The Freedom Sessions

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The Freedom Sessions
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Remix album by Sarah McLachlan
Released 6 December 1994 (Canada)
28 March 1995 (US)
Recorded 1994
Genre Pop rock
Length 32:31
Label Nettwerk (Canada)
Arista (US)
Producer Pierre Marchand
Sarah McLachlan chronology
Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
(1993)
The Freedom Sessions
(1994)
Rarities, B-Sides and Other Stuff
(1996)

The Freedom Sessions is an album by Sarah McLachlan which was released on 6 December 1994 on Nettwerk in Canada and 28 March 1995 on Arista Records in the United States. The album consisted primarily of previously unreleased alternative versions and remixes of McLachlan recordings, plus a cover version of "Ol' 55" by Tom Waits. Many of the tracks were recorded during the same sessions as McLachlan's 1993 album Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. In subsequent live performances, some of these songs (most notably "Ice Cream" and "Hold On") were reworked to match the style in which they were played on this album.

The album was released in two versions: a standard CD, and an enhanced CD containing CD-ROM bonus material including interviews and music videos. The album was one of the first major enhanced CD releases.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

All songs by McLachlan, unless otherwise noted.

CD: Standard release[edit]

  1. "Elsewhere" – 4:33
  2. "Plenty" – 3:20
  3. "Mary" – 3:55
  4. "Good Enough" – 3:20
  5. "Hold On" – 6:43
  6. "Ice Cream" – 2:30
  7. "Ice" – 3:58
  8. "Ol' 55" (Tom Waits) – 4:12

CD: Nettwerk / W2-36321 (Canada)[edit]

  1. Data Track
  2. "Elsewhere" – 4:33
  3. "Plenty" – 3:20
  4. "Mary" – 3:55
  5. "Good Enough" – 3:20
  6. "Hold On" – 6:43
  7. "Ice Cream" – 2:30
  8. "Ice" – 3:58
  9. "Ol' '55" (Tom Waits) – 9:33
  • Enhanced v2.0 release
  • "Ol '55" is followed by a second version of "Hold On" 4:52 which starts at 4:41

Musicians[edit]

  • Sarah McLachlan: Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Piano, Keyboards
  • Luke Doucet: Slide Acoustic Guitar
  • David Sinclair: Acoustic Guitar
  • Pierre Marchand: Bass, Orchestra, Drum Programming, Percussion, Background Vocals
  • Brian Minato: Bass
  • David Kershaw: Bass, Piano, Hammond Organ
  • Camille Henderson: Background Vocals
  • Ashwin Sood: Drums, Djembe'

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994–95) Peak
position
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[1] 36
US Billboard 200[2] 78

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[3] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[4] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 2714." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Sarah McLachlan – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Sarah McLachlan. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Sarah McLachlan – The Freedom Sessions". Music Canada. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "American album certifications – Sarah Mc Lachlan – The Freedom Sessions". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 26 October 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH