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Rarities, B-Sides, and Other Stuff [Best of]

Sarah Mclachlan Audio CD
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1. Dear God
2. I Will Remember You
3. Fear (LunaSol Remix)
4. Gloomy Sunday (Live)
5. Full Of Grace
6. Song For A Winter's Night
7. Blue
8. Drawn To The Rhythm (Live)
9. Shelter (Violin Mix)
10. As The End Draws Near (Extended Remix)
11. Vox (Extended Remix)
12. Into The Fire (Extended Remix)
13. Possession (Rabbit In The Moon Remix)

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The Sarah McLachlan cottage industry rolls with Rarities. This disc of hard-to-finds and extended remixes offers some choice morsels for casual fans and a whole plateful for the faithful. The Freedom Sessions proved that McLachlan can do some nice stuff with a cover tune, and she offers a sweet handful here. Fellow Canadians Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell get lushed-out respectively with "Song For A Winter's Night" and "Blue," and McLachlan also works her magic with XTC's "Dear God" and the Billie Holiday classic "Gloomy Sunday." Each is dark, but engaging, like so much of McLachlan's own material, including this set's brooding "Full of Grace" and "I Will Remember You." --Michael Ruby

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Mclachlan,Sarah ~ Rarities B-Sides & Other

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to a fan collection July 18 2002
By Sandy
Format:Audio CD
I agree with most of the reviewers that the highlights of this collection are rather the covers and live tracks than the remixes, even if some of them actually work well.
The raging "Dear God", the full of longing "I will remember you", the magical "Song for a winter's night" and the haunting "Shelter" (better version than the original) are valuable additions to a fan collection. The live tracks "Gloomy Sundays" (a beautiful acoustic, almost religious version) and "Drawn to the rhythm" will please all those who enjoyed "Mirrorball". Add to this "Full of grace" from "Surfacing" and the excellent cover of Joni Mitchell's "Blue" (also available on "Tumbling Towards Ecstasy"). Those tracks alone will justify the money spent on this collection for a fan. If you're new to Sarah, it will give you an idea of who she is and you will get some of her most beautiful tracks here, but I recommend to check her studio albums to get the full picture before you make yourself an opinion.
LunaSol remix of "Fear" brings African rhythm to the song, it sounds a little bit Peter Gabriel produced. "As the end draw near" sounds like an 80's electro track (Kraftwerk, early Depeche Mode). It's not my favourite here, as Sarah's voice is mixed deep down in the music, I don't find it terrible though. "Vox" was never one of my personal favourite songs, but if you loved the original you will for sure find the extended mix delightful. "Into the fire" extended mix has an agreeable oriental flavour. This track leads you to dance. Rabbit in the moon turned "Possession" into a club track. If you liked Sarah's collaborations with Delirium you will not mind. The remixers did not butcher the song too much and Sarah's vocals have not been too altered. It's worth listening and can become captivating even if the original remains better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rare! July 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is sort of like a collection of greatest hits for Sarah, which explains why only 5 of the 13 (yes, 13) songs are not remixed or done live. "Dear God" is an atheist anthem, and if you're not compelled to turn off the CD right then and there, "I Will Remember You", is a good one. The most underrated is probably "As the End Draws Near". It's "1999" like, and very weird. Collection is good, but is a little sideshowish. If you really can see music for its creativeness and not entertainment, this is the CD for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars HAHAHA!!! April 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is priceless!! The reviews, not the CD. (Well, the CD's good too.) Here's some more food for thought. Has anyone ever read a book that was in the first person?? Was it autobiographical?? No?? Well then, I trust you to connect the dots...
Onto the CD, It IS quite well done, Standouts in MY mind being Dear God, and the Possession Remix. Worth getting, for sure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For The Diehard Sarah Fan April 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sarah McLachlan's 1996 release, "Rarities, B-Sides, & Other Stuff," is exactly what it says it is, a collection of rare & hard-to-find tracks that Sarah recorded between 1989 and 1996---some for movie soundtracks, some as single B-sides, some live stuff, and some remixes. It's probably not an essential purchase for the casual Sarah fan, but for the diehard Sarah follower, it's an excellent batch of rare Sarah material. Sarah's cover songs are all marvelously done: the controversial XTC song "Dear God," the Billie Holiday classic "Gloomy Sunday," the Joni Mitchell staple "Blue," and Gordon Lightfoot's "Song For A Winter's Night." "I Will Remember You," which Sarah recorded for the film, "The Brothers McMullen," is a beautiful song, and one of Sarah's most popular tunes. The pretty "Full Of Grace" later appeared on Sarah's "Surfacing" album, and the Sarah favorite "Drawn To The Rhythm" is included here in a great live version. As for the remixes, they work for the most part, especially the remix of "Fear," which is given a powerful, driving rhythm track. Only two tracks come up short: "As The End Draws Near" is an obscure song by the group Manufacture that Sarah did a guest lead vocal on, but the song is a little *too* electronic-sounding for my taste, and the remix of Sarah's signature tune "Possession" just doesn't work, as all the beauty of the original song is gone. But overall, "Rarities, B-Sides & Other Stuff" is a definite must-purchase for Sarah McLachlan's most-devoted fans. If you love Sarah's music, then you can't go wrong adding this CD to your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Inbetween Album Jan. 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
I got this on import in Canada a number of years ago (before 'Surfacing' even was released). It is one of the better thrown together albums that exists and was clearly not intended as a concieved disk (one that is not so good is McLachlan's 'Remix' disk).
Some great covers ("Dear G-d", "Gloomy Sunday"& "Song for a Winter's Night")exist on here. "Dear G-d" is even better than XTC's original version.
I love the version of "Fear" and "Into the Fire" - but the true highlight of the disk is "As the End Draws Near".
I'm not sure how many more times "I Will Remember You" (a poor man's version of her own "I Will Not Forget You") or "Blue" can appear on some release of McLachlan's. Though both were good in their day - they have grown tiresome w/me. I skip right over them on whatever disk they appear.
I was also disappointed that 'Surfacing' ended up including "Full of Grace", which appeared here first. It's a GREAT song - but I figured that left room for a new song.
For the few songs here that aren't available other places - it's definately worth the purchase price.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Irony
Quick note on "Dear God". Didn't anyone notice she is singing a song to someone she claims not to believe in thus confirming that she actually does believe in him or why... Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2004 by M. P. Fagone
5.0 out of 5 stars It's MUSIC; just enjoy it!
KC Ma, why don't you take your own advice and keep your religious beliefs out of your review? Your ranting had nothing to do with the CD, and, believe it or not, no one is really... Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2004 by Karen Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars A Full Range Of Music and Emotion
As others have so eloquently detailed already, this album explores Sarah's full range of talents. Some songs really shine, such as "Gloomy Sunday" and "Fear",... Read more
Published on Dec 5 2003 by "mentat327"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mix
There are a couple of some very great songs which might be
worth the buy depends how big of a fan you are.
Published on Nov. 7 2003 by "vassiliv2002"
4.0 out of 5 stars leave your beliefs out of the review...
This is a review for the music not religious beliefs... And to the Christians who are appalled by what 'Dear God' says... cut it out... Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2003 by K. Ma
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
well i was in canada the week that this CD came out and I bought it.......This is a must have to a)get to know sarahs multiple sides, b) wanna hear some songs for every... Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2003 by Michaelman
4.0 out of 5 stars McLachlan Strikes again
This CD is purely what you would expect from Sarah. Ambient, melodical tunes and the only CD that I am aware of that has 'I will remember you'. Read more
Published on June 11 2003 by "korinaubie"
2.0 out of 5 stars I love Sarah, but this is not worth it.
Unless you're really a fan of her older work. This album is dominated by Touch and Solace remakes, all of which sound rather dated now and none of which are significanty different... Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2003 by Maizy Malone
5.0 out of 5 stars Lighten Up Francis!
This is a great CD. But I have to say I am really annoyed by those who call themselves fans of an artist, yet for some hypocritical reason would want to censor her thoughts or... Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2002 by Rich
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