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165. A Different Space
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166. Windham Hill Chill: Ambient Acoustic
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167. Pavilion of Dreams
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168. Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub)
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161. Asana 3 Peaceful Heart
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5-0 out of 5 stars Aahhhhhhhhhh Asha PUTHLI
All I can say is wow to this relaxing, bassful, cheerful Chill Out Journey.
On one Track is female singer Asha Puthli who had a No. 1 Hit with The Devil is loose in the 70ties, popular with her Disco-driven L'Indiana in Studio 54 (Mr. Moonlight) and was joining Dum Dum Project two years ago.

A real Treasure-Box Experience. ... Read more


162. Midnight Flower
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent music for a yoga flow practice
I love this CD! It has easily become my favorite. It has a great vibe and has a nice assortment of sounds and grooves. This CD will move you through a flow series practice quite nicely!

5-0 out of 5 stars Now THIS is the way to relax after work!!!
Now THIS is the way to relax after work!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Now THIS is the way to relax after work!!!
Now THIS is the way to relax after work!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Midight Flower is a must have
Whether you're in deep meditation, or just need
some downtime, Midight Flower is a must have.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Tai Chi and Yoga
This CD is good on repeat while I'm doing Tai Chi
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163. Music for Films
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4-0 out of 5 stars not the best
Not Enos best work. The album sounds fragmented but it is still very enjoyable. I would recommend another green world or music for airports over this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I've bought a few of the other Eno Remasters and while they're better than the original CDs they might not be worth the price unless you're a completist or an audiophile. This CD is an exception. I've always disliked the original CD version with its distortion and sound as if heard through cotton batts. This remaster is lightyears away from the original CD. It is crisp and clear and spacious. I hear things I've never heard before. It is amazing. If you like the original--run, don't walk to get this. ... Read more


164. Signify [Bonus Disc]
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5-0 out of 5 stars This two-CD edition is excellent!
I loved everything about the original release of "Signify"...the cover art; the lush, dense sound; the songwriting and musical performance.Songs like "Waiting" and "Sever" are classics in my book.Steven Wilson is a virtuoso guitarist with a great voice and incredible writing and arranging skills, Richard Barbieri holds things together with his keyboard textures, Colin Edwin is as steady a bassist as one will find anywhere, and the band's original drummer Chris Maitland is technically gifted on the drums but definitely not to the point of not allowing emotions to come through in his playing.

So why would a reissue be so much better than the original release?I'm not an audiophile, but this remaster actually does sound a bit cleaner, maybe less "dark" in places, maybe due to the remastering, and that's fine...but for me, this was the drawing card:included here is a second CD of 10 demos by Wilson, recorded during the time of "Signify"!And while these demos don't sound quite like a fully fleshed-out band, they do sound very, very good.He does a nice version of "Nine Cats", which appeared on "On The Sunday Of Life", an early PT effort performed by Wilson.Other songs include demos of "Sever" and "Waiting", and if you listen carefully to the other seven demos, you might notice sections of these songs that were eventually used on "Signify".

All in all, the package offers the original album as well as some very listenable insights into its making.For fans of Porcupine Tree, this is not to be missed.For newcomers, there is a lot here to enjoy if you like good musicians playing and singing good, inventive music.Check it out!

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165. A Different Space
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Bob Holroyd is one of those musicians you hear without knowing it. He spends a lot of his time producing library albums, and generic music used for commercials, films, and industrial presentations. He writes to a nonspecific mood and other people put it to imagery. Every couple of years he surfaces with an engaging ambient album, and A Different Space is his latest. It finds him taking a techno-tribal turn, using lots of global instrumental and vocal samples from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, and putting it on top of propulsive dance grooves à la Deep Forest. Then he tosses in live players like trumpeter Kevin Robinson doing a Hugh Masekela-style solo on "Drumming Up a Storm" or Dirk Campbell weaving in uilleann pipes and ney flute. It's all been done by Deep Forest, Loop Guru, Banco De Gaia and others, and Holroyd adds little to the form, but there's no denying the slick, sonically rich landscapes he creates. But like his library music it has the feel of formula. In fact, the more he gets away from his loops, such as "Dark Waters" (with its live guitar, percussions, and bass), the more lively and "authentic" his music gets. --John Diliberto ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Steve Hillage Expansion
I mention Hillage is this review because that is how I found out about Bob Holroyd. I personally am not a big fan of the Top Hat heavy trans-beat. You won't find much of that on this record.

What you do find are many layered synthetic wonders, innertwined with acoustic sounds, which feature beats; but are not completely beat driven. The moods created here are not too dark either (just is case you don't like dark ambient!). Bob is a talented synth artists with a solid command on his ethnic influences. The pieces on this record have an intricacy with them that is NOT overwhelming or inaccessable! Great spin!

4-0 out of 5 stars Electronic world music?
Bob Holroyd has crafted an outstanding CD that combines the influences of world music (influences that sound like they come from all over the globe!) with the nuanaces and subtleties available in electronic music. The rhythms and percussion really stand out in nearly every track, and they're remarkably different on every track. The first track and "African Drug" are African-influenced fast-moving fly-bys, while "Adrift in Kerala" and "Something Understood" are more Asian trance. "Earthwatching", my favorite, is unlike everything else on the CD - mysterious and purely electronic. The vocals on the CD are sparse yet effective, and each track will grab you in its own way. A great CD!

5-0 out of 5 stars A very good space!
This CD is really really good. "The sheer weight of Memory" is a total standout, both in deep full richness and inspired composition. Bob is a gifted musician. Every track is different, good different not like different...skip. I cant wait til his upcoming CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing
You know the type of album. The type that is really great the first tim eyou put it in. The type that upon further listen gets better and better, till you can't live with out it. Thats the special treat Bob Holroyd has delvered here today. I am a fan of Six degree's yet I see this and the Two Banco De Gaia albums they released as the only "perfect" albums they have released yet. If your a fan of Banco De Gaia you should definitly pick this up next. Holroyd goes back in forth between some really great up beat world inspired tracks with some crazy drum work. Into some truly emotional filled Ambient tracks that are simply beautiful. The mixed tempo of this album seems to be this only valid complain I have seen, But I don't buy into these "rules" that an album must somehow follow tempo restrictions. A Wonderful album such as this breaks the rules and delvers great music regardless.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't stop listening to this one
Well, Six Degrees records strikes again!! How do they find these talented people? This CD has great musical integrety while making a lot of use of synthesizers and dubs. The World vocal crossover stylings on a couple of the pieces contrast very well with the dream spaces evoked in others. There is never a dull moment wandering through this landscape. Some of the pieces have been played on Hearts of Space, while others would be more suited for a trance outing. All are excellent. Go for it. ... Read more


166. Windham Hill Chill: Ambient Acoustic
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What's surprising about this collection is not that they did it, but that it took them so long.Windham Hill records, and the label it swallowed, Private Music, wrote at least a chapter or two on chill-out music. But they've never targeted that audience before. This double CD draws from the usual Windham Hill-Private Music suspects and creates a seamless listening experience, ambient on disc one, acoustic on disc two. Disc One: Ambient features some of the pioneers of ambient music: Mark Isham, Tangerine Dream, and Patrick O'Hearn. But most of the disc draws from the melodic, bucolic, and orchestral side with State of Grace, David Arkenstone, and even Yanni. None of them are ambient by any stretch, but they do fall into an elegant flow that's more evocative than chilled. Disc Two: Acoustic has all the Windham Hill pioneers, including George Winston, Will Ackerman, Michael Hedges, and Philip Aaberg. Together, they create a pastoral flow from solo guitars to small chamber ensembles. I wouldn't bring this disc into a chill-out room, but for elegant atmospheres and pastoral moods, Windham Hill Chill has more than enough charms. --John Diliberto ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Wonderful, Magical Unicorn Should Not Have its Horn Used
As a horse-shoe ringer-spike. I mean all of these musicians, are well-accomplished artists and have performed for many-many fans. Yes, I was leary about that 3-star rating and Windham Hill's compilations are mostly masterpieces. It's a Great Deal and a Super Listen both magical and thunderous, delicate and sweeping and highly thought-provoking. This music sounds nice with a portable; but will really make your home stereo come alive. This music is 10 stars. All pieces are flawless,(personally)I like playing disk #2 first---Ave Maria is one of my favs. So don't delay. Buy this masterpiece today! It's great!

3-0 out of 5 stars An OK-sounding album, but very little new or interesting
This is really more just a label sampler than a successful "chill" compilation. Windham Hill has put out many excellent collections in the past, most notably the underrated and genre-setting "Path" CD. That was a CD with many new tracks and new artists. It really opened my mind up to some great music. This new "chill" set does a very poor job of backing up the boast from the album's subtitle - "30 essential tracks from the original chill out label."

Start with disc one, the "ambient" disc. So many of the cuts are from previous albums - even from previous W.H. collections! Often this is the 3rd or even 4th compilation appearance for some tunes! Windham Hill is getting like Higher Octave, endlessly re-packaging the same songs over and over. Some of these cuts are not even "ambient." The Ravi Shankar theme is nice enough, but isn't "chill" OR "ambient." It clashes with the other songs on disc one. The piece from Yanni is like watered-down Vangelis. Of course he is from the Tesh school of muzak and doesn't really belong on any compilation looking for credibility anyhow.

The 2nd disc, "acoustic," has some excellent themes from Nightnoise, Will Ackerman, and others. Again, though, many of the songs have been anthologized to death already. If you own just about ANY W.H. compilation, you've probably already got "Rickover's Dream" from Michael Hedges and "Wedding Rain" from Liz Story. Instead of putting out the same music again, it would be much better if Windham Hill would come up with something new for a change. ... Read more


167. Pavilion of Dreams
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The 1978 recording debut from reformed avant-garde composer and eventual ambient forerunner Harold Budd consists of four chamber works (written between 1972 and 1975) that use varying combinations of harp, mallet instruments, piano, saxophone, and female or male vocals. Two years before his fateful first studio collaboration with Brian Eno (who produced this album), Budd was creating hypnotic music in an acoustic mode. All of the works herein--including "Two Rooms," whose latter half is an adaptation of John Coltrane's "After the Rain"--sustain a similarly dreamy vibe. An important credo for Budd was to make music as pretty as possible as an antidote to the noisy avant-garde he had escaped from. One cannot fault him for the lovely sounds he creates here, although fans familiar with his more cinematic works might be caught off-guard. Regardless, the pleasant Pavilion of Dreams provides insight into Budd's past, and it offers the same somniferous effect as a gentle lullaby, making it perfect for late-evening listening. --Bryan Reesman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best antidote for insomnia and for kicking babies
I was fortunate to run into this album just as I started suffering of insomnia the last few days before the arrival of our new baby boy. I now see two great uses for this beautiful music by avant-garde artist Harold Budd: playing it to sleep (yourself) and playing it to a baby in the tummy -it proved to calm him down when he was moving like crazy.

On a more musical note, this album opened up the early seventies' work of Budd to me. I wasn't familiarized with his collaborations with Brian Eno, of which this would be only the first, with Eno sitting in the producer's seat. A very nice starting point or point of arrival for ambient explorators and in general, for those who appreciate the subtlety of a work that stands for the mellow California minimalism.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Tranquil
I own 5 or 6 Harold Budd CDs and this one is my favorite. It is different from the others because to me it expresses calm, tranquil joy. For me,it brings to mind being on a beautiful South Pacific island, on the beach, completely in the moment, existing only for now. Sometimes the music makes me think about diving and watching the schools of fish sweep and twist like smoke on a breeze. My favorite piece is Madrigals of the Rose Angel. It's an etheral women's choir and a minimal space piano. It's somewhat like the last movement of Holst's The Planets but more etheral and mysterious. Budd uses some interesting combinations of instruments on this CD. There's a piece featuring the mellowest sax, he's pretty heavy on ambient women's voices, oddly a marimba is here and of course his piano. It all fits nicely. Surely when we finally become angels lounging out on the clouds,this CD is what it's going to sound like.

4-0 out of 5 stars 4 stars
Music of contemplative nature creating a soundscape full with absolute stillness. It is evocative of long forgotten memories and puts one in a state of floatation or ethereal feelings. As an early CD by Mr. Budd it obviously hints on the direction he were to take for his following work. Four stars...

5-0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the greatest rainy day CD
I have owned this album for more than ten years and it is truly beautiful. It is best on a warm rainy day. Harold Budd is usually classified under New Age, which is a shame, given what garbage one finds under that genre.

3-0 out of 5 stars By the dead of night
This album is a compilation of early tracks, recorded and composed between 1972 and 1976, with the help of well-known friends like Brian Eno and Michael Nyman. I must confess that I've bought this CD merely because of "Juno". In my opinion this is one of Budd's greatest songs, a very colorful and vivid composition. Coming up with sometimes even uptempo, pearling piano runs and bright melodies, "Juno" leaves a lasting impression. Unfortunately, the rest of this album is almost lifeless and very lame. These female choruses tend to touch new age cliches, just as the harps and saccharine wind instruments do. Not really bad, but I don't think that this is avantgarde. I wouldn't even want these tracks to be played at my burial, because I'm afraid of my funeral train being bored to death. If "Juno" wasn't on this album, I would rate it with 1.5 stars only. If you want to hear a really inspired and enjoyable neoclassical record by Budd, check out "She's a phantom". ... Read more


168. Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub)
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Following a tide of critical acclaim and numerous appearances on every other chill-out compilation since records began, Groove Armada's Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub) has an awful lot to live up to. Vertigo, released in February 2000, was a phenomenal success, critically and commercially, spawning hits like "If Everybody Looked the Same" and the sun-drenched "At the River." Having found their niche in downbeat, Groove Armada explore the style even further on Country. The opening track, "Suntoucher," is a slow-burning dub plate, featuring Jeru The Damaja, which breaks out a supercool horn riff midway through. It's a fantastic start to the album, but it does begin to feel a little long as the song unspools. Even the slightly more uptempo numbers, like first single "Superstylin'" and "Fogma," don't rush into anything, building slowly before the bass hook and drums kick in with a lukewarm impact. Goodbye Country is another musical triumph for Groove Armada, with every track as good as the one before. Still, it's a shame they veer so strongly in a downbeat direction, as they mostly leave behind the quirky house style that helped distinguish their earlier work. --David Trueman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Armada of talent
Probably one of the best albums of the year, Groove Armada continue to explore new ideas,and offer up a musical buffet of sounds. In contrast to their second album, Vertigo which was mostly downtemp and chill, the title of this album foreshadows where these blokes are headed. This album incorporates live insrumentations as well as clever sampling. The first track, Suntoucher, blends hip-hop rhymes and disco orchestrations to create a head bopping sensation. The second track, Superstylin' is a fierce mix of reggae dub vocals and foot stomping house beats that beckons one to dance.
One of the finest tracks, Fogma, is nasty groove at its best and one can't help but play it over and over. They even revisit old school rap and breath new life into it in track 8, Raisin the Stakes. Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub) is a befitting title for this album, proving that these blokes are moving up off the sofa and stepping onto the dancefloor. It definitely needs to be heard several times for it to be appreciated and once it finds its way into your cd player it will be there for a while. Its perfect driving music, getting ready to go out music, and it definitely satisfies when having a few friends round for drinks.
An album with great energy, Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub) is an evolution of two very talented musicians with great taste in music and an ear to the dancefloor.

5-0 out of 5 stars Super stylin' album
I will be the first to admit that I wasn't wild about Groove Armada's first album "Vertigo". The music just didn't stick to me like the excellent "Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub)" did. I wasn't planning on getting this album but then I heard the infectious hip hop beats of "Superstylin'" and that song immediately convinced me to give Groove Armada another chance. The hip hop/house beats and the vocals by M.A.D and MG in "Superstylin'" really got underneath my skin and impressed me quite a bit. I wasn't all that fond of the song "I See You Baby" from "Vertigo" which really left a somewhat bitter taste in my mouth. I was really glad that Groove Armada left that big beat sound off this album and started exploring other venues of musical genres and fusing it with house and hip hop beats. Not all the songs on "Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub)" are upbeat, songs like "Little By Little" were made to chill out after the long hours of nightclubbing. Richie Haven's vocals add an r&b flavor to the song which I thought was well executed. One of my particular favorite tracks off this album (other than "Superstylin'") is "Healing". This song couldn't have come out at a better time than now. "Fogma" is a bit like "Superstylin'" with those killer infectious hip hop influenced beats that just remains firmly planted in the listener's head. Groove Armada has definitely earned a spot in my heart with "Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub)". They have taken dance music to other level with their second album and raised the standards for their peers to try and meet at. I am definitely glad that I have given them another chance now.

5-0 out of 5 stars ..sorry i am late
I don't know why i arrived to this cd only in the 2004!
Never too late, in this case.
Infact for a long periods i considered Groove Armada likes the band of "My Friend" a nice song but...nothing more.
I was so wrong that when i listened all the cd...i was disappointed with me....why i discovered this wonderful cd only now?
Coming to the cd it's a mix of dub-groove-funk-rock-reggae in a dark hip-hop soul influence.
But all this kind of music are mixed in a very originally way.
A strong product without any falling down and up, great song are: SUNTOUCHER , SUPERSTYLIN , of course MY FRIEND and also HEALING.
I am gonna to buy all the GA products.........it's never too late.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best cd in my collection
Contrary to many other reviewers, this cd was my first introduction to GA. I believe it to be far superior to their previous release "Vertigo," which is a fine cd if you like more pop-like sounds. "Goodby Country" delves a bit deeper into bass-hitting tracks, but also includes some mellow tunes as well. My personal favorite is "Little by Little" This cd is probably the most played cd out of the 200+ cds that i own. it is perfect for almost any mood. buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars This CD blew my away
I had heard maybe one track from this CD on internet radio and decided to dive in and buy it.
I was blown away. The styles are amazingly varied from song to song without the transitions seeming jarring. Production is great with layered sounds straight through and you have everything from dance/hip hop to softer ambient stuff.
A solid, solid album. ... Read more


169. Tally Ho!
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Named for a Robert Crumb character, Wagon Christ is a combo of crackpot British tinkerer and ingenious sound sculptor, a jungle and trip-hop outcast jamming with a juvenile, sex-crazed clown. Pals with fellow lunatics Aphex Twin (Richard James) and Squarepusher (Tom Jenkinson), Wagon Christ (Luke Vibert) is nobody's sampling fool. Rather than use the "Apache" or "Amen" loop for the zillionth time, he creates stuttering beats and surreal string arrangements from dilapidated funk and '60s orchestral honchos Arthur Lyman and Serge Gainsbourg. Tally Ho! could be heard as an orchestral-jungle joke, but deeper listening reveals more than jungle's tired dance-floor demeanor. Christ weaves friendly organs, harrumphing Humpty Dumptys, balmy strings, Mad Max techno, and horror-movie samples together like Lawrence Welk dropping acid with Flavor Flav. "Memory Towel" recalls a Disneyesque nightmare, "Lovely" combines cooing Caribbean females with rubbery, roller-rink ska, "Juicy Luke Vibert" lampoons a lurid sex act for one. Tally Ho!--better to fungle in the jungle than dance with the dead. --Ken Micallef ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Piano Playa Lover
Luke Vibert (deranged genius trading as Wagon Christ) is THE only bearded Cornishman you should allow to whisper sweet nothings in your ear. The reason for this is simple - the sweet nothings, accompanied by fairground ride-style organ music and stuttering beats make up "Juicy Luke Vibert", just one of the playful, bouncy tracks Vibert has created for Tally Ho! The overall feel of the album is happy and warm, so the occasional scream jarrs badly, and there is a strange vein of sexual perversion running through it, too. Maybe I was a little hasty in trusting Vibert...

4-0 out of 5 stars When will we get another Plug album?
This album is typical Luke Vibert trip-hop. When the beats slow down Vibert doesn't sound as good. His best stuff is undoubtedly the drum and bass which he did under the name of Plug. Still, this is better than his previous Wagon Christ efforts, and is pretty funny in places. It is similar to the album that he had done previously under the name 'Luke Vibert', with funny sounds and funny samples. Not his best musical effort, but lots of fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars TRULY "CHRIST"-LIKE!!!
Luke Vibert a/k/a Wagon Christ has compiled a CD of utter brilliance and sheer genius! Not your typical hum-drum and bass or electronica for that matter, Wagon Christ takes songs and "mangles" them into beautiful-funky soundtracks, just like mix-master-phenom Amon Tobin would do it. In fact, some of the breaks and samples on "Tally Ho!" are quite reminiscent of Tobin's work only with a more fun, carefree, "vibrant" aura to them. Wagon Christ had to grow on me, and once it finally did, I could write an impartial review. This is a great CD for you electro heads and should satisfy you until the next big thing comes along!

5-0 out of 5 stars Just a Masterpiece
..this album have an special self feeling thats not easy to find out there and thats maybe why not everybody thakes it as an master piece; its hard to indicate some highlight song because every song sounds better than another ...strong melodies, well constructed beats and sounds ,60s orchestrations..realy a nice one..

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest.
I am writing this review mainly to disagree with trs-1's comment that Musipal is a much better CD than this one. Firstly, I don't disagree that Musipal is great... just not as good as Tally Ho! Tally Ho has all the freshness, innovation, uniqueness and depth one would expect in a debut album. Musipal is, well, sophomoric. It may be easier for some people to listen to than Tally Ho precisely because it does not take as many chances, and has less avant garde weirdness (which--in the hands of Luke Vibert--equates to brilliance). While Musipal is like a cross between Amon Tobin (who is mentioned on the inside sleeve) and Mixmaster Morris, many more influences come to mind when listening to Tally Ho. Such "influences" include YMO, David Van Tieghem, Logic System, The Orb, FSOL, Throbbing Gristle, Brainticket, etc.

In short, Tally Ho! is a joy to listen to. It has 4 utterly outstanding tracks: 2, 3, 5 & 8; while Musipal only has 1 I feel belongs in that category (13)... the remainder of these releases are merely outstanding. They are both keepers, and ones you will keep coming back to (if you are musically up-to-date and open minded). ... Read more


170. Mercedes Sosa en Argentina
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5-0 out of 5 stars THE VOICE AND CONSCIOUSNESS OF A TRAGIC HISTORY
It is probably impossible to find new words to praise Mercedes Sosa's voice and place in Argentina's popular music. Through the better part of the last forty years, Mercedes has been the tender and fierce voice of everyone who has been suppressed and quieted by injustice, in Latin America. An exquisite tone and profound interpretation of each song she's chosen to sing has made her a goddess in Latin America and Europe.
Here's a true artist and a committed citizen, singing songs that make no concessions to their beauty nor their message.
This CD is probably her best in many levels, her choices here, cover every song she's made a classic, and the fact this concert marked her return to Buenos Aires -after her exile during the years of Argentina's "infamous decade"- proves that courage must exist closely to creativity to be timeless.
Here you'll find some of the best work from Latin America: Como La Cigarra (Maria Elena Walsh), Solo Le Pido A Dios (Leon Gieco), Sueño Con Serpientes (Milton Nascimento), and many more great renditions of the best composers from the South of America.
William Carlos Williams said that "there are no news in poetry / yet people die, miserably, / from the lack of what is found there." Well, here is some of that poetry, which I know nourished me and so many others, during some of the worst moments of our beleaguered country.
Five starts because I could not give it ten!

5-0 out of 5 stars New Fan
My Latin American Perspectives professor brought this CD in when we were studing about Argentina and once I heard it I had to get it! Truely fabulous music, I've bought another CD of hers since, but this one is my favorite. Knowing the history of Argentina and the Dirty War where 30,000 people were "disapeared" makes this CD that much more powerful. A definite buy for anyone who loves beautiful music!

5-0 out of 5 stars ¡EXCEPCIONAL!
This is just amazing! Her voice just bursts out and fills up any unoccupied corner in the room! To me, words just can't explain it...

5-0 out of 5 stars the best mercedes sosa compilation
One of the greatest voices in the world, Mercedes Sosa was compared to Edith Piaf and Billie Holiday, and justly so.
During four decades, Mercedes Sosa has been the voice of her people in argentina. she sang about the poverty and was the clear voice against her goverment, when people were kidnaped and killed for speaking their mind. Mercedes Sosa exhaled from argentina at the end of the 70's and came back at 82 for three historical live concerts. The goverment warned Sosa not to perform, but she wouldn't listen. Thank god.
Performing live all her great songs, back at home, she shines and brings you to tears in superb songs like "GRACIAS A LA VIDA", "MARIA VA" and "SOLO LE PIDO A DIOS".
This album is the best Mercedes Sosa compilation and is highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Her very best
1982: Argentina's most brutal military dictatorship was ebbing out. Mercedes, as many socially conscientious Argentines, had been sent into exile. This CD is her coming back to her Motherland, recorded live for the thousands of eager souls waiting for a song of hope. Originally released as a double LP, this masterpiece has the very rare ability to reflect the mood of Mercedes and her audience. Some of the songs included are among the most beautiful Latin American folk tunes by songwriters like Violeta Parra, Charly García, Ariel Ramírez, Silvio Rodríguez, Pablo Milanés, César Isella. There is a moving rendition of Violeta's "Gracias a la vida," which in Mercedes' voice becomes a powerful message of love for life. Argentine traditional folk music is represented best by "Al Jardín de la República," an homage to Mercedes' cradle: the Northwestern province of Tucumán. This CD is an icon in the struggle of the Latin American people, that is synthesized in one of its best songs: "Canción con Todos," the strongest call for Latin American unity. Of all CD's by Mercedes, I would pick this one as her best ever. ... Read more


171. Underworld (Original Score)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Lustmørd
What people seem to be forgetting is that Brian Williams of Lustmørd, and Jason Jones also worked on this soundtrack; not just Paul Haslinger.
Hence the darker sound to it.

Either way, it is nicely orchestrated; it won't change the idea of how movie scores are composed, although it should.
It's refined, at times, over-refined, meaning it starts to sound synthetic, but that doesn't take much away from it.
Needless to say, it's much better than the "Soundtrack."
Maynard failed on that one...
This album is void of pop-metal rubbish, and it doesn't ruin any Bowie songs.
You should be happy for that.

1-0 out of 5 stars Does not stand on its own!
I am a big fan of Paul's music. By this I mean his studio albums and also the score to "Blue Crush". This CD is very disappointing because the music does not stand on its own i.e. it can only coexist with the movie. For this reason I do not understand why it was even released, especially that the beautiful "Blue Crush" score, which is by far more "independent", was not officially released.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good enough, worth the money and more!
I bought this CD before seeing the movie (as the vampire movies fan I am). It was a surprise to see that it was good enough by itself. The music tells a lot about the movie. Another "plus" is the addition of "Red Tape" by Agent Provocateur, which is the song we all heard in the trailer of the movie, eventhough that song does not belong to the soundtrack (weird!)... Anyway, the song is very good. I can't help to see the trailer images in my head when hear it... If you liked the movie buy this CD and forget about the other one (with just songs).

5-0 out of 5 stars Four and a half is a better representation of my opinion
I chose to give this cd five stars instead of four, because it is possibily the best soundtrack I've heard with this style. I am not a huge fan of it, so I do not like it as much as I would have.

Still, I cannot say that I did not enjoy this cd, because of a few different tracks (especially Keep Watch Over the Night) that were excellent, even if it was not my favorite style.

I am also very pleased that this cd was not all about hard and loud beats. Far too many soundtracks are doing this now, and it does not allow the film to get much of its own feel. This one does a great job of being original, and fitting the film.

If you liked this movie, or enjoy darker, yet not as hard, music get this cd.

3-0 out of 5 stars Alot better than the soundtrack!
I also bought the soundtrack and was very dissapointed. I have always been a fan of musical scores though and looked forward, after seeing the movie, to hearing the score. I was truly enjoyed the mix of goth-techno and classical effects. I was also surprised to hear "Red Tape" by Agent Provocateur as well as a wonderful bonus track called "Keep Watch Over The Night". Some of the music is a little too soft and quiet to completely hold my attention, but over all, the CD was very good. ... Read more


172. Odyssey-The Remix Collection
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Vancouver techno-pop enterprise Delerium may be most widely known for getting Sarah McLachlan played in dance clubs; the famed songstress lent her vocals to their 1997 hit "Silence." DJ Tiesto's familiar dance-floor overhaul of the tune sets the pace for the double-disc compilation Odyssey, on which a procession of remix artists chop tracks from Delerium albums Semantic Spaces (1994), Karma (1997), and Poem (2000) into lengthy workouts. The selections favor straight-up disco and house over the sort of ambient experimentation that might have been culled from the original material. But the dub-styled "Flowers Become Screens (Return Mix)" and--on the spacier second disc--a goth-tinged take on "Silence (Fade's Sanctuary Mix)" offer a breather from the collection's rather athletic nature. Besides a clutch of previously released tracks, Odyssey also includes rare mixes of "Underwater," "Euphoria (Rabbit in the Moon's Divine Gothic Disco Mix)," and "Heaven's Earth (Matt Darey Remix)." And Delerium's trademark ethereal guest vocal tracks remain largely intact, so you can float and dance at the same time. --Kieran Grant ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars All Delerium, All Remixed
Delerium is one of those rare bands that succeed in getting me hipped for a new release. Ever since I bought KARMA two years ago, followed by their 2000 release, POEM, I have become an official fan of their synthy pop fusion with gregorian chantings and world infections. So once I found out about a forthcoming remixed album I nearly sky-rocketed through the roof of my house. I love Delerium yet I also thrive on the pulsating beats of techno and electronica so the exploration of this ODYSSEY was highly anticipated, and nay was I once disappointed or left feeling empty upon questing. It wasn't until a couple weeks after I purchased this, though, that I began to worry if it had really been worth my money. I searched everywhere for a playlist yet it was nowhere to be found. And then when it did appear it only had songs from their more recent albums SEMNATIC SPACES, KARMA, and POEM, which was sort of a letdown. I'd been expecting remixes dating all the way back to their darker more industrial days as well as their newer more lighter material. Instead they've chosen 8 different songs to be remix by professionals such as DJ Tiesto and Matt Darey, including Silence (3xs), Underwater (2xs), Heaven's Earth (2xs), Innocente (2xs), Euphoria Firefly (1x), Duende (2xs), Flowers Become Screens (2xs), and Incantation (1x).

In the beggining I completely agreed with many other reviewers that thought it ridiculous having remixed two, sometimes three versions of the same song but after hearing this CD several times through I couldn't disagree anymore. No one song sounds alike to another for (whether it be techno, disco, electronica, or heavy dubbing) they're all in their own varied styles; nor do any of the rhythms linger on one continous vibe. It's everchanging so you don't have to worry about it being dull or redundant, despite the constant "re"mixing... I actually prefer some of the remixes over the originals, such as Innocente which tends to get annoying. My absolute favorite song on here is probably a tie between Incantation and Flowers Become Screens (the frequency modulation mix), which both come from their SEMNATIC SPACES cd. So I suppose the overall feel of this Odyssey would have to be overwhelming, which in this case is a positive thing.

NOTE: The development of ex-delerium Rhys Fulber is a very ethereal mixing of Sarah Brightman's A Whiter Shade Of Pale. He (as well as Kristy Thirsk) are also working with a group called Balligomingo - which is similar to Delerium - so look out for it. ...

5-0 out of 5 stars Read the cover
The cover says Delerium: Odyssey, the Remix Collection. It does not say Delerium: Odyssey, the Album. Most Delerium fans will not like this double CD set as evidenced by the other reviews listed.

However, if you enjoy electronica and dance as I do, then this is just what you're looking for. One of the most popular tracks, DJ Tiesto's version of Silence, starts it off. Both Heaven's Earth remixes are noteworthy, as are the two Innocentes. Not every song is perfect, mind you, but considering there are two discs here, there is more than enough to make it a must buy. I wish they had released this sooner instead than forcing me to scavenge for their past singles which only had one or two good songs on each.

Be sure to pick this up if you like Tiesto, bt, Chicane, or Ferry Corsten.

4-0 out of 5 stars Take a Beautiful Adrenaline Journey
I admit that I'm no authority on Trance music. I do know what I like and don't like. This CD I LOVE, but let me tell you why. OK first off, listening to CD1 I wasn't all too impressed, but still entertained. I then popped in CD2 with lowered expectations and WOW was I IMPRESSED!!! To me, this is Trance music at it's best... a beautiful adrenaline journey of high energy mixed with layers of gorgeous, dreamy vocals. I'm no Sarah McLachlan fan and am actually sick of her over-played songs but these mixes work with her vocals wonderfully. If you are a big fan of Sarah M then you will for sure want this CD set. This set is an audible journey I will gladly take over and over.

2-0 out of 5 stars Get Your Favorite Remixes from Singles
There are several problems with this album. First of all, most remixes are too long and too repetative. Some tracks are simply the original voices of the performers poorly married to a boring techno beat. The second problem is the overlapping tracks: each song begins on a previous track and ends before the track ends transforming into the next song. Admittedly, some Silence remixes are very good and I wanted to make my own compillation (even edit the songs to begin and end in the right place). However, the disk seems to have some kind of protection against copying, so I could not do even that. My advise: don't buy this, but try to get all Silence remixes on other disks.

4-0 out of 5 stars a mixed blessing
I agree with many of the reviewers who have pointed out the somewhat repetitive nature of this work. The work could have included more diversity in the songs and my preference would have been for some slow versions. Why does "re-mix" always seem to translate to dj's showing off their dance track skills with the heavy backbeats. For such an extraordinarily adventurous band (who, by the way have already proven themselves masters at electronic/dance ala Front Line Assembly) to venture into an arguably formulaic mold is slightly disappointing.

Negative aside, this work - for what is - is strong, with flavorful, interestingly arranged grooves and pushing-the-envelope sounds that infinitely please. The choice of female vocalists is expert, as is the interplay of human touch with machine throttled energy.

If you want a revved up version of these deleriously delicious dance demons, then this is the one. ... Read more


173. The Chillout Session
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U.S. edition of the popular chillout series is a laid backmix of blissful beats, & classic atmospheric tunesspecifically for American audiences. This lush finelycrafted mix features exclusive tracks by Radiohead, Massive Attack, The Stone Roses, Thievery Corporation, Zero 7, &Sigur Ros. Slipcase. Ministry Of Sound. 2002. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great chillout, lounging CD
Just picked this up at the store yesterday and I love it! I was hearing so much about the release of this CD that I had to check it out! And I must say that I am not disappointed at all. The CD blends a great mixture of electronic and alternative downtempo music. I listen to a lot of electronic music, but this is great because it captures certain moods that other genres do not. I suggest going out and buying this CD! Ministry of Sound definitely releases some of the best dance and chillout compilations out there!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great and interesting compilation
Well, this is weird I don't usually write reviews. I was actually looking for a Badly Drawn Boy Cd for my girlfriend and I ran into this Cd.[...].Anyway, I listened to the Cds (2CD pack) and immediately found that the Cd had a very good mixture of soothing music with some interesting electronic verse alternative feel to them. I heard of Massive Attack before so I immediately recognized their track on this compilation. Some of the songs I found kind of amusing like Roygbiv - Boards of Canada. All and all, while looking for a present for my girlfriend I ran into a really really good compilation of "Chilled" music (I guess you call it), and a present for myself. Additionally, here are some other songs I think you (people out there) should check out from this compilation. Les Nuits - Nightmares,I'll be waiting - Shena, I love my man - Bent. I guess you could say this a great mix of relaxing music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Great One
I have all of the MOS chillout CDs and like them all very much, this one included. There are a few mix points that don't go as smooth as they perhaps could but that is a minor note in an otherwise excellent selection of tracks. Great for at work or in the car or when relaxing at home.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quite Good
I like every one of the MOS Chillout CD's with the 2002 one being my favorite. This one is quite good as well, I listen to it all the time at work (along with other MOS chillout CDs and some Cafe Del Mar stuff and others)and it makes the day go by smoother. It is also good to for listening to in the car or after a night out dancing. While I do not much care for their dance selections (too pop dance for me) whoever is in charge of choosing the chill stuff at MOS is doing a good job.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great for Rush Hour traffic
I got this CD last year and its still a keeper in my car's 5 Disc CD player. Although this album comes with 2 CDs, only the second CD is worth listening to. Play it in car on a nice sunny day while you're stuck in traffic, definetely will calm you down... ... Read more


174. In Search Of Angels (1994 TV Documentary)
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5-0 out of 5 stars On my second copy.....
I wore out the first copy I owned of this incredible CD. Actually, because I took it with me everywhere I went, it got too scratched on some of the cuts. (My bad!) Anyway - I couldn't live without it and so am on my second copy. Something about the voices and melodies that remove me from this mundane world of anxiety and concern. A must for anyone desiring a daily "reminder" of what's real. I know you'll enjoy it! by the way - If anyone should become aware of the availability of the sheet music for this CD, I would greatly appreciate the info. Thanks!

5-0 out of 5 stars Everyone should have this one!!
I think everyone should purchase this CD!!! It has wonderful music to relax to. The songs and the instrumentals are just beauitful.

5-0 out of 5 stars In Search of Angels
Excellent for flying...I wont get on a plane with out it. Also nice for Sunday mornings and a cup of tea.

5-0 out of 5 stars Start to finish terrific soothing an enchanting
I heard this first while getting a massage 4 years ago...it became a favorite, Christmas gift and a CD I continue to return to and recommend! I had this CD playing non stop during labor with my son and he was actually born to "Calling all Angels".

5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute must have!!!
After viewing the PBS special of the same title, I was thrilled,to no end,to find that the glorious music that accompanied the program of the same name was released on cd. I have purchased many cd's since this purchase in 1994, but most pale in comparison. It is truly a rare find in the sense that the entire cd has not one cut that is not superior. I strongly urge anyone who is looking for the ultimate experience in relaxation, and a spiritually moving experience in music, purchase this fine recording. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!!! ... Read more


175. Epiphany: Meditations on Sacred Hymns
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With Epiphany:Meditations on Sacred Hymns, Serrie returns to his roots (he was once a church organist) to bridge the gap between space music and religious melodies of sacred hymns.This musical journey explores hymns of the mid-18th Century including Bach’s "Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring" to the 19th Century American melody "Amazing Grace" to the modern choral piece "O Magnum Mysterium" written by Los Angeles Master Chorale's composer-in-residence, Morten Lauridsen.Serrie also adds an original composition, "Light of Thy Countenance", to this introspective collection. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Awe Inspiring!Simply Beautiful!
Epiphany...what a great title!I am not big on using fancy words to describe what I hear nor do claim to be a great writer/reviewer, but here is what I have to say about Jonn's latest creation.I am a fan of Jonn's and have been for many years.I love his space music CDs such as TINGRI, FLIGHTPATH, IXLANDIA, etc., but now that I have had a chance to get my hands on a copy of EPIPHANY, I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised!It is absolutely Heavenly!

I remember singing these hymns as a child and teenager in the church I grew up in and I remember thinking how great they were WITH words.EPIPHANY doesn't needs words to be beautiful.Jonn has done an amazing job with these sacred hymns that I feel he has captured the real essence of each of them.Each track gives me a new reflection on the beauty of these hymns.I can't stop listening to them.If you slap on a pair of headphones, they are even better!Trust me!Buy this CD and take a real close listen to it.You will see, no hear, what I mean.Very moving.While I listen, I feel as if I am in the company of Angels.So serene, so comforting, so peaceful!

Each track draws on different emotions starting with JESU, JOY OF MAN'S DESIRING.This track brings back memories of joyous Christmases long ago as a child and being with my family as well as the wonderful joining of my soul mate and I in Holy Matrimony 17 years ago.SOFTLY AND TENDERLY JESUS IS CALLING, NEARER MY GOD TO THEE and O MAGNUM MYSTERIUM create a sense of comfort, joy and peace.While BE STILL MY SOUL, ABIDE WITH ME and PRAISE THE LORD, THE ALMIGHTY inspire the Spirit within.Oh, I can't forget the ever popular AMAZING GRACE.You have to listen to this one in its entirety to feel its powerful message.Simply beautiful!By far the best version I have ever heard.Jonn incorporates his traditional spacey sound as well, but offers even better ambiance with the lulling sounds of the ocean after AMAZING GRACE.It flows well into the rest of the CD.It brings to mind one of my favorite poems, FOOTPRINTS and in that, I find strength and comfort.There is also a track that Jonn wrote just for this CD.It is entitled LIGHT OF THY COUNTENANCE and let me tell you, it is enveloping.You have to get this CD to understand the power of Jonn's music.

In conclusion, this is a must have CD.Full of inspiration.Jonn still has his signature space music sound intertwined with beautiful waves of chords and melodies.If you listen closely to the very end of the last track, O MAGNUM MYSTERIUM, you can hear the church organ fading in the background.Jonn used to play the organ a few years back and I thought it was a great way to end the album...fading into and out of the sound of one of the greatest sounding keyboards ever played.A personal touch, I think, that ties it all together.After all, the church organ IS the original 'voice' of these and other great sacred hymns and Jonn has taken them to the next level as only he can.I really don't know how anyone could not like this CD.If you like his Christmas CDs, you will love this one.Great CD Jonn!

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Done.
Jonn offers here what must be a personal CD for himself, or at least one filled with memories as this is dedicated to his Grandmother who was apparently quite accomplished in church choral and worship music. There are some very familiar "old hymns" here to those of us who grew up in a traditional church but they are done in the classic Jonn Serrie style. Very similar actually to at least two of his Christmas releases (I haven't heard the third), these are pure electronic, space, spiritual, and as the title suggests meditative arrangements of some wonderful classic spiritual hymns. Christians in particular should enjoy this work, as I can personally vouch this gives the music some extra meaning. But really anyone, regardless of their spiritual beliefs, should enjoy this CD if he or she is already a fan of Jonn's. I believe this is a wonderful CD. I would recommend it to any Jonn Serrie fan. ... Read more


176. Twoism
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Originally issued in 1995, Boards of Canada's Twoism EP makes it clear the Scottish duo of Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin were on to something from the start. As their first recorded work, scarce, vinyl-only copies of Twoism have been lustily sought after by rabid fans since the 1998 release of BoC's amazing, impossibly original Music Has The Right To Children and the quieter, but equally devastating Geogaddi. While not as adventuresome as those records, this EP is still Boards Of Canada all the way, as ample chunks of the band's unsettling and deeply involving style are easily found in songs like "Smokes Quantity" and the title track. Other songs such as the almost danceable "Seeya Later" show a more straightforward ambient/techno side that, while presented more nakedly here, is still quite apparent in their later work. While some might be disappointed after spending God knows what on a copy of Twoism only to find it suddenly available anywhere, others looking for more of BoC's melancholy, spellbinding compositions should take fast advantage. --Matthew Cooke ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars WHICH CAME 1ST...THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG...
What I mean by that is if "Twoism" is actually the first album released by Boards of Canada, then wouldn't that make it their ground-breaking release in the IDM style of music instead of "Music Has the Right to Children"? I mean let's face it, nothing on "Twoism" really sounds any different than the music on "Music Has the Right to Children"--in fact, they almost sound like the same album in some instances. Which is not a bad thing at all, mind you, it just bothers me that "Twoism" is getting/has gotten less favorable reviews than "MHTRTC", which is unfair...but hey, different strokes for different folks. "Twoism" is still a classic in its own right and a brilliant piece of work from the boys of Boards of Canada, and it still sounds ten times better than "Geogaddi"...However, I find it hard to believe that one of the original 100 releases of this CD was bought online for a $1,000!! GOOD LAWD!!! Then, I ain't gonna trip too much about whoever the person was that did that, because I would pay twice that for a CD copy of Prince's infamous "BLACK ALBUM!"

5-0 out of 5 stars BoC are experts at their craft
I downloaded a few of the tracks from Twoism when I first heard of BoC. After purchasing the album, I tried their more recent work on Music Has The Right To Children. Comparing the two, Twoism is very minimalist; however, it still retains that gorgeous BoC feel, nostalgic yet an even stronger sense of something sinister in the air. BoC always seem to save the best for last in their albums. The final track, "1986 Summer Fire" is the simplest of all the tracks, yet it gives rise to the entire spectrum of emotions. The entire album is class.

3-0 out of 5 stars Darkest Boards Release
This is a really bleak album, more than even Geogaddi, which has a backbone of aggression that keeps it from becoming depressing. Not that fans expect upbeat, but usually there's a Nlogax, ROYGBIV, Aquarius, or Dawn Chorus to leaven the mood. Here Iced Cooly plays that role, but the synths are distorted to the point that the effect is more queasy than whimsical. For me a hallmark of the BoC sound is emotional ambivalence - innocence with a menacing undercurrent, psychedelia with a hint of madness - but the cumulative effect of these tracks is just dour.

A case in point would be the opener, Sixtyniner. The twinkling, autumnal synths are great, until this oboe-like sound and plodding beat come in and make it sound almost comically sad. The highlights of the album for me are Oirectine and Melissa Juice. The former is the epitome of minimalist composition; the opening tones alone vibrate at the perfect pitch to make your flesh creep and your hair stand on end. The reverb and distortion make the song sound as if it was recorded in a culvert or train tunnel; towards the end, a backward, loping beat is introduced that gives it a sinister, funky intensity. Totally eerie and unclassifiable. Melissa Juice is a slight composition that captures a nostalgic feeling in the way only BoC can.

Of course BoC completists have to have this EP; in fact, thanks to the miracle of filesharing, most of them already do. As far as I can tell the remastering is great and definitely justifies a purchase if you already know you like the material. And despite the downer mood it induces, there is a sense of vast open space on this album that makes it stand out when compared to, say, the more self-conscious and fanatically detailed Geogaddi. Still, for those new to the music of BoC, I would start with the superior Hi Scores EP, or either full length album, Music... or Geogaddi.

5-0 out of 5 stars The legacy of Twoism
Board of Canada's discography is a source of consternation for their fans. Several of their releases only quasi-exist- no one has heard them. Twoism for many years has only been around in the form of low quality mp3s. The poor fidelity of the sound only served to augment the listening experience. A seminal, obscure album of broken sounds further degraded by poor reproduction that still took resourcefullness to track down.

Hearing the proper release has been a bit of a revelation. For the most part I knew what to expect. (some of the songs here have been been recycled on subsequent BoC releases) However, there are new levels of detail present in the sound. That being said nothing about Twoism is overly polished. The synthesizers used sound as if they are drawing their last breath. The melodies are distant and suffocated.

Boards of Canada at this point in their career were even more minmalist then they are now. The signature Boc formula was already perfected on these tracks. Vintage synthesizers spitting out chilhood melodies over slow breakbeats. The melodies are happy, but they evoke a fake, drug-induced happiness that enhances the distance and detachment.

Probably the two most interesting tracks on Twoism are "Oirectine" and "Basefree". They sound unlike anything else Boards of Canada ever released. There's a definite industrial influence, interpreted as only the boys could. "Basefree" sounds like it should have been on Autechre's "Tri Repetae", but I think "Basefree" is actually predates that album. "Oirectine" features a severaly damaged, overly sinister, melody. "Twoism" and "Sixtyniner" are the prototype early Boards of Canada tracks.

Twoism is essential for any Boards of Canada fan and any fan of electronic music. Twoism was ostensibly a demo which got them noticed by Skam records. The rest is history.

5-0 out of 5 stars The beginning... or so we're told...
Twoism by Boards of Canada: The sound is there, organic, dreamy, and of course... microtonal. These brothers compose music that is timeless. Read between the lines... that's where BoC is controlling you! ... Read more


177. The Complete Piano Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann, Vol. 1
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5-0 out of 5 stars Heart Stuff
Listen it with your heart and let your "self" to flying.

5-0 out of 5 stars Transforming Music
In the mid 1980's, I was seeking to align my outward life with my inner most desires and longings. My wife and I were reconstructing our marriage based upon truthful living and sharing. Some nights we would listen to the radio program Hearts of Space. This program presented alternative comtempletive music, mostly electronic but sometimes we would hear a magical transforming work. In 1986, we heard Seekers of the Truth. It spoke to both of us, and literally played a part in our healing process. Even to this day, this CD is a most treasured part of our music collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Objective art; this is true music
Anyone interested in music which has the power to stimulate the emotions simply must listen to this disk. Gurdjieff's composition have a quality lacking im most modern works. This collection has the ability to arouse the same state of emotion in each listener. This is what sets this apart from the majority of compositions which move one subjectively. I would strongly suggest this to any student of music. The music on this disk was the result of his travels to remote countries at the turn of the century. This may very well be one of the last samples of "Objective Music" we will hear for genrations to come. ... Read more


178. Novus Magnificat: Thru the Stargate
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Novus Magnificat, a gorgeous, otherworldly opus from classically trained pianist Constance Demby, has become a true classic in New Age music, appealing to a wide variety of listeners, many of whom are ordinarily put off by the genre. Rooted in worship music of the Western tradition, Demby's majestic improvisational vision produces what the 1986 disc's liner notes call "Contemporary classical Spacemusic: A Magnificat and Exaltate." Incorporating the central voice of synthesizer with a string-and-horn section, piano, organ, bells, and tympani, a choral voice joins with instrumental passages, setting a blissfully reverent tone throughout this two-part melodious marvel. Master composers Bach and Vivaldi come to mind when hearing the keyed chord progressions and swirling strings, making Novus Magnificat a keenly majestic score for use during massage, labor and birth, meditation, worship, or relaxation. --Paige La Grone ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars From the Artists Review Files
VOTED -- "ONE OF THE 25 MOST INFLUENTIAL
AMBIENT ALBUMS OF ALL TIME." - NAV (New Age Voice)

VOTED -- "One of the 10 best albums of the decade. " - Pulse! Magazine

VOTED -- "Editor's Choice" - Third Annual Digital Audio

VOTED --" Top 50 definitive CD New Age Library" - CD Review

VOTED -- "One of the 25 best gateway New Age albums" - NAR

"One of the greatest musical works of our time." - Pathways

"The Mozart Requiem of our Age." - Audio Amateur
 
"A landmark recording in the New Age genre." - Digital Audio
 
"One of the finest pieces of contemporary sacred spacemusic we know." - NA Media

"One of the great works which will take us into the 21st century with power and grace."- New Dimensions

"There is no other recording in the electronic genre rooted in the harmonies of Bach and the romantics that is so heartfelt, so devout...you will be moved "- USA Today
 
"Awesome passages, majestic melodies, vibrant chorales - this is cosmic space music at its very best."- Common Ground
 
"The standard for the use of electronics against which future New Age albums should be judged. " - New Sounds (Harper & Row)

"A masterpiece that will be listened to hundreds of years from now & still take people's breath away." Alt Sounds

"...Compels your attention, demands your participation with it. Demby delivers a genuinely moving performance. " - Magical Blend Magazine

"A powerful, emotive, uplifting symphony capable of moving the heart and soul... Novus Magnificat sets exceptionally high standards for the artistic use of electronics, space, and classical elements in contemporary music. " - Digital Audio

"Monumental...symphonic space music at its best... the orchestra of the century, the choir of the millennium. It's a Bach's organ toccata and a series of massive orchestral expressions worthy of Mahler..." Carol Wright, New Age Retailer
 
"When we played [Novus] on our radio show, more people responded with appreciation than for any other music we have ever played " - Enlightenments

"That we might really be traveling "through the stargate" is an extraordinary thing to accomplish with sound alone . It never fails to move and excite me." - The Absolute Sound

"ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ALBUMS EVER! This CD belongs right up there as one of the great inspirational and spiritual compositions of all time!" -Jim Brenholts -"TRACKS ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: A CHRONOLOGY OF AMBIENT AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC"

"The first New Age album to give this writer goosebumps. Don't miss it. " - Pulse! Magazine

"....Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Wagner, and Puccini, stand aside. And at the very pinnacle, Beethoven himself must share some space with you." - Schmidt Memorial Institute

5-0 out of 5 stars A MASTERPIECE
Ms. Demby's masterpiece, "Novus Magnificat," has been described by many reviewers as "New Age." To equate Ms. Demby's work with a typical new age melody, is erroeous. The new age soud today has degenerated into elictric synthesized music, with an overbearing attempt to produce the ethereal, mystical, quasi-melodic sounds which stand alone, with no story to tell, no narrative.

Ms. Demby's "Novus Magnificat" avoids all these pitfalls by being true to itself, with a more classical, story-telling, stirring narrative in which , as in a tapestry, all the melodies are interwoven to produce a magnificent whole. Her music could be applied to Keats' EVE OF ST. AGNES and many other literary works. If you haven't read Keats' Eve of St. Agnes, you must, since you love Ms. Demby's music.

Finally "Novus Magnificat" has a healing prolpriety. If you are depressed by all means get assistance; but it the meantime listen to this magnificent recording,preferably with a few good friends who share your love of the beautiful.

5-0 out of 5 stars A most appealing CD
This is truely a wonderful combination of new age and classical music. With the exception of Constance Demby's Set Free, this is her best work.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Ship of Music
As with many other people, Novus Magnificat was my first foray into the world of contemporary space music, having first heard a portion of it during a planetarium program, and I must say, it captivated me! The intricate melodies of the various synthesized instruments practically take my breath away, while the organ arpeggios act as a stairway through the stars.

Each time I listen to this album, I feel as if I am travelling through space in a ship of music, experiencing the wonders of the cosmos while the secrets of the universe whisper to me in an ethereal song. This is truly an experience that is not only heard, but realized through all the senses. Gazing at the stars on a warm summer's night is my favorite setting for listening to this composition of melodic poetry.

While I have other good examples of contemporary space music in my collection, from Wendy Carlos to Michael Stearns and John Serrie, Novus Magnificat continues to be the cornerstone of my musical library. I highly recommend this album if you are looking for a truly musically-poetic experience that transcends the senses.

Johann Sebastian Bach would have been pleased.

5-0 out of 5 stars Got me hooked
My first introduction to "new age" music was from the likes of Andreas Vollenweider and Ray Lynch. One day, I was browsing through the NA section of the local CD store and found this. At the time, no sampling was allowed but I loved the cover art and thought it looked intriguing. It only took about 1 minute of the first track -- I was immediately hooked!!!

I've purchased this CD for a number of friends who are also into sacred space music/dark ambient and they love it as well. It's fantastic background for love-making in front of the fire place and will transport your mind (and body) to the nether reaches of the universe. ... Read more


179. Children of God / World of Skin
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Two crucial breakthrough records from Swans', 1987 & 1989period back in print. Over 145 minutes of scary andbeautiful music. Young God Records. 2003. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The utter dark
Swans have done so much for music, effecting music itself on an unconcious level. You can hear the eager strife of so many bands to capture what came naturally to Gira and Jarboe. It would truely depend on how well one knows music to give a decent description, but far more then knowledge it takes an open mind to love any band even close to Swans.

This album is a cold, soothing, beautiful and dark album and truely amongst thier greatests. While Swans began with Michael Gira without Jarboe and as something so aggressive and heavy with anger thier devouring and honest message had always been wakeing. In this album you can see how the patience and the maturity found the message and the evolution began to flow much faster and with not only the mind but the heart and the soul.

Swans would later go on to warm thier sound even more so with "Various Failures"(the inbetween albums are near impossible to find for now) but still you can hear the solidity and fluidity that never left them for a moment.

Swans music for this album was a mixture of heavily pounding beats at slow to mid tempo violins, viola's acoustic and electric guitars and synthsizers and various obscurities inbetween. Thier music will incant a mixture for the listener of gothic and american-folk music... early Industrial drum and synth patterns(remniscant of Coil, Clock DVA and Einsturzende Neubaten) and the ethereal and gorgeous ambiance of Dead Can Dance.

If you should happen to like anythng by Swans do yourself the explicit favor of purchasing "Various Failures"(my favorite), "The Great Annihilator" and this brilliant album as well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not their best, maybe their most important
"New Mind" and "Beautiful Child" are two of the best things ever pressed to vinyl or CD. Amazing and convincing rage. Or is it the drama of darkness. You decide. Very good album. On the strength of this record I went on to scarf up all Swans I could find. Leads into their most sublime period, that from 1989 to 1991...

4-0 out of 5 stars The melody begins........
This album marks the biggest evolution in Swans. Gira starts to stray from the noise and dissonant sounds of his previous work,and adds melody.(Jarboe giving a defenite push) The songs on this record are minimal dark passages with singing rather than screaming. Setting a way more gothic tone for later works. ... Read more


180. Classic Chillout Album
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of all time!
A wonderful variation and compilation of songs from Moby to Maxwell. It's such a peaceful album to listen to that I even listen to it while I study. If you like music by Enya, Dido, Moby, Jill Scott, Maxwell, etc., then you'll love this album.

4-0 out of 5 stars great for an evening in
I thought that the mixture of mellow beats on this cd was great. I had bought this after buying the television soundtrack to Roswell, and was suprised to find out that more than a few of the songs were the same. If you are looking for songs to sing and drive to, buy Roswell instead. However, if you are in more of a chill-out mode, this album is the better buy.

2-0 out of 5 stars Nearly Worthless.
For those who already own chillout collections from Ministry of Sound, Hed Kandi, and Naked Music, there is absolutely no reason to get this disc. Sony Music jumps on a bandwagon that's already getting stale with this collection of downtempo grooves. For the most part, the songs in themselves are pretty good, but we get predictable artists like Moby, Massive Attack, and Deep Forest who have already appeared on countless other discs. If a label is going to release an album of this nature, then it should dig deep and include rare quality tunes that may be underexposed. To its credit, it DOES have Jill Scott and Maxwell, giving this disc a welcome, soulful slant. But a couple of other tunes are questionable. What's music from the film "Titanic" doing here, for example? I can't say that this compilation is a bust, but it does almost nothing to separate itself from the rest of the other chillout CDs that are rapidly filling up record store bins. It's chillout with a corporate twist.

3-0 out of 5 stars It is fairly good but bland at times
I bought a copy of this album about two months ago when I saw a commercial on television advertisement for this album which at the time was not available in stores for the public. I bought a copy over the website. At the time, I thought this compilation was excellent but after I bought the German import of a similarily titled chillout compilation, my mind has drastically changed. I found the German import to be more compelling to listen to than this album. First and foremost, I could have lived without the tracks by Jill Scott and Maxwell. Not that I didn't like the songs but they sounded so out of place on this cd while Sade's "No Ordinary Love" was perfect with her silky smooth vocals. On this album you got the standard tracks by Moby, Delerium, Deep Forest, and Chicane, and Dido that you could find on a lot of chillout albums nowadays. Yawn! I love "Porcelain" and the Chillin' With the Family Mix of "Here With Me" but seriously, is it really necessary to put those songs on every chillout album? And "Sweet Lullaby" all over the place on new age compilations, I just want to pull my hair out from frustration. I like the song but is it really necessary to put that tired ol' song on another compilation? Surprisingly enough, one of my favorite tracks on this album is Jame Horner's "Rose" (from "Titanic"). Beautiful song, even moreso without the vocals from Celine Dion. I adored the Craig Armstrong track (w/Elizabeth Fraser) "This Love", Charlotte Church's "Just Wave Hello", Endorphin "Satie 1", Strange Cargo's (w/Beth Orton) "She Cries Your Name", and Tangerine Dream's "Love On a Real Train". Now while I liked a lot of songs on this album, there were a lot of flaws on this album. And as much as I like Evea Cassidy's version of "Fields of Gold", I didn't think it had any place on this album like the tracks by Jill Scott and Maxwell. Overall it is a good album but too bland. I rather spend a few more bucks on imports with a more diverse selection than this album has to offer. ... Read more


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