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24. Beyond Skin
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21. Pod (Bonus DVD)
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Most remix collections are disappointing, as new snare beats and/or bass lines do not a revelation make. However, one might expect better from the Afro Celt Sound System, as their savagely exuberant, flawlessly produced African/Celtic/Eastern collisions in club-land have re-defined both world and dance music for all time. On Pod, the band has not only assembled a series of eminently collectible remixes but added fresh instrumentals to certain tracks, giving recent band members a workout while linking the band's various incarnations. Highlights include the ethereal "Johnny At Sea," which was previously available only as a byte on the band¹s website, and Toshiro Matsuura's "Fantasisita Re-Formation" remix of "Full Moon Low Tide," on which remote, forlorn-sounding bagpipes are enveloped in organically primal yet frigidly machine-like barrages of beats. The 2-disc package includes a DVD containing a pair of videos, plus strenuously edited highlights from the group's epochal 2001 performance at WOMAD USA.--Christina Roden ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing cd & dvd set
An excellent set of remixes with dvd extras from an absolutely superb group of musicians. Be sure to check into their albums -- Seed, Further in Time (aka Vol. 3), Release (2), & Sound Magic (1). You will not be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars So much more than a "remix" album
POD is one of the best remix albums you're ever likely to hear, in "world music" or any other category. Most projects of this nature tend to rely heavily on the input of guest DJs, the majority of whom, in an effort to make a name for themselves and put a unique spin on the songs, totally massacre the original tracks. It takes a disciplined and gifted remixer indeed to reinterpret another artist's song in a manner that is "different" and yet respectful.

The Afro Celts have solved this problem by skipping the middleman altogether and doing most of the remixing on POD themselves. This is an excellent decision, because their guitarist, Simon Emmerson, also happens to be an acclaimed DJ in his own right who has a great track record for remixing and reinventing other artist's songs without completely destroying them (check out his Outernationalists project, for example). Afro Celts members Mass (keyboard/drum programming), Martin Russell (keys, engineering) and James McNally (an astonishingly gifted multi-instrumentalist) also had a hand in many of the mixes on POD, giving the project a vibe that is both familiar and new.

Together, the Afro Celts take "Rise Above" (originally from SEED) and transform it into a funky, string-laden dancehall track, while the title track from FURTHER IN TIME becomes a trippy electronic journey into sound. "Lagan," also from FURTHER IN TIME, eliminates most of Iarla O'Lionaird's vocals and brings both drums and strings forward in the mix to create a majestic album closer. POD's crowning achievement, though, is the amazing "Whirly 3," which is not so much a remix as a complete re-recording, incorporating new melodies and new instruments, including a drum kit. Just try to sit still during this one!

While the "guest" mixes on POD are quite good, they can't help but pale in comparison to the band's own work. The Rollo/Sister Bliss mix of "Release" thankfully retains the basic structure of the original song, but the brass and other urban-sounding instrumentation will likely appeal more to fans of Faithless than of the Afro Celts. And the Wren and Morley mix of "When You're Falling" unfortunately masks the rich, layered acoustic guitar of the original track in favor of what sounds like a static-ridden Casio keyboard circa 1984. The best of the guest mixes is DJ Toshio's "Full Moon Low Tide," a radical amalgamation of several tracks from SOUND MAGIC.

POD is a real treat for long-time Afro Celts fans, and if there is any justice in the world, it will draw in a significant number of new fans as well. Rather than settling for a standard remix album or a "greatest hits" compilation, the Afro Celts have taken familiar material and presented it in an inventive and exciting new light. Just listen to the way the Rollo/Sister Bliss mix of "Release," a very electronic, club-oriented song, segues seamlessly and beautifully into "Whirly 3," an acoustic jam that has more in common with a live performance than it does a remix. It all flows together perfectly, reflecting the boundless creativity of a group of true musical geniuses at work. Long live the Afro Celts!

5-0 out of 5 stars Afro-Celt Sound System.... BOOM!!! A POD review
The ever-brilliant sonic innovators Afro-Celt Sound System (Afro-Celts or ACCS for short) have just released a brilliant new creation - POD. POD is a treat for Afro-Celt fans everywhere and a superb introduction to their music for curious newcomers. POD features two discs, PODCD, which is a CD full of mind-bending remixes of many of the Afro-Celts biggest hits, as well as some incredible new material, the best of which is undoubtedly Whirly 3, an explosive 'live sounding' re-exploration of Whirly Reel, which was featured on their first album 'Sound Magic', which breaks into new, uncharted territories with a fantastic new reel featuring pipes, whistle and fiddle. A few of the tracks can be found elsewhere on import discs featuring Afro-Celt remixes, but almost everything on this disc represents new, fresh and very creative takes on the Afro-Celts' brilliant creations. POD is well worth it for the CD alone.

The second part of the package is a bonus DVD, PODDVD. This DVD features four videos. The first is a new version of their Persistence of Memory video, remixed with the new Persistence of Memory mix found on the CD. It's a beautiful and interesting video with a good story and gorgeous camera work. The second is the very cool and strange video for When You're Falling, featuring vocals by Peter Gabriel. You may have seen these videos on TV, but now you have the opportunity to have them on DVD with top quality sound and video. The third feature is edited video footage from Womad USA 2001. The footage, though brief (8 minutes), is pretty awesome. Be aware, however, that it does not included live audio from the concerts but rather a dubbed in mix from the CDs. I would have preferred a real live version, but the Afro-Celts have assured me that a complete live DVD is in the works for the future. I can't wait. The last feature is the best - a mind-altering 5.1 surround sound remix of North (in both DTS and Dolby Digital) accompanied by a totally psychedelic music video trip into the Afro-Celts' world... prepare to be be blown away.
I have word that the Afro-Celts are not only working on a complete live DVD but also a new album. The Afro-Celts put themselves behind their music, concerts and fans 110% and I can hardly wait to hear/see/experience what they come up with next. In the meantime, POD will take Afro-Celt fans on a wild and wonderful trip through the Afro-Celt world... enjoy the ride!


5-0 out of 5 stars Delight to the ears and eyes with a dance beat
After you've bought "Seed" get this evolved and polished remix album. The Mass remix of "Eireann" is one of the most beautiful performances available on record. I re-discovered the thrilling "Persistence of Memory," delicate yet powerful. Iarla O Lionaird's vocals on both those songs are gripping and project a sophisticated and assured maturity. The melodies are poetic and lyrical, yet muscular. The music CD is gloriously rich and there's the bonus DVD. I wish the DVD included the video for "Release:" it was as surreal and haunting (ha) and lovely as the music. This is a really generous package and a great introduction to a unique artistic sound and vision.

4-0 out of 5 stars Get Up and Dance
If you are sitting still through this CD, alert the undertakers. This a great collection of remixes that suffers only 2 boring cuts: tracks 6 & 7. They represent the only 2 tracks that Emerson or McNally wasn't supervising the re-mix guys, and the result is that plodding sameness that is so utterly annoying about techno and trance and all that stuff for greasy kids. The rest of it is great fun. The bonus DVD gives you 2 music videos and some footage from ACSC at WOMAD, well worth the admission price all by itself. If you are a fan, there is nothing new on this, but it still is brilliant craic! ... Read more

22. Mea Culpa
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1991 Virgin release featuring three mixes of this cut from their top 10 & double platinum debut: Fading Shades Mix, Orthodox Mix & Catholic Version. Slimline jewel case. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Better Enigma Re-Mixes...
Each version or re-mix of Mea Culpa will not disappoint.Each track is layered with sensual and seductive vocals by Enigma members Louisa Stanley and Sandra Cretu. The re-mix version titled Fading Shades shares the same name as Sandra's own 1995 solo European pop-dance/ambient album ;It's an unavailable import at the time of this writing.Mea Culpa's tracks continue with the thematic atmosphere as the album with it's Gregorian chanting,heavy drum beats,seductive French lyrics ! Mea Culpa is also one of the stronger tracks from the MCMXI a.D. album.The lyrics translated from French to English are about an individual's obsession and overpowering temptation into the world of forbidden love and passion;Only the best of lustful intentions ! I guess some things do sound better in French...

5-0 out of 5 stars MEA CULPA

5-0 out of 5 stars Power, enchantment, sensuality.
This is the best way to describe this single, "Fading Shades Mix", is one of best singles than I have listened of Enigma, surrounds three songs in a single one harmoniously. The "Orthodox Mix", is fantastic and the "Catholic Version" causes that one runs to look for E1 and to listen to it again.

Excellent option; if you are seeing information on this disc, you do not think more to it and buy it, you will not regret.


5-0 out of 5 stars very "put you in the mood" song
this song is very powerful, sensual, and enticing. makes you seem like you are in a trance ands nothing else matters at all...hmm....

5-0 out of 5 stars Mea Culpa pt2
I love this cd. Only Enigma could produce such various remixes of a song that paints plateaus of sensual scenes for you. The Orthodox remix has to be the best remix in the single. Mea Culpa has been the song created by Enigma that tells a story more than any other. The lyrics, pan pipes, and moanings fit perfectly together. ... Read more

23. Best of Natacha Atlas
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Atlas has a well-earned reputation for being one of the most original and innovative artists of our time, both in the Middle East and in the West. The exotic Arabic scales, rhythms, and textures open up new horizons for 4/4-entrapped western pop and create possibilities for the enormous and varied Middle Eastern music scene to communicate outside itself. This collection assembles tracks from her solo albums, as well as unreleased and rare remixes, updated edited versions of her most famous songs, and a live track. ... Read more

24. Beyond Skin
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Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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1999 album that mixes traditional Asian music withjazz-soul & drum 'n' bass. NME called 'Beyond Skin','movingly anti-sentimental, political without beingpolemical, it's beyond stereotype & careening close tosublime'. Outcaste. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Now this is innovative fusion music
I have heard Nittin prior work, but nothing prepared me for this. Don't be fooled by the RnB Exterior this album is much more. A pioneer in Asian Underground Scene makes his distinguish mark with this CD. All of the songs are really good(letting go). But then we have the songs like Nadia, An anthem without a nation, Homelands, serpents and nostalgia. These are genious tracks wich are both innovative and facinating. You have never heard anything like this. This is Fusion music at its best. Be prepared to be blown away.with this mix of sweet and sour music

4-0 out of 5 stars Hats off to Nitan Sawhney
A very fine meticulous melodic offering, aural spring water for thirsty ears. For me it has all sorts of echoes, all good; of portishead, gypsy kings (really, track 3 could be played in a Mexican resteraunt without the clientelle blinking); massive attack; Roger Waters (for the samples, as well as the subject matter); afro celt sound system; catetonia (for some of the female vocals). And they are only the echoes - I cannot begin to describe the primary sound. Sufficiently good to motivate me to travel three hours to hear him live, less than four days after first playing the CD ... somewhat motivational.

Very refreshing to hear what I presume to be a Hindi influence; bar one (mostly unplayed) Ravi Shanker CD, this is probably my first encounter with music having a distinct Asian influence, and I'm very keen for more.

As fusion, clearly it works for me. As head fodder, it also works: Mr. S is caught between the loss of the culture of the India of his parents generation and the lack of acceptance and sometimes hostility of sections of anglo-saxon culture. If its any consolation, he'd always be welcome to drop around to my house for a cup of tea.

If I were you, I'd take the risk and buy the CD without any further hesitation. You can always flame me if disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Astounding
Pure brilliance! Never thought this would ever work for me, but then a boyfriend played it to me. It's perfect for intimacy and sets a really mellow mood, but at the same time has the underlying message about War. "Beyond Skin", "Nostalgia" and "Letting Go" are definitely the stand-out tracks on this beauitful album.

5-0 out of 5 stars best asian underground album !!
simply phenomenal. everyone should have this album. it's not pop ;) but it has mass appeal. every single track is worthy of praise, and one can listen to 'beyond skin' endlessly in various contexts: dancing, reading, chillin, making love.

i've introduced this CD to so many friends. their consistent reaction: awe, admiration, respect. without exception.

nitin won the coveted mercury prize for BS and - like the booker - if there is ever a "mercury of mercuries" BS would undoubtedly bag that prize as well.

nitin does world music proud. he's a pioneer of the asian massive. but beyond musical genres, BS is just damn good. his music will speak to you in a way a review never could.

so go listen.

5-0 out of 5 stars deep, gorgeous
this is beautiful music and probably my favorite album of all time ... Read more

25. Atlas
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Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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This daring quintet broke from Monterrey, Mexico on the scene in 2002 with their self-described "electro-Latin organic fusion"and turned a lot of heads at the 2002 SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. The aptly named group continues their worldbeat party mix of funk, rock, electronica, trance, psychedelic pop, dance and more on their sophomore album. Choice cuts include "Airport Feelings," with its instantly infectious vibe and the trip-hop flavored "My God is So Quiet" which would fit in nicely in industrial/house dance clubs. With its start-stop dynamics, tempo shifts, and spirited jams, the 12-track album has a definite "live" feel. The only instrumental, "Do U Like It," is an intense rock-jazz workout that bounces leads between percussions, guitars and keyboards. But Kinky can also slow the party down, such as on the reflective tunes like "Minotauro" and "Semillas de Menta," whose hooky melodies and echoey vocal harmonies evoke nostalgic chamber-pop brilliance. --Ramiro Burr ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Es Muy Bueno, Chicos...En Serio The Headphonist a new release from the band Cake?

No..yes..well, sort-of I suppose. John McCrea of Cake makes a guest appearance on the 2nd cut of Atlas and the result is, well, very Cake-like. Is that bad.? Well, no, if you like Cake -- although it may make you wonder if this is a convoluted marketing ploy to win over Kinky fans in the US. Otherwise it's quite a good song that is not only familiarly Kinky, but they employ a fantastic retro Colombian cumbia organ rift about a third of the way into the song. And that makes me forgive them for trying to borrow Cake for a few minutes on a 45 minute album.

And yes, they do use quite a bit of English on Atlas, unlike the first album. And yes, it can be somewhat distracting (in the sense that you might find yourself asking: Why is this band from Monterrey, Mexico singing in English when it sounds so much cooler when they use their native Spanish?)

Overall the album is classic Kinky and the cuts are good, especially Do U Like It?, Pos Que Se Vengan, Minotauren, and Maria Jose.

If you have the first, buy this one. If you have neither, buy both.

4-0 out of 5 stars pretty good
I used to be obsessed with Spanish music. However, recently, I have found new passions in music. Kinky was my all-time favorite Spanish artist. I bought their album and COULDN'T stop listening to it!! The first album's catchy beats and striking lyrics left me bringing my Walkman everywhere. When I heard they were coming out with a new album, I was quite excited. I previewed a couple of clips on numerous websites, and was pleased overall. However, I must admit this album is not quite as impressive as their self-titled debut. The songs are simply not as devolped, and the beats are not as catchy. None of the songs on the new album can compare to "Ejercicio #16" or "Great Spot," the two Kinky songs I still listen to frequently. I must say, Atlas seems like an intriguing buy, but definitely buy the first album before this one, to get a true idea of what Kinky was like before they were somewhat Americanized.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Sophmore Release Since Fiona Apple!
The only way I can describe Kinky's sound on this disc is this: It's as if Weezer and Lou Reed went to an Ozomatli concert where Desi Arnaz was the opening act.

Afterwards, they all jammed!

1-0 out of 5 stars what a disappointment
don't bother with this album. kinky's self-titled debut album is amazing. this is just a mediocre attempt at equaling their success with the first one, but unfortunately, it turned out to be a P.O.S.

1-0 out of 5 stars The disc blows.
I really tried to like this album, and I'm a big fan of a lot of new Latin rock from Manu Chao to Molotov, but I have to say this peice of tripe was a waste of money. The lyrics, in any language, are purile and repetetive, and the music just sounds like poorly-executed, uninspired, crappy synth-effects someone did in their garage. Sounds like they're desperately trying to define themselves as new and different by resorting to cheesy clich├ęs... ... Read more

26. Gedida
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The swirl of Egyptian strings, hip-hop beats, love, and politics can make strange bedfellows, but once again Natasha Atlas, chanteuse and belly dancer, makes sense of it all. Singing in several languages (including French on the opener "Mon Amie la Rose") she delivers 11 exotic worldbeat tracks full of exuberance, reflection, and yearning that are at once compassionate and militant, her Arabic roots sharing center stage with her club experiences with the likes of Transglobal Underground. Funky beats, kanoun, oud, string sections, and percussion jostle for attention in the background as Atlas's serpentine vocals entwine the listener in tales of passion, injustice, and the mysteries of life. Recorded both in London and Cairo, Gedida is a truly cosmopolitan melting pot for the '90s, ranging from hip dance-floor grooves to traditional Egyptian orchestral arrangements, and Atlas, equally at home in both, is fast proving herself one of the most intriguing and original artists blending international cultures into a common musical language. --Derek Rath ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars great middle eastern tune
I bought this CD in 1998 and I have been listening to it eversince.Each song is beautiful with its arabic instruments.They make you feel like you're in a whole new world.Natacha has a great voice.Great music for bellydancing.Just excellent

5-0 out of 5 stars Natacha's Best Album
Pop singer Natacha Atlas is one of the best voices in Arabic pop music, both in Egypt and in the west. Because she sings in Arabic, English and French, her music is both beautiful and easily approachable to western ears. Although at times she does play up the stereotypes, making her music "more Egyptian", she is one of the most talented pop stars around. From the romantic opening song "Mon Amie la Rose" to the stunning tracks "Kifaya" (enough) and "One Brief Moment", she enthralls you, making you want to dance, listen and even sing along. This is probably her best CD, and I strongly recommend you check out her other works if you appreciate this. Aside from the aforementioned songs, I also am particularly fond of "Bastet", "The Righteous Path" and "Bilaadi" (My Country). Check her out, especially if your new to Arabic/Egyptian pop music. She is definately an easy introduction for westerners who may be unused to Egyptian music or the Arabic language.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I really think you'll be sorry if you don't get this
CD. It's great and upbeat. I've watched Natacha Atlas' concerts
on Arabic TV Channels before and she is great.

5-0 out of 5 stars Original
If you think you might have any interest in great belly dancing music mixed to modern dance beats; to a truly astounding voice that can mesmerize and captivate; to truly original orchestrations of the music; then you must try this CD.
Abandon hesitation and sample this, it is quite unique and powerful. Some of the best modern middle eastern music you can hear.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Suprise
Natacha Atlas has a lovely voice, and this soulful CD has plenty of good belly dance music that is enjoyable to listen to even when you're not dancing! ... Read more

27. Remix Collection
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5-0 out of 5 stars Natacha kinds of mixes !!
I have the French limited version of this album, which includes the remix of the hit which push Natacha to the godness of French market: "Mon Amie La Rose".

Clearly, this is not a Dance Remix album, but more expermental, search for the boundry of Natacha'a music. Natacha herself had put efforts in this album, therefore I believe it does not "obey" whatever Natacha had done in her pas albums. You can easily find this attitude in the album Natacha worked with her husband "Foretold of a Dream".

I like the remixes of "Duden", they had extended the mysterious feel of this song. And of course the remix of "Mon Amie La Rose" is terrific. I would recommand anyone who really understand Natacha's world to own this CD. It will let you get into her world even deeper.

2-0 out of 5 stars Eh. Unusual but underwhelming remixes...
Not what I expected & definitely not what I hoped for. Natacha Atlas' 1998 'Gedida' & 2001 'Ayeshteni' CDs have real dance grooves, strange enough to keep you wondering, heavy enough to keep you dancing. You'll find no unreleased tracks here - this is a CD of remixes - but don't be fooled, it's not a dancefloor record or a club record. It's more an opportunity for respected British DJs to completely rework and deconstruct most everything Natacha Atlas. Her vocals often become minor elements of the mix, floating in and out, processed, valued tools in a mix that I would definitely file as Pro Tools experimentation. I'll admit I'm not in pace with break-beats, or really any mix that doesn't propel a bass groove. There's so little groove on this adventure and I cannot recommend it.

Still, it's interesting that most of the 'Remix Collection' takes on songs that were never highpoints of any Natacha Atlas CD. (Three mixes of "Yallah Chant" alone, and other tracks less memorable in their original form.) That DJs would totally rework minor Atlas songs is admirable - just don't expect amazing dancefloor results. Personally, I traded this CD within a week of purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars feel your body and move with fire
meditative and peaceful yet also heart pumping sensuality. a great fusion of mideast and western hypnotic beats. her best cd.

2-0 out of 5 stars Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.............
A surprisingly dull and unimaginative group of dance tracks.

I was introduced to Natacha Atlas' music through her album GEDIDA, which included a lively and varied mix of music. It seems to me that she's sold short by dj's who believe she should be used as one of a handful of instruments on these tracks, which are all glorified drum-machine solos with Atlas and synth-strings turned down low in the mix. I don't really think this qualifies as a Natacha Atlas album since her voice is only employed as a gimmick.

I really can't even pinpoint one or the other of these tracks as a highlight; except for differences in tempo they are virtually indistinguishable from each other.

4-0 out of 5 stars Haunting!!!
I bought this cd not knowing what to expect. To tell you the truth I think is refreshing and has some kind of mystery to it. I can't stop playing the cd. I recomend it. ... Read more

28. Numena & Geometry
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Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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This double-CD reissue of two early Rich albums make good companion pieces. One can hear the seeds being lain for the organic Rainforest two earlier in 1987's Numena. It was also the first album in which he explored the tuning system of just intonation, which is based upon whole numbered ratios between frequencies. The album opens with "The Other Side of Twilight," a beautiful epic track balancing animated sequencer lines and sustained, slow motion keyboards in an aural ballet where each takes turns dominating the mix. Meanwhile "Moss Dance" takes an earthier approach with its intense interplay of mallet kalimba, flute, and synth washes. This four-song album shows that even in his early days, Rich had already begun solidifying his personal sound and style. Recorded over one year later, Geometry was inspired by the mathematical relationships between the notes in just intonation. There are three main types of compositions here--droning atmospheres, percolating ethnoambient works, and electronic pieces intertwining layers of sequenced melodies and rhythms in mind-boggling ways. Rather than set his sequencers on stun with rigid rhythms on these latter cuts, he mixes ever-changing programmed polyrhythms with live keyboard playing in beguiling ways, steadfastly proving that electronic musicians can be far more than pedestrian knob-twiddlers. As a twosome, Numena and Geometry represent a sort of yin and yang amongst the Rich oeuvre, and paired together they are truly revelatory. --Bryan Reesman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars haunting, mesmerizing, frightening...
I love these two albums. Robert Rich weaves an incredible tapestry of sound and sequences on numera + geometry. Layers and layers of interwoven rhythms combined with organic solos make this a far more complex and fascinating record than most other new age/sequence-heavy artists. I like the way he lays down multi-layered sequences and then puts an organ or electric piano solo over it. and the records more the ambient stuff, the droning sounds, swells and fuzz... can be downright chilling. Rich pulls off some real mood here, a lot of it is downright creepy and frightening. Rich's later records, although good in their own right, never really captured the haunting intensity of numera + geometry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Two greats for less than the price of one
Both albums are prime examples of ambient space music. Numena slowly transitions you from chord to chord and makes for sweet listening. Enjoy the sonority - wander the corridors of a sonic mirror maze - focus into the deepest details, or let yourself drift off to sleep.

I return again and again to Geometry, which offers a distinctly more textured journey. If you enjoy sequenced music (early Tangerine Dream, for example) this CD is an essential. If you're not sure, give it a try. There's no tunes to whistle and no, you can't dance to it (though you could improvise with aerobics). What Geometry provides is a sonic framework for thought, contemplation, relaxation and on to dreams. Really!

If wonderful listening isn't enough - here's a practical application: Do you have a desk job in one of those "fabric-covered boxes" of Dilbert and company? Want to concentrate on your work and shut out the chatter in the next cube? - a ... CD player, good ...headphones that cover your ears and either disc of this ...CD will pay for itself a zillion times. Set the player on 'repeat' and tune out thine neighbor's speaker phone for good.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ancient.
you would be hearing the future in the past.

5-0 out of 5 stars simply in awe
I hesitated to buy this for a long time. I was exposed to Rich's heady brew of ambient by work such as Seven Veils and, his collaboration with Steve Roach, Soma. I was concerned that the early material would sound too dated in comparison. But after tracking through awesome works like Troubled Resting Place and Propogation, I figured why not. And I am so thankful I did.

And yes it does sound slightly dated sonicly speaking. But all that becomes meaningless when confronted with the sheer scope and creativity embedded in these tracks. As someone has said already, Numena is the warmer on the two with Geometry specializing in the classically beautiful symmetry that its name intimates. This said both albums mix organic instrumentation like occarinas and flutes into a concoction that is far than go nowhere new age - there is dramatic tension here, there is enigmatic texture here,there is cathartic resolution here.

The two discs are bound splendidly. As perfect compliments to one another, this set will be in heavy rotation. Especially when I need to work at the computer or simply trance out in the dark before falling sleep. I can't think of a better place to enter into Robert Rich's soundworlds. I could live in this music. And I plan to.

5-0 out of 5 stars what's 'glurp'?
i'm new to this type of music. the closest thing i have that compares to Robert Rich is 'lift yr. skinny fists like antennas to heaven' by Godspeed You Black Emperor!!. that album is pretty cool, but Robert Rich is in a league of his own compared to them.

These two cds complement each other extremely well. in Numena, the music flows like water. it's beautiful ambiance, gentle sounds of nature mixed with soft tribal instruments and bamboo flutes to create a serene atmostphere that sets you at ease. the music slowly builds(and i do mean slowly) and never really gets moving, but it's not supposed to because it's all ambiance.

On Geometry, the music uses more instruments than sounds of running water, birds and other types of ambiance, it's a lot more mathematical in structure too, like Rich describes in the liner notes. On the whole though, this album accomplishes much the same thing as Numena in putting you into a relaxed state of mind. Listening to these albums creates the great feeling you get when you're in a deep sleep, that feeling of goodness you get when you're well rested. This is the that feeling turned into a sonic experience. The music builds up and grows on you, and can require patience in listening but I guess that if you're reading this, you already knew that. It's too bad I can't think of more adjectives to describe 50/70 minutes of pure peace of mind.. great stuff. I believe I've found a new level of intelligence in music. ... Read more

29. World Mix
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Reissue of the internationally flavored, French da nce act's remix album. Feauting 15 tracks in all. Highlights include, 'Sweet Lullaby (Ambient Mix), (Round The World Mix), (Apollo Mix), 'Deep Forest (Sunrise At Alctraz Mix)', 'Forest Hymn (Apollo Mix), 'Hunting', 'Night Bird', 'Desert Walk' & more. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Deep Forest is great...but check out Waterbone
I am a relatively new fan of Deep Forest, but they have quickly become one of my favorite New Age/World Music artists. I have their first cd "Deep Forest" and their second cd "Boheme." I actually prefer "Boheme" over "Deep Forest" because there is more depth to this album which portrays more vividly their musical genius.

One day I was reading the reviews on a Deep Forest cd and the reviewer suggested checking out the album "Tibet" by Waterbone, adding that he thought it was superior to Deep Forest. I finally found a copy of it (for some reason they are not offering this cd in music stores and on most websites) and I can't praise this album enough. It is the first cd I have purchased in years where I absolutely love every one of its eleven tracks. If you like Deep Forest, Delerium and Enigma, you'll LOVE Waterbone. If you are a Tangerine Dream fan, you will also experience their sound (in the synthesizer pieces) on 5 or 6 of the tracks. Believe it or not, a Tangerine Dream sound mixed with Deep Forest/Delerium/Enigma sounds fabulous! So, if you can find a copy of this rare and excellent cd, go for it. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Deep Forest, and Mt Rainier - What a stress releaser
I am new to Deep Forest. I received this CD as a gift without knowing the origins or creaters of this wonderful music and sound.

Driving to Mt. Rainier in the state of Washington, in my new VW Beetle, listening to Deep Forest for the first time gripped my soul and released all stress.

5-0 out of 5 stars They are our past...
...and maybe, maybe they are our future. I have been listening to new age music since I was in the 5th grade but this was mostly the first one I ever listened to. I remember hearing a few songs my dad played when I was very young. But this was the first one that I bought. Deep Forest is the name used by french keyboardists Eric Mouquet and Michael Sanchez but they don't just use keyboards they also use afican vocals. It is an excellent combination and so far the best one that I have heard from world music.

In my opinion, every song is worth listening to. My favorites on the album are: Sweet Lullaby[ambient mix], Night Bird, Desert Walk, White Whisper and The Second Twilight.The extra features on the album are different mixes from Sweet Lullaby, Deep Forest and Forest Hymn. This is just like a special edition of the original album called Deep Forest which as I know it now is out of print. But I am glad that I was able to get a copy of this one.

I would recommend this album to anyone who likes tribal rythems with new age music. I loved the album and I hope you do to.

5-0 out of 5 stars 6 starz
I'm a fan of Deep Forest. I love it. Deep Forest (along with Enigma) is #1 new release I am watching for in stores and/or on and as soon it comes out I buy it. Along with Deep Forest I also love Enigma, Amethystium and few others. Deep Forest is one of the best New Age "artists". I recommend all Deep Forest CDs to every New Age music fan and not only.
Wonderful and exotic music for your ear and soul!

3-0 out of 5 stars Wacky, wacky group!
Can't say much about these guys. Heard one song and bought the album. The pygmie yodeling song got to me. (I actually heard it in my sleep!)

Listened to it so much, I can't anymore. It's different, if you like that sort of thing. ... Read more

30. At the Edge
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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Precursor To Planet Drum....
This CD goes well with the following CD Planet Drum.

This is Mickey's CD companion to the superb book "Drumming At the Edge..."

I just love how the CD starts off with the quietness of the "Forest" noises, going from track to track adding a little more percussive instruments building up to track 5 where Mickey & Co start to really cook. It is almost like you are starting at the beginning of time up to the present.

Great stuff to set your mind to!

4-0 out of 5 stars cool stuff
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31. Diaspora
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The Trans-Global Underground diva wails in Arabic as her south London mates bring on the pagan beats. Atlas may eventually shrug at her North American sales, but this is more adventurous than Page & Plant's forays into middle eastern exotica and twice as authentic. --Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fine blend of western dance music and arab music
This is a stunning CD. I've never heard something like this. Atlas' music is a fine blend of western dance music and arab music (whatever that maybe). She's got a warm voice and in some songs she sounds like a siren in danger. She sings and wails about the middle east, the desert, love and old prophesies. Although you can hear that she made this album with band members from Transglobal Underground, she has managed to create a sound of her own. This is definitely not an easy listening album. It is so rare that you are very likely to make enemies with it. Sofar, I haven't been able to convince friends or family of the beauty of this album. Play it loud and alone. This is a sound investment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic, seductive-- what else can you ask for?
This music could charm a cobra right out of its underpants! To the person who wrote that you can't convince your friends how great it is, I can only (respectfully) say that you need to trade in your friends and family for the new model! My friends love this! It's fun to slip it into the player and watch as the music sneaks up on people and they find themselves smiling and moving to the hypnotic beats. It's also great, sexy music for romance...

5-0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic pulse of exotic places east?
One evening, my friends and I were witnesses to the belly dancer's art in full swing at a local Middle Eastern place. I always had an idea of what it was like - but the reality was amazing. It took me away to another time and place. The music seemed to sweep her around the room like a whisp of seductive smoke and bells. The belly dancer later told me she usually works with tracks off DIASPORA, in addition to other artists. The title is a word that refers to Jews living outside the promised land - the dispersed, essentially.

I've heard most of Natacha Atlas' music - and will state flat out this is her best, most hypnotic album. HALIM is my second favorite - and the rest kind of fade out from there. An artist does what an artist does: she apparently is moving towards the R&B and hip-hop genres that are popular in the United States and Europe. Not sure why? She may be trying to cut her teeth in these styles and try to make a bigger break? How unfortunate. If you listen to samples of her later albums, you will know what I'm describing. Sounds like the junk I hear on European variety shows and MTV. Wherever her career has been moving toward: DIASPORA is still simply magic - very refreshing, full of a sensual and erotic life all its own. I wish that Natacha would return to this more traditional style, but alas she has seen the future and it will be...

Get DIASPORA and be whisked away. If you have a work out schedule, enjoy cheesey house music or third-rate hip-hop, then by all means explore her other efforts. I will stop here, thank you very much. I had to purchase a USED COPY of this album, as it is now unfortunately OUT OF PRINT.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mysticism!
Although I don't understand the language, the music is quite pleasing to the ear. The beats are well crafted, organic and entrancing. Natacha Atlas has a beautiful voice that just floats over these quality beats, creating a harmonious work of art. Some of my favorites include Leysh Nat'arak, Yalla Chant, and Duden. I first heard Natacha Atlas on "Qilaash-How The West Was One" and on various Transglobal Underground Albums. Since then I have been a slave to her sound. One of my recent favorites is "Acquired Dreams" off of the Nitin Sawhney album, "Prophesy". And of course those remixes by Talvin Singh and T.J. Rehmi are quite blissful.

5-0 out of 5 stars A JOY to hear!!
Diaspora is a delight! Makes me want to dance! Natacha Atlas has a beautiful voice! This is an excellent CD! ... Read more

32. Something Dangerous
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It's quite extraordinary how Natacha Atlas can seamlessly combine so many languages and genres. On Something Dangerous, while singing in Arabic, Hindi, English and French, she draws her musical backing from drum & bass, Parisian vaudeville, R&B, ambient dance, pop, rap and film music, and never once do her sonic movements feel remotely gratuitous. Indeed, every track here is of the highest quality. In this, she's undoubtedly aided by a stellar guest list. Atlas is more than ready to step back and leave room for a love-hungry rap from Princess Julianna ("Just like a Dream"), some punchy positivist soul from Niara Scarlett ("Who's My Baby") and an insistent lament from Sinead O'Connor ("Simple Heart"). Add to these the grand orchestrations of Jocelyn Pook, the wacky Gem keyboards of Gamal Awad and the mournful trumpet of the late Sami El Babli, plus the efforts of Jah Wobble, Count Dubulah and Transglobal Underground and you have a collection that never veers from the classy. As a round-the-world excursion, Something Dangerous has more in common with Peter Gabriel at his coffee-table easiest than with the wild wanderings of Kate Bush. Nevertheless, for those who like their chill-out music to rise above the bland, there's much here to enjoy. --Dominic Wills ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Natacha use your Atlas and come home!
Die-Hard Natacha Fan since Transglobal Underground days....
This album is hardly worthy of Natacha's name, its totally unlike her former albums in which the thing that stood out most was the beautiful melodies intoxicating rhythms
and Natacha's pristine vocals.
The whole style is unrecognizable, the only track being "When I close my eyes", is reminiscent of the Natacha Atlas style. "Daymalhum" is very transglobal and not bad.. "Adams Lullaby" was sweet but lacking some traditional Natacha Spice.."Jaanaman" was cute, kinda...."Simple Heart" is nice but just boring...
"Layali" forced me to do something unprecedented in Natacha fan history...Skip to the next song. "Its a Man's World" is just a simply offensive song to begin with, patronizing and ignorant..
but to hear it sung in such a weakling mediocre vocal by Natacha is baffling....where did her spunk and power of her voice go?
The Nightingale has morphed into a regular mocking bird.
I hate the new direction she is going in; the empty soulless music of pop, interjections which interrupt the singing but offer nothing of value in return....leaving you insulted. Rehashed lyrics again and again. "Something Dangerous" being a perfect example.
She uses some of the same lyrics from Gedida, as well as other former songs, in the entire album but sings them a little differently...."Eye of the Duck" with ugly idiotic Shaggy-style rapping trashing the quality of the dissappointing!
Remember the good old days of Transglobal Underground when the rapping was actually poetry? There's just nothing original about this album.
Hoping she returns to the artistic/creative root from whence she came, shame to waste such a gifted voice!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Just as good, just different.
The album may be very different than all the others, but it is played over and over just as all the others have and I've owned it about a year now; I can always rely on this artists albums to be a great listen. Natacha Atlas must know she has pretty steady & loyal following in the U.S., but none of her past albums were accomondating if you will in that it was more about the enchantment of the arabic style then about the lyrics, at least for me because I don't speak or understand arabic. One of her albums goes so far as to offer the translation of the arabic lyrics which made the album all the more meaningful to me.

I am a fan of this album given that the artist is choosing to try and diverge her style with a little R&B, bring in a few guest vocals, and try something risky, be a little different; which every artist is entitled to do. Her contributions to transglobal underground have been astounding and I have enjoyed every album, each is different. I strongly recommend this album and all the others.

5-0 out of 5 stars oriental pop music
This is the first Natacha Atlas album I bought and I like it much. It's oriental pop music and if you like Ofra Haza or Sertab, then you might like this album too. It makes me wanna buy more Natacha music :)

1-0 out of 5 stars Another Talented Singer Bites The Dust
The never-ending attack of McMusic and McCulture have claimed another victim. Atlas used to be an interesting blend of Middle Eastern grooves and Techno beats. Now, she has merged with that boring R&B pseudo-cool trash that is force-fed to the denizens of McWorld in every chain-store, fast-food eatery, and McParty in the West. Too bad, Ms. Atlas, you used to be interesting, but now, you are dull as dish water.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not horrible, but not Natacha.
I miss the old Natacha.

"Something Dangerous" isn't something that a Natacha Atlas devotee would expect. I thought she would always stay true to her smart, admirable, bewitching style. She hasn't lost it entirely as I don't think that Something Dangerous is such an awful album...but it's not really Natacha anymore.

Natacha Atlas is gradually making her way into more musical palates around the United States, which may cause her to lose a few fans just as well.

Another thing...this CD is hardly danceable, and there is less and less singing in Arabic than in any of her previous solo albums. That's something that I really missed. We had her good old stuff back in my first bellydance classes.

I hope the real Natacha comes back from the dead. ... Read more

33. MCMXC A.D."The Limited Edition"
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European Version Includes Bonus Remixes of Sadeness,Mea Culpa, Rivers of Belief and Principles of Lust. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Float Off Into Space With This Masterpiece
"MCMXC A.D." by the one-man studio group known as Enigma (aka Michael Cretu) is a timeless blend of ambient new age sounds & beats, chanting monks, sultry female vocals (supplied by Cretu's wife, Sandra Cretu), and washes & washes of beautifully lush, atmospheric keyboards. It's the *perfect* disc for playing late at night with the lights out. When "MCMXC A.D." first came out 12 years ago, I couldn't stop playing it. I was so taken by it's sheer beauty, and how listening to it could just transport me to another place & time. 12 years later, the album still holds up marvelously. Everybody knows the hit "Sadness Part 1," with it's chanting monks over an ambient dance beat, but there are many more delights to be found here, including "Callas Went Away, "Mea Culpa," "Knocking On Forbidden Doors," and "The Rivers Of Belief." From start to finish, this album is simply intoxicating.Just looking at the classic album cover (with a monk on a mountaintop staring into a bright ray of light) always makes me smile. I've been a diehard Enigma fan ever since "MCMXC A.D." came out, and I've thoroughly enjoyed the three albums so far that have followed it. But "MCMXC A.D." remains Enigma's signature piece, a truly unique album that no music collection is complete without. Turn off the light, take a deep breath, and let the rhythm be your guiding light. :-)

5-0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, emotional, sensual piece of art
Enigma is probably best known as the band that introduced Gregorian chants to dance music (though, in actuality, many bands had been doing this for several years in Europe). I must admit, that is one of the key things I remembered about this release. But after listening again to MCMXC a.D., I remember much more. For those people who understand and appreciate the power of music to enhance mood, this release is an experience in sensuality. Layered with religious symbolism, lush female vocals, spoken word (often in French), sounds from nature, and sensual beats, Enigma takes the listener (or listeners, as this release is also enjoyable with a companion) on a journey of self actualization, inner peace, and outward passion.

The release begins with "Voice of Enigma", a soothing intro to the album. Not really a song, this short piece places the listener in a relaxed state of mind which helps one best enjoy the remaining 40+ minutes.

The next song, "Principles of Lust," allows one to slip into deep relaxation and sensual exploration. Clocking in at over 11:30, this is actually a combination of three songs that flow together. a. "Sadeness" is Enigma's classic and first big hit. It is very sensual and relaxing, however at the same time it is stimulating and encourages one to be tactile. b. "Find Love" starts off as a sensual, atmospheric piece that floats all around the listener. Then it moves to a funky beat that is very assertive and more active. Also known as "The Principles of Lust." c. "Sadeness (Reprise)" returns the listener to the feelings in "Sadeness." However, the additional piano is very deep and stimulates one to be reflective.

"Callas Went Away" makes me think of young lovers who have stolen away from the village into the woods at dusk for a lovers' tryst.

"Mea Culpa" grabs one's attention and provides a sense of urgent desperation. The beats, the chant, the marching footsteps, and the rain make one feel like one is trying to escape from someone or something. This is a very powerful song.

"The Voice & the Snake" is discordant and disturbing, shaking one violently from a relaxed state. Fortunately, it is only a little over a minute and a half, ending the discomfort quickly.

"Knocking on Forbidden Doors" gives one a sense of need for control and for asserting oneself, strongly yet with a gentle, loving touch.

"Back to the Rivers of Belief," which concludes the release, has three parts. a. "Way to Eternity" slows one back down, allowing one to become calm and reflective once again. b. "Hallelujah" reintroduces the rhythm, allowing one to slowly again explore one's inner (or outer) senusuality. The tinkling bells are like a soft rain falling to the ground, or perhaps on oneself. c. "The Rivers of Belief" is a sensual, relaxing conclusion to the album. Whether shared with oneself or with another, this song helps reaffirm the love and passion one feels for oneself or one's partner.

This is an excellent release, especially for those who understand and enjoy the power of music to enhance the mood, whether one is alone or with that special someone. A sensual delight, MCMXC a.D. deserves a strong 5 star recommendation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enigma is the best
I remember when i bought the first Enigma cd MCMXC AD i couldn't get enough. I have listened to this cd (no Lie) about a thousand times. It is sexy and pleasureable to the mind and ears. This is music you can really feel. I remember when i just couldn't wait for Enigma to release more of their music. Now I own every cd they have made. Every song on every cd I love, Enigma can do no wrong (or make a bad song). All cd's are my favorite I love Enigma I can't choose just one cd. I hope Michael Cretu continues to make music till he dies. Everyone I've introduced to Enigma has turned out to love it. Thanks Michael Cretu keep putting out the CD's and I'll keep buying.
Definately invest your money and your listening pleasure in Enigma. If God made music this is what it would probably sound like.

5-0 out of 5 stars mentally sexy music
When I was driving down the highway in my big big truck,listening to this music,I was nearly fell asleep.I almost lost my life.Then an angel flew down on me and said something very very sweet to me.She said I am a voice of ENIGMA.The next moment I was in the sky flying over the clouds.I was deeply absorbed in the journey of my pure mind.I was so refreshed and finally found myself in a starnge room full of sexy angels waiting for me for a long long time.This music is a kind of drug that take you higher and higher to the next spiritual level.
So passionate and alluring !!

5-0 out of 5 stars Was it REALLY that controversial?
Back in 1990, while I was still working in radio, a program director who shall remain nameless demanded that I pull the single "Sadeness" off the air because he thought it was "blasphemous." I was kind of dumbfounded, because I found it to be contemporary and original, and not in the least bit obscene. Just the kind of antidote to the blandness of the New Kids On The Block kiddy pop and dump truck loads of Whitney/Mariah clones being force fed to radio at the time. Of course, like any young buck worth his artistic salt, being told "NO" only made me want to find out more about this "Enigma" cat.

Once I got the full CD, I could understand how the easily shaken were getting their dander's flaked by Enigma. "MCMXC A.D." was the first album that used the fresh idea of mixing new age keyboards with chanting Monks and giving them the kind of rhythm that would work as a slow grind on the dance floor -- or more important -- late night nasties in the bedroom. Then there was the "Sadeness" video, which pictured a rather religious looking fellow as he dreams/hallucinates about a sultry looking woman and beams of light. Yup - just the kind of thing to turn the album into a nocturnal classic, dance floor smash and a magnet for those prone to censor that which might ruffle their too fragile sensibilities.

Surprisingly (or not), the album holds up pretty well all these years later. Tidal waves of imitations flew up in "MCMXC AD's" wake, but none (save maybe Deep Forrest) ever made much of an impact. You can also probably blame/credit Enigma for making top sellers out of the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos (remember 1994's "Chant"?). With all that has been going on in music since, "MCMXC AD" seems almost quaint, but this album remains an artifact from the end of the new age decade. And it still gets played in my playroom. ... Read more

34. When You're Falling
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First single off the world/dance act's third album & 2001release, Further In Time. Featuring Peter Gabriel onvocals. Tracks 'When You're Falling' (Short Radio Edit,Wren & Morley Mix, Album Version, & the enhanced CD-RomVideo). ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A terrific & fun track
Wow! Someone actually gave this track one star. Hard to believe, as Mr. Letterman would say. This song is certain to bring a smile to anyone's (or 99.9999% of everyone in the world's) face. Purchase the single, or, better yet, purchase the Afrocelts' Volume III.

5-0 out of 5 stars Astounding song
This is the most accessible song on the entire album. "When Your Falling" is a colorful, upbeat song with breathtaking African chant vocals fusing the guest appearance of Peter Gabriel. I'm not a huge fan of duets but "When Your Falling" is one of the best duets I've ever heard. Most music in recent years has sounded boring to me, but this song is, I would go far enough to say, better than alot of music from the 1980s. It's kind of suprising that Peter Gabriel's appearance on this song is upbeat and somewhat happy whereas his newest masterpiece "UP" is very dark, tearjerking and twilight in mood. A great song.

5-0 out of 5 stars It has the video!
I expected different remixes of "When You're Falling" and yes it is not the stongest track on ACSS's "Further in Time" BUT it DOES contain a very clever video that consists of a man (Iarla?) falling through different environments. Gabriel makes a cameo as a jet pilot and as a spectator. Now if the video could only play on those satanic widows machines as well as it does on my Mac...

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy This!
That one star was only because there isn't a zero star catagory. I am an Afro Celt Soundsystem fan from way back and was TOTALLY disappointed by this CD. It is the same song 3 times in a row and it sounds like crap... all 3 times. You can get this same song on Realworld (It isn't even that good a number). Both Peter Gabriel and Afro Celt should be ashamed for putting out a piece of drek like this.

My fault for not researching it more, it was a late night internet purchase and I must have been tired. Hopefully this will save you $11. If you must buy it then buy it used on here, I guareentee they were only played once. ... Read more

35. Mickey Hart's Mystery Box
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Moving beyond the worldbeat percussion of Planet Drum and At the Edge, the Grateful Dead percussionist makes a pop crossover move in partnership with Sade producer Robin Millar and the English vocal sextet The Juleps. An automatic buy for Deadheads. --Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Visionary Funk Machine
When I bought this I had real buyers remorse, thinking I was gona have to endure a CD of Mickey Hart vocals in lieu of his world percussion CD's.

What shocking surprise. A Shuckadelic Soul Motion! A gem, a Masterpiece and a Gift from a revolutionary artist with heart, passion and intellegence. The Mint Julips' vocals are off the chart divine. The band is a collaboration of perfection. Mickey aint bad either.

Rag Bag Willey and Bam-Alam!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars An awesome album with a great world beat sound
When I got this CD, I was expecting something like the classic "Grateful Dead" sound that I like so much. But the music on this disc sounds nothing like the "Dead". What you will find here are wonderfully complex rhythms wrapped in beautiful harmonies with more of a "World Music" sound than the folksy/rock sound that I was expecting - sort of an americanized version of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

"Where Love Goes" has a new-agey sound. "Full Steam Ahead" has great rolling beat. "Down the Road" is mostly spoken word with beautiful background vocals. "Sandman" is another upbeat song with some spoken word bits. "Next Step" is a haunting tune with more beautiful vocals. "Look Away" has a similar new-agey sound to "Where Love Goes", but with a more positive feel. "Only the Strange Remain" is another spoken word piece, where Mickey sounds an awful lot like Robbie Robertson. "Sangre de Cristo" is another fun foray into beat and harmony. "John Cage is Dead" is surprisingly upbeat and fun. The amusingly titled "Last Song" is a obviously having fun with the last track on the album.

Perhaps the best vote for this album is the fact that my wife likes it - she does not care for the Dead, and our tastes in music are quite divergent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mickey Mixing Percussion with Catchy melody...
Yes, Mickey sings on this! But don't let that stop you from buying this. There are excellent songs on here (with nice lyrics by Hunter).

Highlights include: Where Love Goes (Sito), Down The Road (with Mickey on lead vocal), Only The Strange Remain (Mickey on lead again), Santre de Cristo, and Sandman. But the whole CD just makes you want to groove!

Yes, this CD might surprise you - either you'll hate it or love it. It is a nice cohesive piece of well crafted songs that bring out both voice and percussion in equal quanitities.

Buy it, you'll be surprised like I was!

5-0 out of 5 stars Music with a Serious Pulse
First time I heard this CD, I fell in love with the it. The vocals are excellent, the melody alive, and the percussion, of course, is simply perfect. Mickey Hart (drummer for the Gratefull Dead, as if you didn't know) has been all over the world on this kind of a musical/spiritual quest of discovery, and this album shows it. His music picks you up and makes you want to sing and dance. A very satisfying album.

4-0 out of 5 stars Singin' & Dancin'
While living with a friend; one night she came home from a party still singin'and dancin'. She was singin' and dancin' still to the beat of Mickey Hart's "Where Love Goes". She came in the house, put in the CD, and started dancing around the living room. This was the first time I'd ever heard of Mickey Hart, and soon I was joining her in my slippers! From then on I listened to that Song every morning while getting reading for work. Not the whole CD, but that song. I'd set the CD player to Repeat, and dance and sing aroung the house while getting ready for my day. I insist that this song was a terrific motivator to set up your day with a smile and inspirtation. To sum it up, this song was a keeper from the first time I heard it. That's the reason for the 4 stars though. Not any of the other songs caught my attention like this one. However,I still ended up buying the whole CD, just for "Where Love Goes". ... Read more

36. Desert Wind
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She's been dubbed "the Madonna of the Desert," and this record is the reason why. Haza came out of her '80s folk-fan circuit and returned to her beloved Israeli disco-pop with this highly produced set of songs that were clearly designed for the mainstream. She's got an incredible set of pipes, and they are readily in evidence here. Haza is a charmer when she sings, soaring above even the most trivial studio dubs and musical overloads that exemplify the backing tracks. There are more traditional recordings available from Haza, both predating and following this one, that accent her Israeli and Yemenite heritage. Desert Wind is for those looking for a heavier beat, a harder pop edge, and exotic samples rather than deeper roots. --Louis Gibson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Magnetic rythms of the Yemen and the other arab countries
Again Ofra Haza sing with her marvelous voice in english and arabic looking for new markets. To listen to "Slave dream" is like to be transported to the desert, with the bedouins and their camels facing a storm of sand. Really beautiful. "Ya Ba Ye" and "Da'Asa" are other of my favorites, with the rates most characteristic of the Middle East.

A great album, excellent.


5-0 out of 5 stars Oh, What Exquisite Purity!
Ofra Haza's voice is often described as angelic, which it certainly is. But it's so much more than that. Ofra's voice has a depth and purity unlike that of anyone else I've ever heard--Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Charlotte Church and all the rest can barely compare, as lovely as their voices are. Her gorgeous vocals give me shivers and goosebumps; they move me into a realm in which there are no words, only uadulterated emotion. There are two reasons for this: first, Middle Eastern music is so very exquisite. It has incredible passion and lilt because it uses a different scale than that of Western music. Second, Ofra Haza's voice is second to none, so when you combine Middle Eastern vocal styles with a voice such as Ofra's, the result is heavenly. In particular, I enjoyed "Ya Ba Ye," "The Middle East," and "I Want to Fly," although all the songs are noteworthy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Middle East Music Meets Mainstream Pop With Excellent Result
This CD is a wonderful mixture of middle eastern rhythm's
and mainstream pop. The music on this cd is both interesting and
exciting. Ofra Haza's singing is consistently superior in every respect to most other female pop vocalists. Her technical excellence, clarity of tone and pureness of pitch are at least equal to the best efforts of the best: Celine Dion, Sarah Brightman, Barbra Streisand. Ofra Haza poured
great depths of emotion into all her singing. With the majority
of her songs it is easy to discern that her soul is on full display, that she put her heart into her singing, and that the feelings expressed are genuine. She wrote much of her own music and most of her own lyrics. In "Desert Wind" the booklet provides a brief explanation of what each song is about. For example, the song "Fatamorgana" (Mirage), one of the best on this CD, tells the story of Ofra's mother traveling on foot through the desert to escape oppression in her native country. The CD provides a well balanced mix of fast paced and slower songs. The two standout fast paced songs are "Wish Me Luck," and "Middle East." Ofra typically put one or two very good songs at the end of her albums, and in this CD it is the excellent,relective "Kaddish." Overall, this is a very satisfying CD, and like almost all Ofra Haza's music, it
is worthy of many multiple listenings.

1-0 out of 5 stars The worst of Ofra Haza.
Having bought Shaday and Kirya by miss Haza, i bought Desert Wind with the notion that it would be as fantastic as the aforementioned. Boy was i wrong. Gone are the heavy Yemenite/Israeli beats and flavor, as is Haza singing in Hebrew. Instead, I found her beautiful voice swallowed up by abhorrent 80's synth-pop cheese and benal lyrical content, with Hebrew only in the chorus at most. There is not a single song, with the exception of "Slave Dream" that I could bear to listen to all the way through, and most of the songs are laughably bad. So, fans of Haza's other works, do yourself a favor and save your [money] and buy Shaday or Kirya. Unless you want a good laugh, then by all means, purchase away!

5-0 out of 5 stars World-beat pop masterpiece
I'll never forget the day I first heard this on cassette. My wife came home from shopping and put it on. I said "WOW, who is this??" And she said "I don't know who she is, they were playing her at the music store and I asked who it was and bought it. I think she's Arab." Then I saw Ofra Haza's picture on the cover and had to say "WOW" again. As we soon learned, she was a Yemenite Israeli, already world-famous (except in America) back then in 1990. We saw her in concert later that year and of course learned much more about her and her earlier music, particularly her groundbreaking "Fifty Gates of Wisdom (Yemenite Songs)".

Following "Fifty Gates" in 1987, Ofra Haza turned to a dance beat in "Shadday" (1988), an album, in my opinion, of derivative western dance-track sounds and only two stand-out songs. Then, a year later, she turns out "Desert Wind", this stunning, hook-laden, beat-driven, authentically Middle-Eastern album of passionate, meaningful songs, juxtaposing Hebrew and English verses, almost all written or co-written by her. Best are the danceable "Ya Ba Ye", "Middle East", "I Want to Fly" and "Taw Shi", and the gorgeous "Fatamorgana", "Da'asa" and "Kaddish". That's a lot of favorites for one album, but that's the kind of album this is. "Slave Dream" and "In Ta" take some getting used to, but even they turn into winners once you've managed to absorb them. "Kaddish" left hardly a dry eye in the house when she performed this in concert. "Middle East" has ironically the least middle-eastern melody of the dance tunes (i.e. it's in a major key), and it is a rousing song of hope for peace - even a love offering to the Palestinians. Ofra seems to put one such song on every album. Tragically, Ofra is gone, and we're all still waiting to hear popular songs of peace from the Palestinian side. Ofra would probably say keep hoping. ... Read more

37. Yes Boss Food Corner
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With some great track titles ("Drums of Navarone," "One of OurDholaks Is Missing"), TGU are back again, heavy on the beats, and withthe spicy Indian influence stronger than ever in the sound, the bassbumping as heavy as any hip-hop release. Of course, it's not allrelentless rhythm--"Spellbound" shows a surprising R&B tinge, while"Pomegranate" takes a side trip to the North African desert, and"Secrets & Distant Dreams" offers exotic Middle Eastern promise. Thefunk quotient is higher than ever, and all the elements that haveconstituted the Transglobal sound come together more effortlessly thanever before, making a band that's finally grown into its own skin andreputation, shedding the ethno-techno tag that dogged them for so manyyears. Like such fellow travelers as Banco de Gaia andTalvin Singh, TGUmake music for a utopian one world, where all races, creeds, and colorsare represented on the dance floor. --Chris Nickson ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars World grooves and raves
Honestly, the only way I can describe their sound is like a mix of the Canadian rapper Snow, the 70's funk outfit Kool and the Gang, and current rap-soul sweethearts The Black Eyed Peas. Whew!
It gets 4 stars 'cause only 8 songs of 10 are good. The silly love song "Spellbound" is soooo dated. Best cut is the raver "One of Our Dholaks Is Missing."

5-0 out of 5 stars Scorching hot!
Wow! I bought this cd 12/01 and I must state that it is the best CD I bought in 2001 (and I bought hundreds!). It is tha IT! Nothing beats this, seriously. It rocks from start to finish. TGU assimilated so many styles/types of music in every song, middle eastern and blues on Pomegranate, afro-indian techno funk with some rap on Scorch...Set the spirit free, set the spirit free, set the spirit free funky people, feel the heat...scorch! I am totally blown away! Looking fwd to their next show in CA.

5-0 out of 5 stars TGU Still Boss!
I can't believe some of the other reviewers here are talking about the same album as me! I always assumed that fans of their music would be musically open minded, but here we have a load of people expecting to hear what came before.

It's a progression, but still sounds recognisably TransGlobal. There's a slightly stronger bhangra influence on some tracks (due to new member Gurjit Sihra?), and some lovely African vocals from Doreen Thobekile Webster, but largely it remains the usual dubby world dance explorations you love 'em for!

I think people overestimate the contribution of The Singer That Shall Not Be Named. She actually only appeared on a handful of tracks on each of the 4 previous "proper" TGU albums. Go and buy her album too if that's what you want!

This release maintains the invention, wit and joy associated with all TGU line ups of the last 10 years. Buy it and listen with an open mind.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Underground Funk
I'm consistently amazed that people rate a band poorly when an album doesn't sound like what they expect it to. None of the reviews posted thus far clearly state how TGU have worked around the absence of Natacha Atlas (sigh -- I do miss her voice on this CD, but there are other pleasures here). The use of sitar is alluring, and the percussion is really first-rate. Vocals -- rather than the Arabic flair we're used to -- have a more African influence shining through. And I love that; I was never under the impression that TGU were supposed to be locked into a particular 'sound' at all, but they were to draw freely around the world. The production on this CD is incredible; the sound is just booming. TGU are still killer to dance to, and I found this to be a worthy addition to their already legendary influence on worldbeat/ethnotrance/ -- ah, screw the labels, you know what I mean.

2-0 out of 5 stars TGU lose their edge
I got an advanced copy of this CD two months ago, and I have been trying to like it since. My conclusion: This is just mediocre!

Being an avid TGU fan since I first listened to 'Psychic Karaoke'in 1997, it seems to me like they just lost their edge over years. 'Psychic Karaoke' was their masterpiece ('International Times' is pretty good too), 'Rejoice Rejoice' was generally good, with a few bad songs like 'Shining Iron Face' and 'Son of Thingdrum'. 'Yes Boss Food Corner' even gets worse, with only a few standout tracks, including 'Pomegranate' and 'Steps Across The Edge'. Their distinct Middle Eastern sound and vocals are almost gone with Natacha Atlas (except 'Pomegranate'), the vocals are not good at all(simply there is nobody to replace Natacha Atlas), and musically they take less risks (may be attributed to the fact that Count Dubulah left the band), they stick to a generic funky ethno-dance sound without the nuances we are used to seeing in TGU music.And the lyrics of 'Spellbound' just made me laugh so hard. TGU have always had very interesting album covers, and this album is no exception.

I still hope they come up with something with more original next time. At the meantime, I guess I will stick to Natacha Atlas ('Ayeshteni' eagerly awaited)and Talvin Singh ('Ha' is perfect). ... Read more

38. Essence of the Forest
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39. One and One Is One
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The Asian Underground has come overground, thanks in large part to Talvin Singh and Asian Dub Foundation. Now Joi are here to rock the house. This is dance music that's full of Eastern promise, influenced by kannakol rhythms, and the tranciness of the raga, while, for the most part, keeping things quite firmly locked in a dance-floor groove. But while a lot of dance music can be mindless, this has a very fierce intelligence and ethnic identity shining through on every track. This shows that we've moved well beyond the whole ethno-techno thing and opened up a new world music that moves bodies as well as minds. Joi know it takes more than two turntables and a mic to make it all happen. Time to say, "Go East, young man." --Chris Nickson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Never thought I'd dance to a tabula...
One of the first "exotic" electronica CDs I bought, and it hooked me big-time. It didn't leave my CD player for weeks after I bought it. Easy to listen to, this CD carries all the beat you'd expect with good techno, infused with Asian vocals and intramentation. After buying this one I got Talvin Singh's "OK," and that one is also good. I just heard that the older brother of this duo just had a heart attack and passed away, which is incredibly depressing. I hope the younger brother carries on with this great music and comes out with another CD in the future. If not, this one is a must buy for certain.

5-0 out of 5 stars Feel the Joi
The Bottom Line: From the heart of the London club scene comes this funky happy world fusion dance album. Great stuff, sure to please.

Your music collection is not complete until you add the greatest group to come out of Bangladesh. Joi are the brothers Farook and Haroon Shamsher, natives of Bangladesh and subsequently of England. Although their claim to be "the original Asian breakbeat fusionists" is overstated (Bally Sagoo and Ananda Shankar precede them), they are undeniably original in their interpretation of Asian fusion music.

"One and One is One" is a mid-tempo electronic album, influenced by the work of Ananda Shankar, British trip-hop, and classical Indian-Bangladeshi music. This is not hard-driving club music, but it is still danceable if you are so inclined. All of it is easy to listen to and get into. "Fingers" starts the CD off with a stirring female trance vocal laid over driving percussion spiced with Bengali flute. On the harder side "Massive," "March On" and "Heartbeat" are above average, but still conventional European techno, although "Massive" slips mid-way into an impressive Eastern rift.

"Mission," "Oh My People" and "India" offer funked up breakbeats reminiscent of Talvin Singh and Thievery Corporation's more world-tinged work. The album also offers a softer side with tracks like "ESY-SHJ" and "Everybody Say Yeah," the type of songs where you break and head for a refill at the bar but still keeps your interest up for more to come.

The highlight of the album though is "Asian Vibes." Downright infectious, this feel-good power pop anthem is pure joy - happy, dancey, and a sure crowd pleaser, thanks mainly to the vocals of Susheela Raman.

On the downside, Joi is too repetitious at times, finding a great hook but hanging onto it too long. This is a problem chronic in today's electronic dance music. There are also occasional lapses where the group's inexperience shows up in muddy transitions. Still, "One and One is One" is head and shoulders above the vast majority of techno music.

3-0 out of 5 stars Too Much Beat, Not Enough Melody
Had This one on my wish list, based on the reviews here. My wife just got it for me, for my birthday. Now I'm wishing she had picked another one. I was expecting to hear more Indian music, but what this has is mostly techno & tabla beats, with sparse melodies and harmonies. It really doesn't give me the kind of exotic flavour I am looking for. Also, all the beats on here are up-tempo, and there is very little dynamic in the music. All this adds up to listenable music that gets boring fairly quickly. There may be one or two standout tracks on here, but nothing you can really hang your heart on.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must have album
I was visiting one of my favorite stores in the mall (Gifts From Afar) a few years back, and soon found myself enthralled in mesmerizing music. I purchased the cd on the spot, and it has yet to leave my 10-cd portable carry case. This cd is excellent to listen to whether you are driving, dancing, or even for relaxation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Uplifting to a fault
Joi's debut album is one of the greatest 'feel good' albums I own. Full of life and body, and wonderfully blended Eastern and Western sounds. One of those albums that just gets better with every listen, every song a classic in its own right. ... Read more

40. Apocalypse Now: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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4-0 out of 5 stars Listen to the film...
This is not your typical movie soundtrack, and it is a refreshing approach. Basically this 2CD set plays like a condensed version of the film, with all of the highlights captured in dialogue, sound, etc. The music is worked into these audio "scenes" nicely. "The End" is also featured here in a stunning mix that matches the visuals of this great war film. Even if you haven't seen the film, this soundtrack will certainly intrigue and even excite.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Magical Soundtrack
This is one of those rare soundtrack albums which is more than just "music from the movie." In fact, there's very little music on these two discs.

It's almost a movie for your ears. What you get are large chunks of dialog and sound effects swirling one-into-the-other, making for a fascinating listening experience on headphones. I can't tell if the album follows the same timeline as the movie, but it's at least compressed and foreshortened. I suspect it's a whole different creation using the same elements.

I'm only giving it 3 stars because when it's playing you have to drop everything else to listen to it. Because of its totally consuming nature, it doesn't get played that often at my house.

But when it does, it's magic.

3-0 out of 5 stars One of those cds for a long car ride... deep into the jungle
It's one of those films that gets under your skin, isn't it? And now you want more, you want the soundtrack. You want to go deeper into the jungle.....

This double-cd album can do this. It's part The Doors, part soliloquy/voice over by Martin Sheen, and part Carmine Coppola & Walter Murch compositions (Academy Award winning). Yet the voice overs by Martin Sheen as Captain Willet are the prized recordings here. Interspersed with genuine jungle sounds, Marlon Brando and his brilliant Warrior poetry and Asian gongs and bells, the Willet dialogue tracks are intoxicating, a dark euphoric madness that holds true to Joseph Conrad's theme in the novel.

So is this soundtrack for you? Not if you're expecting the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" or the complete compositions of Carmine Coppola. His works can be found on the Apocalypse Now Redux album which completely abandons what Joseph Conrad tried to impart to us in the first place. That cd contains the scores and orchestral work if that's what you want. Only the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack has "... the horror... the horror...."

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly the sound track (not just music)
Half of the soundtrack is dialog. So what do you think a soundtrack is? If it is the music you are after, most sound tracks pail compared to the original, with the exception of original music for the movie. If it is the significant dialog and feel for the movie, this soundtrack has what the maker thinks is significant. I agree with the choices.

3-0 out of 5 stars Audio book
I was sorely disappointed with this album. The narration presented here is genuinely spellbinding, for sure. But the music is crushingly second-rate. I was reminded of how jarringly off the composed score for this film was. The only piece of music which works here, and in the film, is "The End." That piece was brilliantly integrated with the visuals and tone of the film, something that cannot be said of Carmine Coppola's bizarrely inept score. Buy "The Apocolypse Now Sessions" by the Rhythm Devils for music closer to the film. Like the documentary "Hearts of Darkness," this album, inspired by the film, comes closer to the spirit the film tried to capture than the film itself. ... Read more

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