Fading Shades

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Fading Shades
Sandra fading shades front.jpg
Studio album by Sandra
Released 12 June 1995
Recorded 1994–1995
Genre Synthpop, dance, electropop
Length 40:11
Label Virgin
Producer Michael Cretu
Jens Gad
Sandra chronology
18 Greatest Hits
Fading Shades
My Favourites
Singles from Fading Shades
  1. "Nights in White Satin"
    Released: March 1995
  2. "Won't Run Away"
    Released: July 1995

Fading Shades is the sixth studio album by German singer Sandra, released in 1995.[1]

In 1995, while pregnant with twins, Sandra recorded and released Fading Shades. The album saw a new writer/producer Jens Gad working alongside Michael Cretu. The album featured a powerful cover version of "Nights in White Satin" by The Moody Blues. The music video showed only close-ups of Sandra's face as she was heavily pregnant at the time. She even had to sit during the recording sessions of the album. Again, Andy "Angel" Hart performed all the male vocals on the album. Note that the album cover was taken from the music video of "Nights in White Satin".

The album become one of her least successful releases, reaching number forty-two in Germany and thirty-seven in Switzerland.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Fading Shades" (Part 1) (Gad) — 1:02
  2. "Nights in White Satin" (Justin Hayward) — 4:33
  3. "Son of a Time Machine" (Gad - Cretu/Hirschburger) — 5:01
  4. "Won't Run Away" (Gad - Gad/Hirschburger) — 4:14
  5. "Tell Me More" (Gad - Gad/Hirschburger) — 3:15
  6. "Will You Whisper" (Gad - Hirschburger) — 4:13
  7. "Invisible Shelter" (Gad - Cretu/Hirschburger) — 5:20
  8. "You Are So Beautiful" (Gad - Gad/Hirschburger) — 4:38
  9. "I Need Love '95" (Cretu - Cretu/Hirschburger) — 3:28
  10. "First Lullaby" (Cretu/Gad - Cretu/Hirschburger) — 4:20
  11. "Fading Shades" (Part 2) (Gad) — 1:06


"Won't Run Away"
Won't Run Away - Sandra.jpg
Single by Sandra
from the album Fading Shades
Released July 1995
Format CD single
Recorded 1995
Genre Electropop, Dance
Length 4:18
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s) Jens Gad
Klaus Hirschburger
Producer(s) Michael Cretu
Jens Gad
Sandra singles chronology
"Nights in White Satin"
"Won't Run Away"
"Secret Land '99"
"Nights in White Satin"
"Won't Run Away"
"Secret Land '99"
"Nights in White Satin"

The first single released from the album was "Nights in White Satin", which reached number thirty-four in New Zealand.[2] The song went to number one in Israel and entered the top twenty in Finland and Australia. However, in Germany it performed very weakly on the chart, reaching only number eighty-six.

"Won't Run Away"

"Won't Run Away" was released in July 1995 as the second and final single from the album. Unfortunately, the song was not successful, as it did not enter on any of the charts.[3] It was her third single that failed to chart and first since 1985's "(I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena" not to receive a music video.

CD single[4]
  1. "Won't Run Away" — 4:18
  2. "Won't Run Away" (The Sunshine Mix) — 7:34
  3. "Won't Run Away" (Happy Dancer Mix) — 5:00
  4. "Won't Run Away" (Extended Guitar Mix) — 6:26


  • Lead vocals by Sandra.
  • Male vocals by Andy "Angel" Hart.
  • Lyrics by Jens Gad, Klaus Hirschburger, Michael Cretu.
  • Music by Jens Gad, Michael Cretu.
  • Artwork by Virgin Munich.
  • Produced by Jens Gad, Michael Cretu.
  • Programmed and arranged by - Jens Gad.
  • Recorded at A.R.T. Studios, Ibiza, Spain.


Chart (1995) Peak
German Albums Charts 42
Swiss Albums Top 100 37


  1. ^ "Fading Shades". Sandra-cretu.narod.ru. Archived from the original on 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  2. ^ "Nights in White Satin". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 2014-05-01. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  3. ^ "Won't Run Away". Sandra-cretu.narod.ru. Archived from the original on 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  4. ^ "Sandra - Won't Run Away (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-02-15.