For a while "McLeod's Daughters" was one of the most popular drama series on Australian television, and some of the songs from the series were major hits in the music industry.
From the beginning the series had in-house artists who would compose a couple of songs for each episode and an in-house artist who would sing the songs.
The lyrics are usually written by Posie Graeme-Evans, the music is usually composed by Chris Harriott, while the songs are sung by Rebecca Lavelle.
The songs are an important element of the series. A song will often set the mood for a scene. The words of the song will often express the feelings of a character.
In the series you will not hear the whole song, just a small part, usually less than one minute. When you have the CD, you have the whole song. Some songs were used more than once. Some songs were never released on a CD.
The second CD contains 12 tracks from seasons 3 and 4, including the first version of the theme song, which is track # 1.
The CD comes with liner notes which you can fold out. On one side you will find the lyrics to all 12 tracks on the CD. On the other side there are pictures and brief statements from Posie Graeme-Evans, Chris Harriott and Rebecca Lavelle.
Some songs are rather slow, perhaps because the situation is sad or emotional, such as # 7, 8 and 10. Others are more upbeat, perhaps because the feeling is fine, such as # 6, 9, and 11.
The last track "Gentle, Gentle (Life of your Life)" is a very intense song about a newborn child.
You do not have to know the series to understand the songs, but it helps. You do not have to like the show to enjoy the music, but it helps. If you know and like the show, these songs will take you on a nice trip down memory lane.
Possibly / probably the best of the 3 soundtrack albums for this series.
Volume 2 - Here's the tracklist:
1. Theme from McLeods Daughters 2. Hey Girl (You Got a New Life) 3. Take the Rain Away 4. The Stranger 5. Sometimes 6. Too Young 7. The First Touch 8. In His Eyes 9. By My Side 10. Did I Tell You? 11. Don't Give Up 12. Gentle Gentle (Life of Your Life)
Sung by: Rebecca Lavelle
CD includes nice booklet with all the lyrics + photos.