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The Songs That Got Away

Sarah BrightmanVinyl
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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International singing superstar Sarah Brightman is the world's biggest selling Soprano. She pioneered the classical crossover music movement and is famed for possessing a vocal range of over 3 octaves. Sarah is the only artist to have simultaneously topped the Billboard dance and classical music charts. Her voice has rung out from theatres, arenas, cathedrals, world heritage centers and ... Read more in Amazon's Sarah Brightman Store

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  • Vinyl (June 30, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram
  • ASIN: B00008FK98
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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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

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sarah got those songs back! 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Songs that showcase Sarah's theatrical gifts 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition to a SB collection 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The songs that didn't get away February 11, 2004
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare treasure in my collection 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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2.0 out of 5 stars average
I understand the scope of the project when the music for this album was selected, however I did not like the music. This comment however does not make justice for Ms. Read more
Published 4 months ago by corina glavan
2.0 out of 5 stars Just Didn't Like the Selections
We are and remain big fans of Ms. Brightman. We just did not care for the selections on this album.
Published 5 months ago by Steve Orton
1.0 out of 5 stars The Songs That Got Away
Just a quick review of how this was enjoyed OR NOT based on the number of stars I gave it.
Published 8 months ago by PIA
3.0 out of 5 stars old style
I love Sarah Brightman but this cd is just old style and I did not enjoy it. Buy Harem or Live in Vienna and you will love it.
Published 11 months ago by Krys M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music.
My sister-in-law is a Sarah Brightman fan. She said she plays this over and over in her car.
Good product, good service.
Published 18 months ago by Silas Daugherty
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant diversion
The title informs you what you're getting: not the greatest songs of the past but those which, for some reason, didn't quite make it. Read more
Published on July 29, 2011 by George Goldberg
4.0 out of 5 stars You Just Can't Help But Love Sarah Brightman!
Despite absolutely adoring all of Sarah Brightman's work and owning nearly every one of her albums, I had yet to give this one a try. Read more
Published on September 24, 2010 by M. Secaur
1.0 out of 5 stars sarah brightman
How could she release this lack luster CD. I tried to like it, I played it several times. I was right the first time it is terrible It now reside where it belongs in a landfill... Read more
Published on October 17, 2009 by sowhat
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
I purchased this CD many years ago and loved it. I hadn't listened to it in a while and brought it back out again. I love it just as much now. Read more
Published on March 17, 2009 by happy reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Songs That Should'nt Have Got Away
I'm sure this album won't appeal to everyone but personally I love it. The standout tracks here (for me) are: Meadowlark, Mr. Read more
Published on April 9, 2008 by David
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