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1. Facing Future
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Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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To gauge the magnitude of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's popularity in his native Hawaii, consider this: following his death in 1997 (at age 38, attributed to his profound obesity), Kamakawiwo'ole's body lay in state in the state capitol, only the second person to receive such an honor. Kamakawiwo'ole's appeal lies in his love for prestatehood, precondominium Hawaii and the expressiveness of his gently passionate voice, which can float through higher registers with an ease that brings Johnny Mathis to mind. Several selections ("Ka Pua U'i," "White Sandy Beach of Hawai'i," the sun-kissed "La 'Elima") feature Kamakawiwo'ole in a traditional mood, using only his ukulele to adorn the charm of his native lyricism. Others, such as the Jimmy Buffett-like "Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man" add playful contemporary touches that suit Kamakawiwo'ole's style. Most touching are the string-backed laments that open and close the album, "Hawai'i '78 Introduction" and "Hawai'i '78," initially a reflection on his father's death, later on the passing of Hawaii's native culture. Best known is his medley "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World," which played over the closing credits of the film Meet Joe Black. --Terry Wood ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Hawai'i '78
"Cry for the Gods, cry for the people, cry for the land that was taken away...and then yet you'll find, Hawai'i."

A few years ago when I was a serviceman stationed in Hawaii, I first heard this beautiful, haunting song, and was first exposed to the incredible voice of Israel "IZ" Kamawiwo'ole. Already sobered by the song's theme...the regret of native Hawaiians over losing their sovereignty...I was further saddened to learn that "IZ" had died in 1997. Like his father, and his brother, Skippy (also a recording artist), IZ had died of medical problems associated with obesity (he weighed as much as 760 pounds at one time). But thankfully, IZ left a legacy of recorded music, both as a solo artist and as a member of the Hawiiana band "Makaha Sons of Niihau". And thanks to the airplay received by "Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" on the TV show ER, the movie soundtracks "Finding Forrester" and "Meet Joe Black", and commercials for E-Toys, thousands of mainstream listeners on the mainland have now discovered IZ for the first time.

In many years of listening and collecting, I've never found an album like "Facing Future" that has such a universal appeal. Kids love it, teens love it, grandparents love it. A certified hard rocker myself (check my reviews of bands like Tool and Type O Negative), I consider "Facing Future" one of the top five CDs in my extensive collection, and rarely do I go more than a couple of weeks without giving it a spin.

Every track on the CD is wonderful, and if you skip over any, it will be just to get to the album's best two tracks, which are near the end: "Rainbow/Wonderful World" and "Hawai'i '78". In between, you'll find beautiful island music, sung both in the native Hawaiian language (check websites for translations) and English. A fun highlight is a cover of John Denver's "Take Me Home Country Roads" with O'ahu geography (West Makaha, Mount Ka'ala) replacing West Virginia and mountain mama. "Maui Hawaiian Suppa Man" is a favorite of my 9-year-old son (as is Hawai'i '78, which he has dubbed "Cry For The Gods"). And having lived in Hawaii for 3 glorious years, hearing IZ sing "White Sandy Beach" almost always brings mist to my eyes and a lump to my throat.

You will never buy a more beloved CD than this one, your family and friends will rave about it. Get it, you'll be glad you did!

5-0 out of 5 stars an amazing discovery! wish I could have found him earlier!
I work in a large chain record store near a movie theatre. Everynight we would have 2-3 people coming in looking for the "Finding Forrester" soundtrack. I finally asked someone what was so special about it. I was told they wanted it for the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" that plays during the closing credits. I didn't know anything about IZ before then. The next day I saw an article about him and heard the song for the first time... I was blown away. I bought "Facing Future" and "IZ in concert" the next day! Since then I have bought every CD that's available. I can't stop listening to him. I'm listening to "N Dis Life" as I type. I'm constantly telling people about "Brotha IZ". His music is so pure and simple, yet so complex and amazing. I still can't believe that such gentle music can come from such a large man. In a time where corporate music is shoved down our throats by radio and TV, IZ is not just a breathe of fresh air, he's the only thing worth breathing. IZ the man may be gone, but his music has made him immortal. May he live on and bring some culture and peace to mainstream music.

4-0 out of 5 stars Braddah Iz no ka oi!
One of Hawaii's most beloved singers, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole made an impression on Hawaiian culture that will never be forgotten. His untimely death in 1997 was a national day of mourning, and rightly so. His work, not just in Hawaiian music, but also in keeping the Hawaiian heritage and culture alive, gives inspiration to all, and this collection of songs gives a great window into a truly legendary performer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hiko Makarina
good stuff i mean real good stuff when u listen to this guy u wonder how is there any trouble of the world-it makes u forget about everything that is bad like terrorism and pollution-u just lay down and feel IZ's emotion and talent-such a buitfull song writer and such a buitfull voice-some of this can bring a tear to your eye becaues it is so buitfull-IZ WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU!

RIP Israel "IZ" Kamakawio'ole
You will be missed and not forgotten...

5-0 out of 5 stars WoW
Amazing music.. a legend in his own time, never will be forgotten!! ... Read more


2. Celtic Woman [Manhattan]
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Fueled by healthy public appetite for traditional melodies and quasi-ethnic roots, the crossover genre continues to flourish with this debut release from Ireland's Celtic Woman ensemble. The brainchild of Sharon Browne, Dave Kavanaugh (founders of Ireland's successful Celtic Collections label) and young Riverdance touring company musical director David Downes, CW's five young women musicians and vocalists offer up an ever pleasant, Eire-savvy fusion of folk, pop and classical influences. Avoiding the intrusive, club-beat/sex kitten window dressing of Bond, the ensemble tackles material that ranges from the expected (spare, lovely covers of "Danny Boy" and "Ave Maria") to more adventurous fare like "Nella Fantasia" (Ennio Morricone's vocal adaptation of his rapturous theme fromThe Mission) and Enya's "Orinoco Flow." Elsewhere, "The Butterfly" offers up fiddle-fueled take on their Riverdance parallels (which also get a workout on the live bonus tracks), if renditions of Downes' originals like "One World" and "Send Me a Song" and "Someday" from Disney's animated Hunchback of Notre Dame hew slavishly to the middle of the road -- which largely seems the album's easy-listening intention. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more


3. The Light in the Piazza (2005 Original Broadway Cast)
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Like a shimmering pearl, The Light in the Piazza emerged from a sea of revivals, rehashings, and movie adaptations to secure 11 2005 Tony nominations, including Best Musical.Based on an Elizabeth Spencer novella (which was also made into a 1962 film), it follows a mother, Margaret (Victoria Clark), and her daughter, Clara (Kelli O'Hara), as they take a vacation to Italy.There, Clara and a young Italian (Matthew Morrison) fall in love, but Margaret is determined to keep them apart.

The Light in the Piazza doesn't fit the model of most Broadway scores, with a splashy opener here, a swing number there, then the big ballad.The score is more of a unified whole, sometimes jarring, sometimes following the patterns of speech, and sometimes unfolding in glorious sheens of sound.(Heck, some of it's even in Italian!)In that sense, it's similar to another unconventional American musical set in Italy, Stephen Sondheim's Passion, which is more chamber opera than musical, and composer-lyricist Adam Guettel (song of Mary Rodgers, grandson of Richard Rodgers) seems the most likely heir apparent to Sondheim in the current generation of musical theater creators.O'Hara's voice soars in the score's most beautiful moments ("Say It Somehow," the title song), but Clark enjoys two exquisitely lyrical moments with "Dividing Day" and "Let's Walk."Both were nominated for Tonys (Clark for Best Actress, O'Hara for Featured Actress), as was Morrison, Guettel's score, Craig Lucas's book, and various elements of the production design. --David Horiuchi ... Read more


4. Alone in IZ World
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The artist behindFacing Future,the top-selling Hawaiian album of all time, the lateIsrael "IZ"Kamakawiwo'ole was possessed of a voice so sweet, so tender, and so lovelythat it continues to deeply stir those who hear it long after he died. Lovinglyassembled and notated by producer Jon de Mello, Alone in IZ World iscomprised of both alternate versions of Kamakawio'ole's best-loved songs as wellas tracks never before heard by the public. The latter category includesversions of "Hanohano No Na Cowboy," the playfully incomplete opening on "MonaLisa," and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," on which IZ takes a rare turn atharmonizing with himself. In light of his premature passing, devastatinglybeautiful alternate cuts of "Starting All Over Again" and "In This Life" areespecially poignant. And "Over the Rainbow"--IZ's renditions were heard inMeet Joe Black andFinding Forrester--may neveragain sound so pure. --Paige La Grone ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars moved and touched!!!!
i first came to hear of iz on a commercial for a childrens hospital here in my area of northeast ohio.my step-daughter had spent a considerable amount of time there and while showing scenes of various children all races,all types of defects,overcoming and smiling;there was this outstanding version of "somewhere over the rainbow" i cried while listening to this 60 second commercial!!!i called the hospital to see just who this was singing and they said iz blah blah blah.anyways,i found this cd,"alone in iz world" and heard the rest of the medley(what a wonderful world) along the with the other songs and still was crying!!! so sorry to hear of his passing and had it not been for my wife and my step-daughters' illnesses,i'd have found iz sooner.i find this cd so soothing as i deal with the stresses of caring for my wife and daughter. thank you IZ!!! and may you rest in the same peace that you have given me. A MUST HAVE FOR ANYONE WITH A HEART!!!!!
(looking forward to getting all of iz's catalog of music and video!)

5-0 out of 5 stars Alone in IZ world
My Mama is of Hawaiian descent and met my Dad while he was stationed in Hawaii during WWII. Growing up in the NorthEast did not allow me the exposure to Hawaiian music that I would have liked. We listened to my Mama's Hawaiian music on 78's, but we never understood the language. The melodies were often pretty, but we were clueless as to what was being said. (Remember--our language was taken away and the elders discouraged using the Hawaiian language.)

I was growing tired of Hawaiian music always being stereotyped and associated with Don Ho. So, I hit the music stores and stumbled across "IZ" by accident. I listened to the whole CD (Face the Future) in the store and bought it immediately.

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (say that 3 times fast!) is an angel with a beautiful voice who should be honored and remembered by the Hawaiian natives.

On his new CD, "Alone in IZ world", the song "Starting all over again" couldn't be more appropriate in light of the bombings at the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Listen to it, absorb it, buy it. It's worth it!

Mahaloaloha...J.G. Merola

5-0 out of 5 stars Comfort and Escape.
The gentle sound from this gentle giant is a perfect anecdote to a hectic day. Rarely do you feel an authentic spirtuality from an artist, but IZ delivers this.

I first heard his Under the Rainbow/Wonderful World medley at a friend's wedding and couldn't shake his rendition. That cut alone is worth the entire CD.

If you've ever had the pleasure of visiting Hawaii, Iz will take you back there each time you play this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars IZ a wonderful world
After spending time in Hawai'i, I feel in love with IZ's music only to learn of his passing. What a wonderful singer, musician and songwriter he was. And a great loss to the music industry. I can only hope that he becomes as greatly known on the main land as he is in Hawai'i.

5-0 out of 5 stars Alone in IZ World
This album can take me away to places in my mind I have never visited before, although I have been to Hawaii many times. The quiet beauty of this timeless man's tender voice will forever be etched in my mind. Even the most childlike songs such as, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, take on their own IZ twist, not only in his voice but in the lighthearted bantering of his unabashed self. I feel in my heart that the world was cheated by his untimely passing but his voice will be singing sweet songs forever. Aloha. ... Read more


5. Buena Vista Social Club
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Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
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Ry Cooder's name has helped bring attention to this session, but it's the veteran Cuban son musicians who make this album really special. Reminiscent of Ellington in its scope and sense of hushed romanticism, Buena Vista Social Club is that rare meld of quietude and intensity; while the players sound laid-back, they're putting forth very alive music, a reminder that aging doesn't mean taking to bed. Barbarito Torres's laoud solo on "El Cuarto de Tula" is both more blinding and more tasteful than any guitar showcase on any recent rock album; a quote from "Stormy Weather" and some very distinct parallels to Hawaiian styles remind us of why it's called "world music." --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Full Of Life And Energy.
"Buena Vista Social Club" is a collection of music done with true feeling, talent and spirit. Great music never gets too old and here is evidence the great music from Cuba is still vibrant today as it was 40 years ago. The film based on the group had a special message about how age doesn't matter in the area of the great artists. One of the musicians here is in his 90s and look at how alive and energetic and moving this music is! The vocals, the music, the lyrics are all rich and full of style. These are real musicians playing real music. Like Santana's "Supernatural," "Buena Vista Social Club" is more of an experience than just good music. Songs like "Chan Chan" are really deep and move you in a nice way, others like "Candela" just excite you with the energy and fun feeling of it all. I'm grateful to Ry Cooder for bringing back these incredible musicians who play some of the best Cuban music ever. The only reason other arists like Celia Cruz don't mention them that often is because they still live in their homeland, Cuba. But they deserve praise and more. Recently we remembered Tito Puente who was a great musician and recently passed away, but we should also appreciate those who really brought Latin music to life, the ones who really play it with spirit and feeling. "Buena Vista Social Club" is no less than a masterpiece.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Cuban Masterpiece
I have no words to describe how brilliant this recording is. Buena Vista Social Club bring alive the music that has sustained Cuba as far back as the 1920s. Listening to the likes of Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzalez, Eliades Ochoa, Compay Segundo and Omara Portuondo paint a picture of a vibrant and soulful Cuba from the not too distant past. Needless to say, all musicians on this album have such incredible talent, that it is difficult to believe that we've missed out on such a musical extravagance for over 50 years. I have not come across a singer that can deliver such heartfelt passion in their music like Ibrahim Ferrer (83) and Compay Segundo (93), but the person that moved me the most on this recording was the 77 year old pianist Ruben Gonzalez. You just have to listen to PUEBLO NUEVO and MURMULLO to realise this man's incredible talent. It is hard to believe that Ruben virtually had given up playing due to arthritis in his hands, and that he has no piano at home.

It is amazing to think that none of the musicians received recognition at the height of their careers, and seeing their current living conditions is a humbling experience. Nonetheless, I am happy that they achieved fame at last. All songs on this album are masterpieces. This recording is worth ten times its price, and it is one of my most treasured CDs in my music collection. It is a nostalgic, yet brilliant piece of Cuba.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this cd.
I saw the video on PBS a couple of years ago. I was instantly hooked. I don't speak Spanish but like other reviewers have said, music is a universal language, and the beauty of this music proves that. I highly recommend this cd as a must own.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cuban Music Like Mama Used To Make
I happen to come across this cd by sheer luck. It is the best cd that I have purchased to date. I mixes latin jazz, big band and ballroom music all together. There are several fun songs with a deep routed soul that I thought had been lost. Even if you do not understand spanish this is a wonderful treasure to have in your collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Unbelievable!
Buena Vista Social Club's self titled first album is musical excellence. Focusing predominantly on son, a traditional Cuban musical form, BVSC delivers, and with spectacular results. This collaborative masterpiece between BVSC and Ry Cooder simply must be experienced. From the first chords on the tres on "Chan Chan" to the final notes of "La Bayamesa", BVSC takes the listener on a trip to both Old Havana as well as rural Cuba. BVSC provides an excellent introduction to traditional Cuban music to those who are new to the genre, as well as a more than satisfying offering to even the most discerning Cuban music afficionado. In all honesty, I feel (and I think that most of this album's reviewers would tend to agree with me on this one) that to discredit this album is truly to demonstrate profound ignorance and lack of appreciation for son music, one of Cuba's oldest and most respected musical styles. In short, this album is ablsoutely essential listening and a must-buy, hands down. If you don't already own this album, buy it as soon as possible. You won't be disappointed. ... Read more


6. It's Time
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Michael Bublé's assured debut and the tireless year of globe-trotting touring he spent promoting it elevated the 20-something Vancouver native into the first rank of pop crooner revivalists. His sophomore studio follow-up largely turns on the same formula that helped make his considerable vocal prowess so attractive to mainstream audiences, mixing the nigh flawless, if expected Sinatra-channeling ("I've Got You Under My Skin") with more playful and inviting renditions of pop standards like the Gershwin's "A Foggy Day in London Town," "Feeling Good," "Try A Little Tenderness" and Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin." But it's the eclectic mix of more contemporary material the singer seasons them with -- apt tribute to Bublé hero Bobby Darin -- that keeps him walking the narrow tightrope between artistic intrigue (a blues-tinged vamp of Holland-Dozier-Holland's "How Sweet It Is," Leon Russell's lovely "Song For You," with a guest turn by Chris Botti) and the kitsch-laden abyss ("Quando, Quando, Quando"'s Euro-centric duet with Nelly Furtado, a ring-a-ding-fling with the Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" that echoes fellow Canadian crooner/rival Matt Dusk's more successful flirtation with Lennon-McCartney). Arranger/producer Tommy LiPuma offers Bublé a welcome swinging jazz showcase on "The More I See of You," a bracing respite from the rest of producer David Foster's slick, if typically bloodless MOR production.-- Jerry McCulley[Note: This Special Edition includes two extra tracks: "Dream a Little Dream" and "Mack the Knife."]

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5-0 out of 5 stars Bublé'ng over with talent
Sorry, yet another bad pun. Anyway, Michael Bublé appears to have had a long time coming, because his debut self-titled album came out two years ago and seemed to go virtually unnoticed. I guess in this day and age, it's a little difficult for a jazz singer to compete with all the hip-hop and hard rock dominating the charts. But thanks to critical acclaim, he's doing much better with his second studio album, It's Time.

I didn't hear his first album, so I'm not sure if he's always been a cover artist, but at any rate, he does an excellent job with the songs on here. I don't know if I'd necessarily say that these remakes are just as good as the originals, but Michael turns them into great songs in their own right. R&B classics like Stevie Wonder's "You and I" and Leon Russell's "Song For You" get wonderful makeovers. "How Sweet It Is" is also good; and Nelly Furtado lends a helping hand in "Quando, Quando, Quando" (it's especially refreshing to hear her because I think most people forgot about her second album, even though it went gold).

Another good track is "Feeling Good", which will definitely have you doing just that. And while some people might be tired of hearing covers of the Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love", you can't deny the greatness of Michael's version. Every song on this album is great, to be honest with you. Whether you're a listener of jazz or just plain great music, it's time to pick up Michael Bublé's album.

Anthony Rupert

5-0 out of 5 stars Well Made Album
Through this album, Michael Buble continues to breathe life and vitality into the musical style and art form of the Golden Age of American Popular Music (1920-1960)."It's Time" is a well made and well-rounded album containing a stable of songs from that period, and newer ones performed and arranged in the same vein...

From Buble's smooth delivery of a song on unrequited love in "You Don't Know Me", to the swinging and brassy intro of "The More I See You", and the Latin-tinged orchestration of "Save the Last Dance for Me".

There is also Buble's refined version of "Quando, Quando, Quando" - recorded in duet with Nelly Furtado-standing in sharp and deliberate contrast to Engelbert Humperdinck's brash style.And, a classic, with Buble crooning to Nelson Riddle's familiar arrangement in "I've Got You Under My Skin".Finally, a new standard in "Home"-a song likely inspired by Buble's long days on the road, has the artist pining to "go home".

Michael Buble and band (led by music director/arranger Alan Chang) have put together a fun album that will delight and entertain true lovers of traditional pop.

Highly Recommended ... 5 Stars!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Buble
As much as I like Michael Buble I have to admit that this CD is a stinker (no wonder he had to go on tour to sell it).The magic of Michael is not there it's like the CD was produced to make money, fast.I found it dull, I bought Totally Buble at the same time as this one and find Totally Buble far superior to this one.Lyle Lovett does a better version of Mack the Knife (which is more of a transliteration of the original German than we are used to hearing thanks to Bobby D.)than this CD.Frank Sinatra does a better version of I've Got You Under My Skin than the duplicaiton of the Nelson Riddle/Frank Sinatra arrangement version on this CD.A Foggy Day to me is the CD's only saving grace.The CD is gathering dust in my collection.Michael you can and have done better, your other CD's are full of the verve and warmth of your voice, this one is cold and emotionless.I wish you would have thought this one out a little longer. In the words of Gerturde Stein, "There is no there, there".

5-0 out of 5 stars There Is No Stopping Him Now!!!
Michael Buble continues his musical juggernaut with this Special Edition of his latest offering "It's Time". With his International appeal and record sales in the millions, it has now become very apparent that Michael Buble has truly found his audience and has become one of the brightest stars on the worldwide music scene.

With "It's Time" Michael has given his legions of fans exactly what we wanted, more of the same but with a bonus, an original song. This album like his first "Michael Buble" is a very well thought out mixture of well-loved standards, light rock, and classic pop hits with the addition of an excellent original song, "Home". All fifteen of these songs are recorded and produced superbly and Michael's outstanding voice and performances just keep getting better and better. The addition of other well-known contempory artists on a few of the tracks makes this cd an extremely good value and I really like this formula of combining two or more wonderful talents to create great music. The sky is the limit for Michael and if this cd is any indication it is going to be a very enjoyable ride.

Monte Procopio is another new crooner that I also enjoy. His CD, "Swingin' With Style" features an excellent selection of songs and a 13-piece band that can really swing.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not bad for the virgin ear i guess . . .
if youre lookin for pure atmosphere, this cd is fine as backdrop. AS far as avocalist, he has listened to entirely too much Connick Jr [who is incidentally the largest Sinatra wanna-be on the planet]... and radiates of the sound...
I would reccomend this cd for those not familiar with jazz classics as a way to ease into them, but once you hear the true masters sing these songs [as ALL the greats have] you most likely will never let this sound in again....
I will say i enjoyed a few tracks, however, this is anything but timeless......

Its nice music, and in nice, i mean its sung in key and tempo, but it lacks all the lustre and emotion that any of you who love jazz seek in music....he hasnt found his way, and the fluctuation of sounds heard in this collection reflects it... ... Read more


7. The Voice of the Sparrow: The Very Best of Edith Piaf
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The voice of Edith Piaf carries with it perhaps more national identity than that of any other recorded artist in the world. Tiny, frail, and tragic in her life, Piaf brought French identity to the rest of the world in a way that was understandable to all. Known as "the Little Sparrow" in her country, her voice was strong, bold, and passionate, even as she grew more infirm. The archetypical torch singer, she had massive popular success with songs like "Milord," "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien," and "La Vie, L'Amour," included here with 18 other classics. While this is a great compilation of some of her best material, the complete lack of enclosed notes or biographical material may frustrate those not familiar with her fascinating career. However, the work of one of the most original songbirds of all time speaks loud and clear for itself. --Derek Rath ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars " Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien "
For anyone that has perused my web site here on Amazon they are probably more than aware of my love for French culture. I'm a closeted Francophile...and proud of it! The films,wine,fashion and most of all the music of France is something I have always dearly loved. While being Irish (in origin only) I dearly love the French culture! That being said reviewing a disc by the amazing Edith Piaf is simply a "labor of love".

Now, to be completely honest I did not exactly warm up to this cd upon first hearing it. The sound is rather dated and I thought Ms. Piaf's voice, while indeed strong, was not exactly what I was used to when listening to female vocalists. I thought it sounded rather shrill and, at times, even off key. Mon Dieu!! What was I to do...my expectations were so high that I truly expected "magic" to come pouring out of my speakers! Well, as with anything else that is truly worthwhile, I decided to stay with Ms. Piaf and give her, at least, the respect she deserves by listening a few more times. Obviously, my patience has more than paid off....if only because I can now appreciate the immense talent that she possessed.While sounding unlike any other vocalist that I had previously known she is able to contain more "raw emotion" in one song than most vocalist can emote in an entire cd!

Now although I consider myself a Francophile my command of the French language is, how to say,just slightly appropriate enough to order a bottle of wine, ask for directions to the Louvre and watch "Jean DeFlorette" with out English subtitles. Fortunately though knowing French will not deter you from enjoying this wonderful disc. While Edith Piaf tends to tackle most songs in a similar fashion, full-throttle, the tunes themseleves are awe inspiring if only becausre she is such total command of each selection. Hightlights, for me, are "La Vie En Rose", "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien", "Hymne A L'Amour" and "L'Accordeoniste". Again, while the sound may be slightly dated that does add a certain charm to these pieces. Plus,other than Billie Holiday, no one makes a "broken heart" feel so good!

Overall, having a cd by Edith Piaf is another of those discs that one will always have in their collection. She simply exudes France (where are you Catherine Denueve?) and all that is right when an artist is in true command of her talents. So pick up your copy of Edith Piaf "The Voice Of The Sparrow", a bottle of wine, a copy of "A Year In Provence" by Peter Mayle with a few fresh baguettes and make your way
home. Paris is waiting....just inside your front door.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection of some of Edith's best songs
This cd features some of the greatest songs by one of the greatest voices of our time. Among my favorite songs are "T'es Beau, Tu Sais", "Comme Moi", and "La vie en rose". This album is a must for anyone who loves Piaf and is a good collection for beginners who are unfamiliar with her songs. One need not understand French to enjoy this wonderful music. I must give this cd 5 stars, as there is no other voice like the voice of Edith Piaf.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Sound of the Soul of France
Edith Piaf (1915-1963) was an unexpected artist, the child of a part-time prostitute and a circus acrobat, raised in a brothel, singing on street corners for pennies in Paris--until 1935, when her success at the famous Paris nightspot Gernys launched her to what would become international stardom. Notorious for her many ill-starred love affairs, attacked as a Nazi sympathizer during the French occupation, belatedly defended as a member of the French Resistance, self-destructing through alcohol and drugs, she proved as unexpected in her personal life as in her talents--but whatever the lady's personal failings, no one can fault her talents. She is, quite simply, the sound of the soul of France.

Unless you speak French you may find the idea of purchasing songs sung in French a little off-putting. I myself speak what you might call "hotel French"--which is to say handful of standard phrases that would get me through in a pinch. When I listen to Piaf I occasionally understand a term here and there, but the specific meaning of the words escape me. But this no hindrance at all. Piaf has a passion that truly transcends the limits of language. No one need tell you that her tone is ironic; no one need tell you that the song is about poverty, lost love, a plea to God; it is there, it is inescapable. Her voice has the delicacy and strength of a steel wire, alternating sharp and flat tones in a uniquely French style, setting forth a meticulously rolled "r" in such a way as to give you chills and flying into a series of electrifying vibratos that are unique in all of music.

Although it would take a box set to do this artist justice, THE VOICE OF THE SPARROW is a very nice introduction to eighteen of Piaf's most famous songs. In a general sense, Piaf typically sang love songs--and had an uncanny ability to shift from bright to dark tones, allowing the listener to feel a dozen different shades of each emotion that colors any single selection. Be it the internationally celebrated "La Vie en Rose," the intense "Mon Dieu," the defiant "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rein" or the super-sophisticated "T'es Beau, Tu Sais," once Piaf adopted a song it became hers alone; every other rendition seems pale in comparison. Sadly, the recordings on this CD have not been remastered--but it doesn't really matter. For one who could escape the limitations of language it is hardly difficult to leap the boundaries of recording technology with the sound of the heart.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer

5-0 out of 5 stars She was such a babe!!!
I wish I could go back it time, so I could have an affiar with her. I'm completely infatuated with her, like Dana Andrew was with Gene Tierney's pertait in Laura! Her vocie is haunting, sexual, sensual, oozing with pain, laughter, humor, and SEX, SEX, SEX! A true legend, heck the woman had an affiar with Marlene Dietrich and was a legendary performer in her time, and conyinues to thrill young poeple liek me(I'm 19!). A great cd which covers ler last years on record, best in a french version of "Laugh clown." It's all good and poignient stuff, for us artistic types.

5-0 out of 5 stars La voix d'un ange
this is definitely a must-have for edith piaf fans. it covers all her most famous songs, and for anyone who either grew up in a french-speaking country [like i did], or even in europe, it is hard NOT to know who she is... "la vie en rose" and "non je ne regrette rien" are her true classics... i dont think anyone can hear "non je ne regrette rien" without knowing immediately who the singer is. it is simply her signature song, or at least one of them for sure. her voice is amazing and unique, and many try to cover some of her songs and they simply offer edith no justice watsoever. [patricia kaas being an eception-- their voices are interestingly similar].
whether you understand french or not, this is a great record, with many ballads and a few uptempo songs to make you happy to be in love, or contrastingly, feel the pain of a broken heart. but all i gotta say is she makes a broken heart sound SOOO good... :)
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8. Celtic Woman, Vol. 2
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3-0 out of 5 stars Not the quality of the first
I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of this CD, it took three weeks between the order and the time it arrived. Was it worth the wait? Yes, but I was still a little disappointed. It wasn't the CD that I was expecting. Celtic Women 1 was an amazing CD. This was still good, but not great.

Still, the CD features some return visitors from the first and a few great songs amongst them. Aine Furey makes a triumphant return with the song Vanities child, which highlights her haunting voice. I anxiously await the release of her band, Bohinta's new CD.

Highlights are:
Rita Connolly - Valparaiso
Fiona Joyce - Lifting the veil
Aine Furey - Vanity Child

If you don't have the first one, buy it first. Followed by the Faire Celts CD which is another tremendous display of the female Celtic voice.

3-0 out of 5 stars worth the coin
skip vol. 1 and buy this 2nd volume. It will keep you interested for more than one spin. ... Read more


9. Quelqu'Un M'a Dit
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Originally best-known as an Italian-born model who had affairs with Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, Bruni has matured into a remarkably talented and self-possessed singer-composer-guitarist. Her debut album, sung mostly in French, could best be described as neo-chanson. Bruni's whispery, wobbly, husky voice, wryly deadpan delivery and introspective lyrics recall Francoise Hardy, Barbara, Jane Birkin and Nico. But unlike her forebears, who so often posed as waif-like child-women and doormat-like victims of passion, Bruni remains firmly on top. Her lyrics can and do celebrate true love but she also praises the delights of female sexual empowerment in no uncertain terms, as on J'en Connais ("I've Known A Few"). Musically, the tunes range from folk Françaisto echoes of le jazz hot to bluesy torch numbers. The spare, mostly acoustic instrumentation is unfussy and atmospheric, while the I-couldn't-care-less ambience is occasionally punctuated by chimes, insouciant whistling or an impudent, sly giggle. --Christina Roden ... Read more


10. French Cafe
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Although far from definitive (no Edith Piaf in sight!), this enchanting compilation delivers a perfect aural snapshot of what spending a late summer afternoon in a French cafe actually feels like.The supreme elegance and understated approach that lie at the core of these 13 tracks will delight fans of sophisticated pop.As is the case with previous Putumayo releases, the sequencing is seamless, combining the endearingly old-fashioned flavor of George Brassens with the iconoclastic romanticism of George Gainsbourg and the sultry whispers of a youthful Brigitte Bardot.Better yet, the disc spends some valuable time introducing listeners to a new generation of French musicians who have embraced the traditional chanson format while incorporating fresh elements into the mix.Try the light-as-a-feather caress of female vocalist Enzo Enzo, the sweet playfulness of the electronica-informed Mathieu Boogaerts, and the irrepressible optimism of Paris Combo--a jazzy quintet that represents the French cafe ambiance at its cosmopolitan best.--Ernesto Lechner ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Y'a d'la joie!
Serge Gainsbourg (or Gainsbarre, as they call him in the Caribbean) is one of the creepiest musical perverts ever known. He's also one of France's great musical geniuses, so go figure. Putumayo had the guts to put him on the disc and the good taste to select a beautiful, melancholy, and touching song: "Marilou sous la neige".

How do you narrow down the brilliant Barbara to a single song? Everything about her was always just so: the right enunciation, hitting the notes perfectly, every hair in place, her make-up impeccable. Putumayo chose "Si la photo est bonne", and it fits right into the album without leaving me drooling for more (although more would be nice).

The collection is called "French Cafe", so you should have a pretty good idea what you're going to get. The question is, did Putumayo choose the tracks well? ABSOLUTELY. This is one of their real winners. It creates a perfect mood, laid-back and content, neither too melancholy nor too zealous.

Just the thing for cruising the Pacific Coast Highway through Laguna Beach, the sun and waves and palm trees and thirty dollar pizzas and rich ladies in high heels on the beach.

Or you might want to put it on while you houseclean, because it's not so brooding you'll collapse in tears among the cinders, but neither is it so vigorous you'll look like a overprogrammed robot. You'll just think: "Hell, why not vacuum in pearls?"

4-0 out of 5 stars Got the Paris bug? :)
This cd was playing in a beautiful little shop in the Detroit Radisson Hotel recently. It caught my attention the second that I walked through the door and I ended up "keeping busy" in the store just so that I could listen to it. I listened to several songs and fell in love with it! I went through a long process to figure out what it was that was playing, as the hotel had different cds on automatic rotate throughout the complex and no one had any idea how to find out which one was playing. lol. I finally got the answer and was able to purchase it at one of the hotel shops! :) I am very pleased! It is such a relaxing dreamy cd. If I would have seen the case of it first, I would not have been drawn to it as it looks very "high pace, hustle and bustle" (I know I know, you can't judge a book by its cover!:)But the music on this cd isn't what I would have expected from seeing the cover. I love it! I am looking into the other cds in this series because it is so great! So far, the Brazillian one is also fabulous!

5-0 out of 5 stars A terrific French ensemble
I chose to buy this CD because I was looking for a good collection of and introduction to French musicians (past and present). A major attraction of this album is the lengthy, detailed booklet it comes with that tells about each group or singer on the album and gives a rough translation of the lyrics in English. (Note: a complete translation in English is not provided, just a few lines) Summaries of the songs' subjects in English are provided, though. If you understand/can translate French, I highly recommend reading the lyrics because it just adds another dimension of enjoyment and appreciation of the songs. I was able to find the French lyrics to all of the songs, except for the last song, on www.paroles.net.

While it is true that this album is most likely not an accurate representation of the music playing at French cafes today, it is still a great collection and introduction to some great French artists. I will definitely be looking into buying the albums of some of the groups/singers on this CD. The music is jazzy, light-hearted, and relaxing and has been playing and replaying in my stereo for days.

5-0 out of 5 stars J'aime bien la chanson française
The title of the compilation is a little misleading, since there's a difference between what you might hear in "le café" (Georges Brassens, Barbara) vs. what you might hear in "le club" (Paris Combo, Serge Gainsbourg), and there's a difference between traditional French "chanson" and "le pop." But for all that, this is a great collection, even if you don't speak the language. My local music store just seems to stock Maurice Chevalier, Edith Piaf, and the occasional Jacques Brel CD, but this gave me nice taste of what else is available, so I've already bought Paris Combo's ATTRACTION and I'm now looking for a good Georges Brassens collection.

2-0 out of 5 stars oh boy
I like the french language, but only when it is sang by a woman. This album is good but some singles just arent that great. ... Read more


11. Planet Sleeps
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Everything about this CD, from its eye-popping cool packaging to its beautiful booklet, is wonderful, perhaps peerless. It's a study that spans 16 countries, catching paeans to childhood sleep from varied traditions. The set traverses the Cape Breton Gaelic tradition with the Rankin Family, Haiti with pop stars Boukman Eksperyans, and the African continent with music from Tonga, Algeria, and Cameroon. Despite their distances from each other, at times the songs sound quite alike. Voices might begin alone but then gather into choral size, with a reliance on wordless passages to emphasize the flow of time as sleep encroaches. In execution, the surprises are many. Algerian Houria Aïchi sounds East Indian; the Traditional Japanese Music Ensemble of New York sounds poised somewhere between a stately concert of historical court music and a touching homage to childhood; and German singer Michelle sounds pop-music ready even as she toes the line on singing a sleep-triggering song. Beyond being a great collection of international music, this is probably the most interesting mix available of cultural voices approaching the issue of children sleeping. --Andrew Bartlett ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Uniquely enchanting, lullingly blissful--a worldly baby gift
Initially, I ordered The Planet Sleeps to add to the multicultural music collection at my daughter's elementary school library; the CD arrived last night, and I became so taken with it that I already plan to order several more as new baby gifts as well as one for my own children. The hauntingly beautiful "Chi Mi Na Morbheanna" (which I listened to nearly 20 times in the first 24 hours) is worth the entire purchase price, but the other songs are marvelous too, and those that don't have immediate appeal will most likely grow on you. I was holding my toddler son in my arms while listening to the CD, and he fell asleep during the sitar lullaby from India. For those of us trying to raise our children with a familiarity and appreciation of other world cultures, this lullaby collection is truly invaluable.

The extensive liner notes (36 pp.) are often quite moving, offering details about each artist, country, song, and recording experience as well as a song translation. The back of the case says "music meant to bring bliss into a frantic world." This collection certainly achieves its goal--and it's not just for bedtime by any means.

5-0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful CD ever to grace my home.
This CD is exactly what I have been looking for. I play it softly as background music while playing with my 2 year old and 6 month old. "Ana Latu" is one of our favorites. I also feel that the write-up on "Oj Talasi" alone is worth buying the album. David Field journals his work at compiling these lullabies, adding to the feeling of connectedness that imbues from this collection. I was especially glad (and surprised) to find a lullaby from my own distant heritage, "Yahnaway Hay Yowna". This disc makes a wonderful baby shower or blessingway gift for expectant parents. The "jewel" case is all-natural, too, better for our Mother Earth!

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Calming
I started listening to this CD when I was 7 months pregnant to help myself go to sleep. Since my daughter was born 5 months ago, we put it on whenever she has trouble calming down to go to sleep. As soon as the music starts she begins to relax and takes her nap. We all love hearing the beautiful lullabies play throughout the house.

5-0 out of 5 stars A relaxingly adventurous album!!!!
I can't understand most of the songs (I think there's only one in English, if that), but the music speaks a lot just as the words do, so it's good. Each song is enchanting and engrossing, you get lost in the melodies. They are all smooth and calm, peaceful. I suggest this album to anyone who just wants to unwind and let loose all the stress of the day!

5-0 out of 5 stars Dream Time
I have been listening to this album for the past seven years and never grown tired of it. I bought it to play for the children I taught, but I have come to love it myself. It is the sure cure for nighttime tension, and beautiful to listen to at any time.

The material is interesting and eclectic, but above all, lovely. ... Read more


12. Niyaz
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Azam Ali, who sings with the duo Vas, has one of the most seductive and effortlessly disciplined altos active on the world stage. Now based in Los Angeles, she is a child of three cultures, Indian, Persian (Iranian) and American, so her music encompasses a triple conundrum. She is joined by Loga Ramin Torkian of Axiom of Choice, who has mastered an impressive array of traditional instruments from Europe, Turkey and his native Iran, and Grammy-winning producer/remixer Carmen Rizzo. The project was inspired by Sufi devotional poems written in Farsi (Persian) or Urdu, which is spoken in much of India and Pakistan. Although interpreted through ultra-modern beats and ambient drones, the traditional material reigns supreme, bringing a sense of adventurous continuity to grooves that, in less inspired hands, could well have emerged slap-dash and prosaic. Unlike most tracks intended for nightclubs, these are as compulsively listenable as they are danceable. --Christina Roden ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Niyaz
Without question, these are really talented musicians. But when it comes to this album, I have some reservations.
First, I am not so sure mixing Persian and Indian music is a good idea.
Middle Eastern music of today, is in reality a music that came to life during the reign of the Sassanid (the second Persian Empire era) with their capital Ctesiphon near today's Baghdad, lasting over 400 years. This music was played at the royal courts and later spread throughout the whole middle east and part of Africa. During those years India too, was a part of the Empire yet the greater India (which included Pakistan) like China went their own way and still today have their own kind of music.
Second, the album contains several very rhythmic tracks with excessive use of drums and synthesizer which will find its best use in European discos where Indian or Middle eastern music are the trend these days.
If are looking for something like "Axiom Of Choice" where you can listen to "acoustic" music and relax, then for sure you are on the wrong address.
Finally, the recording is on the "hot" side. Meaning, the recording studio has tried to make it as loud as possible at the cost of crossing the "zero decibel" mark which results in clipping on many areas.

5-0 out of 5 stars jo duniya ka maalik hai naam usi ka liya karo
This CD is a masterpiece (for lack of a better word).I'm a big fan of Azam Ali and Greg Eliss' band, "Vas."A band that perfectly exemplifies that the most important things in life go BEYOND words and that there is an ineffable Beauty in seeking for that special place WITHIN us, a place like no other in this world.Unlike her songs on "Vas," Azam Ali sings in Urdu and Farsi on "Niyaz," two of the most poetic languages in the world.When I heard the first song, "Ghazal," I was stunned and in awe... like whoa, I never heard anyone sing in Urdu like this before.It got even better when I opened the CD case and discovered that she also sings the poems of arguably the greatest spiritual poet that ever lived:Jalaluddin Rumi!

Also unlike "Vas," this album features synth work, yet it still captures that spiritual energy found in Vas."Niyaz" just sounds more modernized. It truly is folk music for the 21st Century (as the album is self-described).The young and modern sounds mixed with ethnic and mystical instruments just demonstrate how versatile Middle-Eastern/South Asian music is, and Azam Ali's ethnic and uniquely aboriginal voice helps mentally transport the listener into the mystical realm of timeless Urdu and Farsi poetry.Her voice gives the listener freedom in traveling wherever his/her imagination takes him/her.

If you're a fan of Vas or just of music in general, then this CD is a must-have!The music is great for ESCAPE, inspiration, for exercising our minds, painting pictures in our minds, or even just relaxation or meditation (particularly the Sufi Whirling Meditation).

My favorite tracks are "Ghazal," "Allahi Allah," "The Hunt," "Dunya," "Golzar," "Dilruba," and "Minara" (a great closing track!)

Beautiful and timeless lyrics, soaring vocals, ethnic soundscapes, young and stimulating beats - relax, close your eyes, and let the music send you diving into the Ocean of your Imagination.

Asalaam Alaykoum

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Indeed!
This is a really fun CD, the Persian-Indian fusion style works really well, and I challenge you to sit still during Dilruba. Really. Whether you're a fan of this type of music or not, give Niyaz a try.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Collaboration
This CD is superb, if you are a fan of VAS or Axiom of Choice, this is a must have!Azam Ali's beautiful voice and talents mesh so well with those of Ramin Torkian and Carmin Rizzo. The music is a fusion of Indian, Persian and ambient sounds.While I was a big fan of Axiom of Choice's singer, I think this collaboration produced wonderful results.I hope they decide to make another CD. ... Read more


13. Celtic Woman
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1-0 out of 5 stars buy vol.2
Few selections good. If you love Loreena McKennitt
keep buying her work, skip this cd and buy vol.2 of this title.
Vol. 1 will not keep your ear interested for long.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful voices
This CD is a beautiful compilation of many of today's contemporary female Celtic artists. Loreena McKennitt singing Annachie Gorden is a perfect example of the beauty that can be found in this edition - almost as beautiful as Mother Eire herself. Marian Bradfield, Melanie O'Reilly and Aine Furey, all contributing tracks show the wide variety of singing styles and popularity of many of the artists including. The songs selected tend to be traditional, but with a new spin such as Rita Connolly singing Ripples in the Rockpools. All of the songs whether traditional or contemporary are all timeless classics.

3-0 out of 5 stars new celtic woman cd
I was disappointed with this cd only because I had thought the music would be in a more traditional celtic style. Although the musical and recording quality is quite fine, most of these sections are in a pop/rock or folk sound. The selections that are more traditional celtic sound include only those by McKennitt and Ni Dhomhnaill. If you're looking for a contemporary vocal female sound in general, you will probably like this recording but the composers could be from a number of Western countries besides those of Celtic origin.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great compilation of contemporary celtic music
This is a terrific album. Some compilation albums can be uneven, this is consistently good. Loreena McKennitt's Anachie Gordon is very good, from one of her earlier albums. I especially like the 4th track, Tonight Is Just For Us. This is a CD I'll listen to a lot.

I also like the fact that they published the lyrics in the liner notes.

With the explosion of celtic music, there is a lot available - good, bad, and mediocre, and of course a lot of it depends on personal taste. To gauge similar tastes, I also like Loreena McKennitt, Clannad/Maire Brennan, Sinead O'Connor, the Putamayo Celtic Women of the World 1 (but not 2), and the Women of Heart series. ... Read more


14. Jazz Samba
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Guitarist Charlie Byrd was invited to travel and play in Brazil during a cultural goodwill tour sponsored by the Kennedy administration in 1961. He was completely enamoured by the music, and when he returned, he headed straight for the recording studio to make the now classic Jazz Samba. Collaborating with Stan Getz on tenor sax and backed by a band that included Gene Byrd (bass, guitar), Keter Betts (bass), and Buddy Deppenschmidt and Bill Reichenbach (drums), Byrd forged a new and brilliant sound. American record companies were to churn out hundreds of watered bossa-pop albums that have since given the style its lounge-addled image, but this album stands as a tribute to the vitality and adaptability of jazz. --Louis Gibson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Stan and Charlie record first Bossa Nova hit.
Great companion to "Getz/Gilberto". Pure Samba without singers. NOTE: 20-bit version has best recording quality.

Charlie Byrd went to Brazil and heard the then unknown Antonio Carlos Jobim. He played Jobim records for Stan Getz, they got Keter Betts and two drummers and created the first Bossa Nova, Samba record in the US - a monster hit with "Desafinado".

Listen to polyrhythym drumming in "E Luxo So" and "Bahia". Most authentic Brazilian Getz Samba recording.

Hear Stan make each note 3-Dimensional blue fog count.

Beautiful!, Lyrical!! Soaring!!! One of the ten best Jazz recordings ever made.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful & breezy
This is the album that kicked off the bossa nova craze in the US over 40 years ago. In the hands of lesser musicians this style could degenerate into lightweight cocktail music, but not here. Stan Getz's feathery, soft saxophone playing weaves beautiful melodies over the swaying, dancing Brazilian rhythms. Charlie Byrd's is terrific on the acoustic guitar and the tunes will get stuck in your head after 3 spins or less. The only possible complaint is the short playing time -- a mere 35 minutes.

This recording isn't as well-known as Getz/Gilberto but is just as essential. If you like Getz's playing, be sure to get some of his other, non-bossa-nova recordings as well. (One more caveat: those looking for more vocals by Astrud or Joao Gilberto will be disappointed -- this CD is entirely instrumental.)

5-0 out of 5 stars BOSSA NOVA IS NOT A STAN GETZ THING!!
Many think that this was "the first bossa nova album"... of course that this was the 1st album to introduce bossa nova to north americans, but stan getz and charlie byrd had to learn that from someone else.. they DID NOT invented the genre... if you want to listen to some true bossa nova, from one of the greatest brazilian musicians, the father of bossa nova, try some albums from the maestro TOM JOBIM!

5-0 out of 5 stars Tenor Saxophone and Acoustic Guitar Duets For All Seasons
Go to your nearest music store or get on the Net and buy this album right now. Skip dinner, skip the latest episode of "Survivor," skip tonight's poker game, do yourself a favor, go buy this album. Incredible as it seems to me now, this is the 3rd album I ever bought back in 1963, after Martin Denny's "Quiet Village" and Joan Baez's "In Concert," and it just blew me away. I just played this album about an hour ago and it still takes my breath away because it is so astonishingly beautiful, melodic, rhythmic and completely original. Jazz Samba is firmly ensconced in my own personal Pantheon of the greatest pop albums ever made. I mean right there with Sergeant Pepper, Fanfare for the Common Man, Graceland, September of My Years, Kind of Blue, Court and Spark, Highway 61 Revisited, Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, Waylon Jenning's Dreamin' My Dreams, Gordon Lightfoot's Saturday Concert, and Eric Clapton's Unplugged. No matter what kind of music you like---classical, symphonic, swing, country, rock, cool jazz, Dixieland jazz, calypso, soul, hip-hop, bluegrass, folk---you are going to love this music and the bossa nova form this album put on the contemporary musical roadmap. It is interesting to keep in mind that Jazz Samba and the sweet guitar music of Charlie Byrd and rich breathy vibrato of Stan Getz's saxophone caught the public's attention so thoroughly when it was released that it was the number 1 album, across all genres, for several weeks in 1962.

So, get set for one of the most memorable musical experiences of your life. You'll be hearing a most unusual marriage of tenor saxophone with acoustic guitar, with the two congenial partners exchanging the most engaging musical conversations imaginable, weaving in and out of each other's solos with immaculate beauty and terrific melodies you'll be humming for the rest of your time on this alternately amusing and perplexing little planet. Let the rhythm of Brazil, the great songwriting of Antonio Carlos Jobim and other bossa nova tunesmiths, and American jazz virtuosity waft thru your home or car stereo and let Jazz Samba introduce you to messrs. Byrd, Getz, Gene Byrd (bass, guitar), Keter Betts (bass), Buddy Deppenschmidt (drums) and Bill Reichenbach (drums). In addition to all of its other attributes, this album has an extraordinary intimacy about it; you feel as though you're sitting right in the middle of this small 5-piece band as they trade off solos with each other. Their warm, breezy, haunting musicianship will make you a bossa nova fan for life, and I genuinely believe that you will know that you have experienced an archetype. There are other great, great bossa nova albums from this era, among them "Getz-Gilberto," "Black Orpheus," "Jazz Samba Encore," "Bossa Nova Pelos Passaros," but this is the one that shook the world. Forty+plus years later, let it shake yours. Among the great attributes of this album is that it possesses two of the loveliest, most unforgettable songs ever recorded: "Desafinado" and "The One Note Samba," both of which were written by Brazil's great composer, Jobim. This gifted songwriter (lovingly called "Tom" by the Brazilians) died in 1994 at the age of 66; Stan Getz died in 1991 at the age of 64; Charlie Byrd died in 1999 at 74 (one month shy of seeing the new millenium). But they live again through this timeless album, which by the way, was recorded in ONE DAY day on February 13, 1962, in Pierce Hall at the All Soul's Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C. Once hearing Jazz Samba, you will agree that this hall was clearly an acoustically-warm, perfect venue for making a ground-breaking album. An excellent sanctuary for Stan, Charlie and friends to get together to materialize a music form that was very new to American ears and something that still sounds like a unique type of gospel to me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jazz for Under the Moon...
Nothing could top the opening track. What else is there? To borrow an overused cliche, this is "Smooth Jazz" at its best. BUt the homogenized smooth jazz of today but the sweet delicious tone of Staz Getz. This is music to hold hands to , music to make love to, music to gaze at the moon. The only problem being there is a lack of diversity among the tracks so they tend to blur. ... Read more


15. Bebel Gilberto
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With the release of her debut Tanto Tempo in 2000, the Brazilian singerBebel Gilberto and the late DJ Suba redefined the bossa nova sound. Hersophomore effort, produced by Marius de Vries, the soundmeister behindMadonna, Annie Lennox and Bjork, was recorded in Rio, Bahia, London and NewYork. Gilberto's cool contralto sings sweetly oversynths, strings, percussion acoustic piano and horns. Daniel Jobim and PedroBaby contributed compositions. Caetano Veloso's "Baby" features lyrics byOs Mutantes, and Carlinhos Brown's candomblé-cadenced, "Aganju" swings witha nod to Africa. Bebel's hushed vocals reveal the influences of herfather, the legendary Joao Gilberto, and of her mother Miucha on theelectro-bossa beats of "Winter." Ditto the ocean-breezed "O Caminho," withjazzy orchestrations and pianisms provided by Joao Donato. This disc aimsfor the ear rather than the hips, but don't be surprised if future remixescould flip that sonic script. --Eugene Holley, Jr. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Bossa Nova Bliss, Great Summertime Record
It must be in the genes. There is a great swing and summertime glide to this music that I find totally enchanting. As mystifyingly seductive as "The Girl From Ipanema," this CD finds daughter Bebel crafting an incredibly strong follow up to TANTO TEMPO. No sophomore jinx here. The musicians are terrific throughout, and while the lyrics are of no real substance, it is the mood they conjure, be it in Portugese or Bebel's take on English. I'd cut off my arm to have a woman sing to me like that.
The summer heat and the humid waves of a sultry tropical night undulate through this music. This is the stuff for very little clothing and lots of romance. The ballads are uncomplicated paeans to a lover, the sambas are just so swinging as to inspire you to walk in time with the music. This is just a lot of fun.
Gilberto's voice is perfect for all of it. She has assembled such a brilliant cast of musicians that they collectively honour her father's legacy and advance the bossa nova seduction well into the Twenty-first Century. The recording is pristine. You can virtually here fingers touch the nylon strings of the guitars and the percussion percolates as though you were surrounded by the players. Quite an impressive recording! Many's the ostensible chanteuse, particularly the blonde ones, who ought to woodshed with this CD until they get it right (and lose their self absorbed English husbands). In any case, this is what seductive jazz singing sounds like, and I suspect I shall be listening to this through the summers on PEI and well into the frosts of winter. It has a passionately warming effect.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bossa nova heiress takes big step forward
Bebel Gilberto's 2000 debut "Tanto Tempo" was a crossover come true: critics loved it, DJs tweaked the tracks and brought it to club audiences, it became a landmark disc in the chillout movement and it sold well enough to stay on Billboard's World Music Chart for fifty weeks. So what does she do for an encore?

She ups the ante, that's what. Her self-titled sophomore release prove that the fruit didn't fall far from the musical tree (Bebel's father Joao, alongside Antonio Carlos Jobim and Stan Getz, was crucial in the bossa nova movement of the 60's). And not only is the grace and style of her debut still intact, but her singing is more confident and relaxed...her vocals are downright fluid on breezy midtempo numbers like "Baby" and "River Song," and the ballads "All Around" and "Winter" are sweetly heartfelt. And listeners drawn to the electronica elements of her debut have plenty to be happy about; while not high in beats-per-minute, "Aganju" and "Cada Beijo" each sound like something only the hippest after-hours club would spin.

Sophomore slumps prey on even the most promising artists, but Bebel managed to turn a potential curse into an artistic blessing. Emotional, sensual and wickedly listenable, "Bebel Gilberto" is, like its predecessor, a must-own, must-buy, must-love album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, buoyant Bebel bossa nova -
Bebel Gilberto's self-titled second cd is the follow-up to her ground-breaking "Tanto Tempo" which was widely accepted in North American sales although her Brazilian pedigree goes back a generation. Bebel is the daughter of Miucha, a well-known Brazilian singer and her father is Joao Gilberto a renowned Brazilian bossa nova musician. I must admit that when it comes to the Bosa Nova I far prefer male voices. Specifically, there is no music that is the definition of Brazilian rhythmic warmth to me like Antonio Carlos Jobim. The lower register voices are more sultry and capture that relaxed loose latin rhythum for me better than female singers - just a personal preference. That said I do like this cd. I especially love her version of Caetano Veloso's "Baby" in the first track. It's subtle but expressive. This cd isn't as "clubby" mixed as her first but it's mature and warm and lovely for a listen. If you like to sway in a Brazilian way - you'll enjoy this cd.

5-0 out of 5 stars sexy, hot, breezy, sunny, wet, intoxicatingly excellent!!
I have waited so impatiently for Bebel's next recording, wondering if it would be as good as Tanto Tempo, worrying the second would not be as good as the first due to the untimely, tragic death of Suba (production is everything!). But my prayers were answered in her second self-titled cd. This collection of songs is every bit as good, if not even better, than Tanto Tempo. And I wore that one out, even had to buy two more. It has a lighter, more playful feel, and I really like the frequent use of flute (my instrument as well). But it can still evoke sexy, warm, smooth, dreamy, even melancholy feelings in even the most stoic of listeners. Bebel does not always have the perfect voice,especially when it comes to pitch, which I happen to like. I think it adds authenticity and emotion to her songs. I am still in that infatuation stage with the new cd, trying to find my favorite tune. I hear one and firmly decide that its my favorite, but then I hear the next and change my mind that it is indeed my favorite...until I hear the next one. I simply love them all right now!
I wonder if anyone knows of more music along these lines. I stumbled upon Bebel by accident (actually, I heard an interview with her on NPR and thought I might like her music given her familial ties)
I grew up on Sergio Mendes and Brazil, and Charlie Byrd Trio Bossa Nova,Antonio Carlos Jobim, and lots of Astrid as well. But I find too much techno a little off-putting to a degree. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
In conclusion, this cd will take you where ever you want to go. A white sand beach, a yacth in the Atlantic, a smokey low lit jazz club, a private picnic in the shade, whatever your pleasure. It is a wonderful piece to add to any fine music connoisseur's collection.
Enjoy!

2-0 out of 5 stars Not Tanto Tempo
Well this has been quite a disappointing album. She has such potentional to shy away from the typical jazz sound and Tanto Tempo shows this. I liked one song on the whole cd. I didnt like it... ... Read more


16. Tanto Tempo
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Her father may be the legendary Brazilian guitarist Joao Gilberto, but in 2000 daughter Bebel proved that she understands the bossa nova, too. There's a subtlety throughout this recording that makes Bebel's voice entrancing, as she re-creates the sensual essence of bossa nova before running with it into electronic territory toward the album's end. Tanto Tempo is an even-tempered statement that manages to showcase Bebel's own sexy voice while gracefully remembering the past. --Karen K. Hugg ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Close your eyes
I bought "Tanto Tempo" a couple of years ago because I was looking to expand my musical horizons. At the time I was curious to hear what bossa nova was all about so I bought the Bebel Gilberto cd online. I haven't listened to the cd in eons since my musical tastes is constantly changing. On a whim I decided to listen to "Tanto Tempo" recently. For some odd reason, Bebel Gilberto reminds me of last year's break out artist Norah Jones. Her voice is very subtle and never overwhelming (see Celine Dion). The music is very mellow and relaxing to listen to, the perfect soundtrack to hot summer day when all you want to do is lay in the shade and relax with a tall glass of iced tea. Obviously Bebel had to have some influence from her famous father Joao Gilberto, a well known Brazilian guitarist (another similarity to Norah Jones, both have famous fathers). The opening tracks on "Tanto Tempo" really stood out with me. The mellow music and Bebel's gentle vocals totally matched well together and didn't overtake one another. When I first listened to "Tanto Tempo", I really couldn't get into the cd but now that I have been listening to a lot of chill out music, I find myself enjoying Bebel Gilberto's music much more than a couple of years ago. The perfect music to listen to on a lazy Sunday morning while reading the newspaper and drinking a glass of orange juice or a hot steaming cup of coffee.

4-0 out of 5 stars Aural Sunshine
I checked this album out on a whim because I was familiar with her last name and I am mildly acquainted with the work of her father. After listening to the album in its entirety, I was stunned. Bebel has an amazing, soothing voice that floats over the intricate, layered music beautifully. She takes the samba and bossa nova of her father and his contemporaries and adds the subtle touches of trip -hop and groove music, and the result is amazing. The first track is the album's finest, a breezy, seductive little number that I wish was longer. Other standouts are tracks 2, 3, 5, 7, and 10. This is summer music, the aural equivalent of afternoon sunshine and blue skies. The music will sound brilliant coming from your car stereo or if you're listening on headphones. Her voice is really something to be heard, one of the most striking and relaxing I've heard on record, and there are moments when she will absolutely nail you to the wall. I'm definitely very impressed with Ms. Gilberto and I will be listening to this album a great deal in the next few months.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect background
I agree with what many previous writers have alluded to: put on Bebel Gilberto's "Tanto Tempo" as the background at any gathering and - before the CD is through - everyone will have asked you what you're playing. The music is infectious and Bebel's voice is lilting, silky and sensuous, a feeling that comes across in either Portuguese or English (the sounds are a mixture of each - sometimes dividing choruses between the two like in the wonderful "August Day Song"). In fact, you'll probably get hooked by the most approachable songs, like the English language "So Nice (Summer Samba)" but then learn to love the Portuguese-penned tunes as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tanto Temptress
There is a certain kind of mid- to late-summer day that is characterized by hazy sunshine, warm, languid breezes that seem to carry a whiff of the salty sea and cool, mellow music playing somewhere in the background on a radio. That music has got to be "Tanto Tempo," the official soundtrack of lazy summer afternoons. Bebel Gilberto brings a somewhat more modern sensibility to the samba sounds of her legendary father, Joao Gilberto, but she is no heretic. "Tanto Tempo" is not a tricked up, "pop-ified" version of Brazilian music. It's authentic. But this is the sound of the new samba generation, and it's as bracing and refreshing as a cocktail on the beach. Put this disc on when you have friends over for a summer picnic or an evening martini mixer. I guarantee that by the time the evening is over everyone will have asked you "who is this on the stereo?" and you will have helped Bebel sell a few more copies of this terrific work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bebel - an unexpected surprise
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As a practitioner of the Latin arts, Bebel Gilberto shines.

I first heard her coming through the stereo one summer's afternoon in a small wine bar overlooking the bay.

There's something about the beach, summer and Latin music - it's as though they are part of the same sensuous experience. I had never heard of Bebel Gilberto before (although I knew of her famous father) but I was hooked.

On Tanto Tempo, she recasts the spell of a bygone era with simplicity, elegance and style.

She rediscovers and reinterprets her Brazilian roots with freshness and a new millennium feel.

But yet there's also something familiar and reassuring here - the samba of the 60s with its gentle, romantic nuances and its soft Latin undercurrents.

Tanto Tempo proves that sometimes the more things change the more they remain the same.

FIVE STARS for this beautiful and totally unexpected set. ... Read more


17. La Kahena
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On his new CD, named for a 7th-century freedom fighter, the Algerian mixmaster DJ Chebi i Sabbah takes the music of the North Africa and Moorish Spain on a magic carpet ride that floats electronica/techno effects over Berber, Jewish, Black African, and Arab instruments and genres, with vocals by some of world music's most evocative female singers. The enchanting rai vocalist Cheba Zahouania is heard on the reggae influenced number, "Esh 'Dani, Alash Mshit." The Yemenite singer Michal Cohen adds her Semitic swing to the intoxicating "Im Ninalou," while the Moroccan group Haddarates sing in their mystical, Sufi-style on "Madh Assalhin." "Toura Toura," is motored by Brahim Elbelkani's Afrocentric, Gnawna tantric tempos and tones, and "Jarat Fil Hub" transports the listener back to the splendors of Andalusia via Cheb i Sabbah's wheels-of-steel alchemy, which easily moves Afro-Arab music across the sonic sands of time. --Eugene Holley, Jr. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars hypnotic..
I'm not a musicologist, but it's still incredibly
impressive. The acoustics are just phenomenal. The
female vocalists, Michal Cohen and Nadia, are truly
EXCEPTIONAL singers. The part of track 3 ("Toura
Toura") is such a catchy beat that you can't help but
start swaying along. Track 9 no exaggeration here, it
is simply excruciatingly gorgeous singing. The
instrumentalists are totally hypnotic, as well.Cheb
i Sabbah plays on a wide array of traditional North
African instruments, which lend this CD some amazing
aural richness. Plus, the lyrics are entirely in
Arabic, so it adds to the mystique of the lyrics, some
of which I read are poetic.

Absolutely first-rate stuff! Haunting and gorgeous.
Get it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mind Blowing
The cover is very attractive; the colors and of course the attractive lady and the colors around her is very eye catching.I like the blend of music from the different areas of the East as Eastern Fusion is one of my favorite types of music!This CD is a definite purchase!

5-0 out of 5 stars Mindblowing
Having previously loved "Krishna Lila" and "As Far As" I was impressed by Cheb's capabilities as a DJ/producer.Simply put, this CD is mindblowing!! It grabs you from the first track by Cheba Zahounia and her powerful voice and does not let up throughout the entire CD. Virtually every album I own (including many classic recordings) can't maintain their level of production excellence throughout. This one is that rare exception. It covers an amazing variety of styles from the Maghreb and is the very definition of the word "synthesis." I have yet to find an album from the world music genre which gracously brings together such traditional sounds and lyrics and maintains the regions style and classicism. I have heard of the
legendary group B'Net Marrkech, but to hear them on such a forward thinking and "modern" album blew me away....imagine a group of older Arabic women, covered in their traditional wear, singing such powerful words from eras gone. Now comes along Cheb i Sabbah who brings an old world to a new era. You must sample
tracks 3, 7, 8 which are my faves!

5-0 out of 5 stars Why can't I give this 7 stars ?!
I love all things Arabic and fusion and so it is no
wonder that I love this CD. It is an elegant blend of traditional Arabic music with modern techno remixing by renowned Cheb i Sabbah. It is a diverse collection of Arabic and North African instruments, voices, and sounds that makes it way to your soul but also keeps you on the dancefloor. Mchal Cohen's track Im Ninalou is simply haunting yet inspiring...It's a perfect amalgamation of the modern electronic and the ancient traditional. Great for groove trancing and great for spiritual relaxing. I never tire of Cheb i's deeply moving music. This is album is what Shri Durga was to the Asian Underground scene -- groundbreaking and original. Buy this CD!

5-0 out of 5 stars Journey across the Sands....
Cheb i Sabbah has done it again! Genious work
combining ethereal sounds from the Maghreb with such
powerful voices to complement. Toura Toura simply
takes you to another land, another time with such
mellow yet raw vocals. The album seems more like an
epic journey across the sands of the Saharan desert. A
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18. Sumiglia
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By merit of its geographic locale, Athens is still a crossroads even if its cultural significance is, for the most part, long past. Thus it should come as no surprise that Greek singer Savina Yannatou would take an interest in different folk music styles. Here on her second ECM album, the traditional music of her homeland, Corsica, Eastern Europe, Palestine, and other places is presented with an almost classical music's sense of drama, purpose and precision. Yet Yannatou, who did study Baroque and Renaissance performance, takes her richly expressive voice and voyages through open-ended interpretations of the folk musics created by the versatile Primavera En Salonic, which uses both Western and Eastern traditional instruments. She sings in the appropriate language to the accompaniment, but the lyrical translations are telling – thematically speaking, she’s drawn to material sung by women, literally creating her own version of sisterhood that is equally arresting to the music. Wholly modern and urbane, yet traditional and folksy, Yannatou has found a rare and special balance. -- Tad Hendrickson ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars This is world music album ¹1for this year
This album sounds like Rough guide to the world music(there isn't this one).The album is variegated - Savina sings in a different languages, the instruments are accordion, oud guitars and many more, the songs are from different points of the world.Eüöåëëåíò voice, beautiful music.Recommended! ... Read more


19. La Llorona
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Lhasa De Sela has distinguished herself as a singer and storyteller with her debut album, La Llorona. The 25-year-old Montreal resident, who grew up traveling through Mexico while living on a school bus, sings of her tortured heart with the accompaniment of guitarist-producer-arranger Yves Desrosiers and a cabaret-style band. Already compared to those of Edith Piaf and Billie Holiday, De Sela's haunting voice is memorable on each of the 11 songs (only 3 are nonoriginal) that range in inspiration from Mexican ranchera to Eastern European klezmer. --Cristina Del Sesto ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Compelling! Excellent musicianship.
The poetry, the originality of the music and the orchestration, the personalization by Lhasa, the blend of Latin, Jewish(!), and other ethnic strains is genius. This is not "world" music, though -- it's Latin. A plus: The "letras" are in both Spanish and English -- hone your Spanish by switching back & forth between them as you listen. Musical type: Sad, haunting. Try to hear this somewhere. You'll buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Lhasa reaches well within your soul, she is superb!!!
I found Lhasa's "La Llorona" CD in a little shop in Toronto, Canada. At first the music seem dissonant, it had the make-up of music I knew from my childhood but yet it sounded like nothing I had ever heard before. It took me a while to train my ear to the melody but once I did.......oh, what sounds.

I like to sit in the dark, to hear it on rainy days, to appreciate it when I'm not rushed. Then it brings a recollection of past memories, of lived lives. It is as if Lhasa was singing to my inner-self and releasing someting......the world!

She sings with the soul of someone who has been searching the world over for love, truth, beauty, peace...."Por que el alma prende fuego cuando deja de amar" (because the soul sets itself on fire when it ceases to love).

I hope you enjoy Lhasa's music, mysterious music as much as I have.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Treat for the Human Soul
The music on the album is astoundingly beautiful and heartbreaking. Lhasa's voice is filled with emotion. She's really pouring out her heart and soul into these songs. She sings poetry. She sings of pain, tragedy, love, and hunger. And her words are not words that can be wasted. They are precious words that speak of human truths. In a way, they are very raw...beautiful but raw...like her voice.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent album
I was really surprised by the range that Lhasa achieves in her singing. This album is enchanting and has quickly become one my favorites!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great album and the new one is out in europe
Great album .. new melodies, new sounds and lhasa has a voice that I like a lot. Her new album is out in France and is as good as the first one with some songs in french and in english, the same voice , the same presence. ... Read more


20. Live from Branson
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Performance
I am a great fan of Daniel O'Donnell, having collected all of his CDs and DVDs, but this performance at Branson would now be the number 1 of my collection. His uncomplicated style and rendition of some old evergreens makes for wonderful listening and enjoyment. I also want to thank DPTV Media for its initiative in releasing both the DVD of the concert and the CDs. Now I can listen to Daniel not only in the comfort of my lounge at home but also in the car on the road. I hope that there will be further DVD releases of Daniel's USA concerts.

5-0 out of 5 stars DANIEL O'DONNELLLIVE FROM BRANSON
IF YOU LIKE DANIEL O'DONNELL THEN YOU MUST GET THIS PROGRAM.
IT'S A HAFTA HAVE!!! ... Read more


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