New Zealand Re-Release
only covers those tracks not included on the UK version of Pure.
For all other tracks, please see the Reviews section in the
track listing (bold denotes additional tracks
not included in the UK version):
1. Who Painted The Moon Black? 2. Beat Of Your Heart 3. Never
4. Dark Waltz 5. Heaven 6. In Trutina 7. Across The
Universe Of Time 8. River Of Dreams
9. Wuthering Heights 10. My Heart And I 11.
Benedictus 12. Hine e Hine
1. Pokarekare Ana 2. Amazing Grace 3. The Mummers’ Dance
4. Mary Did You Know? 5. Silent Night, Holy Night 6. Away In
The Universe Of Time
songs whose beauty grabs you instantly and others that take
a little while to grow on you. For me, this song falls into
the latter category. The first time I heard it, I found it pleasant
enough (although that may only have been because of Hayley’s
sensational voice) but nothing special. When I had heard it
three or four times, I began to really like it. When I listened
for, perhaps, the tenth time I absolutely adored it and, from
then on, it became one of many personal favourites.
has a mystical sound to it and the instrumentation generally
is interesting. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is supported
by viola, cello, guitar, harp and cimbalom (a large Hungarian
member of the dulcimer family), which, in places, can be heard
quite prominently. Hayley’s vocal commences with a delicate
“dee-are-ree-ra-ree-ra-dee-dum” theme, which somehow promises
something enchanting. Every time Hayley sings is like the first
time – you are entranced as she thrills, excites and yet pacifies
you with the beauty of her gorgeous voice and here, when the
main lyric begins, you are compelled to listen closely. I was
so blown away by her voice that for some time I forgot to take
notice of the meaning of the words or how the melody would unfold
which may explain why I had to listen many times before I began
to appreciate the beauty of song itself. It was worth the wait
for it is quite lovely.
the sea falls from the shore
As the light sinks low, will I see you any more?
As the rain falls from the sky
Can I bring you back from a distant lullaby?
me your vision, the story begun
Two lights are rising and burning as one.
are simple and beautiful. They seem to tell of a dreamlike wistful
desire for a lost loved one, perhaps one who only ever existed
in one’s imagination: “…. I have known you well, yet I’ve never
seen your face….” Yet this is not a sad song; it is a song of
hope, ending as it does with “… but I know that I’ll see you
again, and I know that you’re near me….”
Heart And I
gentle song begins tantalisingly slowly. The shimmering melody
floats gracefully throughout and, when sung by Hayley, would
surely melt the coldest heart.
heart and I have wandered aimlessly
Beneath the weeping willows searching for the sun.
the song is sung with such emotion. Doesn’t it just make you
want to embrace and comfort her? The song has such a delightfully
soothing quality that it deserves its place on this outstanding
a good film throughout which you sit back, relax and enjoy it.
That is how I enjoy most of the songs on the bonus disc. Now
imagine the film is the sort that has you sitting on the edge
of your seat to avidly take in every detail. That is what this
song did for me from the very first note.
in the springtime of the year
When the trees are crowned with leaves
When the ash and oak, and the birch and yew
Are dressed in ribbons fair
away this lyric declares it comes from the folk genre, which
has always been a great source of musical pleasure for me and
is probably what grabbed my immediate attention. To hear Hayley
sing such a song should not have surprised me as she has said
she wishes to perform all kinds of music…. but it did! And what
a wonderful surprise it was and, oh, does she do it well.
song I thought I detected a hint of an American or perhaps an
Irish accent, which others tell me they didn’t notice. I can
also imagine this song being sung by Steeleye Span but, to my
knowledge, they never did. The acoustic guitar which dominates
the introduction plays a chord sequence typical of their style
and the rhythm of the chorus is accentuated by the unusually
heavy drum beat (for Hayley’s normal style anyway) on the second
and fourth beat of the bar.
been rambling all the night
And some time of this day.
Now returning back again
We bring a garland gay.
completed a musical circle with this song: From true classical,
via songs from the musicals (as heard on her earlier self-titled
album) to pop and now via folk back to classical again. If anyone
ever doubted it, Hayley can sing anything. And she does so magnificently.
only one thing puzzling me. Why, oh why was this song omitted
from the UK version? Perhaps Decca would consider releasing
it as a single as a follow-up to ‘Wuthering Heights’. I’m sure
we could all think of one or two others to go with it. For my
money you could do no better than ‘Across The Universe Of Time’
and ‘Who Painted The Moon Black?’ Our Hayley would surely dominate
the pop charts for months.
Did You Know?
is peaceful enough to be that of a lullaby. Backed only by guitar,
piano, bass and drums, the arrangement demands that the listener
focuses on nothing but Hayley’s voice which, as is the case
with so many songs, is strong yet serene – an apparent contradiction
which only Hayley can achieve.
Night, Holy Night
the most well known of all Christmas Carols, Hayley delivers
this song with such grace as is typical of her style. The key
change before the final verse breathes new life into the melody.
To hear Hayley sing this makes you wish it could be Christmas
all the year through.
In A Manger
the same minimal instrumental backing as the last two tracks,
Hayley’s voice seems to project right into the room. The song
(and therefore the double album) closes with a delightful if
brief vocal flourish; ‘oo-ooh’ following the end of the last
verse. Somehow this serves as a vocal equivalent of Hayley’s
delightful little wave which is so often seen as she leaves
the stage at the end of her concerts.
double album and the other CDs I have by Hayley are my only
possessions which do not have a place of their own in my home.
You see, there is no point putting them away because, within
hours I am getting them out to play them again…. and again….
and again…. ad infinitum. And so they live on the table beside
the hi-fi…. Or better still, in it!