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4.6 out of 5

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129 Ratings

For the Casual Fan, A Treasure Trove of Special Performances

MrAntknee

Although I am a die-hard fan and own these all already, I am excited they are being presented in a way in which the more casual fan can hear these songs in a special package. Highlights include "Homeless", "Blackbird" and her unique take on "Unchained Melody".

A "Rare" Artist indeed...

akonz

Not many artists write such beautiful songs as Sarah McLachlan, and even less choose to cover such beautiful songs such as Joni Mitchell's "River", The Beatles' "Blackbird", the Righteous Brothers' / Elvis' "Unchained Melody" and manage to do a better job on them than the original artists... Not to mention her beautiful duets of "Time After Time" with Cyndi Lauper and MY favorite duet of all time "Dont Let Go" with the also vocally amazing Bryan Adams. "Pills" with The Perishers is just another hit. You will come to learn that Sarah McLachlan is just FULL of hits. How about a trance song? One of the best Trance songs ever made, "Silence" with the #1 DJ Tiesto In Search of Sunrise Remix. Or how about a beautiful prayer that Sarah so simply yet perfectly set to hopeful music and her Angelic voice, "Prayer of Saint Francis" is stunning and inspiring. Or how about one of the most dreamy songs you'll EVER hear, her version of "The Rainbow Connection" which has been done by Willie Nelson (and kermit the frog of course:) but Sarah just brings that emotional YET truthful beauty in her voice that nobody, nobody else can quite compare to. And we didnt even mention one of the best songs ever created, and one of her own of course, the ALWAYS touching "Angel", now with Emmylou Harris. I can keep going trust me, but just give these songs a full download for yourself and find out. It should be said that this is just a warm-up to her own CD's though, for new fans I suggest you go for her rawest, most personal, and best of the best material first actually, which can be found on her albums "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy" "Surfacing" and "Afterglow". As good as these songs are, her own solo and all self-written albums are even better. And I envy you for hearing her for the first time..her music never gets old but it always manages to stay "rare" and feels extremely raw in your gut yet polished in the heart beyond what any pop artist could artifically try to deliver (and believe me they try). You cant compare to the real deal though. Sarah McLachlan is one of the few "rare" (sorry I cant resist:) artists who have no equal, and never will. With Sarah McLachlan's art, she manages to capture something beyond lyrics and sounds.. it's emotions and every lost but yet unforgotten breath experienced in life+death and even the things that are between breaths and cant be said, or things that were never there at all but someday hopefully will be. Hard to explain these things with words...but I tried.

Finally "When She Loved Me!"

blk_ballard

Her best song ever is finally available for download!!

About Sarah McLachlan

Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan debuted in 1988 with her piano-based folk-pop, which went on to gain her a devoted following, a number of Juno and Grammy Awards, and placement in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. She also founded Lilith Fair, a concert tour that helped usher other female songwriters into the mainstream during the late '90s, while maintaining her own presence on the charts.

McLachlan was born on January 28, 1968, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she began taking lessons for voice, classical piano, and guitar as a child. Following a year of art training at the Nova Scotia School of Design, McLachlan (who had also been fronting a new wave band named October Game) was approached by Nettwerk Records and offered a solo deal. She initially turned it down in favor of continued studies; however, she reconsidered and accepted the offer in late 1987, relocating to Vancouver soon after. On the strength of her debut, 1988's Touch, the budding songwriter was signed to Arista for international distribution. The album eventually reached gold status in Canada and was reissued worldwide in 1989. In 1991, she followed up with Solace, an impressive collection that showed a great leap in songcraft and began to build a strong cult following in the U.S.

In September 1992, following a 14-month promotional tour, McLachlan traveled to Cambodia and Thailand to work on World Vision, a Canadian-sponsored documentary on poverty and child prostitution. Inspired by her experiences, she retreated to a secluded house outside of Montreal to write material for her next album. After six months in a Montreal studio with collaborator/producer Pierre Marchand, she released Fumbling Toward Ecstasy, her strongest and most personal effort to date, in late 1993. The album peaked in the U.S. charts at number 50; by the end of 1994, it reached platinum status after spending 62 weeks on the chart. "Possession," an atmospheric single that mixed electronica influences with lyrics inspired by a stalker, broke the Top 100 and received considerable airplay, especially on modern rock radio, where it peaked at number 14. "Good Enough" also found a home in that format, reaching number 16. The Freedom Sessions, consisting mainly of alternate versions of tracks from Fumbling, arrived in 1995; that same year also saw the release of "I Will Remember You," which McLachlan wrote as the theme for Brothers McMullen. Rarities, B-Sides & Other Stuff, a collection of non-LP tracks and remixes, was issued in Canada in 1996.

In 1997, McLachlan began work on her fourth album, the enormously successful Surfacing, which debuted at number two on the pop albums chart. She also organized Lilith Fair, a package tour focusing on emerging women singer/songwriters. Released in 1999, the multi-platinum Mirrorball chronicled McLachlan's performances on that tour and served as her first live release. In 2003, after a short hiatus from the business, she put out the successful Afterglow, followed by another concert release, Afterglow Live. Both releases eventually went multi-platinum, and McLachlan continued to tour through 2005. In June of that year, she performed on the Philadelphia stage of Live 8, the multi-city anniversary celebration of Live Aid and G8 summit protest coordinated by Live Aid founder Bob Geldof. She released Bloom, her second remix collection, several months later. While most of its material was drawn from Afterglow, it also included a version of the 1989 McLachlan track "Vox" and a previously unreleased collaboration with DMC and Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am.

McLachlan released two albums in 2006: Mirrorball: The Complete Concert, which captured the entirety of the last date on her 1998 tour, and Wintersong, a collection of traditional and modern Christmas covers (plus one new song, the title cut). She then returned to original material for 2010's Laws of Illusion, her first studio album in nearly seven years. Featuring "One Dream," which she wrote for the 2009 Vancouver Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, the album was released several weeks before the start of Lilith Fair 2010, the festival's first appearance in more than a decade. McLachlan spent the next couple of years focusing on her charitable endeavor The Sarah McLachlan School of Music, which provided free music lessons to at-risk kids in Vancouver. She returned to the studio in 2013 to record a new album with longtime collaborator Pierre Marchand, inspired by the recent death of her father. Parting ways with Arista, her label home for more than 20 years, she signed to Verve. She released Shine On, her first album for the label and another collaboration with Pierre Marchand, in May of 2014. Shine On debuted at number one on the Canadian charts and number four in the U.S.; it would win the Juno for Best Adult Contemporary Album. In October 2016, McLachlan released Wonderland, her second Christmas album. The following year, she was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. ~ Chris Woodstra

  • ORIGIN
    Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • BORN
    January 28, 1968

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