Harem (CD & DVD)
 : Harem (CD & DVD)

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Price: $19.99
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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0724355747709
Edition: Ltd ed.
Format: Enhanced, Limited Edition
Item Dimensions: 5050031575
Label: Angel
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Angel
Number Of Discs: 2
Number Of Items: 2
Publication Date: June 10, 2003
Publisher: Angel
Region Code: 1
Release Date: June 10, 2003
Studio: Angel

Disc 1:
  1. Harem
  2. What A Wonderful World
  3. It's A Beautiful Day
  4. What You Never Know
  5. The Journey Home
  6. Free
  7. Mysterious Days
  8. The War Is Over
  9. Misere Mei
  10. Beautiful
  11. Arabian Nights
  12. Stranger In Paradise
  13. Until The End Of Time
  14. You Take
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
In addition to a 14-song collection, recorded at a TV program in Marrakech, there is a bonus DVD, featuring a 30-minute documentary filmed during the making of the album, with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the stuio, photoshoot, lots more.
If one's notion of "world music" promises a touch of the exotic and indigenous, often overlooked is the fact that the influence of western pop music has seeped into every corner of the globe, creating a hybrid that's often more than merely the sum of its influences. Theater vet Brightman steps into that pan-cultural hall of mirrors here, wedding her fascination with the music and rhythms of the "forbidden places" (the title's Arabic meaning) of the Middle East to her own oft ethereal vocal charms and rock-solid sense of drama. And if the diva's equally sound crossover sensibilities (and that of longtime producer Frank Peterson) sometimes mire it in familiar world-beat pastiche, Brightman's charmed muse manages some transcendent moments nonetheless. Her musical borrowings (Borodin for the title track; Puccini's *Madame Butterfly* for "It's a Beautiful Day") are as compelling as her choice of collaborators: classical violin star Nigel Kennedy and Iraqi vocalist Kadim Al Sahir add compelling touches to the weary timeliness of "The War is Over." The musical influences range from Europe across the Mediterranean and as far East as the Indian roots of "Bollywood" composer A.R. Rahman's "The Journey Home" and Brightman's own "You Take My Breath Away" to evocative recastings of the emblematic standards "Stranger in Paradise" and Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World," while ex-Killing Joke keyboardist Jaz Coleman provides the savory East-meets-West orchestrations that ensure Brightman's star turns the seamless foundations they deserve. --Jerry McCulley

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