La Luna (non-European version)
Below follows, after some initial remarks, the track list
of the CD La Luna as it is released in August
2000 outside Europe, at least in the USA/Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong,
Taiwan, Japan and Indonesia.
It has the songs of the European version as
released in April 2000 but in a different order and some new songs.
Apparently the record company, Angel Records, found it necessary to release
a version different from the one released in Europe (by Eastwest Records)
-- it is a mystery why they do this and a rather frustrating: this means
European fans must miss songs again. The same thing happened with
except that now the difference is even bigger.
The December 2000 letter of the Fan Club
reports that across Europe the La Luna album will be re-launched
early 2001 with more tracks, making it identical to the US-version.
Why didn't they do this in April 2000 ???
The new release has a cover different from the April and August 2000
releases; it is shown on the right (it mentions some
European tour dates
between 21 Nov. and 14 Dec. 2000).
Actually, this is the picture on the special card slip box mentioned
in the Fan Club letter; inside is the CD in the normal box with the
same cover picture as the other releases.
The picture is one that is inside the CD-booklet of the previous
The songs marked with a * are not on or different from the
April 2000 European version;
the other songs are the same as those of that European version.
Some notes are given below the track list,
as well as personal comments on the CD.
[Total playing time: 61:00 -- see note 6]
- * LA LUNE
music: Frank Peterson
lyrics: Anna-Lena Strasse
- * WINTER IN JULY
music: Tim Simenon, Guy Sigsworth
lyrics: Loretta Heywood
- SCARBOROUGH FAIR
music & lyrics: traditional, adapted by Peterson
- FIGLIO PERDUTO
music: Ludwig van Beethoven
, adapted by Soltau
lyrics: Chiara Ferraù
- * A WHITER SHADE OF PALE
music: Matthew Fisher & Gary Brooker
lyrics: Keith Reid
- * HE DOESN'T SEE ME
-- [see note 1]
music & lyrics: Goldman / Romanelli
English lyrics: Read / Ingebrigsten / Marazzi / Adams
adapted by Frank Peterson
- SERENADE (instrumental)
-- [see note 2]
music: Frank Peterson / Michael Soltau
- HOW FAIR THIS PLACE
-- [see note 3]
music: Sergei Rachmaninov
lyrics: G. Galina
- HIJO DE LA LUNA
music & lyrics: José Maria Cano
- HERE WITH ME
music & lyrics: Dido Armstrong / Paul Stratham / Pascal Gabriel
- LA CALIFFA
music: Ennio Morricone
lyrics: Alberto Bevilacqua
- THIS LOVE
music & lyrics: Craig Armstrong / Jerry Burns
- SOLO CON TE
music: Georg F. Händel, adapted by Frank Peterson / Sarah Brightman
lyrics: Chiara Ferraù
- GLOOMY SUNDAY
music: Reszo Seress
lyrics: Laszlo Javor / Sam M. Lewis
- * LA LUNA
-- [see note 4]
music: Antonin Dvorák, adapted by Frank Peterson
lyrics: Chiara Ferraù
* MOON RIVER
-- [see notes 5 & 8]
music: Henry Mancini
lyrics: Johnny Mercer
Bonus tracks on other versions:
- FIRST OF MAY (live version)
-- [see note 7]
music & lyrics: B / R / M Gibb
- * HEAVEN IS HERE
-- [see note 8]
music & lyrics: Peterson, Schwarz, Meissner / Brightman, Schwarz
- another USA release has the normal CD plus two DVD tracks:
A whiter shade of pale and
Highlights from the La Luna concert
It is worth mentioning that "la luna" (song 15 and CD-title)
is Spanish and "la lune" (song 1) is French for "the moon".
- On the European version there is a song called
She doesn't see him --
it is in fact the same song, but with somewhat
adapted lyrics "more suitable for Sarah to sing".
This instrumental song is here 26 seconds longer than on the
European version, and Sarah sings several Ah-ah's here.
On the European version this song is called
How fare this spot, where 'fare' is a spelling error on the CD-cover
and in de CD-booklet -- apparently this has been corrected on this CD.
Sarah sings this song here somewhat less operatically than on the
European version; the lyrics are exactly the
same, though [thanks to Vibeke Patterson for noting this].
This is a "hidden song", an encore not mentioned
on the CD-cover or in the CD-booklet, and part of track 15:
after La Luna there is silence for some 20 seconds, then
Moon River follows, sung by Sarah.
According to the CD-booklet, track 15 is 5 minutes (like La Luna
is on the European version), but when put in a CD-player
track 15 appears to be 7:25 minutes.
On the back of the Japanese CD-cover, track 15 is said to be 7:23, but
in the Japanese CD-booklet it says 4:59; neither mention Moon River.
Strangely enough several songs are 1-3 seconds longer than on the
"Here with me" is 12 seconds longer and "Serenade" even 26;
oppositely "La califfa" is 28 seconds shorter and "This love" 7 seconds.
This bonus track, present on the European version,
is also added on the Japanese version of La Luna;
it is not on other non-European versions, as far as I can tell.
There is also another version of La Luna available in the USA,
that has numbers 1 through 15 mentioned above and as bonus track
"Heaven is here" (from the CD Fly) coming after
This version also has the hidden track "Moon river", now after
"Heaven is here".
All lyrics are printed in the booklet, except for those of the encore
"Moon River", which I received too.
===> Lyrics and translations of the "new" songs
on a single page (7.4 kb)
(i.e. the songs not on the European version)
- ===> All lyrics and translations
on a single page (27 kb)
"La Luna" tour
There was a "La Luna" world tour
by Sarah in the autumn of 2000 and Spring of 2001
which brought her to many cities in the world.
I saw the concert in Rotterdam
on 3 December 2000; follow the latter link for a "review" and the
Basically, the comments to the
European version also apply to this non-European version and it
is therefore only relevant to make some remarks about the new/different
La Lune starts with a single beat on a gong (like in
In Paradisum on Eden),
is then a little pompous, but all in all it is a nice song.
The music of Winter in July has a disco beat to it, which I do not at
all like. And A whiter shade of pale is a nice pop song (from what
I remember of the original, I think Procol Harum's version sounds better).
The change of the lyrics of She doesn't see him into He doesn't
see me is nice because a woman is singing it, but it was not really
On this CD, Sarah sings the song La Luna a little less operatically
than on the European version, and I must say: I like it more this way.
And the addition of Moon River is nice: Sarah sings is slow, with a
young, innocent voice.
As for the differences in the CD-booklet: it seems to be printed with a
little more care than the one from the European vesion, though it still
contains some printing errors. The number of pages is the same but
more lyrics and translations had to be included (and some translations
have been improved as well).
For that reason, probably, the booklet of the non-European
version contains a one-page photo instead of a two-page photo of Sarah
with some furry thing around her neck. Strange is that in the non-European
version the three-page (really beautiful!!) photo of Sarah standing on a
rock on the water cannot be folded out as nicely as in the European version.
Mary Erickson pointed out that if you turn the first page of the booklet and
look at the ocean crashing into the rocks holding the picture against the
light, is seems as if Sarah is like an angel with wings watching this ocean
scene. A very strange thing, and for the Angel of Music quite apt, but
somehow I do not think this is intentional. (The European booklet has
not got this effect.)
The CD-disk itself has the same
mirrored picture of the moon as the
European version. The front of the CD-box has the same photo, but
the back of the CD-box has a somewhat different photo of Sarah:
on the European version she looks supprised with big eyes, on the
non-European version she bends here head and has her eyes (almsot) closed.
Thanks to Geoffrey Kidd and Loo Jiaming for info on the CD and the track
list, and many thanks to Loo Jiaming (who lives in Singapore and must have
been one of the first to buy the CD, early August) and to Chung Kan Li (from
Hong Kong) for the lyrics of the songs not on the European version before I
had the CD myself. Thanks also to Colin M., Kong Kim Yuan, Hananto
Prihanto, Robert Edwards and Cory
for various info and help.
And thanks to Ronald Teo for a description of the Japanese version
(Angel Records, TOCP-65467, made in Japan by Toshiba-EMI Limited).
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