Secret Symphony

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Secret Symphony
Studio album by Katie Melua
Released 5 March 2012
Genre Acoustic, Blues, Jazz
Length 37:32
Label Dramatico
Producer Mike Batt
Katie Melua chronology
The House
(2010)
Secret Symphony
(2012)
Ketevan
(2013)
Singles from Secret Symphony
  1. "Gold in them Hills"
    Released: 11 November 2011
  2. "The Bit That I Don't Get"
    Released: 10 February 2012
  3. "Better Than a Dream"
    Released: 9 March 2012
  4. "Moonshine"
    Released: 4 June 2012
  5. "The Walls of the World"
    Released: 17 September 2012
  6. "Forgetting All My Troubles"
    Released: 3 December 2012
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Secret Symphony is the fifth studio album by singer-songwriter Katie Melua, and was released on 5 March 2012.[1] The album was recorded at Air Studios in London in collaboration with orchestrator and conductor Mike Batt.

Melua said in a statement: "This album was going to be my 'singer's album'. I had always wanted to do this one day; singing other people's songs brings something out of you and your voice that isn't perhaps where you would have gone vocally with your own material."

She added: "It stretches you. As it happened Mike and I did write a couple of new ones, but the general idea was to find songs by great writers such as Ron Sexsmith ('Gold In Them Hills') and a favourite song of mine, originally recorded by Bonnie Raitt ('Too Long At The Fair') plus some more well-known ones like Keeping The Dream Alive."

The lead single, "Better Than a Dream", and the track "Walls of the World" were both originally recorded by Melua's longtime collaborator Mike Batt, for the TV series The Dreamstone and his 1977 solo album Schizophonia[2] respectively.

The record serves as the follow-up to Melua's 2010 album The House, which reached number four on the UK album chart. Musicperk.com rated the album 9/10. [3]

A "Special Bonus Edition" of the album has also been released. It consists of the album, four extra track dubbed "The Secret Sessions" and a second cd containing a live album: "Live In Berlin". [1] [2]

Track listing[edit]

Standard listing[4]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gold in them Hills"   Ron Sexsmith 3:31
2. "Better Than a Dream"   Mike Batt 3:10
3. "The Bit That I Don't Get"   Batt 3:12
4. "Moonshine"   Francis Healy 2:41
5. "Forgetting All My Troubles"   Melua 3:22
6. "All Over the World"   Françoise Hardy 2:56
7. "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"   Jimmy Cox 4:33
8. "The Cry of the Lone Wolf"   Melua, Batt 3:59
9. "Heartstrings"   Melua, Batt 2:53
10. "The Walls of the World"   Batt 3:25
11. "Secret Symphony"   Batt 3:51


Special Bonus Edition[5]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gold in them Hills"   Ron Sexsmith 3:31
2. "Better Than a Dream"   Mike Batt 3:10
3. "The Bit That I Don't Get"   Batt 3:12
4. "Moonshine"   Francis Healy 2:41
5. "Forgetting All My Troubles"   Melua 3:22
6. "All Over the World"   Françoise Hardy 2:56
7. "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"   Jimmy Cox 4:33
8. "The Cry of the Lone Wolf"   Melua, Batt 3:59
9. "Heartstrings"   Melua, Batt 2:53
10. "The Walls of the World"   Batt 3:25
11. "Secret Symphony"   Batt 3:51
12. "Feels Like Home (The Secret Sessions)"   Randy Newman 4:50
13. "Too Long At The Fair (The Secret Sessions)"   Joel Zoss 3:06
14. "Love Me Tender (The Secret Sessions)"   Elvis Presley/Vera Matson 3:14
15. "It's Over (The Secret Sessions)"   Roy Orbison/Bill Dees 3:20
Cd 2: Live in Berlin

Chart performance[edit]

In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at #8 with 19,071 copies sold in its first week.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Published Thursday, Sep 8 2011, 16:41 BST (2011-09-08). "Katie Melua announces new album 'Secret Symphony' - Music News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/schizophonia-r30066
  3. ^ http://www.musicperk.com/secret-symphony/
  4. ^ "Secret Symphony: Katie Melua: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  5. ^ "Secret Symphony (Special Bonus Edition): Katie Melua: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  6. ^ http://www.musicweek.com/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=1048801&c=1
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Katie Melua - Secret Symphony". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  8. ^ http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Charts/ALBUMS.html
  9. ^ a b http://acharts.us/album/69142
  10. ^ "Official Retail Sales Chart - sales for the period 05.03.2012 - 11.03.2012". OLiS. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  11. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/archive-chart/_/23/2012-03-17/
  12. ^ http://www.g-music.com.tw/GMusicBillboard2.aspx
  13. ^ http://archive.is/20120723040230/http://www.chartstats.com/release.php?release=51029
  14. ^ http://austriancharts.at/year.asp?id=2012&cat=a
  15. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/fr/annual.asp?year=2012&cat=a
  16. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/fr/annual.asp?year=2012&cat=a
  17. ^ http://www.dutchcharts.nl/jaaroverzichten.asp?year=2012&cat=a
  18. ^ http://www.viva.tv/charts/54-viva-jahrescharts-2012-album?page=4
  19. ^ http://hitparade.ch/year.asp?key=2012
  20. ^ "Danish album certifications – Katie Melua – Secret Symphony". IFPI Denmark. 
  21. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Katie Melua; 'Secret Symphony')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  22. ^ "Polish album certifications – Katie Melua – Secret Symphony" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). 
  23. ^ "British album certifications – Katie Melua – Secret Symphony". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Secret Symphony in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go