger when she recorded these, and her voice was not as rich and bold as it is today, but she is clearly talented and endearing while performing The Songs that Got Away.
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