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The Freedom Sessions [Enhanced, Import]

Sarah McLachlan Audio CD
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Since her debut in 1988, Sarah McLachlan's atmospheric folk-pop has gained a devoted following not only in her native Canada, where she established star status with her first album, but also in the U.S. and U.K. The following two decades saw her growing both as a musician and songwriter, continually redefining herself and emerging as a major voice in the ... Read more in Amazon's Sarah McLachlan Store

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  • Audio CD (27 Mar 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B000002VP3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,186 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Untitled - Hidden Track (Hold On)
2. Elsewhere
3. Plenty
4. Mary
5. Good Enough
6. Hold On
7. Ice Cream
8. Ice
9. Ol'55

Product Description

SARAH McLACHLAN The Freedom Sessions (Long deleted original US issue 9-track acoustic CD includes Hold On Ice and more plus additional multimedia material complete with picture sleeve)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have album for Sarah McClauchlan fans! 6 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Finally I was able to buy this CD in this country after having had it stolen! Although rather short as an album, the songs are as catchy as ever and Sarah McClauchlans voice is as rich and smooth as ever.A great album to relax to after a hard day- it'll put a smile on your face.My personal favourite-Ice cream. Buy it, it's good.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music As It's Supposed to Be..True, Free and Unedited 25 Jan 2000
By "zashburn" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Why buy this CD if you already have Fumbling ?
Adding to what the other reviewers here have said..Freedom Sessions is the REAL deal. It definitely lends credence to the saying "Less is more". No embellishments. No remastering or whatever techno digital stuff that make songs sound better is used here. Just pure Sarah and her immense talent.
'Elsewhere' is transformed from a slow rock number to a rather catchy accoustic guitar version with Sarah singing in a low sexy drawl. 'Plenty' transforms from a dark moody number into a delightful acapella duet with Camille, her BG singer. A piano-accoustic guitar version 'Mary', freed from the synthesised sounds and monotonous drumming of the original, is like breathing in the fresh breeze of a countryside.
'Good Enough' is more than good enough for me with a orchestra-like background instead of the folk-pop sound of the original. 'Ice Cream', a very lighthearted accoustic version, is Sarah and Ash's (her husband) love song and a standard Valentine's Day dedication. 'Ice', a very edgy version with full-bodied bass and the amplifier turned to the maximum, is so different from the soft haunting mood of the original. Sometimes you gotta have a lot of wine and be merry..Ol 55 is the result of such merriment and it is as the reviewer said; good sloppy fun.
However, the highlight of this album, for me is 'Hold On'. Sarah's songs are generally sad but none really made me cry like this piano version of 'Hold On'. This song was written after Sarah watched a documentary on AIDS and was inspired by a woman's courage after her husband passed away. Hearing Sarah sing, you really feel the woman's pain and sorrow as she watches her husband slowly succumb to death. I can't help but cry when she quietly sings "Oh God, the man I love is leaving, won't you take him when he comes to Your door." Oh no, my eyes are tearing again!
This is music like it's supposed to be; true, free and unedited. Overall, an excellent CD !
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than "Fumbling" 23 Sep 2002
By Kieri - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have long thought that Sarah's best work was done live. In the studio, her voice is smooth as silk, but rather dull. Live (or, here, acoustic) she is PHENOMENAL. Her voice has a raw edge and a little bit of a snarl to it, which is why songs like "Possession" and "Good Enough" are soooo much better on Mirrorball.
The tracks that stood out to me here were "Ice" and "Plenty"; however, there isn't a single track here that isn't wonderful.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first taster of live Sarah 18 Dec 2001
By Mr. B. G. Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After releasing such critically-acclaimed albums such as 'Solace' and 'Fumbling Towards Ecstasy' (which broke her in the USA), it was perhaps inevitable that an album such as 'The Freedom Sessions' should become available. On it we get to hear the original versions of fan favourites such as 'Hold On' and 'Good Enough'. A nice bonus is the inlay, which contains a comment by Sarah McLachlan on each of the tunes and what she liked about it.
Thankfully, this is not just a rehash of the popular songs sung in exactly the same style - it's genuinly different. For this reason alone, it's fantastic for any fan to get their hands on. Some songs such as 'Ice' are totally different, with this song being a lot faster on this album. Interestingly this doesn't take from the beautiful lyrics, which was something that is even more evident on the much later 'Remixed' album.
Another good reason to buy this album is the fact that there's an extra track, 'Ol' 55' available, as well as videos to some of Sarah's videos. This is especially good for anyone who hasn't seen the older videos such as 'Into The Fire' or 'Good Enough', which didn't achieve the chart success that Sarah's later albums like 'Surfacing' did. Perhaps people new to Sarah's music would be better off buying 'Solace' or 'Mirrorball', this is something for any big fan to cherish.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The raw side of Sara 1 Jun 2000
By Alejandro Gallegos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Inside the cover of the Freedom Sessions, Sara writes that the "stronger versions" of these songs went on Fumbling....I don't understand how anyone could think that the Fumbling version of "Hold On" is stronger than the emotional, tear-jerking piano version found on The Freedom Sessions. This song is by far the best on this CD...I love how different some of the other songs sound with different chord changes. Elsewhere is a good example, with the Freedom version sounding much different that the original, but still good in its own way. I recommend this album to the dedicated Sara fan, but not so much to the casual listener, who would probably prefer her more commercial albums, "Fumbling towards Ecstacy" and "Surfacing".
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece 14 April 2005
By Robert Haven - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD when it was first released and for many years it was my favorite CD (and I do mean Number One) out of my music collection. Over the last 10 years, only a couple of other CDs have come close matching the number of times I have played this. I don't understand why this is called an "oddity" by some reviewers. This was Sarah the way Sarah wanted to do those songs. I think they are even more beautiful and more emotional than on "Fumbling Towards Ecstacy", on which the production was influenced by others (not that they did anything bad on that great companion CD). I can't imagine anyone looking at this web page not loving this CD. To me it will always be Sarah's masterpiece.
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