Last month, Sara Bareilles teased fans about a forthcoming live album, sharing a clip of “Fire” recorded at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on November 2, 2019. She’s stayed quiet about that since… until now. Today, Sara shared the live recording of her songs “Orpheus” and “Fire” and announced her that her album, Amidst The Chaos: Live At The Hollywood Bowl, will come out on May 21st. The record is available for pre-order now and comes with an instant download of its opening song.
The new live recording glides in slowly, opening with a minute of atmospheric concert sounds and subtle instrumentation before Sara sings the chorus of “Orpheus.” It’s only an introductory version of the effective title track from Sara’s 2019 album, Amidst The Chaos. (A full performance of “Orpheus” appears near the end of the show and on the live album.) Following that prologue, the recording moves right into “Fire,” the second single we heard from Amidst The Chaos. Sara’s voice is just as stunning here as in the studio recording, and she’s bolstered by top-notch backing vocalists. The concert recording does a great job of capturing extra energy, from the devoted crowd to the impressive band performing with Sara.
If you were lucky enough to see Sara during her Amidst The Chaos tour, this live recording will bring back sweet memories. The whole new live album will be such a treat!
Listen to the live recording of “Orpheus / Fire” below:
“Orpheus / Fire” is the first track on Sara’s upcoming live album, Amidst The Chaos: Live At The Hollywood Bowl. You can stream or buy the song from all the major music providers here. You’ll also want to pre-order the album; pre-orders come with an instant download of “Orpheus / Fire.” The album will be available digitally, as a double CD, or as a triple LP. There’s no word yet on if there will be video or DVD available.
Amidst The Chaos: Live At The Hollywood Bowl will include all of the songs Sara performed at that November 2019 concert. Check out the full tracklist below:
- “Orpheus” / “Fire”
- “Poetry For Dead Men”
- “Eyes On You”
- “I Choose You”
- “Love Song”
- “If I Can’t Have You” (with Emily King)
- “Miss Simone”
- “Someone Who Loves Me” (with the Milk Carton Kids)
- “Soft Place To Land” (with Butterfly Boucher and Misty Boyce)
- “You Matter To Me” (with Solomon Dorsey)
- “Bad Idea” (with Butterfly Boucher)
- “She Used To Be Mine”
- “No Such Thing” / “Satellite Call”
- “Let The Rain”
- “King Of Anything”
- “Orpheus” (with T Bone Burnett)
- “Saint Honesty”
Note that for physical versions of the album, the songs are divided across two CDs and three vinyl LPs.
Watch the trailer for Amidst The Chaos: Live At The Hollywood Bowl below:
This will be Sara’s third live album of her career, following Between The Lines in 2008 and Brave Enough in 2013. She also shared the iTunes Live From SoHo EP in 2011, plus live recordings on her independent releases prior to Little Voice.
EPs of Previously Unreleased Songs
This new live album isn’t the only thing fans have to look forward to! In early March, Sara casually mentioned her plans to release a few EPs of previously unreleased songs. Wow! In case you didn’t know, Sara has tons of unreleased songs. We have a long list of songs she’s played live, demos that have leaked, and names we’ve heard over the years. There are likely many more songs we don’t know about, too. You can check out our (hopefully mostly accurate) list of unreleased Sara songs here, and let us know what you’re most hoping to hear on the EPs! We’re praying for “Goodbye Song,” “Lights Down,” and “Only Shadows,” among others.
We’re also not sure how many EPs Sara plans to release or how the songs will be divided. Our guess (hope?) is one EP of leftover songs from each album era. Imagine hearing the songs that were left off of Little Voice, the ones that didn’t make it onto Kaleidoscope Heart, and the songs not on The Blessed Unrest? And if there were any leftovers from Amidst The Chaos, that could make four EPs in total. We shall see!
Last September, Sara put out her special album, More Love: Songs From Little Voice Season One. As the title suggests, these are songs she wrote that were featured in her lovely Apple TV+ series, Little Voice. While Sara originally wrote some of the songs 15+ years ago, others are newer compositions specifically written for the show.
In many ways, we at Hidden Jams largely think of More Love as its own kind of rarities collection. Several of the songs were leftovers from previous albums. We all know the story behind “Little Voice,” a song that should have been on the 2007 album of the same name. Similarly, “Simple And True” was a song Sara wrote years ago and never released.
Although Sara re-recorded all of the songs last summer, More Love is like a precursor to the upcoming EPs of previously unreleased songs.
More from Sara
Prior to More Love, Sara’s last studio album was Amidst The Chaos, released in April 2019. It launched the singles “Armor” and “Fire,” plus promo singles “No Such Thing” and “Saint Honesty.” Later that year, Sara also released the EP, What’s Not Inside: The Lost Songs From Waitress. It followed Sara’s 2015 album, What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress, which featured songs she wrote for the hugely popular Broadway musical, Waitress. The EP features 6 songs that didn’t make it into the musical, plus Sara’s show-stopping ballad, “She Used To Be Mine.”
Speaking of unreleased songs, in November 2019, five mysterious old Sara demos leaked online. She recorded them in the 2000s with Ryan Dusick, formerly of Maroon 5.
In 2020, Sara also appeared in several collaborations. In January 2020, Sara appeared on lovely acoustic version of “Teach You” with Emily King. Last fall, she and Meg Toohey released their song “Lucky Streak,” honoring Broadway star Nick Cordero, who died of COVID in spring 2020. Then in November, Sara joined Todd Carey for an updated acoustic version of his 2007 song “Smile”; Sara had previously sung backup on the original release 13 years prior. That same month, Sara joined Josh Groban for a cover of “Both Sides Now,” originally by Joni Mitchell.
Beyond music, Sara can also add acting to her ever-growing resume: Last August, it was announced that Sara will star in a new comedy series called Girls5eva. It will be available to stream on Peacock starting on May 6th, so don’t miss it! Check out the show’s trailer here.
“Orpheus / Fire” & Amidst The Chaos: Live At The Hollywood Bowl
We’re loving the live recording of “Orpheus / Fire,” and we can’t wait to hear the full album. Amidst The Chaos: Live At The Hollywood Bowl will be out on May 21st, so be sure to pre-order and pre-save before then. We don’t yet know when Sara’s EPs of previously unreleased songs will be out, but we’re guessing sometime this summer. In any case, we’re pretty excited. Keep checking back here for all the latest Sara Bareilles music news.
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