Snow on the Sahara

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Snow on the Sahara
Studio album by Anggun
Released 1997–99
Recorded 1996–97
Genre Pop, world
Label Columbia, Sony Music
Producer Erick Benzi
Anggun chronology
Yang Hilang
(1994)
Snow on the Sahara
(1997)
Chrysalis
(2000)
Au nom de la lune
French version artwork
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Snow on the Sahara (French version: Au nom de la lune) is the first international studio album by Anggun. The album was released exactly a year after the French version, was released on June 24, 1997.

Album information[edit]

The album contains 16 songs which are taken from the French version and re-recorded in English. Lyrics were translated and re-written by songwriter Nikki Matheson. Snow on the Sahara was marketed in 33 countries around the world in 1998. In Japan and Indonesia, the album was released in late 1997 under the title Anggun as a special version.

For some reason, "Memory of Your Shores" is omitted from the US version, although it has been cited as fans' favorite. Anggun also did a cover version of David Bowie's hit, "Life on Mars?", which was also released as a US promotional single.

This album remains Anggun's highest selling album, with 92,000 copies sold in the United States and has reportedly sold over 1.5 million copies around the world.

The single "Snow on the Sahara" also remains Anggun's signature song (for fans outside France, Italy and Indonesia - who are more familiar with "Etre Une Femme/In Your Mind" or "Cesse La Pluie/Saviour"). It is Anggun's highest charting song (#1 in Italy) and was one of the biggest hits in 1997 and 1998. In Indonesia, "Snow on the Sahara" remains Anggun's most played song, even receiving frequent airplay on some radio stations in Indonesia in 2005.

Allmusic gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, saying that Anggun "illustrates enough full-formed talent on the disc to make it a promising debut".

Track listing[edit]

International standard edition[edit]

  1. "Snow on the Sahara" (Erick Benzi, Matheson) – 4:20
  2. "Le Départ" (Benzi) – 0:29
  3. "Over Their Walls" (Benzi, Matheson) – 3:14
  4. "On the Breath of an Angel" (Anggun, Veneruso, Matheson) – 3:33
  5. "A Rose in the Wind" (Benzi, Matheson) – 4:28
  6. "Gita" (Anggun, Teboul) – 0:28
  7. "Memory of Your Shores" (Benzi, Mingot, Matheson) – 4:01
  8. "My Sensual Mind" (Benzi, Matheson) – 4:36
  9. "Blanca" (Benzi) – 0:41
  10. "Valparaíso" (Benzi, Matheson) – 3:59
  11. "Selamanya" (Anggun, Benzi) – 2:24
  12. "By the Moon" (Benzi, Matheson) – 4:11
  13. "Pluies" (Veneruso) – 0:58
  14. "Dream of Me" (Veneruso, Matheson) – 4:02
  15. "Secret of the Sea" (Veneruso, Matheson) – 4:18
  16. "Life on Mars?" (David Bowie) – 4:15

US edition[edit]

  1. "Snow on the Sahara" – 4:20
  2. "Over Their Walls" – 3:14
  3. "On the Breath of an Angel" – 3:33
  4. "A Rose in the Wind" – 4:28
  5. "My Sensual Mind" – 4:36
  6. "Valparaíso" – 3:59
  7. "Selamanya" – 2:24
  8. "By the Moon" – 4:11
  9. "Dream of Me" – 4:02
  10. "Secret of the Sea" – 4:18
  11. "Life on Mars?" – 4:15

Japanese edition[edit]

  1. "Snow on the Sahara" (Erick Benzi, Matheson) – 4:20
  2. "Le Départ" (Benzi) – 0:29
  3. "Over Their Walls" (Benzi, Matheson) – 3:14
  4. "On the Breath of an Angel" (Anggun, Veneruso, Matheson) – 3:33
  5. "A Rose in the Wind" (Benzi, Matheson) – 4:28
  6. "Gita" (Anggun, Teboul) – 0:28
  7. "Memory of Your Shores" (Benzi, Mingot, Matheson) – 4:01
  8. "My Sensual Mind" (Benzi, Matheson) – 4:36
  9. "Blanca" (Benzi) – 0:41
  10. "Valparaíso" (Benzi, Matheson) – 3:59
  11. "Selamanya" (Anggun, Benzi) – 2:24
  12. "By the Moon" (Benzi, Matheson) – 4:11
  13. "Pluies" (Veneruso) – 0:58
  14. "Dream of Me" (Veneruso, Matheson) – 4:02
  15. "Secret of the Sea" (Veneruso, Matheson) – 4:18
  16. "Life on Mars?" (David Bowie) – 4:15
  17. "La neige au Sahara" (Benzi) – 4:20
  18. "La rose des vents" (Benzi) – 4:28
  19. "De soleils et d'ombres" (Veneruso) – 4:03

French edition[edit]

  1. "La neige au Sahara" (Erick Benzi) – 4:20
  2. "Le depart" (Benzi) – 0:29
  3. "Plus fort que les frontieres" (Benzi) – 3:14
  4. "A la plume de tes doigts" (Anggun, Veneruso) – 3:33
  5. "La rose des vents" (Benzi) – 4:27
  6. "Gita" (Anggun, Teboul) – 0:27
  7. "La memoire des rochers" (Benzi, Mingot) – 4:03
  8. "La ligne des sens" (Benzi) – 4:35
  9. "Blanca" (Benzi) – 0:41
  10. "Valparaiso" (Benzi) – 3:59
  11. "Selamanya" (Anggun, Benzi) – 2:24
  12. "Au nom de la lune" (Benzi) – 4:07
  13. "Pluies" (Veneruso) – 0:57
  14. "De soleils et d'ombres" (Veneruso) – 4:01
  15. "Always" (Veneruso) – 4:12
  16. "Ceria" (Benzi) – 0:49

Indonesian edition[edit]

  1. "Snow on the Sahara" (Benzi, Matheson) – 4:20
  2. "Le Départ" (Benzi) – 0:29
  3. "Over Their Walls" (Benzi, Matheson) – 3:14
  4. "On the Breath of an Angel" (Anggun, Veneruso, Matheson) – 3:33
  5. "Kembali" (Anggun, Benzi) – 4:28
  6. "Gita" (Anggun, Teboul) – 0:28
  7. "Memory of Your Shores" (Benzi, Mingot, Matheson) – 4:01
  8. "My Sensual Mind" (Benzi, Matheson) – 4:36
  9. "Blanca" (Benzi) – 0:41
  10. "Valparaíso" (Benzi, Matheson) – 3:59
  11. "Selamanya" (Anggun, Benzi) – 2:24
  12. "Au nom de la lune" (Benzi) – 4:11
  13. "Pluies" (Veneruso) – 0:58
  14. "Dream of Me" (Veneruso, Matheson) – 4:02
  15. "Secret of the Sea" (Veneruso, Matheson) – 4:18
  16. "Life on Mars?" (David Bowie) – 4:15

Malaysian re-released edition[edit]

  1. "Snow on the Sahara" (Benzi, Matheson) – 4:20
  2. "Le Départ" (Benzi) – 0:29
  3. "Over Their Walls" (Benzi, Matheson) – 3:14
  4. "On the Breath of an Angel" (Anggun, Veneruso, Matheson) – 3:33
  5. "Kembali" (Anggun, Benzi) – 4:28
  6. "Gita" (Anggun, Teboul) – 0:28
  7. "Memory of Your Shores" (Benzi, Mingot, Matheson) – 4:01
  8. "My Sensual Mind" (Benzi, Matheson) – 4:36
  9. "Blanca" (Benzi) – 0:41
  10. "Valparaíso" (Benzi, Matheson) – 3:59
  11. "Selamanya" (Anggun, Benzi) – 2:24
  12. "Au nom de la lune" (Benzi) – 4:11
  13. "Pluies" (Veneruso) – 0:58
  14. "Dream of Me" (Veneruso, Matheson) – 4:02
  15. "Secret of the Sea" (Veneruso, Matheson) – 4:18
  16. "Life on Mars?" (David Bowie) – 4:15
  17. "A Rose in the Wind" (Benzi, Matheson) - 4:28

Singles[edit]

French singles[edit]

  • "La neige au Sahara"
  • "La rose des vents" ¹
  • "Au nom de la lune"
  • "La ligne des sens" (non-charted)
  • "La perle noire" ² (non-album single)

¹ "La Rose des Vents" was the first Anggun single recorded in three different languages - French, English ("A Rose in the Wind") and Indonesian ("Kembali").
² "La Perle Noire" was recorded for the Les Perles du Mantea documentary.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (1998). snow. allmusic.com. Retrieved January 25, 2012.