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43. Venezuelan Zinga Son 1
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44. Verve Unmixed 2
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41. Cafe Atlantico
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Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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After having covered the sensual nightclub material of Miss Perfumado and Cesaria Evora, Evora left us wondering where she could possibly go next. She returned with Café Atlantico, blowing us away with her luscious voice and widened repertoire of Brazilian- and Cuban-influenced music. With touches of string accompaniment, Evora's music dances with light energy and woos with the classic morna sound, leaving us to ponder what amazing music she'll master on her next album. --Karen K. Hugg ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I travelled thousands of miles just to hear her sing..... that should tell you the power of this music. After being introduced to Cesaria several years ago, I've bought every album I could find and thoroughly enjoyed every one. This album was no exception. It is an absolute treasure.

Cesaria's voice and the music of Cape Verde utterly transports me to an inner place I don't often venture. Her throaty, soulful voice speaks of experienced love, joy, sadness and life. Although I do not understand the language, I feel everything she is singing and you can't say that about most of today's music.

The music....I can't find words to describe the ultimate beauty of this music. The instruments sound like they're weeping in one song and laughing in another. I have tried to explain to friends and spread the joy I've felt from listening to this woman's music and everyone who has heard her has fallen in love with this music.

I assure you, there is no way you won't enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the music and the remarkable instrument that is Cesaria Evora.

3-0 out of 5 stars Cafe Music Cuban Style
Cesaria is a great and powerful songstress, and this album is quite a departure from her previous works. Whereas her previous works all centered around Portugese inspired music something called morna, this CD revolves around music that has a much more Cuban and Brazilian influence. I think that in some ways this CD is not as good as her previous efforts like Miss Perfumado, but I like it nonetheless. It's major problem is that it seems to lack the variety and breadth of those previous efforts. I also must admit am partial to the morna songstyle it sounds to me like an international lounge singer and just has an all around great sound.

There are several good tracks on this disc, including "Beijo De Lounge" which is probably my favorite tune. This track has a lot of exciting vocals in it. "Cabo Verde Manda Mantenha" is another great track that is all about Cesaria's homeland of Cape Verde. This song is interesting because such great music has come out of this land and this song is a fitting tribute to a great area. The opening track, "Flor Di Nha Esperanca" truly shows off the velvety nature of Cesaria's voice. All of these tracks are backed by an interesting instrumental group composed of lute, strings, and percussion.

I don't know why I haven't been moved by this music as much as I have other international CDs especially those from the Cuban Son artists, but for some reason I'm just not. Cesaria has a great voice and a lovely sound, but I just prefer the sounds of Buena Vista Social Club group, people like Ibrahim Ferrer. If you like good peppy international music you might want to check out BVSC and BVSC presents Ibrahim Ferrer. However if you do like Cesaria in particular I highly recommend that you check out one of her previous albums especially Miss Perfumado which is a superior effort to this one.

I recommend this CD to anyone who wants to try out a unique international artist, and one of the few really powerful female international artists I have heard. This CD is pretty good all around.

4-0 out of 5 stars What a swing!
This is a great CD. I learned about Cesaria Evora in a television documentary and ordered the CD from Amazon. We are still tapping our feet and swinging to African Samba and ballads!

If you like Samba and a melodious African air, this is for you. Evora's voice is deep and sensous. A new listening experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars Delicious Rhythms
Evora has a beautifully intense, direct vocal style and an ability to merge with rhythms both slow and fast. In Cafe Atlantico she sings a range of material from slow, lamenting love songs to samba-speed chants, all exciting and absorbing. The sequence and sound quality make this a thoroughly enjoyable compilation, leaving the listener wanting more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Her best
Beautiful - you don't need to know what she is saying. One of those CDs that you can listen to forever. We have lost it twice now, and replaced it. ... Read more

42. Tres Cosas
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Light, breezy, and atmospheric, Juana Molina's Tres Cosas is a sonic journey that is at once soothing and intriguing. The instrumentation is spare but effective. "Uh" glides along on acoustic guitar and electronica loops that mingle with her soft vocals to create an appealing soundscape. The Argentinian singer/songwriter fuses folk and electronica rhythms on the title track. If you don't know Spanish, it doesn't matter. But even if you do, the lyrics are not the main focus here. These 13 tracks of electronica music are not so much for dancing as they are for reflecting and relaxing. With her soft half-spoken/half-sung vocals and sonic ambience, Molina sounds like what you'd get if you mixed folk singer Suzanne Vega and Yes' Jon Anderson. --Ramiro Burr ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Disregard the 3 star review - Tres Cosas is amazing.
I bought this cd before going to see her play with David Byrne - and the songs
are definitely different than the ones on Segundo. They're actually more intimate - more fragile and stripped down, as there are less electronic effects. But the more I listen the more I'm in love with this record. When I saw her play - people were
mesmerized by the hush and intensity of her delivery. Plus, the packaging is so cool. The booklet inside is sewn in to the sleeve.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good CD, but not her best
I love Juana Molina's music, and I like this CD a lot. But it is nowhere near as strong, musically or lyrically, as her previous effort, Segundo, and does not reflect her magnetic performing style anywhere near as well as Segundo does. If you are curious about Juana Molina, or you have seen her perform recently with David Byrne or others, you should definitely buy Segundo first. As I said, I enjoy this CD, but it is VERY low-key and there is not a lot of variation among the songs. (Molina is a trance-y artist to begin with. Plenty of people will find themselves nodding off to even her most energetic work. She's wonderful, but not for everyone.) If you can understand the lyrics, those on Tres Cosas are pleasant, but very placid, meditations on loss, maturity, ecology, and spirituality, that rarely feel specific or intensely personal (in sharp contrast to Segundo). If I had heard this without hearing Segundo or seeing Molina in person, I would never have been willing to put in the effort to appreciate its subtleties or to listen to more of her music, and I would have missed something beautiful in my life.

5-0 out of 5 stars In a world of noise
there comes Juana Molina's silence. A silence that is not stactic or boring, but reflexive and gentle. There is a cohesivness that crosses all tracks, that at first seems to hurt the record; it is only by repeated listens that you begin to appreciate songs as individual pieces of a whole.

Some tracks, however, stand out immediately: "No es tan cierto" has a "Hui, Hui, Ah, Ahhh.." that one thought could not be done anymore in an original and enticing way.

"Sálvese quien pueda", together with "Solo su voz" constitute the more straightfoward songs (great verses, powerful choruses).

The title track and "El Progreso" are the standouts, nevertheless: expansive, meditative, incredibly well balanced mixtures of folk and electronica.

There are numerous references to Yoga's mantras and the mood the cd stablishes could very well be the soundtrack to a yogui's lifestyle (or at least, during his/her meditative moments hehe).

The production and mixing of the cd is AMAZING; you can see an actual effort in trying to stimulate your senses through constant voice effects, disturbing noises that come and go, and layers and layers of guitars and beats. ... Read more

43. Venezuelan Zinga Son 1
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Although four years passed since their previous album, these Latin playboys are always up for a party, and The Venezuelan Zinga Son Vol. 1 is no different. Produced by New York house music producers Masters At Work, the band's third domestic album is filled with upbeat salsa ("Esto Es Lo Que Hay" is a riot), soft Brazilian grooves, spacey funk, disco, rock and lounge. They roll it all together into street party of good vibes, sexy beats and lecherous thoughts (see track 14), but what keeps the Brooklyn-based sextet out of gutter is that it's hard to find fault when the insidious jams cause you to stop thinking and start dancing. Interestingly, the album seems to ride the arc or raging party: it starts on a promising but mellow tip, then loosens up in the middle part, then rides it out until there’s nothing left to give. Los Amigos' best effort yet, Zinga is all-purpose fun. --Tad Hendrickson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars better than ever .... super******' good even
This is a band I truly love ... they just get better and better. And with the help of their producers, this is simply one of the richest sounding recordings of modern music I have heard. Find a super******' good stereo and play this nice and loud. The reverb is super lush, the echo and the rest of the effects, whether they're vocal, guitar, keyboard, etc, are absolutely beautiful. Really extremely well recorded. Oh, by the way, the music is super******' good. I will be listening to the newest Los Amigos Invisbles for a long time. Me love them long time!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible musicians and performers!
I have been a fan of Los Amigos Invisibles since I stumbled onto them playing a gig on PBS' Sessions show back in the late 90's. Anyhow, I saw they were playing a show in a small club here in Seattle last nite. For $15 I had to go! Honestly I would have paid more to see these guys. The energy that these men play with is both amazing and genuine. You can tell that they enjoy playing to their fans. This album, which comprised the bulk of their 2+ hour set is incredible. Particular jems which stand out are: Una Disco Llena, Playa Azul, Ease Your Mind, Diablo(Produced by DJ Dimitri from Paris), and Bruja. You can certainly hear the influence of the MAW crew on their sound. This album much tighter and focused than previous efforts; which isnt a bad thing.
If you are EVER given the priveledge to see these guys all means go!

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have listening for the summer and beyond!
Just purchased the CD yesterday and it does not disappoint! I've been a long time fan since the "New Sound of the Venezuelan Gozadera" first came out. This third domestic installment displays an even more polished production. This CD also displayed a definite tempo progression from gentle Bossa Nova (Comodon Johnson) to the Latin party funk of "Ease Your Mind". The MAW crew has done an excellent job of production! I liked the way "Una Disco Llena" flowed seamlessly right into "Venezuelan Zinga Son". I even enjoyed the Brazil-like "Playa Azul" as well as "Esto Es Lo Que Hay". Whether you like their seemingly racy lyrics or not, you cannot deny the tightness of their musicianship and sound. This is no ordinary run-of-the-mill dance band. I hope other fans see their progressive musical growth on this CD. If you've seen this band live, you'd know what I'm talking about! A perfect CD just in time for summer travel or just driving around. Enjoy! ... Read more

44. Verve Unmixed 2
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5-0 out of 5 stars The price is right
Why can't more CD's be priced like this fine offering from the Verve vaults?
For the cost of a couple of gallons of gasoline this music will take you further and you'll get plenty of mileage out of these classics. Beginning with the Carnegie Hall live recording by Dizzy Gillespie of "Manteca" in 1961, this disc will either take you down memory lane or set you on a new path of jazz discovery. Jazz means many different things to many different people, often discredited as being too cerebral or just plain high music, jazz often gets a bad rap. There is no clear definition because like many other genres there are many sub categories. Within the broad context of jazz this disc is diversified . Several great songbirds are featured including the marvelous, so nice the used here twice, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald(two songs too), Betty Carter and Astrud Gilerto. Unlike the remixed versions featured on "Verve/Remixed 2," the complete songs display the full spectrum and range of depth of some these artists. For example, Nina Simone's vocals on "Sinnerman"show the gospell influenced style more clearly than on the remixed version and her piano skills are demonstrated along with her jazz interaction with other instrumentalists. It is a thing of beauty. The live version of "Brother , Where Are You"? by Oscar Brown Jr. has the passion of the Civil Rights movement, a slow swagerring, gritty song that builds momentum as the audience claps along joining the artist in unison in approval of his message. "Blues For Brother George Jackson"(check your history) fits the mold of what most non jazz people think of as jazz with it's multiple horns led by Archie Shepp with yet another Civil Rights era song. I would be remiss without mentioning the exceptional Latin influenced songs by Cal Tjader and Willie Bobo entitled "Soul Sauce" and "Fried Neck Bones and Some Home Fries" respectively. These two songs alone are worth the price of admission. It is worth comaparing the versions to the remixed versions to fully appreciate both the originals and the great job with the new interpretations. Recommended as is but even more so as a companion to the remixed versions. A super compilation for traditional jazz fans or those interested in the roots of "Verve Remixed /2."

5-0 out of 5 stars Real Value for Money!
Even if you only liked two or three of the tracks here, you'd still be getting a great deal for your money. That said, every track here is a winner and it's easy to see why these were picked for remixing on Volume 2. Virtually all of them feature wonderful percussion, which usually translates into arresting remix sounds (like the mighty Six Degrees Records roster!). If you don't own any Nina Simone, start right here with the mighty 10 minute "Sinnerman," used to dazzling effect in the "Thomas Crown Affair." Her "Black is..." shows us what a unique talent she was. As far as Volume 3 goes, it will interesting to see if Verve ever gives the OK for some remixes of Getz, Bird or the mighty Trane. Perhaps people are scared to touch those, but regardless of your position of remixing, Verve Unmixed 2 is the perfect present to get for someone, especially if you're CHEAP!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Verve Unmixed - the Sequel.
"Verve Unmixed 2" is the companion CD to "Verve Remixed 2," in which a handful of dance DJs successfully revamp several jazz classics. Here, each track appears in its pure original version, giving the listener a tour through some of the genre's most respected artists. The album kicks off with the infectious bite of Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca," which sets the tone for the rest of the album. Ella Fitzgerald's "Slap That Bass" and Ramsey Lewis' "Do You Wanna" stand out pretty well, while Cal Tjader's stunning "Soul Sauce (Guachi Guaro)" is a timeless fusion of traditional jazz and Latin flavor. Another winner is the beautifully piano-laced "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair," which features Nina Simone's voice in all its aching glory. There isn't much more for me to say, as the music really speaks for itself. If you already have "Verve Remixed 2," it would be foolish to pass on this release which not only has the original versions but also one of the most impressive tracklistings I've seen on any compilation.

5-0 out of 5 stars More classics
This follow-up disc is every bit a great as the first. Do not let the low price scare you into thinking it's something less than high quality. A must have and those unfamiliar with the Verve label will both enjoy that this music is BACK!!!! ... Read more

45. The Now Sound of Brazil
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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A selection of cool & refreshing music from Ziriguiboom, internationally acclaimed as the leading source for great modern Brazilian music, from electronic to bossa to samba soul.Featuring Bebel Gilberto, Suba, Zuco 103, Trio Mocotó & Bossacucanova, as well as exclusive remixes and songs from upcoming albums by Ziriguiboom’s newest recruits, Celso Fonseca and Cibelle.

"Ziriguiboom has created its own niche, specializing in Brazilian music of the dance and electronic kind, as well as roots oriented world music… [They] have successfully blurred the borders of Latin, dance/electronic, jazz and world music."–Billboard Magazine ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Brazil in "new" music
This CD it's the new "vouge" of Brazilian Music, but in a very conservative way.
The "melodia" it's always a remember of the "brazilian tradition".
The arists are of the top level like :Suba, Bossacucanova, Carlos Lyra, Bebel Gilberto, Zuco 103, Roberto Menescal, Cibelle, Celso Fonseca, Erlon Chaves, Trio Mocotò.
The final result it's a louge brazilian music with happines and "tristessa".
The beautiful voices are the strong point but also where there is an instrumental song like : Cosa Nostra (Raw Deal Remix), the result it's very nice.
Note that there is a "Tanto Tempo" in version Remix of Peter Kruder.
Less that one hour (57 minuts) of good "now" brazilian music.
A must if you like this "great" country.

4-0 out of 5 stars Strong compilation, especially for newbies to world music
If you're looking for a possible introduction into some world music, you could do a LOT owrse than this almost great collection of Brazillian tracks. The stuff is modern and jazzy, with plenty of its roots intact. It's a trip through modern Latin grooves and you'll like more of it than you won't, even if you aren't into world music. Listening to Nicola Conte remix Suba is almost worth the price of the CD, and the Kruder remix of Gilberto's "Tanto Tempo" makes it a must-have for lounge/world heads, not counting the other few legitimate gems within.

Mostly for existing fans of world-flavored music, but not a bad introduction (though there are more accessible records out there).

5-0 out of 5 stars With Six Degrees, there is NO separation!!
If you scan the Billboard Top 200 album charts nowadays, you'll find enough quality releases to fit on one hand (in a good week). In this dismal state of popular music, Six Degrees Records has arrived to show us the way. Thanks to Amazon[.com] reviewers, I was led to Bebel Gilberto, Suba, and others in the Six Degrees family. Sadly, this amazing hybrid of Latin music and electronic sounds is nowhere to be found on said charts (maybe the world music section). That said, this collection is a great place to start for those looking to make the plunge to great sounds. For those already familiar with these artists, you get new remixes (the Suba one is especially excellent) plus songs from Cibelle and Celso Fonseca that hadn't been previously released. At this great price, click right here if you're sick of the state of popular music and want a way out of the madness!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Can lead to even better things
Well if you have missed some of the efforts linked to the modern Brazil music scene than this puts a nice sampler together for you. If you are already familiar and have come by way of the late Suba's "Sao Paolo Confessions" or Bebel Gilberto's lovely "Tanto Tiempo," both so good that they deserved tributes or remixes, than you will be plesantly surprised by some of the other offerings. The problem with samplers is that they are just that, samples. Just when you are getting into a particular artist the track is over and you are suddenly listening to another one. The good news is that this can lead you out to purchase a full CD of the artists music. Such was the case for me with Zuco 103. I found there sound sound inviting and when I purchased one disc I had even had to have another! The version they perform of "Outro Lado" is sweet, slightly funky, dreamy, trippy and like many of the tracks on this sampler, seductive. Zuco 103 also performs "Treasure" which is a bit more uptempo, bilingual(with interspersed English chorus) slightly edgy with a sprinkling of bossadelia that is not as good as the version featured on their CD but still very nice. Trio Mocoto's "Os Orixas" has a more carnival or futbol flavor where you can imagine the samba line grooving along . Bossacucanova fills in the dance lines on this sampler with jazz melodies for some soflty swinging atmospheric approches to create lounge Brazinujazz. All the songs contribute something tasty to the CD and is recommended for a point of departure or to just sit and watch your own Rio sunsets .

3-0 out of 5 stars Brasil 2Mil part 2 - sort of
I used to wonder why Sixdegrees never made a sequel to Brasil 2Mil. That compilation featured many of the artists to look out for that were to be released in their joint efforts with Ziriguiboom/Crammed, like Suba, Zuco 103 and Bebel Gilberto.

But now there is one - sort of. There is a big difference in the two - mainly that Brasil 2Mil was released in 1999, right when the scene was still a bit young (new Bossa nova sounds). This one is in the maturity of the genre, and features many tracks released on the featured artists already released CD's - inclugin BossaCucaNova - the group was omitted from Brasil 2Mil.

Having said that, this cd is a very solid sampler. Odd as this sounds, it focuses on the Brazilian singers in the new movement and in their label and promotes some of the new acts coming out. Namely Cibelle, who is known mostly for her work with Suba on Sao Paulo Confessions. Her album should be out later this year. Also featured is my favorite track on this release - Bom Sinal by Celso Fonseca, who is slated to release his album in March.

One interesting track is Tantos Desejos, as done by Nicola Conte and Rosalia De Souza. I'm a big Conte/Souza/Petrella fan, but actually am not a big fan of the remix of the track. The trombone just doesn't fit with the cut and the remix takes away from the darkness I really liked about Suba's music, especially this song.

Some of the tracks on the cd are "ho-hum" for that matter, and I don't think this by any means lives up to Brasil 2Mil. However the Cibelle track, Zuco 103 remake of Outro Lado, Celso Fonseca cut and if you're just hearing BossaCucaNova - this is worth the (discounted) purchase. ... Read more

46. Latin Lullaby
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Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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Including contributions from Tex-Mex power folkie Tish Hinojosa, Cuban opera diva Clara Alonso, and Nelie Lebrón Robles, lead singer of Paracumbé, an Afro-Puerto Rican outfit, Latin Lullaby is a richly moving encounter with dream-inducing tunes sung in Spanish. Drawing on the relatively new folk customs of Latin America, this collection features elegant guitar noodling, classical orchestration, a cappella intimacy, and straight-ahead guitar and voice lullaby, as on "Duermete Mi Nino" ("Sleep My Child"), Venezuela's national anthem. Also present are progressively traditional ballads of parental love and protection, adult concerns, and gently rootsy narratives detailing the everyday responsibilities of child rearing. The latter is exemplified by Mili Bermejo's "La Cuna de Tu Hijo" ("The Cradle of Your Child"), in which a proud papa labors over crafting a customary baby bed, as well as by Cuban pop star Xiamantha Laugart's cheeky medley about a mother's negligence and a dancing baby. --Paige La Grone ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My baby's favorite CD
This CD is my baby's favorite since he was only a week old. It is so soothing to be put to sleep to and the songs are so melodic and a welcome change from those clangy anoying music box type music. This is real music you would listen to yourself for a nice hot bath. The songs are easy to learn and sing with your child weather or not you are a spanish speaking family. It was a nice way for my baby to learn Spanish and reenforce his language in the home.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Sleepytime Music
I bought this CD for my daughter when she was just a couple of weeks old. She's now 3 mos. old and won't go to sleep unless we play it for her. Sometimes I can hum the "Senora Santana" song to her and she falls right to sleep. I highly recommend this CD

5-0 out of 5 stars a wonderful CD
My baby loves this CD- it makes him sooo sleepy. It makes us sleepy too! There is one song that is a little "upbeat" and not really "lullaby-like" but I would still give it 5 stars. The spanish lyrics are beautiful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic, Soul-Searching Music
This CD is incredible -- my infant son was lulled to sleep by it, and it calmed him when nothing else could. Well, I missplaced the CD for about a year and a half, had another baby during that time, and found it today while I was doing a deep cleaning of our house. I popped the CD in, and my son (now three years old) sat there enchanted. I just now rocked him to sleep like I used to while listening to it, and it brought back a flood of heart-warming memories. Then I put my infant daughter to sleep, and it was touching to see her fall asleep to it, too. The songs touch your very soul, especially A La Nanita Nana.

5-0 out of 5 stars My baby loves this CD!
My baby boy, who is now 9.5 months old, was adopted at 7 months from Latin America. We listen to this CD every night, and before each nap. Every time I put it on, his eyes get huge, and he is mesmerized by the music. He listens to it very calmly for about 15 minutes, and then drifts off to sleep. I really like it, too. It's very, very calming. I highly recommend it! ... Read more

47. Music from the Coffee Lands
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Average Customer Review: 4.72 out of 5 stars
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The artists gathered together here hail from nations and cultures noted for the growing and export of coffee. As with this CD's companion release, Music from the Tea Lands, one senses the possibility of lucrative product tie-ins, but part of the proceeds from the album are earmarked for charity and any catchy idea that gets the music out there is a good thing. Like the luscious drink itself, the tunes come in many intensities and flavors, ranging from a light-as-air ditty from Peru, to the more complex vocal stylings of Colombia's Claudia Gomez, to Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca's earthy Afro-Cuban Congolese rumba. The album is a lively and fascinating travelogue, making landfall in Cuba, Kenya, Brazil, Uganda, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and Peru. As with many other Putumayo projects, aside from its musical pleasures, this set would make an entertaining and educational experience for younger family members. --Christina Roden ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Coffee never sounded so good
I was tempted by this CD because I am a lifelong coffee addict. And, I love World Music, especially Latin American and African music, which has cross-fertilized each other back and forth since Africans were kidnapped and carried as slaves to the New World up to the Cuban influence in parts of Africa.

My favorite on here is "Maria Lando" by Susana Baca. She is big in Peru, her homeland, and a friend of David Byrne-- but unknown here in the US. What a shame. Her voice is clear and emotional having what the liner notes refer to as "sufferation"--that emotional outpouring of the downtrodden. You cannot listen to this and not be moved.

I also love the Ugandan Samite's "Wasuze Otya?". Samite survived the insanity of the Idi Amin regime in Uganda, ended up as a refugee in Kenya. He combines traditional Ugandan music with other sources such as, of course Jazz. It's wonderful--you can listen to a clip here, along with the Baca cut.

I was somewhat disappointed in the Brazilian "M'Ban Samba." This music is from Bahia, the African-rich north part of Brazil so of course quite different than the sambas and bossa nova of urban Brazil and the Cariocas. You can clearly here the strong African strain in the Bahian Sodre's music, and for that, it is interesting. It just is not my favorite cut on this album.

This is one wonderful CD for just listening or for dinner party background music. It casts such atmosphere, and is easy to listen to, yet not cliche in any way. The liner notes are prolific--there's a small booklet attached to the inside cover, and the cover has attractive artwork. I just love it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Premier Blend To Sooth the Senses
I simply adored "Music of the Coffee Lands". I bought this CD simply because I wanted to have something to listen to when I have my morning cup of coffee. The music is so mesmerising. When one listens to this cd, it makes you feel as though you're being swept off into an exotic land. Some of my favorite tracks are: "Maria Lando" by Susana Baca, "Watsuze Otya" by Samite and "Below the Baseline" by Ernest Rangline. This is an excellent cd and it's worth every penny spent. Buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best world music compilataions I've heard
Amazing collection of songs - not one is a throwaway. If you're looking to break into "world music" the Putumayo collections are a great starting point.

2-0 out of 5 stars NO ES LO QUE ME ESPERABA

5-0 out of 5 stars All Musical Education Should be This Painless
I was walking past an upscale clothing store that was using this album as sonic wallpaper. It stopped me in my tracks. I walked in and demanded the album from the startled saleswoman.

And that was just one track. This is a true sampler album, designed to expand the listener's musical horizons. It succeeds spectacularly. The track that transfixed me was Thomas Mapfumo's "Hanzvadzi." That has led me to purchase every piece of music Mr. Mapfumo has ever recorded, has led me to travel several hundred miles to see him in concert, has led me to appreciate all the varied kinds of Zimbabwean music (try the classical mbira master Dumisani Maraire) and even to appreciate the ongoing troubled history of Zimbabwe.

The sampler would have done a fine job right there, but Susana Baca also sings here. Boy, does she ever. I'd never heard of her: the only South American singer I was familiar with was Astrud Gilberto. After swallowing Ms. Baca whole, I moved on beyond Peru and into other South American music.

So, I've developed a love of the music of two continents, all for the cost of a single CD. The "Coffee Lands" gimmick is mostly just that: the only thing that Susana Baca and Thomas Mapfumo have in common is that they both use notes, but that doesn't matter at all.

Disclaimer: Your experience may differ, but there is not a dud track on the album, and at least one track is going to jump out at you and land in your lap. ... Read more

48. Sounds from the Verve Hi-Fi
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Get ready for your jazz education. These virgin, unremixed tracks taken from the 1960s Verve vaults were a major influence on Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza and Eric Hilton years before they spun epic documents like TheMirror Conspiracy. Their time capsule is a bubbling, Brazilian soul-jazz blast, starting with the sensuous "Menina Flor" by Stan Getz and Luis Bonfa. Jimmy Smith's "Road Song" is a classic of '60s hard bop, while Kenyon Hopkins's "Hard Latin" shows the kind of groovy organ jazz that was popular in bars from Philly to hot 'Lanta. Things go left with Cal Tjader's "The Fakir," a day-glo Middle Eastern track influenced by Coltrane's "My Favorite Things," while Astrud Gilberto pulls a Nancy Sinatra on another freaky standout, "Light My Fire." Walter Wanderley, Wynton Kelly, Chico Hamilton, and Elis Regina also light up the night, along with your hi-fi. --Ken Micallef ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Oh, you poor hipsters!!!
When Mad Professor remixed Massive Attack's "Protection," there was a rush to grab up the Professor's solo material. You could hear the shouts of horrified hipsters everywhere as REGGAE wafted out of the speakers! Something tells me that something similar might occur with this CD.

"Sounds from the Verve Hi Fi" is a collection of semi-obscure easy listening/bossa-nova/jazz from the record collection (are all of their records on Verve? Hmmm...) of Eric Hilton and Roberto Garza, Thievery Corporation to you. NO, it's not set to BEATS, and there is NOTHING SAMPLED. The music here is original and occasionally raw...this is the real thing! Standouts include "Ogd" (anything by Jimmy Smith is a worthy purchase), "Light My Fire" as interpreted by Astrud Gilberto and Wynton Kelly puts in an appearance with "Escapade."

The verdict? Everything on here is great, but it's no place to start your jazz collection. This is not the complex or spiritual stuff like Miles or Mingus. However, it goes down quite nicely with a decadent Polynesian cocktail and that lil' special someone...

4-0 out of 5 stars What's Old Is New Again...
Bossa Nova, Jazz, Reggae and Lounge-Pop are what the Thievery Corporation is all about. The resurrection of the downtempo-lounge movement of recent years is a reflection of the original musical craze of 30-35 years ago. It is nice to see that artists such as Willie Bobo, the Gilbertos, Stan Getz, Sergio Mendes, and other artists that my parents grooved to, have now come full circle for a new generation. Although this music may sound a bit dated to those born after 1985, those who can appreciate music before the MTV age can chill out with a cool drink and some headphones, stereo lounge chair optional. This CD is a nice tribute compilation of various artists and gives us an idea of TC's inspirational roots.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough!
I first heard this compilation in the Pacific Restaurant in Dublin. I asked the server for the name of the CD and ordered it right away. I'm a boomer and was heavily into the "Top 10". Finally, I've matured beyond that. Thievery has done a great job of placing the music so that it flows along. The instrumentals are catchy enough to linger in your head and complex enough to engage you in multiple listenings. First rate. I'm ordering this for my daughter!

5-0 out of 5 stars Swiging Soundtrack for Futuristic Lounge Lizards...
Theivery Corp. digs in the past and gives you a taste of the future too. Excellent for making pitchers of martinis!

5-0 out of 5 stars Smooth...
Smoooth... The most delicate tunes for true romance. Must have music. On your shelf proves that you are sophisticated person with TASTE. ... Read more

49. 30 Años
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4-0 out of 5 stars Deep & Devout
While the fine points of south american politics may escape many, it is nearly impossible to mistake the voice of this once-exiled singer: she is all at once mighty, beneficent and tender. She is an army for the cause of the heart, with a smoky alto rooted deeply in the rhythms of the south.

This album presents a gratifying breadth of her work, thematically diverse but carried throughout by the unwavering certainty of Mercedes' marvelous delivery ("Gracias A La Vida", her signature song, could make a diamond weep).

This album transcends language barriers to reveal the glory of a woman whose art reverberates with the blood and suffering, majesty and hope of the human condition. It is music of power and grace, for the most part unbound by the commercialism of the day.

The only break in this gratifying visit with Mercedes is "Unicornio", which sounds a bit like the product of a weekend with Yanni. Every other track on this album is alive with spirit and fervor, making this an excellent and fulfilling introduction to the long and fruitful career of this legendary performer. 30 Años is well worth your time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Music that impacts not only the listener but also the world
After having heard Mercedes live in Florence Italy and in Austin Texas I must say that her music is as moving through her CD as it is in person. Mercedes has a way of capturing her audience and holding their attention captive until she has sung the last note. And after having the last note of a song she releases her listener only to have them thank her for their momentary incarceration. NOTE: One CD that is a must for any listener of Mercedes is De Mi.

5-0 out of 5 stars magifico!
Musica llena de ternura, compromiso y esperanza. En un mundo que parece que ya nadie valora el amor, la solidaridad, el canto, la alegria, y la fe. La musica de Mercedes Sosa es como un oasis en el desierto.

5-0 out of 5 stars ARGENTINA at its best ! Mercedes inigualable
Want to cry, want to remember?

5-0 out of 5 stars It Always Takes Me Back
On a shopping trip to the HUGE Unicenter shopping mall in Buenos Aires, my friend and I stopped in a music store and asked a beautiful young man for his recommendation of the best Argentine folk music CD. This album was his selection, and he was right on target! Mercedes' voice radiates and reverberates all heart. My favorites are the more upbeat songs --- perfect for boring road trips! Buy this CD and be transported to the Old Almacen in Buenos Aires, the wide open Pampas, and the high Andes. Enjoy! ... Read more

50. Woman on Top
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The soundtrack from Woman on Top, starring Madrid-born bombshell Penelope Cruz as the beauty and brains behind a popular cooking show, is the perfect introduction to the Brazilian sound--and just might live up to the label's promise that it's "destined to bring Bossa Nova music to the world" (though bossa nova has long been popular in the West, albeit in specialized circles). The highly listenable album features contemporary Brazilian artists such as singer-songwriter Lenine; pop-rocker and Joao Gilberto sound-alike Paulinho Moska; and the three-DJ collective Bossa Cuca Nova putting a new spin on a classic Geraldo Pereira tune. It also includes gems such as Maria Creuza and her delicately wavering voice, and guitarist Dori Caymmi performing one of his father's songs. Mellow yet upbeat, it's relaxation music that won't put you to sleep. --Jamie FitzGerald ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Just Magical
The movie doen't make justice to the soundtrack. I'm sorry but it doesn't. What makes the movie work is its background music. This is the most beautiful soundtrack that I have heard in my life. The music is sexy and beautiful. The songs get into your core and and heart. You just can't get tire of hearing them again and again.
Personnal favorite: Cinzas by Pulinho Moska. This song even if you don't understand its lyrics will bring tears to your eyes. The melancolic melody is just too much; and the sadness in Moska's voice is just haunting. And the lyrics are just marvelhosas.
I highly reccomend this sountrack, it's just right.

5-0 out of 5 stars Could this open the floodgates of Bossa Nova?
I sure hope so. Not being too familiar with the Bossa Nova style I can't offer much in the way of musical critique. All I can say is that I rushed out to buy this CD less than an hour after seeing the movie. "Woman On Top" was a virtual vacation for someone like myself who spends way too much time in front of a computer and not enough time seeing the world. Listening to these beautiful and romantic Brazilian songs is energizing for the mind and restores the soul. I am reminded of what Robin Williams said in "Dead Poets' Society" in which he praises 'medicine and law' as noble pursuits but 'poetry, music, and love' as being what we live for. "Woman On Top", both the movie and the CD, captures exactly that mood and frame of mind. I just hope that the popularity of this CD will help bring more of the Bossa Nova style music to an American audience that definitely needs to lighten up, relax, and enjoy life.

5-0 out of 5 stars splendid!
The soundtrack totally made up for whatever crap there was in the movie. I am just in love with this soundtrack. Do yourself a favour and get this piece of art.

VERY EXCELLENT MUSIC - After listening to this CD I grabbed my guitar and got lost in my own world, a world of pure imagination and feeling of intense bliss. At the age of seven I am already playing guitar. After 22 years, whenever I hold my a guitar my fingers automatically press the broken "A minor" key or chord and start playing "Corcovado" as Joao Giberto may translate "Quite Nights and Quite Stars" (I love "The Lettermen" version of it). When you really know how to play guitar, you can't deny that listening to BOSSA music will take your heart and soul immediately get suspended in rhythm with the guitar. Whoever chose the sound track for this movie is definitely a music lover.

I immediately got captivated with the music that mad me sit and watch the TV, I tried to memorize the sound track by humming the melody. I don't understand Portuguese but I simply think and feel that Brazilian music and language is mixed with charm, amorously sad and happy. I took a paper and pencil wrote down the movie title and sound track. Then I took my guitar and start playing with it, imitating the guitarist and trying to recollect the melody.

That's my world, all by my self. I live in a silent world filled with love with the kind of music defined by the sound track....from Marlon Segovia (e-mail:


5-0 out of 5 stars Three things for your TO DO NOW list ...
Watch the movie, go to dinner at a nearby Brazilian restaurant, come home and listen to the CD. Guaranteed: a magical night! ... Read more

51. Mandolins from Italy
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4-0 out of 5 stars mandolin Italiano
This was what it said mandolins. Good sound and quite authentic
almost like the Plazas of Roma and Napoli. One of the better cds of Italian music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Italian Mandolin
This is a very good CD of typical Italian mandolin music, perfect dinner music for an Italian dinner. With over seventy minutes of music, it shouldn't run out while you're still enjoying your espresso. ... Read more

52. Neruda
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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing and masterfull
If you are not familiar with Pablo Neruda poetry this album will send you to the books section for a book of his poems.
If you don't know who Federico Monpou is this album will have you search for a recording of his "Song and Dances" masterpiece.
If you don't know who Luciana Souza is this album will introduce you to a great singer/musician/composer.
All the poems in the CD, with the music of Mompou and Souza translate into songs that tell stories of beauty and love.
Finally the pianist Ed Simon shines all over

5-0 out of 5 stars A musician among singers
Among so many vocalists today, Ms. Souza stands out for a multitude of reasons. From her beautiful and mature voice, to her outstanding choice of material for each one of her records, she stands head and shoulders above those artists which jazz writers and critics tend to write about endlessly for whatever reason.

Reinterpreting the work of Neruda, such a popular and visible poet had all the makings of a train wreck. But she pulls off the feat brilliantly, using her own compositions and the music of Federico Monpou to support Neruda words. Ed Simon's piano playing is great, and on two occasions on the record, Souza accompanies herself with jawdropping authority on udu and kalimba. This record is accessible as it is complex. I recommend it highly.

On Neruda, Lucuiana raises the bar for all those who wish to consider themselves jazz vocalists, or any derivation thereof. She's a musician and an artist with a complete command of the language of beauty.

1-0 out of 5 stars Pablo Neruda en INGLES
If you speak Spanish, you will be dismayed to hear how bland and shapeless his poems sound in English. Speaking of bland, the singing and music hear is dullsville. With so many great Brazilian singers, why not listen to some old Joao Gilberto, or Joao's daughter Bebel, or Marisa Monte or Caetano Veloso. If you want the poetry of Neruda, try reading it. This is a terrible combination of music and poetry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Soulful, relaxing, clearly beautiful...
It does seem that some people have a negative agenda because Souza chose to work with the poetry of Neruda. I own about 25 or so books of Neruda's poetry, so I don't have to say anything about what I think of his work, but it seems the "purist English geeks" have an issue with this production... My best guess -- from reading Neruda's memoirs and other stories about him -- is that Pablo would love it... as I do.
And if you've never heard Neruda's work, Luciana Souza's interpretations are heavenly. Well work every penny!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great 'art song/jazz'
Absolutely stunning, wonderful album IMO. I'm not always crazy about LS, but this one is a perfect balance between her voice,
Edward Simon's incisive piano and the magical words by Neruda-- even in translation. Only comparison to Norah Jones I see is that
there's an emphasis on quiet-- but NERUDA is at a whole different,better level I think. One of the great 'art song jazz' albums-- and I also like the incorporation of a few Mompou
melodies-- just the right nostalgic, 'simplified' Chopin touch.
So far in '04, my favorite album of the year in any genre. ... Read more

53. Bossa Nova for Lovers
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5-0 out of 5 stars Smooth, melodic, intimate
Outstanding collection of romantic tracks from the giants of Verve's roster. No surprises really among the selections, but who wants a jarring surprise in the middle of a romantic interlude? This set goes down so nicely it won't matter that you may have most these tracks in so many other anthologies.
Track listing :
1. Vivo Sonhando - Stan Getz And Joao Gilberto
2. Wave - Antonio Carlos Jobim
3. Shadow Of Your Smile - Astrud Gilberto
4. Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars) - Stan Getz And Laurindo Almeida
5. My Foolish Heart - Astrud Gilberto
6. Amor Em Paz - Antonio Carlos Jobim
7. Misty Roses - Astrud Gilberto
8. Desafinado - Antonio Carlos Jobim
9. So Nice (Summer Samba) - Astrud Gilberto And Walter Wanerley
10. Winter Moon - Stan Getz And Laurindo Almeida
11. Insensatez (How Insensitive) - Antonio Carlos Jobim
12. Dindi - Astrud Gilberto
13. Bahia - Stan Getz And Charlie Byrd
14. Girl From Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim
15. O Grande Amor - Stan Getz And Joao Gilberto
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54. Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro): The Original Sound Track From The Film
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This impressionistic score from Marcel Camus's 1958 cinematic retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus was most Americans' introduction to the Brazilian musical style called bossa nova. As it became a nationwide craze that featured both Brazilian samba and U.S. cool-jazz participants, the names of Black Orpheus composers Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa became familiar far beyond the hi-fi set. Along with the haunting theme song, "Manha de Carnaval," and several Jobim compositions are the vibrant street sounds of the pre-Lenten festival Carnaval, which provides the backdrop to the tragic love story of Orpheus and Eurydice. The score is awash with percussive samba rhythms and the laughter and chanting of the annual festival melee. This is a great disc to play when the day needs a parade. --Lois Maffeo ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The album that started it all
This is the album that helped launch bossa nova as an international phenomenon. If you haven't seen the movie yet, it's a truly moving experience. The soundtrack has some inconsistent points, and the recording quality isn't terribly great, but the beauty of Jobim and Bonfa's compositions overcomes it all. Best tracks: "Manha de Carnaval," "O Nosso Amor," and of course "A Felicidade."

5-0 out of 5 stars Symphony of the Jungle
This "soundtrack recording" is a work of art in its own right. There are many details here that I don't remember from the movie. For instance, Manha de Carnaval begins with a long instrumental with tropical bird songs - very beautiful (like a jungle orchestra), but the birdsong wasn't that noticeable in the movie. Likewise, there is a reprise of it sung by Euridyce, something I certainly don't remember.

No matter, it works very beautifully this way, And it's useful to hear the music presented for its own sake - so you should have both the movie and the soundtrack. Forget about this thing stating the bossa nova fad, it's gorgeous just for itself.

If you enjoy this, you'll probably enjoy Forest of the Amazon (by Villa-Lobos).

5-0 out of 5 stars NOTHING LIKE THIS!
There is nothing like this album. 30-some years after first hearing it, it still lives in my head. A piece of art - up there with La Traviota, Carmen, West Side Story. For art and music lovers, it is a necessary possession.

5-0 out of 5 stars some of the greatest music in the world
The scene in the movie when the village boys sing "Samba de Orfeo" is a transcendently beautiful religious moment. If the boys don't sing, the sun might not rise! Bonfa's samba lives up to the burden of the occasion -- joyous, passionate, unstoppable. The rest of the soundtrack, if you can believe it, lives up to THAT. Bonfa's lovely "Morning of the Carnival"; several of Jobim's lovely, sophisticated compositions in sparkling, minimal arrangements; and the awesome street Carnival percussion and singing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Historic Recording
It is filled with as much movie soundtrack background sounds as music; why do think they called it a soundtrack?? From the opening scene 'til the movie's last sunrise, this is Rio, and at Carnival Time, and what is at the very heart of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa's music that rocked Jazz in the early 1960s - and in not so different a way as what the British Invasion did to American pop and R&B in about the same time period. The "Bosa Nova" introduced through the international film scene via Black Orpheus changed forever how jazz was to be defined; Ken Burns didn't say so, but it's nonetheless true. This 1959 (film) soundtrack and the film itself is as fresh today as it was nearly a half century ago. This is real desert island stuff. If I could have only two CDs or DVDs to take with me, the soundtrack to Black Orpheus would be one, and George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh (less the Bobby Dylan sequence) would be the other. ... Read more

55. Dança Ma Mi: Dance With Me
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Along with Cesaria Evora and Lura, Maria de Barros represents the West African island nation of Cape Verde. Her new CD follows her debut recording, Nha Mundo.Like her musical sisters, she sings her native land's mournful morna, the festive funana/ferro, and peppery coladeira rhythms and song genres. But where Evora and Luna are more tradition-bound, De Barros can mix things up, as evidenced by her salsa-fied number "Bo Ke Nha Boy,"the samba-like syncopations of "Sol Di Manha," and her hypnotic version of the French Caribbean classic, "Caresse Moi." Her voice has a light and airy ring to it, which sounds good in her native, Afro-Portuguese Criuolo language – and complements the, synths, horns, accordion, percussion, and the ukulele-like cavaquinho. All told, de Barros, like her contemporaries, is poised to take her country's music to the future, without, it is hoped, forgetting its past. --Eugene Holley, Jr. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars DEEE-lightful!Joyous, happy music
If you like Brazilian music, African music and Fado (Portuguese ballads) you are in luck; Maria de Barros has recorded the joyous music of Cape Verde in a well-produced and delightful CD of bouncy, tuneful music.

The music on this CD is reminscent of Brazilian music most of all, but there is a lot of the African influence. So if you are a fan of music from that band spanning the world from South America to West Africa, you will undoubtedly enjoy "Danca Ma Mi." As a party CD for those who put on Latin American sound, this is unsurpassed. I like listening to it when I want something lively but not harsh or jarring--it's some of the happiest music I've heard in a long while.

Cape Verde is an island nation that was settled by the Portuguese in 1462. The Portugese brought African slaves, and the population is a mix of Portuguese and African influences as a result.

There are a number of types of traditional music in Cape Verde, from Morna, a tango-like sound, to its child Coladeira, and also Funana from Chile (with accordian.) And then there is Batuco, a woman's genre, fast and funny. This album features a bit of each. If you like Afro-Brazilian sound, you will love this CD.

Cape Verdeans are found all over the world, as the island has poor weather and had frequent disastrous droughts and crop failures. They brought their music along--a surprisingly happy sound for a place that had more than its share of troubles. I recommend this CD MOST HIGHLY, especially to fans of Brazilian music, Salsa, Cuban music. Give it a try.

5-0 out of 5 stars Danca Ma Mi: Maria de Barros
The title of Maria de Barros' new CD perfectly sums up what you want to do when you hear it: dance. While there are some slower mornas, the tempo of the CD is generally upbeat, with coladeiras that have a salsa flavor and some funana rhythms (using the ferro, a metallic instrument played with a spoon).Nearly all of the songs are original (i.e., not traditional), and I believe most are sung in the Portuguese criole used in Cape Verde (I don't speak Portuguese), which is a lovely language, soft and amenable to the rhythms.The mood of the songs ranges from yearning to passion to just simple joy.I can't give a CD a higher recommendation, except that you have to get her first CD, Nha Mundo (My World) as well.The new CD is definitely not more of the same, but it is just as good as her first.Danca Ma Mi is better than any other tonics or stimulants you can get and gets phenomenal when you dance to it!You should also go to see her live performances, which often turn into more of a dance and party than a sit down show; there is nothing like it. ... Read more

56. Classics, Vol. 18
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5-0 out of 5 stars An Enchanting Re-Discovery!
In these "tune-less" times, I'm re-discovering exquisite melodies and arrangements from the sixties. If you're on a similar sojourn, please get this album if you haven't already. "Fool on the Hill," "Look Around," it's all there. Every song grows on you-- and the album leaves you wanting more! I was only about four or five when these songs flooded the airwaves, but each still strikes a sweet spot in my soul. "The Look of Love" just can't be beat-- it's perfect. Even less-familiar ones, like "Like A Lover," are so beautiful that you'll be hearing its refrain in your head throughout the day. Mendes is a uniquely skillful arranger, and lead singer Lani Hall is exquisite-- a world-class voice, she clearly deserves more acclaim. Soon you'll want to hear EVERY song by Brasil '66. It'll be a joyful alternative to the over-played "oldies station" originals. Brasil '66 is a fantastic group that should get together again and tour, if they aren't already.

5-0 out of 5 stars This truly is timeless classics
This cd is incredible, it has definitely earned it's rightful place in my cd collections. Actually, I was quite surprised to discovered that the recordings in this disc was done exceptionally well. (I was reluctance to buy the cd version because I thought the cd's 16 bit sampling format could not beat my vinyls which is analog. This disc proved me wrong!). Anyhow, I have all the Brasil 66 and 77 vinyls in my collection, some bought new and some bought used; and this cd could give those 180 gram vinyls a run for the money. Some of my used Brasil 66 vinyls had been played so many times that Lani Hall's voice lost its central images. This cd put her voice dead centre again right between my two speakers as if she is standing in front singing for me. Also, the cymbals and high hat notes came through crisp and clean. This is quite evidence in the track "one note Samba" where the tempo picks up a bit.
I cannot give you my favorite tracks in this cd because I love all the tracks. Its that good! My only regret is that I could not find Sergio's Brasil 77 tracks on cd anywhere: you know, those one with Gracinha Leporace (now his wife) and Bonnie Bowden singing together. Now these two girls can sing and they were hot on those tracks. Thankfully I have the vinyl version.
The unbelievable part of this all is that the music were created in the 60's. Now this is timeless classics....

4-0 out of 5 stars STILL Looking For A Definitive Hits Compilation
In my August 2002 review of the 12-track A&M Greatest Hits CD I castigated them for putting out such a volume with no liner notes, and for leaving out four of the nine bona fide hits they had as a group from 1966 to 1969: Constant Rain [Chove Chuva] - their second charter in early 1967 at # 71; For Me, # 98 in April 1967; (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay, # 66 in July 1969; and Wichita Lineman, # 95 in December 1969.

So, when I saw this volume with its 17 tracks I thought, maybe, this would fill the gap. Guess what? Not one of those four hits is included here either. Nor is Night And Day [# 82 in June 1967]. They do include Like A Lover and So Many Stars, the uncharted flipsides of The Look Of Love and The Fool On The Hill, and the B-side of (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay - Song Of No Regrets - which also was uncharted. But why that and not the hit? Also included is Alibis, credited only to Sergio Mendes in 1984 and which reached # 29 for his last charted hit with Joe Pizzulo doing the vocal.

What this AAD volume has going for it that the other lacked are some informative liner notes, three pages of them by Paul Grein [but no discography], and a few flipsides. I just wish they would put together one definitive 20-track CD containing all 10 of their pop hits and their B-sides.

5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT
I first heard Brazil 66 on a Florida radio station in the early 90's when i was a teenager, the songs i heard were "Pretty World" and "Fool On The Hill" I was in love with their music from then but I never heard their music again until i bought this cd over 10 years later and i cannot stop listening to it. Their versions of the Beatles "With A Little Help From My Friedns", "The Fool On the Hill" and Burt Bacharach's, "The Look of Love" are wonderful and their own songs "Look Around" and "Like a Lover" are breathtaking. The lead singer Lani Hall's voice is so beautiful the way she could interpret a lyric in Portguese and Spanish for an English speaking woman is unbelieveable. My only regret is that there are only 16 songs. I really didn't want the cd to end. Like the other reviewers a box set is needed so fans could enjoy other hits such as "Day Tripper", "The Frog","Gente" and many others. I suggest everybody should buy this cd and play it especially when they come home from a hard day's work, turn down the lights, sit in your favourite chair, slip in the cd and just let the Brazillian beat relax you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Light, frothy and perfectly sociable
I am by no means a longtime fan of Sergio Mendes. The only reason I bought this CD was to get hold of the superb song Never Gonna Let You Go which has nostalgic and sentimental value to me. That said, anyone who owns this CD will not be surprised that it is now one of my absolute favorites in my fairly extensive CD collection. The song I had bought it for - a ballad - is of course so unlike the rest of the CD that I was initially disappointed. After a few listens though, the light jazzy latin concoctions began to grow on me. Having got my fill of repeat plays of Never Gonna Let You Go - arguably the BEST duet ballad of the 1980s, I discovered the danceable pleasures of Mas Que Nada, Going out of My Head and infectiously original interpretations of Scarborough Fair and With a Little Help from My Friends. The distinctly eightyish dance number Alibis only reinforced the pleasurable experience of this versatile combo, making this pretty much a multi-function CD. For partying; mellowing; dancing; loving - this CD's the ticket for anyone looking for some jazzy, sophisticated stylings with eminently danceable groove. A perfectly credible addition to your collection and, probably - from what more knowledgable friends have told me - the most accessible way to first discover the thinly-hidden pleasures of Sergio Mendes. I'm a convert - and that's saying a lot for someone who more often than not buys gangster rap, rock and hip-hop. Open your mind and make space for these guys - it's worth it. ... Read more

57. Astor Piazzolla - The Soul Of Tango: Greatest Hits
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5-0 out of 5 stars He's got the soul
Piazzola must be the devil.... cause he certainly captured the soul (of tango, that is!)

Brilliant music. Exceptional CD!

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the BEST for the Piazzolla neophyte!
I have more than ten Piazzolla CDs and this is my favorite. It's actually the first one of his that I ever bought, and I think that this is probably the best CD that a beginner to Piazzolla and Modern Argentine Tango could buy. It has a generous sampling of the several hundred songs that Astor Piazzolla wrote in his life, and it consists mainly of live recordings, which adds to the intensity of each piece. Interestingly enough, there are nearly 200 CDs of Piazzolla music (if not more), and even the songs in the ones recorded by Piazzolla himself vary significantly from album to album. This one, however, is a real joy and will get anyone's toes tapping.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bravo Maestro!!
Oh dear God, how to describe the music that came out of this album? Maybe we should make an exception and allow a six star rating in this case. Astor Piazzolla is for me the best composer of the 20th century and one of the best of all time. The way he can make music dance in you head and trigger emotions from deep within you is stunning. It is impossible to describe the way he puts music together into some of the most powerful music ever heard and at the same time doing it in a way tango had never been done before. Maestro Piazzolla completely changed tango into something new, something some people don't even consider tango anymore. He'll shred your soul and make you lose all hope in your life and suddenly fill you with hope and a sense of awe. Every person who take music seriously and can appreciate art must own something by Astor Piazzolla; and feel the blessing of immersing in its brilliance. ... Read more

58. Pies Descalzos
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The title of Shakira's breakthrough 1996 album translates to "naked feet," which somehow captures the combination of playfulness and earnestness that marks the music. Recorded when she was 18, Pies Descalzos finds the Colombian singer-songwriter striving to find her own style. The disc moves through dance pop and dance-hall-lite before landing on a convincing-enough guitar-rock amalgam. It's a likable record, but Shakira seemed to acknowledge its weaknesses when she chose only one of its songs for inclusion on the later (and much superior) MTV Unplugged. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars SHAKIRA'S "PIES DESCALZOS" ROCKS!!!!!!!!
"Pies Descalzos" was really a great discovery for me. At the time this album was released and was selling like crazy, to tell you the truth, did not know or care who Shakira was. I thought she was just a regular out-of-the-oridnary artist. Even after I became more familiar with her I found myself not liking her music! YES ITS TURE! Eventually I found myself liking her music, A LOT!

"Pies Descalzos" is a really unique album. It opens with two of my favorite Shakira songs "Estoy Aqui" and "Antologia". I think the album is light on variety. Like on the Selena album "Amor Prohibido", for example you would be able to find a Mariachi song, a rock song and a Tejano Song all on the same CD along with many other styles. But then again, Shakira is not Selena, she is Shakira and this style works best for her. The biggest change of music on this album would most definatley was "Donde Estas Corazon" which is a delight to listen to.

While "Pies Descalzos" is a great CD, Shakira would soon release even-greater music with "Donde Estan Los Ladrones?".

5-0 out of 5 stars Es un disco increíble; imperdible.
Shakira es definitivamente una de las mejores, y me animo a decir que la mejor artista femenina en su genero. Su muúsica es atrapante e intensa, y sus letras son increíblemente profundas. Tiene canciones rockeras y tambien baladas, que estan muy bien elaboradas. Esta artista, a pesar de su juventud, ha demostrado un gran profesionalismo con este disco, y tambien se ve que es una persona que sabe expresar muy bien sus sentimientos. Este es un disco que contiene canciones como "estoy aqui", "un poco de amor", "pies descalzos, sueños blancos", "se quiere, se mata", que no pueden dejar de escucharse. Si eres un fan de la música rock-pop, este es un album que no puedes dejar pasar. Definitivamente se va a convertir en uno de los clásicos de la música en español de los noventas.

5-0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD CD.
I just want to say that this CD is so great and unique.
"Dónde estás corazón", "Quiero" & "Un poco de amor" are great!

5-0 out of 5 stars THIS CD IS A POEM...
Best Shakira's Album EVER, the lyrics are very deep and the music wouldn't be better... If you think that Laundry Service is good, just get her first album... you will love it and maybe you will start to forget the last album.

This is my TOP 5 Shakira's Album:

5. The Remixes 3.8/5.0
(good remix version of the first album but only 4 different songs)
5. Laundry Service 4.0/5.0
(very commercial, nice arrangements, Lyrics are totally uninspired)
3. Donde Estan Los Ladrones? 4.5/5.0
(excellent lyrics, keeps the soul of her debut album)
2. Shakira: MTV Unplugged 4.8/5.0
(Thousand times better than most of Unplugged sessions by MTV. Only comparable to Nirvana and 10000 Maniacs Unplugged (Natalie Merchant).
1. Pies Descalzos 5.1/5.0
(Inspiration at her 110%, the real songwriter and permormer)

5-0 out of 5 stars THE SHAKIRA THAT I MISS!!!
I miss the old Shakira, she used to be original and fresh. since her english debut and her "blond" hair is not the same anymore. I hope she release another great album like this one. ... Read more

59. Voz D'Amor
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Cape Verde isfamous for itsAfro-Portuguese-inlfluenced music genres: the haunting guitar-based morna and the percussive Cuba- andBrazil-influenced coladeras. Ever since her "discovery" in 1998,vocalist Cesaria Evora, the so-called "Barefoot Diva," has been hercountry's greatest musical ambassor. This recording features Evorainterpreting old and new Cape Verdean and Brazilian songs. Under the expertleadership of her musical director, pianist Fernado Andrade, Evora's richcontralto is beautifully supported by guitars, the ukelele-likecavaquinho, mandolin, strings, clarinet, and percussion.Like BillieHoliday, Evora can inject a lyric with pathos and passion. That rare giftis heard on the mid-tempo "Isoloada" ("Isolated"), an aching song about abeautiful, imprisoned mulatto girl, written by Evora's poet uncle, B. Leza,and the equally heart-wrenching "Amdjer De Nos Terra" ("Woman of Our Land"),which tells of the suffering of Cape Verdean women. The upbeat tracksinclude the sax-laced, vocal choired, "Pomba" ("The Dove")and Luis Morais's"Velocidade" ("Velocity")."Jardim Prometido" ("Promised Garden") is a nice take on the American standard "Greenfields" by another Cape Verdeancomposer, Teofilo Chantre. The title track features Evora in pan-Africanfellowship with musicians from Cuba, Brazil, and Madagascar, showing that themusic of her homeland has something for everyone. --Eugene Holley, Jr. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Voz d'Amor, a deep and hanging album
Always equalizes with herself, Cesaria Evora did not lose anything of her voice. This new album proves how much her repertory is single. A team of musicians except par. Lyrics and compositions quite elaborate. The ambassadress of the music of Cape Verde does not have the gift to weary. But well rather to attract more people in search of "ever heard". Of the 14 titles of this disc, one cannot have preference. Let you go and you will not stop listening to the disc. So much it is deep and hanging.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous!
I picked this CD up at a local bookstore while actually browsing the classical section. The moment I heard this voice, I was mesmerized! Subtle and passionate, extremely well projected, this voice goes straight to the listener's heart. In classical terms, such a voice can safely be called a contralto, a rare breed, but it's not artificially dark and the singer does not push it at all; she is making the voice gently float and "wrap" the audience.
The program encompasses some Brazilian songs along with many songs from Evora's native Cape Verde. The latter is a lovely fusion of Cuban, African, and Portuguese influences along with something extremely moving and unique that this listener can't quite explain, but one will immediately identify it once familiar with it. The selections nicely move from mournful to joyous, thereby eliminating any "sameness" that's so common with "native music" recordings. They also showcase Evora's marvelous talent to convey a wide range of feelings with a few simple musical gestures. Interestingly, the fact that the recording was made in Paris somehow contributed as well -- the music does carry a vague "chansonette" feel. The supporting musicians are brilliant, they're all literally on the same page with Evora with every expression.
The booklet includes the lyrics and you'll be pleasantly surprised by the poetry. It's all of the highest caliber. B. Leza's wonderful verse has to gain wider exposure.
Do not delay getting this album, for it will bring you over an hour of pure unadulterated musical bliss. ... Read more

60. Still Life (Talking)
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