This poll is much easier than the one I started, but it's not as much fun. 'E Pari Ra' is a Maori song, and Hayley is rightly proud of her New Zealand heritage, so this song should be included on all versions of 'Treasure' and 'Celtic Treasure', worldwide. Leaving it off any version is unforgivable!
The loveliest, sweetest flower that bloomed in paradise, and the first that died, has rarely blossomed since on mortal soil. It is so frail, so delicate, a thing, it is gone if it but look upon itself; and she who ventures to esteem it hers proves by that single thought she has it not. Humility - Fry
Besides venting frustration, does a poll like this do any good? We know there can be no redress. Decca will do what Decca will do and they won't consult us no matter how much we wish they had after the fact.
All it serves to do is shame everyone involved in their questionable decision-making about regionalising Hayley's albums. Hayley herself might feel a pang of embarrassment in reading this. In a perfect world everyone would get the same identical album each time, but Decca are looking at it strategically, so shame really doesn't work.
Let's just all converge on their offices with picket signs and loud chanting and make the nightly news. That might actually accomplish something.
Post by stevemacdonald on Mar 8, 2007 16:54:15 GMT
Sorry Dave, but my negativity is born of not getting the songs I want on my region's Treasure. I'm outraged, to put it mildly, that I won't have Santa Lucia, The Heart Worships, Bist Du Bei Mir and E Pari Ra. I've been a supporter of Hayley for over five years and she has plenty of American fans who want these songs badly. How can we not be negative when the differences in albums are so flagrant every time? I'm deeply sorry some people are missing E Pari Ra, but, given the wider unjustice acutely felt this side of the pond, this poll seems trivial.
I totally concur with your strength of feeling, Steve. However, one purpose of this poll, I expect, was to underline the absurdity of omitting a Maori song from the New Zealand version. I was unaware that Dave had "something specific in mind" until I read his post earlier today but, whatever it is, certainly has my full support.
Whatever the conclusions, I think we can safely assume that everyone will always regret that certain tracks don't appear on their particular version. I suspect that is something with which we shall have to live. However, if HWI can make our collective voices heard by those who have some influence over such matters, believe me, we will.
But it was nothing to do with me, well not that I am aware of anyway.
However, people with influence may (and probably do) read this forum and if they saw the result of the admittedly small poll... and the strength of feeling expressed by members in more than one thread... they would have been irresponsible for ignoring it.
Whilst tracks cannot be added to a physical CD prior to a special edition, we should remember that it is fairly easy to add them to a digital download store. I hope that this is done in NZ, too because at the moment, none of Hayley's International albums seem to be available on NZ iTunes!!!
As for the something specific mentioned earlier, this was simply my intention to convey the members' strength of feeling about it to Steve Abbott and (more gently!) to Hayley herself when I next saw them, which I had expected to be a week or two ago but now it will have to wait a short while!