The European CD I have was released by Eastwest Records GmbH (A Warner Music Group Company) (no. 8573-82883-2) at the end April 2000.
All lyrics are printed in the booklet, except for those of the last (encore) track, but I already had those lyrics. And I am very pleased that also a translation is given for songs 3, 8, 10 and 12; the translation of song 8, however, was not very good, so I have improved that one. Songs 4 and 7 have been translated also now; the first may still need some improvement.
===> All lyrics on a single page (17.0 kb)
===> All lyrics and translations on a single page (23.1 kb)
JPEG version of cover (17.7 kb) GIF version of cover (47.9 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 concert programme.
The December 2000 letter of the Fan Club reports:
Across Europe, La Luna album will be re-launched in a special slip case. The album contains three more tracks and is identical with the U.S.-version.Which means that the fans who bought the European release of April 2000 are forced to buy the new CD too, if they have not bought the non-European version yet, as I did .... (I do not think the record company is willing to give a refund of the April 2000 version.)
The CD-booklet is printed on high quality, glossy paper. It contains several
beautiful pictures of Sarah in strange, somewhat mysterious garments, in
different landscapes and a magnificent seascape. The lyrics are printed on
top of the picture of some ground with stones -- evidently meant to
represent the surface of the moon; see as an example the scanned
Russian lyrics of song 7 (27.1 kb)
(the diagonal lines on the image are a result from the scanning; it's the
speckles I mean).
The CD-disc itself shows a picture of moon, taken from a different angle than the above picture and mirrored (as if looking at the picture from the backside of the paper); judging from other pictures of the moon I have and saw at Web site (see e.g. this page), the above one is the correct view.
As for the songs on La Luna, I think Sarah's rendition of Scarborough Fair is simply wonderful and Gloomy Sunday is very beautiful, a little jazzy. Of the opera-songs I like Figlio Perduto, which has a strange, somewhat mysterious mood, and Hijo De La Luna most. Also the Russian song How fare this spot sounds wonderful. The last song, First Of May, is a live recording, but that does not conflict with the rest of the CD, I think, and it is great to have this beautiful song on CD too.
Clearly, La Luna is a collection of songs with no overall concept
as someone wrote in comment to me.
This is of course also the case for Sarah's previous CDs
Eden (1998) and the more opera-like
Timeless / Time to say goodbye (1997).
The difference in the styles of the songs has become bigger in time,
but I do not at all consider that a negative point: as mentioned I think
it has turned out very well on La Luna.
For the CD Eden two dozen tracks were recorded but only fifteen ended up on that CD, as mentioned in the comments on the Eden page. Perhaps some of those left-over songs ended up on La Luna? According to the CD-booklet of La Luna the songs were recorded in 1999/2000, i.e. well after the release of Eden, but two of the five studios used are the same for both CDs.
All in all I think La Luna is a very good and balanced CD: I love it.
Yet, if I may be honest, I keep returning to The Songs That Got Away and Surrender as my favourite CDs: that is how I prefer to hear Sarah.
As mentioned above, La Luna is released in Europe in April 2000 and elsewhere in August 2000. As with Eden this lead to two (and even more) different versions of the CD, where the European fans again miss out on some tracks.
===> Additional comments on the non-European version
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