Harem [Australia Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
Adopting a Middle Eastern flavor to enhance her blend of classical and new age pop, Sarah Brightman's Harem continues her experimentation with thematic discs that began with 1993's oceanic Dive. These themes, while never dominant or original, are simply meant to enhance her brand of crossover just enough to keep listeners interested in hearing her next project. Harem accomplishes that feat by shrouding new age pop songs in a thin Middle Eastern veil that disguises, but never completely covers, Brightman's true musical identity. It works well when she fully utilizes the theme, as on the opening title track where Brightman's fragile operatic voice is able to capture the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
Adopting a Middle Eastern flavor to enhance her blend of classical and new age pop, Sarah Brightman's Harem continues her experimentation with thematic discs that began with 1993's oceanic Dive. These themes, while never dominant or original, are simply meant to enhance her brand of crossover just enough to keep listeners interested in hearing her next project. Harem accomplishes that feat by shrouding new age pop songs in a thin Middle Eastern veil that disguises, but never completely covers, Brightman's true musical identity. It works well when she fully utilizes the theme, as on the opening title track where Brightman's fragile operatic voice is able to capture the traditional phrasing without sounding forced. But when the formula simply dresses up a pop/dance song like "The Journey Home," the results are less interesting and cross into territory already explored by the group Enigma and its worldly hits. Elsewhere, Brightman appears to have been taking classes at the Kate Bush vocal institute, sounding eerily similar to the English thrush on the quiet tracks "What You Never Know" and "Free," her writing collaboration with Sophie B. Hawkins. Retaining her classical leanings, Brightman successfully incorporates "Un Bel Di," from Puccini's Madame Butterfly, into the surging beats of "It's a Beautiful Day," her best attempt at creating a chart-worthy hit. Middle Eastern music stars like Kazem al-Saher and the late Ofra Haza lend an air of authenticity, while the tasteful arrangements by former Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman refrain from overpowering Brightman's voice or sinking into an Arabian parody. The disc gets a bit long by the time it reaches the unnecessary standard "Stranger in Paradise," but Brightman's Harem adventure is interesting enough to have listeners packed and ready to travel with her on another musical journey. [The Australian release includes the additional bonus track of "Guéri de Toi."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2003
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724355753526
  • Catalog Number: 557535
  • Sales rank: 138,993

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sarah Brightman Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Soprano (Vocal)
Ofra Haza Vocals
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Nigel Kennedy Violin, Soloist
Bach Choir Choir, Chorus
Natacha Atlas Vocals
Martin Frosty Beedle Drums
Jaz Coleman Vocals
Peter Weihe Guitar, Sitar
Trevor Barry Bass
Frank Peterson Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Abdel Al Aboud Violin, Soloist
Kuljit Bhamra Percussion, Tabla
Gunther Laudahn Background Vocals
Rony Barrak Percussion
Gregorian Choir, Chorus
Aboud Abdel Ali Violin
Michael Soltau Piano, Keyboards
Mike Reed Conductor
Matthias Meissner Keyboards
Prague Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Jonathan Penton Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Lukas Hilbert Background Vocals, Electric Sitar
Nina Bromham Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jiri Burda Mandolin
Adam Klemens Conductor
Ibrahim Fathie Kavala
Chiara Ferrau Narrator
Sarah Leatherbarrow Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Adrian Partington Conductor
Amir Abdel Magid Kanoon
Stephan Moccio Piano
Andrew Playfoot Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Anna Samant Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Shweta Shetty Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Ad-Libs
Dean Hussain Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Reda Bdir Nay
Kadim Al Sahir Vocals
Kuljid Bhamra Percussion, Tabla
Natasha Atlas Background Vocals
Michael Reed Conductor
Violet Background Vocals
Rony Barrack Percussion
Technical Credits
Alexander Borodin Composer
Giacomo Puccini Composer
Ofra Haza Composer
Sarah Brightman Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Adaptation
Sophie B. Hawkins Composer, Lyricist
Bezalel Aloni Composer, Lyricist
Peter Asher Management
Don Black Composer, Lyricist
Jaz Coleman Orchestration
George Douglas Composer, Lyricist
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Rob O'Connor Art Direction
John Luard Timperley Engineer
George David Weiss Composer, Lyricist
Lubos Novacek Engineer
Frank Peterson Composer, Programming, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer, Adaptation
Niall Acott Engineer
Robert C. Ludwig Mastering
Paul Bateman Orchestration
Klaus Hirschburger Composer, Lyricist
A.R. Rahman Composer, Lyricist
George Forrest Composer
Michael Soltau Programming, Engineer
Ferrer Trinidade Composer
Christopher von Deylen Lyricist, Adaptation
Andrew Dudman Engineer
Matthias Meissner Composer, Programming
Nicola Hitchcock Composer
Saul Freeman Composer
Lukas Hilbert Composer
Pete Murray Composer
Mat Bartrum Engineer
Brian Johnson Lyricist
Christian Draude Programming
Sameh Hamandi Engineer
Cenek Kotzman Engineer
Stephan Moccio Composer, Lyricist
Samuel Pospisil Engineer
Dennis Preiss Engineer
Shweta Shetty Composer, Lyricist
Patrick Benzner Composer, Lyricist
Kristian Draude Composer, Programming, Lyricist
Mat Bartram Engineer
Marian Engel Filmmaker
Kareem Al Iraqi Lyricist
Cenek Kotzmann Engineer
Violet Lyricist
Fred E. Goldring Legal Counsel
Robert Wright Composer
Thomas Schwarz Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Harem - Australian Bonus Track

    The Australian version of HAREM features a bonus track titled "GUÉRI DE TOI" which is a French language version of the album track "FREE". The French track has lyrics by F. Kocourek. HAREM is being released worldwide with a few different bonus tracks, depending on the region. The US edition features a remake version of "YOU TAKE MY BREATH AWAY" which was originally recorded for the "FLY" album. The Canadian edition features a bonus track, a French version of the album track "What You Never Know". The US and Canadian markets will also have a very limited edition with a bonus DVD. Finally, the Japanese edition features a bonus track titled "SARAHBANDE". Whatever the version, HAREM is a wonderful album. My favourite track is "THE WAR IS OVER" - a haunting melody, superb violin by Nigel Kennedy and beautiful vocals by Sarah and her duet partner Kadim Al Sahir.

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