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The Very Best of Sarah Brightman: 1990-2000
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2001
Hello Sarah Brightman fans. Today I recieved my copy of 'the very best of 1990/2000 Sarah Brightman'. It really is nice, but definitely not the absolute best. There are a few songs that have got standing ovations when performed live, but did not make it to this collection. The track list is indeed beautiful, but I wish there were tracks like 'LA LUNA', 'WINTER IN JULY' and most inportantly, the Puccini aria 'NESSUN DORMA'.
The track list is as goes: 1) A QUESTION OF HONOR part 2 (radio edit) 2)HEAVEN IS HERE 3)WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER 4)TIME TO SAY GOODBYE (with Andrea Bocelli) 5)TU QUIERES VOLVER 6)JUST SHOW ME HOW TO LOVE YOU (with Jose Cura) 7)EDEN 8)NELLA FANTASIA 9)DELIVER ME 10)ONLY AN OCEAN AWAY 11)SCARBOROUGH FAIR 12)A WHITER SHADE OF PALE 13)FIRST OF MAY (studio version) 14)CAPTAIN NEMO (live) 15)LA MER (live) 16)THE LAST WORDS YOU SAID (with Richard Marx)
Tracks 14 and 15 are taken from the "One night in Eden" concert. The full length album versions are both found on the 1993 'DIVE' Cd. Both songs would be better in studio version, but are still okay on this collection. TRACK 1, 'A QUESTION OF HONOR part 2' is the shortened version that is found as track #6 on the new remixes CD of 'AWSOP/AQOH. 'Heaven is here' is found on 1995/96's 'FLY' and is a great song that needs lots of airplay.
Inside, the booklet shows 2 nice full-page photos from 'Eden' and 'La LUNA' + a fab collage of many faces of Sarah from her different albums. There are a couple of shots of her from The Phantom Of the Opera, but there are no songs from that CD because the collection has been compiled only from 1990 on. Also found inside are the total time for each track and the official web-site for anyone whom still does not have it.
The cover is navy blue with shiny silver graphics and writing. The back side of the booklet is a photo of Sarah from the back cover from the 'LA LUNA' disc.
The CD is housed in a standard jewel-case with the 'W' insignia from Warner records on the front. This Cd is not an Angel Records release, but an eastwest records release. Maybe someday soon, Angel records will release a similar version with different songs. Until then, this CD makes a nice addition to anyone's Sarah Brightman collection.
I hope my review has helped SB customers.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2002
It astounds me how long Sarah's been performing because she looks so incredibly young! She has struggled through critiscm after critiscm but I think that she proves with this album that she's here to stay. Sarah Brightman's the BEST OF 1990-2000 shows how much her voice has progressed throughout her years of Broadway to Crossover. My only complaint is the song selection (hence the reason for the 4-star rating). I don't think that it's bad I just think that some songs that weren't on here should have been, like "Figlio Perduto" and "Anytime Anywhere". The gospel pop tune "Deliver Me" and the gregorian trip-goth of "Eden" perfectly belong here but is the dancy new-age tune "La Mer" really necessary? I like that song a lot but "The Second Element" is a much more powerful and rememberable song from her DIVE CD, which came out in '93. I also think it stupid how the operatic-dance tune "A Question Of Honour" is shortened to a radio remix, like it's not short enough to begin with! The spanish guitar strumming of "Tu Quieres Volver" and her re-make of Procul Harem's "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" are also reduced in length, which I find to be a complete waste of time. My favorite song on here, though, is definitely "Heaven Is Here" from her '96 album FLY, which is her departure into the pop-rock genre, as where EDEN (98) and LA LUNA (00) were more on the ethereal pop/easy listening side. Overall, though, this is the perfect album to introduce newcomers with for it showcases the many sides of Sarah Brightman. If you're a long-time fan, however, than don't even bother buying this because you probably already have all these songs so it's useless. You probably already have all the album covers as well so just burn all these songs unto a CD and pretend that you own it...
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Sarah Brightman crossed over from showtunes to ethereal pop over the years, changing her image with nearly every album. From the velvety grandeur of "Eden" to the sparkling "La Luna" to the surreal "Fly." Several of the best songs from the 1990-2000 period are included here, and except for a few omissions, it's a top-rate collection of singles.

It kicks off with two songs from her early pop period, the epic "Question of Honour" and organ-dominated "Heaven is Here." There's also a cover of the Bee Gees' "First of May." Then she dips into the melancholy "Who Wants to Live Forever," the rich "Tu Quiere Volver," the rich "Just Show Me How to Love You" and the pretty duet with Andrea Bocelli, "Time to Say Goodbye."

Then it's time for a look at Brightman's more recent creations. These songs tend to be more textured and symphonic, and less spacey. There's the hymnlike, vaguely sexy "Eden," ethereal "Nella Fantasia," the soaringly earthy "Deliver Me," and the aching "Only an Ocean Away." Taking on a more ethereal sound is the soft "Scarborough Fair," and richly psychedelic "Whiter Shade of Pale," followed by live versions of of "Captain Nemo" and "Mer." It wraps up on a sweet note with the silky, murmuring "The Last Words You Said."

Brightman has a good enough track record -- and a long enough career -- that it's hard not to wish for a two-disc set of her best songs from that era. With this release, Brightman has a chance to smooth over some of her odder past songs (like that Tom Jones duet) and focus just on the best she did in every album during that ten-year period. Some of her songs seem to have gotten lost in the shuffle. For example, where is the beautiful "Desert Rose"?

However, the musical arrangements are impeccable -- there's some electronica, orchestral pieces, and "Tu Quiere Volver" is lorded over by an acoustic guitar. Brightman also gets to show the full range of her vocals -- she sings sweetly or richly, and launches into operatic solos in songs like "Question of Honour."

And unlike a lot of "best of" albums, this is also a good place for newbies to start checking out Brightman's work. Die-hard Brightman fans will have everything but the live tracks, yet this is still a good collection.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2003
If anyone asks "Who Is Sarah Brightman?", and what a stupid person it would be asking this question in 2003, tell them to buy this wonderful compilation featuring many of Ms. Brightman's outstanding performances of the past decade. Ms. Brightman has developed over the past few years as one of the finest female recording artists and, along with Mylene Farmer and Madonna, a woman who completely understands the recording studio and the various ways it can enhance a voice and talent, unlike the array of garbage producing records today, such as J-LO, Brittny, Christina, and all those other, cloned-interchangeable-generic-no-talent-hip-hop-babes.
This compilation wets one's appitite for the complete feasts that awaits with the albums DIVE, FLY, TIMELESS, EDEN, LA LUNA, and, most successful of all, HAREM. Pay particualr attention to the title track from EDEN, a most perfect example of chilled-out-trip-hop. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2003
This is the perfect album for the new fan of Sarah Brightman. It is compiled of some of her best songs including Time to Say Goodbye with Andrea Bocelli, Eden, the haunting A Question of Honour, and live versions of Captian Nemo and La Mer. This album also includes beautifully recorded covers of Scarborough Fair and Whiter Shade of Pale. It is the essential "pop" recordings of Ms. Brightman.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2011
I remember first being exposed to the wonderful music of Sarah Brightman when I first heard her songs "Deliver Me", "Eden", and "Beautiful". I wish that I can tell you for sure which song that I heard first, but what I can tell you for certain is that hearing those three songs enough times inspired me to purchase one of her greatest hits compilation. I chose this one because of the positive reviews and the diverse song selection that it has. I am glad that I went with doing that because all of the songs are very good. The songs that I must definitely recommend listening to first on this cd are "a question of honor part 2", "heaven is here", "only an ocean away", "eden", "deliver me,", and "scarborough fair". I only wish that "Beautiful" would have been included in this collection. My overall favorite song in Sarah Brightman's greatest hits collection would certainly have to be "Deliver Me". "Deliver Me" is a beautiful and joyful song that talks about how someone has isolated themselves from the outside world their whole life and kept their emotional guard completely up and closed until they encountered a person that they felt safe to reveal their true self too. In addition, I like how Sarah pours her emotion and spirit into the song. Overall Sarah's gorgeous vocals, and the beautiful songs on this cd both add up to a creative and terrific combination. It is definitely gently suggested to consider this cd if any and/or all of the following apply to you: you enjoy music by Enya, Enigma, and/or Celtic/New Age music imported from Europe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2007
Like all music of Sara Brightman. it's absolute quality. She has a voice that is so flexible, that she can sing nearly al kind of music from Clasical up to hard rock. Besides this she is also a first class performer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2007
One of the best Albums I've ever Bought at Age 59 and I'm a Led zeppellin fan and a pink floyd fan too!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I purchased this CD for my sister, and she simply adores it! She is a devoted Sarah Brightman fan, and finds the music on this CD to be extraordinarily calming and relaxing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2014
I have seen other reviews put Sarah down for not having the range as some other opera type singers. I don't think that is the point here. Sarah has a great voice and she can slide back and forth between opera and classic pop. This album is very easy to listen to and the songs are quite familiar.
She is a perfected and polished performer. This Cd as far as I can tell is not designed to compete but to entertain. She does a darned fine job at succeeding in that. Perhaps it is that from time to time Sarah will range down into a very feminine almost girlish voice in some songs. Personally I find that pleasant if not sexy to listen to as well.

If you like Sarah even just a little bit, this collection would be your first start.
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