The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection
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Despite a long history of pop and musical-theater success in England, Sarah Brightman was not well known in the U.S. until her 1997 album Time to Say Goodbye became a triumph, topping the Billboard classical crossover chart for most of 1998. Really Useful Records, her former husband Andrew Lloyd Webber's label, took advantage of her sudden popularity to release this compilation of recordings of Lloyd Webber songs she'd made between 1985 and 1995, and since she had served as a real muse to the composer, many of his most popular songs were included. Several of them — "Pie Jesu," "All I Ask of You," "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again," and "Amigos Para Siempre (Friends for Life)" — had been chart hits for Brightman in the U.K. So had "The Phantom of the Opera," the title song of a musical Lloyd Webber had written for her and in which she had starred, albeit in a different recording from the one included here, which was the Original London Cast version featuring her co-star, Michael Crawford. Also included were the most memorable songs from such Lloyd Webber shows as Evita ("Don't Cry for Me Argentina"), Song & Dance ("Unexpected Song," "Tell Me on a Sunday"), Aspects of Love ("Love Changes Everything"), and Cats ("Memory," "Gus: The Theatre Cat," "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"). Even the songs that had not been tailored specifically for Brightman had been written for her kind of voice, a full-bodied, dramatic soprano, and she sang with a thorough understanding of the composer's intentions. The result was an excellent primer for anyone who had first encountered Brightman with "Time to Say Goodbye" and was wondering where she came from.
Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection
Sarah Brightman's voice is an absolute pleasure to listen to; this album is proof positive that we are experiencing an unearthly talent.
Tracks 1, 5, 9, 13, 14, and 16 are the best! Listaning to Sarah sing "The Music of the Night" was such a treat! She made it her own with some pitch changes and variations on the wording. I LOVE it! She shows the younger side of her voice in "Memory," one that I hadn't heard before, and it was amazing, even before all of her opera/pop training. This is an album that will stay in my "memory" forever!
I've heard Sarah Brightman in all of her elements. She shined in The Phantom of the Opera with the operatic side of her voice. She shows her more down-to-earth voice in her pop albums, which is also fantastic. Her voice is so multi-dimensional, and she pulls of every genre with excellence. Her voice is nothing less than angelic, and this album showcases that fact.
Born: August 14, 1960 in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s