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Surrender (The Unexpected Songs)

30 Oct 1995 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 30 Oct 1995
  • Release Date: 30 Oct 1995
  • Label: Polydor Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 The Really Useful Group Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 1:08:28
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  • ASIN: B001UXPL7I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,649 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Jarvis on 29 Mar 2003
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I believe this is the first ALW cd that Sarah and ALW worked on. Yes they are new recordings, but since this is from 1995, then they arent so new anymore. There is a selection of songs from ALW's musicals. Drawbacks are that is doesn't have 'Phantom Of The Opera' and 'Memory'. A lot of these songs are slow ones from the romantic musicals such as 'Song and Dance' and 'Aspects of Love' and Sarah sings them beautifully. The booklet doesnt have lyrics but there are notes from Andrew Lloyd Webber and a commentry for each song written by Andrew. The photography is beautiful in the leaflet. The best of songs on this album is probably 'Surrender', 'Unexpected Song', (which both contribute to the title of the album 'Surrender: The Unexpected Songs') and one we don't see often: 'Everythings Alright.' A pleasent listen are the different versions of Memory (Piano - Italian version) and 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina' (Spanish version). As far as I know, you won't find these two versions on any other cd.
This is a must buy for any Sarah Brightman fan. I also think Andrew Lloyd Webber fans (Yes I know every single artist under the sun has done an ALW cd) will enjoy this since it has rare tracks and rare versions, especially as ALW himself worked on this album. 5 out of 5, for the angelic vocals and the genius selecting of songs.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 13 April 2008
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Not her best album - despite its 'striking' artwork, but has some gems on it.

Some beautifully sung songs here, and ones that utilise Brightman's voice to the best of her ability - the soprano one that is, such as that clearly accomplished in the latter half of 'Unexpected Song' and 'Chanson D'Enfrance'. This is something Sarah does not do enough of, and as a consequence her album releases can be somewhat frustrating at times. She often sings the wrong songs that do not always impress, and do not always do her the natural justice of the soprano she is and deserves to be.

There are also some oddities here, and so the album is aptly titled. I never understood or liked the Show 'Cats', and got bored with it halfway through viewing, and so the 'cat' songs we could have done without here in my opinion - they're distinctly out of place, and do not fit into the rest of the selection in any capacity at all - not even with the novel contribution from Sir John Gielgud!

Some songs I just don't care for - others I love. The biggest sore point for me being 'The Music Of The Night', which is not a woman's song, but a very 'erotic' song, full of masculine sexuality, and thus should only be sung by a man - a complete turn-off... (and before you all jump to leave comments - all this political correctness is a lot of nonsense, and that's coming from a 'woman's' point of view!)
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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
A true diva! 30 Sep 2000
By Anthony Morelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This work is better than The Andrew Lloyd Webber collection. I'll keep this review short.
Personally, I think "Surrender" is excellent. The tracks are recorded in different languages, giving Sarah's voice a whole new edge. The heavy-toned vocals are just what I like to hear. One track in mind is "Piano"(Italian version of) "Memory". Sarah uses her full range and voice. "Guardami",the sister track of "Piano", is also one of those aria type of pieces. Webber chose some interesting pieces for her to sing. There's nothing she can't do.
Those who prefer quiet, relaxed songs will like the title track "surrender". The orchestra is light. The music fits well with ballet. "Unexpected song" is great. The best is saved for the last seconds of the track. "Surrender" is unlike Sarah's other material. Look for songs from "The phantom", the original cast of "cats" and "little-known" tracks. The disc sets me to believe that it is a second version of The cd "The A.L.W. collection.
The photos inside are "behind the scenes" with Sarah& Webber. There are notes about when and why these tracks were recorded. It's nice to read about Sarah's musical background and her previous performance repertoires. Buy the cd.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
This album could hardly be better!! 30 April 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the best Sarah Brightman CDS on the market. Instead of focusing on the really well-known ALW songs, Sarah sings some of the less-famous (but still very beautiful) tunes by the immensely talented songwriter. The best tracks are the title song, "Nothing Like You've Ever Known", "Unexpected Song", "Tell Me On A Sunday"...the list goes on and on. The only songs I could do without are the ones from "Cats", which is not my favorite musical. But every song is sung perfectly by Sarah, who has the voice of an angel. I would definitely give this CD the highest rating!!
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Surrender to Sarah's Unexpected Songs!! 2 Jun 2004
By A. Sybo - Published on Amazon.com
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I surrendered ..... you should too!
This album is just incredible. As I'm sure you already know, this is a collection of Sarah singing the works of brilliant composer (and ex-husband) Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Sarah just takes my breath away. Her technique is incredible and her voice is perfect- which I unfortunately can't say for all of her albums. Her Spanish pronunciation is nothing short of amazing on one of the album's highlights, 'No Llores por Mi Argentina', 'Don't Cry for Me Argentina' from 'Evita' in Spanish. Another incredible highlight is 'Piano', 'Memory' from 'Cats' in Italian. Sarah really throws herself into it and it comes out sounding almost like an operatic aria. If you're looking for her famous 'Music of the Night' that's here too, as well as a brand new version of 'Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again', which definitely improves on the already fantastic version that's on the 'Phantom of the Opera' cast recording. 'Macavity: The Mystery Cat' from 'Cats' shows off a whole new side to Sarah's voice. When I first heard it I was amazed! I couldn't believe that it was Sarah singing it. Other amazing highlights (for me at least) are 'Unexpected Song' from 'Song and Dance', 'Tell Me On a Sunday' from the musical of the same name, and 'The Last Man in my Life' from 'Song and Dance'.
The album includes fantastic liner notes explaining each song and the musical that it's from, courtesy of Andrew Lloyd Webber himself, and some really cool behind the scenes pictures. I strongly urge you to buy this album even if you already own the 'Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection'. I don't own that album myself, but from what I understand, it's basically a repackaging of this with a few song changes and different pictures. I'll probably buy it to get the songs that I don't have one of these days .....
I adore this album. All Sarah Brightman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and musical theater fans in general need this. In my opinion it's one of Sarah's 3 best works, (the other two being 'La Luna' and 'Time to Say Goodbye'.) Of course, with Sarah's huge and varied discography, your opinion is bound to differ from mine but I'm saying mine anyway.
This album is one of my top favorites of all time. It's worth every penny. Buy it- you won't regret it.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
By Brian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sarah Brightman has done is again. This cd is amazing!! She is in spectacular voice and has chosen some of Andrew Lloyd Webber's most haunting melodies to reinvent and make her own. Probably the most emotional track is "Piano" (the italian-opera version of memory). What i like most about this cd is the fact that an explanation of why each song is on this cd is given (like we needed one, but it is nice). The best songs are: Chanson d'Enfance, Piano, No Llores Por mi Argentina, and Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again. WARNING: Do NOT buy the cd "Sarah Brightman: the Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection"--it is not the same cd, while it may be cheaper and easier to find than this cd, it is VERY BAD!! Pay the extra money for a quality recording like this one. Buy and enjoy!!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
You will surrender at her feet 7 Mar 2001
By Roberto Gonzalez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
On this recording Sarah sounds better than ever. Her whole voice and style is present thru all the CD. Her "Guardami" is like a prayer and "Wishing you were..." from Phantom is better than in the original Phantom recorded by Sarah in the 80's. Her diction in the Spanish version of "Don't cry for me Argentina" is perfect and that performance of "Piano" (Italian version of "Memory" from Cats) is like a waterfall. Wow, what a gorgeous voice. Sarah: Thank you so much for giving us all the beauty of your talent. I love you so much.
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