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The Songs That Got Away Sarah Brightman CD Album

The Songs That Got Away - info from inside CD

The voice is Sarah Brightman's, and the idea was Andrew Lloyd Webber's: for as long as any of us can recall, we have been talking about the magic of all the songs that somehow got lost from West End or Broadway scores — either because the shows they came from were not strong enough to survive, or because they only ever ran for limited seasons and seldom get revived on either side of the Atlantic, or else just because the songs themselves got cut in rehearsal or on tour, for reasons which must have made sense at the time but now seem unfathomable.

There are dozens and maybe hundreds more where these buried treasures came from, and it's our hope that we'll be able to bring back some of the others on future recordings for altogether new audiences around the world, or else for those who still occasionally hear the echo of the music they've been missing across the footlights.

Sheridan Morley

I would particularly like to thank Thomas Z. Shepard, whose support for the project early on resulted in this happening.

 Andrew Lloyd Webber.

1 Meadowlark 5:07
2 I Am Going To Like It Here 3:32
3 I Remember 3:03
4 Mr. Monotony 3:57
5 Dreamers 2:51
6 Silent Heart 3:54
7 Lud's Wedding 3:43
8 Three-Cornered Tune 2:10
9 If I Ever Fall In Love Again 3:56
10 What Makes Me Love Him? 2:39
11 Chi Il Bel Sogno Di Doretta 2:45
12 Away From You 3:26
13 If Love Were All 4:22
14 Half A Moment 3.56

The notion that gems reside amongst discards is intriguing, and one that provided the impetus for this conceptual album. The Songs that Got Away is the long-overdue showcase for songs that got derailed for reasons other than their inherent merit.

Indeed many of these songs boast solid pedigree. “Meadowlark” is from the musical The Baker’s Wife by Stephen Schwartz and closed after it’s pre-Broadway tour, never making it to Broadway. “Mr. Monotony” by Irving Berlin was cut from the movie Easter Parade (1948), cut again from Miss Liberty (1949), and cut yet again from Call Me Madam (1950). “Lud’s Wedding” by Leonard Berstein from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue ran for only seven performances, while Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Half a Moment” from Jeeves, closed after 48 performances.

Sarah ably breathes new life into these numbers…songs from short-lived productions, songs that were dropped on tour, songs that were cut at rehearsals and songs that, for one sundry reason or another, got away.

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