Of course we all hope to have Hayley's new international album by the end of 2008. I've just talked to another fellow member Yang about the problem of maybe having too many compilations, and he said something very meaningful.
He reckoned that since Hayley couldn't give us new songs that frequently, Universal/ Bedlam had to do something to keep people from forgetting her. This doesn't apply to hardcore fans like us, but it maybe really necessary in maintaining a fanbase of considerable size.
I'm not sure if it's the true intention of all these compilation albums, but it makes sense to me.
By the way, we've already had something new this year; Hayley Sings Japanese Songs has once again left us Westenwowed!
Although we are not absolutely certain, it begins to look that way, yes (other than the Japanese release, of course). In that case, we believe it is highly likely that a totally new album will be released in the first quarter of next year.
Of course it is very likely that the new compilation will include some of the songs from the "Japanese Songs" album. That will be something new in the UK market to persuade folk to buy who already have all her international releases. The question is, will there be anything new on it to persuade people like us (apart from those who like to collect every different album of Hayley's they can) to buy it?
We had a long gap between Pure and Odyssey with only a minor upgrade to Pure, but we didn't forget her! In fact I remember eagerly awaiting a new album from her.
I have Hayley Sings Japanese Songs and I though it was gorgeous! But singing pop tunes really doesn't allow us to hear Hayley's abilities to it's fullest. Of course, no recording medium can possibly capture all the nuances of Hayley's glorious voice, one needs to hear Hayley at a live concert. But I am at disadvantage, as I live on the wrong side of the 'pond'. Perhaps one day........ I am envious you guys!!
I'm intrigued by this album. Admitted, we haven't had a "Best of" - Err sorry! "Very Best of" album for Hayley and most people outside of Japan won't know of the existence of the two we already have.
Dave may be able to enlighten us about "Best of" albums, I bought a few of them on vinyl or cassette in the days before Hayley when I actually used to listen to other music.
But what was the album we were talking to Hayley about at Croydon and subsequently at the Brits? Was that this one? Or have ideas changed since the beginning of May? Because I thout we were talking about IR4!
Haven't we also heard that Hayley was to record more tracks following her return from the Japanese tour?
OK, I know "Best of" usually means the best of what you've heard already but this is Hayley we're talking about. Who says it has to be?
Well, I think I'll wait and see what is on it before I order. There is plenty of time!
But I don't really think the time has yet come for a "Best of" album for Hayley. After all, I hope and expect that the Best of Hayley is still to come. I think of "best of"s being something a record company does at the end of an artist's career, to wring a few more sales out of old material. I suppose that it is just possible that she has re-recorded some of her old songs in her "new" voice. If so, I could be tempted.
\But I don't really think the time has yet come for a "Best of" album for Hayley. After all, I hope and expect that the Best of Hayley is still to come. I think of "best of"s being something a record company does at the end of an artist's career, to wring a few more sales out of old material. I suppose that it is just possible that she has re-recorded some of her old songs in her "new" voice. If so, I could be tempted.
No doubt her best is yet to come (scary thought actually! ).
I think all of her international releases are best of's.... But I would most definately buy a cd of her re-recording of her previous work. As good as the original recordings were, they can be improved upon, simply due her maturing voice. Regardless, whether she does or not, I'll still listen to original cd's and love 'em.
I quite agree with your saying that time hasn't come for a 'Best of' album but business is business, and they know we'd just pay for whatever they make of Hayley. This is especially true for Decca Japan- look at the number of compilations they have produced, like Crystal and Amazaing Grace- Best of Hayley Westenra. Probably it's because Japan is the forefront of Hayley's career in the Asia market that they adopt such strategy.
After all, I'm don't really mind buying compilation albums; besides paying for the songs the albums are in themselves collectibles.