The Single CD of Happy Valley: 1997
A Review by Vpa
- The Single Version (3:45)
- The Parade Version (2:38)
Taiwan Release ( Cat no. 7243 8 84419 2 6 )
This single was released only in Asia, which probably accounts for its use of Chinese as well as
English in the liner notes. I heard from Alex that it was released briefly in the UK with no marketing
but then withdrawn almost immediately. It is packed in a red-and-gold sleeve without photos, with
an inside photo similar to the CHINA GIRL cover but in red light not black and white.
The first track is a shortened version of the piece that is on both CHINA GIRL and STORM, which
is already too short even in its full-length 6:33 version. The second one is the same, but even shorter
and with the chorus omitted for some sections. The opening theme is cut to only 20 seconds on the
Single version and only 15 seconds on the Parade version. The interlude with the harp is shortened in
the Single version and left out of the parade version entirely. Neither version has anything new, just
parts being left out.
Therefore, this CD really has only 3:45 of music on it. The music is very good, perhaps the best and
most important work that Vanessa-Mae has ever done (see my notes for CHINA GIRL). However,
the format of this CD is disappointing and may leave buyers feeling cheated. Vanessa-Mae fans in
Europe and America who can't get this Single CD will be glad to know that they are not missing
anything. If you already have the full CHINA GIRL album (and you should!) or STORM there is no
reason to buy the Single CD of "Happy Valley", except to collect it.