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Sarah's dream... Part 1




Sarah Brightman is an English singer, dancer and actress who began her artistic career in 1973 at the age of 13 by joining the troupe of the musical 'I and Albert', a musical where she played one of Queen Victoria's daughters.


We find her 3 years later in 1976 this time within the dance troupe Hot Gossip. Troop where she will be noticed in a notorious way two years later in 1978 by interpreting the title "I lost my heart to a starship trooper". A title that will not go unnoticed, far from it…


A highlight that will allow her to release a first solo title "The adventures of the love crusader" the following year in 1979, a title that will give her her first personal success.


On the strength of these 2 successes, the young singer did it again in 1981 with two new titles, "My boysfriend's back" and "Not having that!", two titles which will not really know the same level of success as their predecessors unfortunately…


At the same time, she joined the troupe of the musical 'Cats', a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. A composer who will be more and more interested in the young singer in the years that will follow...


Back in force in 1983 on the solo career side with the success of the title "Him", ephemeral success since the title "Rhythm of the rain" which will be released the same year will go unnoticed...


The meeting of Andrew Lloyd Webber a few years earlier will find its epilogue a year later in 1984 since she will marry the composer that year. Not only will they unite with the city but also with the scene because the latter will offer her significant roles in new musicals, starting with 'Song and Dance' the same year.


But also 'Requiem' in 1985, a requiem mass that the composer composed especially for his father who died three years earlier. Requiem where the singer will shine with a thousand lights thanks to the title "Pie Jesu".


We will find her a year later in 1986 in a new composition by Webber and not the least since it is the enormous 'The Phantom of the opera'. The singer will literally explode at the highest planetary level thanks to several flagship titles including "All I ask of you", "The phantom of the opera" and "The music of the night" in particular.


On the strength of this enormous success, she took the opportunity to release her first solo album "The trees they grow so high" in 1988. An album which did not really meet with the expected success because it was too 'lyrical'...


In 1989, the couple released the album "The song that got away", a collection of musical pieces from other musicals that went unnoticed in their time...


New solo album "As I came of age" in 1990, album with modest success despite a certain quality and a resolutely modern sound, which may seem paradoxical...


In 1992, a new collaboration with Webber saw her cover several of the key titles composed by the artist, including the famous "Don't cry for me Argentina".


Also the same year, she was chosen to interpret the main theme of the Barcelona Olympic Games, just that. Theme named "Amigos para siempre" which she performs in duet with the Spanish tenor José Carreras.


Return to personal career in 1993 with the release of the album "Dive", an album of once again certain quality but which will struggle, like its 1990 predecessor, to produce the slightest hit of planetary class...


She constantly alternates personal albums and various and varied collaborations with in 1995 a new collaboration with her ex-husband on the album "Surrender". Album where she resumes again the most beautiful pieces written by Webber.


The year 1995 saw the release of her new album "Fly", an album which saw her once again associate with the German Frank Peterson (who had already worked for the group Enigma). Partner of choice with whom she had already collaborated on her album "Dive".


In 1996 it was with André Bocelli that she decided to collaborate by revisiting with him his flagship title "Con te partiero". A collaboration that will bring the singer one of her biggest global successes, just that...


A title that can be found on the album "Timeless / Time to say goobbye" a year later in 1997, an album which saw her cover cult titles from the opera scene but also titles from groups or renowned contemporary artists. The album will be a real worldwide success and remains to this day the biggest personal success of the singer on the albums side with more than 12 million copies sold.


On the strength of this enormous success, the singer returned the following year in 1998 with a new album called "Eden", an album with less success than its predecessor despite the most honorable sales scores. Album that will get by on the Singles side only with the title that bears the name of the album…


New album at the dawn of decade 2000 with the release of "La luna", an album that confirms the singer's planetary star status. Once again the album will not produce a major hit but will come out of it with flying colors.


To be continued...


 

Discography (among others ...) :


70s Decade :

  • I lost my heart to a starship trooper 1978

  • The adventures of the love crusader 1979

  • Love in a U.F.O. 1979

  • Madame Hyde 1979


80s Decade :

  • My boyfriend’s back 1981

  • Not having that 1981

  • Him 1983

  • Rhythm of the falling rain 1983

  • Unexpected song 1984

  • Pie jesu 1985

  • All I ask of you 1986

  • The phantom of the opera 1986

  • The music of the night 1986

  • Doretta’s dream 1987

  • The trees they grow so high 1988

  • How sweet the answer 1988

  • Meadowlark (The bakers’ wife) 1989

  • Dreamers (Jean Seberg) 1989

  • Make believe (Grandpa) 1989


90s Decade :

  • Anything but lonely (Aspects of love) 1990

  • The river cried 1990

  • Something to believe in 1990

  • As I came of age 1990

  • Don’t cry for me Argentina 1992

  • Amigos para siempre 1992

  • Captain Nemo 1993

  • The second element 1993

  • La mer 1993

  • The fly 1995

  • Why 1995

  • A question of honour 1995

  • How can heaven love me 1995

  • Heaven is here 1995

  • Surrender (Sunset Boulevard) 1995

  • Nothing like you’ve ever known (Tell me on a Sunday) 1995

  • The last man in my life (Tell me on a Sunday) 1995

  • Wishing you were somehow here again (The phantom of the opera) 1995

  • Time to say goodbye 1996

  • Just show me how to love you 1997

  • Who wants to live forever 1997

  • Tu quieres Volver 1997

  • Starship troopers 1998

  • Eden 1998

  • Deliver me 1999

  • So many things 1999

  • The last words you said 1999

  • Nella fantasia 1999


2000s Decade :

  • This love 2000

  • Scaborough fair 2000

  • La Califfa 2000

  • Here with me 2000

  • Don’t give up 2000

  • Whiter shade of pale 2001


 

Tracks :


1978... who would imagine for a single moment that the young Sarah presented here will become in a few years a huge planetary star ? Not many people, that's for sure...



1979...a sequel that will not really experience the same level of success but the young Sarah will be largely satisfied with the 'little' success encountered with this title...



1979... this title will go completely unnoticed but it doesn't matter, the essential thing for the young singer is to multiply the projects and especially the opportunities to get people talking about her...



1979...this title won't do much better but very few artists can boast of having started their career by finishing N°1 in the Charts...



1981...no noticeable improvement at the very beginning of the 80s. We'll have to be a little patient before we see young Sarah take off for good...



1981...and yet it's not for lack of trying. But she still can't pass this level on which she has stumbled since her beginnings and which would allow her to integrate the Court of the big ones...



1983...this time will be the one ! Admittedly, we won't be talking about a smashing take-off, but we are at least talking about a first success, that's already it...



1983...an upturn that will be short-lived, it is clear. She will therefore have to work again and again to hope to ward off fate...



1984... it was Andrew Lloyd Webber who radically changed the destiny of the young singer. Both personally and professionally...



1985...paradoxically, it was in the Lyrical register that she first landed the timpani. It must be said that the title offered by Lloyd Weber is a pure moment of emotions that we savor at it's fair value...



1986...the musical that will make her a real star. It must be said that sharing the poster with Cliff Richard on this title is anything but unpleasant...



1986...a landmark musical that will undoubtedly remain one of the best known. A jewel necessarily for all the singers who will be part of it...



1986...now remains to be seen if the singer will be able to exist outside of this musical. Because many artists do not necessarily survive it...



1988...we find her surprisingly in a musical format that doesn't really correspond to the latest musical trends of the moment, to say the least...



1988...an ultra-classic format that is unlikely to attract younger generations, that's clear. It remains to be seen whether she will be able to get back on the rails of modernity, otherwise the exit from the road risks arriving faster than expected...



1989...we imagine that this new opus will not once again allow her to show a much trendier image of herself. Afterwards, everyone pursues their career as they wish...



1989... anyway the quality is there, you can't deny it. Afterwards, it's clear that the style doesn't fit at all at the time, but it doesn't matter, we take it anyway...



1989...let's just hope that at some point she realizes that the musical world around her has evolved slightly over the past decade...



1990.. still no major evolution in sight for the moment. She pursues her career as she sees fit and it doesn't matter if it doesn't necessarily correspond to the expectations of young audiences...



1990...this is finally the tipping point between the first and the second part of her career. She will show from the outset that she has everything it takes to also do in the modern...



1990...we've been waiting for this metamorphosis for years and it's now done. Like what, nothing is ever final in music...



1990... what really sets her apart from ordinary singers is that she has this dual lyrical-modern skill. A double skill that will make all the difference later !



1992...we find her again in lyrical mode but not on just any title. She covers here the flagship title of the musical 'Evita' dating from 1976 and written of course by Lloyd Weber, one of the most famous titles of all those written by the latter...



1992... when you are asked to interpret the theme of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, it means that you are part of the World Elite. That's what we have to deduce about her, that's clear...



1993...paradoxically, switching to a style much more suited to the era is not going to bring her more than that. At least for now...



1993...an opus which will go somewhat unnoticed when it is far from deserving. But the public has become so used to seeing her in lyrical mode that it is still difficult to realize that it is her who sings like that now...



1993... so we will have to give time to the ordinary mortals time to get used to her new style. Let's hope the best is yet to come...



1995...it's a little better on the Albums Charts side but still no hit worthy of the name on the Singles side. But we are getting closer and closer...



1995 ... it is obvious that given all the efforts made to stick as much as possible to the times, it will inevitably end up paying off at the highest point. At least we hope so...



1995...the title starts in lyrical mode then quickly switches to a much more modern mode. The art of mixing the useful with the pleasant...



1995...as much as the 80s were lyrical, the 90s allowed the singer to show a radically different image. And above all much more adapted to the requirements of the younger generations...



1995...we can't speak of a great take-off but we definitely feel closer. All the bases are now laid for the singer to win the Grail at one time or another...



1995... which does not prevent her from returning to opera as soon as she can. She knows that this is counterproductive to say the least, but she is simply having fun...



1995...we won't remake her again as they say. She has this faculty of being able to sing in 2 radically opposed registers and she doesn't hesitate to do it...



1995...one of the very few singers to be able to evolve in both categories, which only further underlines a talent well above the average...



1995...will she have the courage to return to the modern world afterwards, only time will tell. But it could be that this famous future has some very, very nice surprises in store for her...



1996... THE title which will finally offer her a first major personal global success. Admittedly, she only revisits André Bocelli's flagship title 'Con te Départo' with him, but she does it so well that we can only appreciate the performance...



1997... planetary success on the Singles side but also huge planetary success on the albums side. This time the Brightman rocket has indeed taken off and is heading at the speed of light towards the stars !



1997...here she attacks the monumental title of Queen which is not nothing. But given its potential, we suspect that the result will be more than up to par. And he is !



1997...after the Queen, she decides to revisit one of the Gipsy Kings' flagship titles and once again the result is up to par. The opposite would have been surprising knowing her...



1998 .... after the luxury covers, here she is now in the soundtrack of film and not just any film since this one will remain as one of the most emblematic films of this end of the decade...



1998 ... she revisits here once again the title of another group and this time it is the title of the Belgians Hooverphonic dating from the same year which she covers. A copy that will at least equal the original if not surpass it...



1999 ... we continue in the series of luxury covers with this time this revisited version of the title of Beloved dating from 1996. And once again the copy is well worth the original !



1999...here she revisits Sean O Riada's cult 'Mnà na hEireann' from the 60s. Nothing very original on this one but a version that holds up anyway...



1999..here she shares the poster with Richard Marx and given the respective talent of each one suspected that the result would necessarily be up to par...



1999...a version for the less unpublished and above all an astonishing setting in words of one of the most beautiful titles of Ennio Morricone, title which one finds on the soundtrack of the film 'The mission' dating from 1986. Dared bet but successful bet In any case...



2000...after a decade of the 90s which saw her rise dramatically in her solo career, it remains to be seen what this new decade of the 2000s has in store for her. Only good at first sight...



2000...after 'Women of Ireland', she covers here another musical monument of times gone by. And as always, she manages to give a personal version of the most successful...



2000...even if on the Singles side she doesn't manage to emerge more than that, on the albums side all is well in the best of all worlds...



2000...here she is again in luxury cover mode and this time it will be Dido and her 1999 title which will have her favors. Good job as always...



2000...in the series of luxury covers, here comes her participation in a revisited version of the title of Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush dating from 1986. Nice version, it is clear...



2001... here she covers the legendary title of Procol Harum dating from 1967. Title repeated billions of times, of course, but her personal version brings at least a feminine touch to the thing...


 

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