Only THREE bonus tracks? Come on, Decca, you can do better than that, surely?
Roger, what are you complaining about?? Those songs look great! Even better than what I was expecting!
I absolutely love the song "Lascia Ch'io Pianga." I know it will fit Hayley's voice perfectly. Also, "The Water Is Wide" is a lovely traditional song that I hadn't thought of Hayley doing before. I'm sure it will be beautiful. "Scarborough Fair" should be awesome! That song is so cool; I just always get the name mixed up with "She Moved Through the Fair." (That's what I thought it was at first! I was really confused. i.postimg.cc/9fYxy370/smilie-big-grin.gif)
At least this will probably qualify for the classical charts. Of course, there could still be some changes made to the bonus tracks.
- Cathleen -
'Majesty, majesty Your grace has found me just as I am Empty-handed but alive in Your hands Majesty, majesty Forever I am changed by Your love In the presence of Your majesty'
I expected a few more bonus tracks , but I'm satisfied with the three they chose. They're all songs I had hoped Hayley would record someday, and they will fit nicely into the overall mood of Oddyssey. Plus, I'm pretty sure the added tracks will attract fans of other crossover artists, namely CC and Sarah Brightman who have also done these pieces.
I wonder how they arranged The Water is Wide. I hope Hayley recorded it with very minimal accompaniment.
If I get the chance, I'll certainly be purchasing this version!
*** Away on "holiday" (a.k.a. swamped with homework!). Will be back soon! ***
Ouch, okay, I submit! Anyway, at least I got some discussion going!
Sure, with 16 tracks on the original version, I accept we got a good deal in the first place. But we expected at least 4, perhaps 7 plus a video. To have to buy the thing all over again just for 3 tracks is going to put many people off.
I would like to bring in our Charts and Sales expert to settle this only we haven't got one so Dave will have to do! :2fun:
Hello Kimberly and Cathleen and Allen and Belinda and Oksana and... anyone else?
Oh yes, Roger!
Thanks for the track listing Kimberly. Looking at the typical track lengths of the three bonus songs, they'll barely squeeze them inside the standard 74 minutes available on a CD - so that's why there isn't a fourth bonus track. I had expected a bonus disc based on what Steve said last November but it seems not. He said they needed 7 tracks to make existing owners of the CD feel it was worth while buying the special edition.
So, if HMV are right this time (they were wrong initially about "Pure" SE or Decca changed their minds) I think Odyssey SE is aimed at NEW purchasers not existing owners. This makes good sense to me because:
- UK Odyssey is grossly undersold in the UK. It's been unbelieveably low profile since the first few weeks after release, and it completely missed the Christmas market (no promo was done then).
- We know that Hayley/Decca deliberately saved all the Christmas promo budget for this Special Edition (because Steve said so!).
- TV advertising is a certainty and I'm sure Odyssey will go back on the Supermarket shelves (persuaded by the TV promo and the Il Divo tour).
- The tour will introduce Hayley to a new public - although it will not be completely new as many of them will own "Pure" already. But crucially, most of them will NOT own Odyssey. This tour will remind them - and those who have never heard of Hayley - what they are missing.
- The UK tour is an Arena tour - with 15 concerts of upto 10,000 people and an audience of upto 150,000 in less than a month!!!
Add all that together - with hopefully a couple of UK TV appearances thrown in and potentially, Odyssey SE could sell 50,000 plus, maybe double that and if so, it would be Christmas all over again for Hayley Let's hope it's all organised properly.
I think a completely full 74 minute CD of Hayley, if sold in the Supermarkets for say £10, would be the bargain of the year. It could do very well, back in the pop chart and certainly top of the classical charts again [deliberate mistake corrected ] I'd say (I'm sure it will qualify).
Thanks very much for those words of wisdom - with the possible exception of the salutation!
Is it not possible that the British public will eventually get wise to this and stop buying the original versions, knowing that in a few months they will be able to get a better deal? Roger
Maybe, and a lot of singers now do this (well UK, Oz and NZ record companies actually!). Not sure about the US. But if that applies to Odyssey, it's one more reason why the SE may do well... fingers crossed - again!
I will certainly buy the new version of "Odyssey", because the extra tracks look very interesting. I'm slightly disappointed that "You Are Water" is not going to be included, but I expect that track will be available in the UK eventually.
The new version could do very well in the charts, especially if all the British Il Divo fans buy it after seeing Hayley at the concerts. Let's hope the British fans are like the ones in Montreal! i.postimg.cc/9fYxy370/smilie-big-grin.gif
Post by stevemacdonald on Feb 10, 2006 15:15:03 GMT
Scarborough Fair is an old traditional English song. I looked up its authorship but couldn't find the source except that it's "traditional".
Simon and Garfunkel made it popular back in the 1960s and they added a twist to it by playing the evening news soundtrack in the background. This was at the height of the Vietnam war so you heard the song's gentle lyrics alongside the reports on the war.
This traditional song has also been covered by many artists over the years. Sarah Brightman's version is excellent. I can't wait to hear Hayley's.