Sarah Brightman

[CD-cover] Harem

Sarah's CD Harem is scheduled for release around in May 2003, depending on the version -- again the record companies saw it fit to release several versions, differing only in one song. The once excellent but no longer existing website of Christian Colding had more information on the different versions. Here I merely list the songs and give the lyrics as far as I have them, and I give some personal comments.

After the release of Harem, Sarah embarked on a World Tour in 2004 (with a live DVD and CD),
and a DVD special called Harem: a desert fantasy was released.
At the concerts a special Harem Tour CD is on sale.

 

Contents

  1. HAREM (Cançao do Mar)
    (Frederico de Brito, Ferrer Trinidade, Sarah Brightman, Frank Peterson, Roxanne Seeman)
  2. WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
    (George Douglas, George David Weiss)
  3. IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY
    (Puccini, Christopher von Deylen, Sarah Brightman, Frank Peterson)
  4. WHAT YOU NEVER KNOW
    (Stephan Moccio)
  5. THE JOURNEY HOME
    (A.R. Rahman, Don Black)
  6. FREE    --    featuring Nigel Kennedy
    (homas Schwarz, Matthias Meissner, Sarah Brightman, Sophie B. Hawkins)
  7. MYSTERIOUS DAYS    --    featuring Ofra Haza
    (Lukas Hilbert, Ofra Haza, Frank Peterson Klaus Hirschburguer, Bezalel Aloni)
  8. THE WAR IS OVER    --    featuring Nigel Kennedy and Kadim Al Sahir
    (Kristian Draude, Patrick Benzner, Sarah Brightman)
  9. MISERE MEI (instrumental)
    (Gregorio Alegri, adapted by Frank Peterson)
  10. BEAUTIFUL
    (Nicola Hitchcock, Saul Freeman)
  11. ARABIAN NIGHTS
    (Kristian Draude, Sarah Brightman, Brian Johnson, Carsten Heussmann, Frank Peterson, Violet, Shweta Shetty, Peter Murray, Rachel Shaw)
  12. STRANGER IN PARADISE
    (Robert Wright, George Forrest, Alexander Glasunow, Nikolai A. Rimsky-Korsakoff, Alexarder Borodin, adapted by Frank Peterson, Sarah Brightma)
  13. UNTIL THE END OF TIME
    (Frank Peterson, Lukas Hilbert, Sarah Brightman)
 
Additional tracks on the various versions:


*) Note that "Saraband" or "Sarabande" (i.e. without an 'h'!) is (a piece of music for) a court dance of the 17th-18th centuries. It is an old Spanish slow and solemn dance in a three-partite measure, and the accompanying musi.

**) There is also a song called Where eagles fly, which is quite difference; it has not been released officially.

 
===> All lyrics on a single page (23.1 kb)


 
There was also a Limited Edition release, and I am told (I do not have it myself) that it has the International version of Harem plus a bonus DVD. This Limited Edition will be release not only in the USA but also in Canada and many European countries. The DVD contains:

 

Harem links

With some more news and details on the CD and information on the Harem world tour in 2004.  

 

Comments

As stories spread on what kind of CD Harem would be, I feared that I would not like the CD very much: there as talk of more pop-like songs, with a dance beat, and I feared that this would drown Sarah's wonderful voice when she is singing, and at the same time result in some 13-in-a-dozen songs on top-40-lists, making the album not very special.

Now that I have heard the songs I unfortunately have to say that my fears have come true: the songs have far too much dance beat to my liking, and therefore I will not play the CD very often. Still, there are a few songs on Harem I like: "Stranger in paradise", "Free" and "The war is over", which calm, melodious songs without too much disco/dance beat.

I won't say that any artist could have made this album, as Sarah's voice remains special. But Sarah's choice of music is clearly turning into a direction that is not at all my favourite; by far my favourites remain the albums The Songs That Got Away and Surrender, The Unexpected Songs.

Perhaps Harem will turn out to be the point marking the end of my fan-ship for Sarah Brightman.

 
For additional info, see
  >  Article from EMI Canada
  >  Two articles from Singapore's local press

 


 

Harem tour

After the release of Harem, Sarah embarked on a World Tour in 2004,
and a DVD called Harem: a desert fantasy was released.

[CD-cover] At the concerts a special Harem Tour CD is on sale, with the following songs.
I do not have this CD myself as yet.
The lyrics (with many thanks to Leonardo, Joe Muscolo and Mary; Joe also gave me the CD cover picture shown on the right) are given on a single page (19.1 kb).
 

  1. KAMA SUTRA   (instrumental)
    music: Danna
  2. JOIN ME -- [1]
    lyrics & music: Valo
  3. MY IMAGINATION
    lyrics: Hilbert, Hirschburger music: Brightman, Hilbert, Hirschburger
  4. DON'T GIVE UP -- [1]
    lyrics & music: Peter Gabriel
  5. FORBIDDEN COLOURS
    lyrics & music: Sakamoto, Sylvian
  6. THE SMILE -- [2]
    lyrics & music: von Dylen
  7. PAY NO MIND
    lyrics: Kim Sanders
    music: Peter Gräber, Nino Tielman, Kim Sanders
  8. A QUESTION OF HONOUR   (extended version; 8:45)
    lyrics & music: Frank Peterson
  9. VOYAGE VOYAGE -- [1,4]
    lyrics & music: J. M. Rivat
  10. COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW
    lyrics: Hilbert, Hirschburger music: Brightman, Hilbert, Hirschburger
  11. THE SECRET STILL REMAINS -- [5]
    lyrics & music: Alisson, Kappmeier, Lappessen
  12. I'VE SEEN IT ALL -- [6]
    lyrics & music: von Deylen
  13. WATERMARK   (instrumental)
    music: Enya
Notes:
  1. Tracks 2, 4 and 9 feature Gregorian were previously released
    on the Gregorian - Masters of Chant albums.
  2. Track 6 features Schiller and was releaed before on Schiller's album in 2003.
  3. Track 8 is the extended version (8:45 long), which was previously released
    on the A Question of Honour - limited edition single (1995)
  4. Track 9 was first sung by Desireless, a French singer, at the end of the 1980s. Thanks to Mary for this info, and for correcting the French lyrics.
    Note: the translation still needs to be improved.
  5. Track 11 features Sash and is also released on Sash' S4 (2004).
  6. Track 12 features Schiller.


With thanks to Raymond Lam, Christian Colding, Attila, Kelvin Lee, David Beecroft, Víctor Piña, Idan, Stephen Coronis, Mark Bliss, Sergio Pérez, Ernest Wang, Stefan Reich, Siri Velauthapillai, Bruno Deschênes, Denis Pitter, Jonathan Kunaifi, Hisham Qaddomi, Peter, Leonardo, Joe Muscolo, Becky Wilson for help, various bits of info and lyrics.

 
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[CD: Timeless / Time to say goodbye] [CD: Eden] [CD: La luna] [CD: The very best of 1990-2000] [CD: Classics] [CD: As I came of age] [CD: Dive] [CD: Fly] [CD: Harem] [CD: Diva - the singles collection] [CD: Amalfi]
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