Saffron – dawning
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Saffron – dawning

As a collision of creative impulses, Saffron is something special. Perhaps best described as kindred spirits from across the musical divide, this collective of artists takes to dawning with a spirit of openness and reverence seldom heard. The record comes as an interpretation of some of the works of Persian Sufi poet Rumi through the musical dialogue generated … Continue reading »

To the Stars: Sarah Brightman – Classics
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To the Stars: Sarah Brightman – Classics

Classics is yet another Sarah Brightman compilation album, one of many that seem to dot her career. This 2001 release follows Encore, also released in 2001, and is the second Brightman compilation to be released that year. In many ways, the two compilations fight it out. There are two versions of Brightman in the ring: … Continue reading »

To the Stars: Sarah Brightman – Encore (2001)
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To the Stars: Sarah Brightman – Encore (2001)

Yet another compilation record that details her stretch with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Encore raises its opportunistic little head in 2001 to showcase a series of tracks from the composer’s house of cards. The album is a release of the Really Useful Group – not Angel Records, where Brightman had been releasing her solo records – … Continue reading »

To the Stars: Sarah Brightman – “A Whiter Shade of Pale/A Question of Honour”
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To the Stars: Sarah Brightman – “A Whiter Shade of Pale/A Question of Honour”

Coming in the form of an Enhanced CD, which pretty much means it includes a screensaver and a music video (“La Lune”), the single for “A White Shade of Pale/A Question of Honour” is kind of a generous release. It features five versions of each song, including the radio edits and four remixes. Continue reading »

To the Stars: Sarah Brightman – Fly II
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To the Stars: Sarah Brightman – Fly II

Commonly referred to as Fly II in fan circles, the coveted 2000 re-release of Sarah Brightman’s 1995 Fly album was made available during her La Luna tour and briefly in her website’s store. Now, however, it’s a collector’s item and a rarity that can sometimes fetch hundreds of dollars on eBay and other auction websites. Continue reading »