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The Songs That Got Away Import

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October 2008 (New York, NY) In a genre-defying music career that could be described as nothing less than spectacular, Sarah Brightman has established herself as the world’s best selling soprano of all time.

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  • Audio CD (23 Dec. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Not Known
  • ASIN: B000005S0R
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,897 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 Lovel Were All
14. Half a Moment

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Contains 14 theatrical songs from failed stage productions, conducted by Michael Reed.Includes liner notes by Sheridan Morley.THE SONGS THAT GOT AWAY is a novel idea that was originated by Sarah's ex-husband, Andrew Lloyd Weber. This album is made up of songs that were removed early from Broadway or London shows, or from productions that didn't run for very long. And after one listen, it's easy to see that these songs hold up just as well as the most popular show tunes of all time.Sarah closed the '80s--a decade during which she was best known for her marvelous work in CATS and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA--with this memorable solo album. "Meadowlark" is a haunting piece from Stephen Schwartz's THE BAKER'S WIFE. "Mr. Monotony" is a beautiful number that's perfectly suited for Sarah's sweet voice. The song has actually been recorded a total of three times in its history. "Dreamers" is a wonderful melody from the critically panned JEAN SEBERG. Sarah Brightman's inspiring, sparrow-like voice is perfect for resurrecting these buried treasures. The album was produced by Weber and received conducting contributions from Marvin Hamlisch. These songs are perfect listening for fans of the genre.

Tracklist

Meadowlark 5:08
2 I Am Going to Like It Here 3:34
3 I Remember 3:05
4 Mr. Monotony 3:59
5 Dreamers 2:53
6 Silent Heart 3:55
7 Lud's Wedding 3:48
8 Three-Cornered Tune 2:10
9 If I Ever Fall in Love Again 3:57
10 What Makes Me Love Him? 2:41
11 Chi il bel sogno di doretta 2:46
12 Away From You 3:30
13 If Love Were All 4:22
14 Half a Moment 3:57

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For those Sarah Brightman fans who didn't spring for The Songs That Got Away when it was a pricey import, this domestic release will be a must-buy. Originally recorded in 1989 shortly after she achieved international fame in The Phantom of the Opera, the album spotlights obscure American and British musical theater songs that either were removed from shows or were "lost" when the shows themselves slipped out of the repertoire. (Of course, some of the songs aren't nearly as obscure as they were in 1989--the opening track, Stephen Schwartz's soaring "Meadowlark," has since been claimed by Liz Callaway, Patti LuPone, and Betty Buckley, while Stephen Sondheim's "I Remember"--well suited to Brightman's glasslike tones--is now recognized as one of his most gorgeous and haunting compositions.) Brightman performs well on this diverse collection of entertaining and often lovely songs, including an early draft of Frank Loesser's "Fugue for Tinhorns," here sung as a triple-tracked, lilting waltz, and the Puccini aria "Chi il bel sogno di doretta," which foreshadows her later, more ambitious crossover projects. There's also a tune from Jeeves by then-husband Andrew Lloyd Webber, who produced this album not long before he and Brightman divorced in 1990. --David Horiuchi

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. LM Samuel on 4 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
There is a wealth of unknown theatre songs that for some reason or other we have not heard and this is an album of some of the finest theatre songs that, for whatever reason, never became that well known, but as this recording proves, deserve to stand on their own and receive the recognition for what they are - fine theatre songs. The songs are from shows that didn't do well or were dropped before the show made it to the stage. Among the finest of these is "Meadowlark" from Stephen Shwartz's 'The Baker's Wife' and "Dreamers" from 'Jean Seberg' by Marvin Hamlisch.

The voice is Sarah Brightman's and it's a wonderful recording with lush orchestrations. Although her voice is still young, it is suitably mature to do the songs justice and she brings a warmth to the numbers.

if anyone is curious about the lesser known songs of the theatre world, this is the best place to start.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 6 Jan. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is by far my favourite album by Sarah Brightman. I must have played this loads of times - I had the Tape at the time and simply wore it out!

This is a collection of fifteen lesser known songs from Musicals, but they're all just right for this compilation. Perhaps at first the only two I was ever unsure about were: 'Mr. Monotony' and 'Lud's Wedding' - but even these grew on me!

This album has many songs that utilises Sarah's magnificent soprano voice, and at the time, I was delighted at the direction she was taking with her singing. The best song on this album has to be 'Silent Heart' which at about half way through, she sings the title words so beautifully, one has to almost stop the song to think about it!

The second side of the original vinyl album is probably the better of the two and climaxes with two great songs as a 'finale' to close the album with 'If Love Were All' and 'Half A Moment' (this side also includes the single: 'Chi Il Bel Sogno Di Doretta') but the whole as far as I am concerned is just fabulous!

Highlights are: 'Meadowlark', 'I Remember', 'Dreamers', 'Silent Heart', 'If I Ever Fall In Love Again', 'Chi Il Bel Sogno Di Doretta', and 'If Love Were All'.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
A great collection of songs from different shows like guys and dolls. A lovely album to hear as you can hear Sarah sings in differnt ways. Lud's wedding she sings more pop like and half a moment she sings more classic. Medowlark is the most amazing track though a it is classic and the music it superb! No album can beat this. Other tracks like 'I am going to like it here' and 'away from you' are also simply gorgeous. This is the most listened to CD in my collection. Don't forget to add it to yours!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 6 Jan. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is by far my favourite album by Sarah Brightman. I must have played this loads of times - I had the Tape at the time and simply wore it out!

This is a collection of fifteen lesser known songs from Musicals, but they're all just right for this compilation. Perhaps at first the only two I was ever unsure about were: 'Mr. Monotony' and 'Lud's Wedding' - but even these grew on me!

This album has many songs that utilises Sarah's magnificent soprano voice, and at the time, I was delighted at the direction she was taking with her singing. The best song on this album has to be 'Silent Heart' which at about half way through, she sings the title words so beautifully, one has to almost stop the song to think about it!

The second side of the original vinyl album is probably the better of the two and climaxes with two great songs as a 'finale' to close the album with 'If Love Were All' and 'Half A Moment' (this side also includes the single: 'Chi Il Bel Sogno Di Doretta') but the whole as far as I am concerned is just fabulous!

Highlights are: 'Meadowlark', 'I Remember', 'Dreamers', 'Silent Heart', 'If I Ever Fall In Love Again', 'Chi Il Bel Sogno Di Doretta', and 'If Love Were All'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. NEWBERY on 16 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is a real gem of a c.d.
Some soaring melodies and tender lyrics from songs that even now after all this time (apart from Meadowlark) remain quite untouched.Using her different singing style she belts out songs then withdraws into her soul for others.That's one part of what makes this a very special album.It's so varied and lyrical and full of journey,she understands about bridging themes and tempts you rather than forcing you to take the journey that she's taking making it easy or in-depth listening.
The other part that makes this so special are the musicians.You can literally feel them enjoying playing and enjoying their craft.It's the kind of recording session that you would want to watch engineered brlliantly by Martin Levan.
Her renditions of "If Love were all" by Noel Coward, "If i ever fall in love again" by Wildeblood/Greenwell and of course Schwartz's "Meadowlark" make my spine tingle.I hope those who have waited not to have to pay the "should never have been" price enjoy the re-released version.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Jarvis on 5 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a difficult cd to get, but its worth trying to find. There are not many songs on this album that I play over and over again. I give this 5 stars because people for this genre will absolutely be delighted by this cd. Her vocal range is thriving and her voice literally flows from key to key. The booklet comes with lyrics and opinions of the maker of the album. Each song has full credits of which show it came from, how many times these shows were played, etc. Basically stats for each show.
The reason why this album gets played a lot in my cd player is simply for 'Meadowlark,' if you don't like the music to it, you have no choice but to listen to the lyrics. Sarah sings it beautifully of course and 'Meadowlark' is a favourite for fans of this album.
If you cant fork out the money for this album, for the shops that sell it do so at an absurd price for its rarity, then go to a lyrics page and read 'Meadowlark.' Its much more of an experience if you hear the song though. Another favourite song of this album is 'Dreamers', its very simple but beautifully sang. Do try and get this album, don't give up, its somewhere out there!
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