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101. Brasileiro
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102. Fina Estampa
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103. Llueve
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104. Edad Del Cielo: Sus Grandes Canciones
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105. Letter from Home
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106. Brazilian Classics
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107. Mambo
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108. 2004 Latin Grammy Nominees
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109. Shakira: MTV Unplugged
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110. Aguas da Amazonia
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111. Canta Antonio Carlos Jobim
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112. Brazil Classics 1: Beleza Tropical
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113. Uma Batida Diferente
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101. Brasileiro
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5-0 out of 5 stars Way, way beyond Brasil '66
This is NOT the Sergio Mendes of Brasil '66, great as that group was. And yet it IS the same Sergio. What I always liked about Brasil '66 was that if you listen carefully to even their soft-pop songs (as well as their more ambitious ventures), you can hear Sergio's exquisite attention to detail, to arrangements that were complex and inventive even when they fit a rather limited pop bossa nova formula. That attention and inventiveness are in full force here, but in "Brasileiro" Sergio abandons any formula except that of capturing authentic Brasilian sound in all its variety and energy. To accomplish that he has brought together an incredible ensemble of Brazilian musicians and songwriters (with help in the studio by a small band of Americans). The result is an album that throbs and pulses with Rio carnival intensity, soothes with beauty, and soars with joy. It is also the kind of album that can make you want to immerse yourself further in Brasilian music by discovering other artists from that country.

I especially enjoy the percussion-based songs of the writer-singer-drummer Carlinhos Brown (try the first three tracks). Although I am no fan of hip-hop, Carmen Alice's Brasilian adaptation of the form on "What is This?" (Track 4) is a charming winner. The subsequent songs by Brasilian writers Lins, Martin, Gulinga, Pascoal and Bosco are more lyrical and at moments can even remind one (barely) of Sergio's earlier sounds, but he has left his bossa nova days in the dust with this amazing, knockout performance. Buy it! And if you don't like it check your pulse to make sure you still have one.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Sergio Mendes Album
This is absolutely Sergio's finest work, a great fusion of American pop, Bahian samba-reggae and Rio samba, featuring the very talented Carlinhos Brown and other musical luminaries. The liner notes, by Chris McGowan, were especially helpful in shedding light on the music. I ended up purchasing McGowan's book "The Brazilian Sound" through Amazon.com and thus finding out even more about the career of Sergio and history of Brazilian music. Let's hope Mendes continues in this vein, of incorporating fresh new styles and rhythms from Brazil.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sergio Returns to his Roots
Sergio Mendes started out in Brazil as a young and highly regarded arranger. In 1965 he put together an international band and had a number of huge pop hits that combined traditional Brazilian rhythms and songs with American pop, and for a few years he was one of the most popular acts in the world. But the American and European infatuation with watered down Brazilian music faded as the British invasion began in earnest, and Mendes and his various bands fade from public view.

With this album, though, Mendes has returned to a very basic and completely authentic Brazilian sound- far more authentic than the original Brasil '65 band. And it's an absolute treat. The sound of Carnival just echos through this album, and if you close your eyes you can imagine yourself in the middle of it all on the streets and beaches of Rio. Highly recommended for fans of Brazilian music, fans of Mendes, and people who just like to dance.

5-0 out of 5 stars Where's my passport?
If you don't find yourself picking up a passport and contacting a travel agent after listening to this CD, if only to dream of being in the same place where these musicians sang and played, then you're not listening to the same CD!

I first heard "Magalenha" in the movie "Dance With Me", and the scene in which this plays will have you off your seat! The Afro-Brazillian roots are not at all missed in the selections. The voices are subtle and strong at the same time, the rhythms have you rooted (as they take hold) and moving every part of your body.

It's hard to believe this was released in 1992; it sounds fresher every time I hear it.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent!
Buy this CD if you want a taste of raw, sensuous Brazilian music at its best!! ... Read more


102. Fina Estampa
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5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Brazilian Magic
I first heard Caetano Veloso's version of "Cucurrucucu Paloma" in the film Talk to Her. Even though I listen to a lot of different types of music, I had never been so moved by a performance before. This rendition of the Mexican classic song really stirred things inside me. Even if the rest of the songs in the CD were bad (which they are definitely not) it would be worth to buy it just for Cucurrucucu Paloma.

5-0 out of 5 stars Caetano Sings Spanish Language Favorites ao vivo
Caetano delivers another stirring live performance recording, this time of fine spanish langauge favorites from the Fina Estampa studio album. My favorites are cucurrucucu paloma, also recently featured in Almodovar's Talk To Her and haiti. As always his musical selection is stellar and his voice in this recording is sweet and strong. This is a fine introduction for new comers to Caetano Veloso.

5-0 out of 5 stars AO VIVO Fina Estampa > Fina Estampa
I think maybe I'm biased towards the AO VIVO version of Fina Estampa because I saw this show in Sao Paulo and it did nothing less than produce an out-of-body experience in me--my soul was completely enthralled! (There's a video out of this CD if you too would like to experience the show) I've played this CD for my family and relatives and they all absolutely love it--they're Mexican and they don't feel at all offended by Caetano's renditions of these traditional songs. I mean really, many of these songs have been recorded over and over by artists throughout Latin America. What's different about Caetano's rendition of these songs is the soulful touch he adds to all his music!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best spanish singing by a Brazilian. My favorite album
Many but not all of the songs are the same. It seems to have been created out of the desire to correct a mistake or two on the non-live album. Some songs I like better on this album, some on Fina Estampa. The best song IS Fina Estampa, written by the formidable peruvian songwriter Chabuca Granda. But his version of Cucurrucucu Paloma is the most haunting and engaging of the 50 versions I have heard. I even love the songs in Portugues though I don't understand the lyrics. This album was a present from some people I visited in Belo Horizonte and is one of my all-time favorites. ... Read more


103. Llueve
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1998 Release from Popular Uruguayan Singer/Songwriter. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful melodic work of guitar-vocal mix
I picked up this album following a recent visit to Argentina, where Uruguayan Drexler is well-know and well-loved. After listening to a couple of his albums, I settled most comfortably with Llueve, where his simple and delicate melodies complement his poetic voice is a male Beth Orton-style.

Drexler's rhythm's remind me of Ben Harper, though edging slightly more towards folk than the funky-edge Harper displays.

The fourth track - Flores En El Mar - is a perfect example of Drexler's skill and mstery of the sbutle approaches to song-making.
If you want modern melodic guitar music, this is it.

5-0 out of 5 stars extraordinario cantautor de lo mejor de latinoamerica
Drexler es un joven cantautor uruguayo, de lo mejor de la trova latinoamericana. Con una melodia y letras bellas, cantadas con una voz suave y acompañado por su guitarra despliega la linea de los grandes de la trova latinoamericana, en la linea de los milanes, silvio rodriguez, gieco etc.
No pienses de mas, de amor y casualidad, llueve, montevideo,etc, nos envuelven en un clima calido tan uruguayo y latino que lo hacen universal.
Un cd y un autor altamente recomendable para los que gustamos de esta rara estirpe de cantautores con esa rara sensibilidad tan especial

5-0 out of 5 stars If you wander what uruguayan music is at best!
Jorge Drexler gives an extraordinary synthesys of what we uruguayan are.
Something really to be proud of, both for his musical concept
and for the poetry and contents of the lyrics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Music / Great lyrics
Buy it. Enjoy it. Send me the bill if you do not like it. ... Read more


104. Edad Del Cielo: Sus Grandes Canciones
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2004 Greatest Hits Collection from Uruguayan Singer/Songwriter. 15 Songs Selected from Four Albums Drexler Released on Virgin: "Vaiven" (´96), "Llueve" (´98), "Frontera" (´99) and "Sea" (´01). It also Includes "Anda", Previously Available on the Luis Eduardo Aute Tribute Album "Mira Que Eres Canalla, Aute" plus "un Barco De Suenos", Title Track from the Fundacion Autor Album Dedicated to the Children. One Record.....17 Songs....17 Poems Sung by One of the Most Respected and Admired Uruguayan Songwriters by Artists, Critics and the Public. This Indispensable Collection is Filled with his Greatest Songs Recorded. ... Read more


105. Letter from Home
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106. Brazilian Classics
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107. Mambo
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5-0 out of 5 stars Why do people say her name is Amy Camus spelled backwards?
I love this CD. Yma Sumac is an extraordinary vocalist with a mind-blowing range. Her voice is sexy and strong and, at times, bird-like. (Supposedly, she had acquired her pipes from having been raised high in the Andes mountains in Peru, which strengthened her lungs from the altitude). Sadly, most of my friends and family are put off by her singing and find it very annoying, so I don't get to play this album at parties very much, but I don't care. I suppose that some people can't recognize talent if it grabs them by the shoulders and caterwauls in their face. However, the person who introduced me to Yma Sumac compared her to Diamanda Galas. With all due respect to Ms. Galas, I find that demeans Yma's talent. On this album, in addition to Yma's beautiful singing, there is also the enchanting arrangements of Billy May, who did a lot of arranging for Frank Sinatra at the better part of his career as well as other illustrious singers of that era. "Mambo!" is brassy and bold, a must for any Latin music fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars La voz exotica por excelencia
Cuando por primera vez escuche la voz de Yma Sumac en una recopilacion de canciones de Ultralounge simplemente me produjo un apetito voraz por escuchar mas de esa voz que lograba trasmitir todo un mundo de maravillas tan exoticamente nuevas a la realidad urbana que vivimos. Este es definitivamente el mejor CD de la serie grabada por esta maravillosa mujer pero "Voice of the Xtabay" y "Legend of the Jivaro" son tambien muy buenos. Altamente recomendable e indispensable pieza de todo aquel se precie de tener una buena coleccion de musica. No lo pienses y compralo ya, saludos Horacio.

5-0 out of 5 stars One for all you lounge lizards!
Yma Sumac is completely insane! Like they released her from a mental hospital for opera singers and just handed her a microphone. GET THIS CD if you dont already have it!!! Awsome stuff!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Ow...my ears
Let me first warn you...this cd and artist are not for the musically faint of heart. Yma Sumac's musical style is...different to the extreme. I have likened her to an operatically trained vocalist who went to town on mambo music. She basically uses her voice as another instrument in many parts of the cd and jumps from octave to octave, it is very rare to actually hear her sing lyrics. That being said, her voice is simply awesome. It is one of the most versatile and powerful voices that I have ever heard, I truly believe that she would have been a trip to see live. If you are a fan of hotfire mambo music with a twist, or are looking for something new and totally not-normal I would highly recommend this cd. It is an excellent way to become introduced to one of the most unique musicians you will ever hear. My personal favorite is Chicken Talk. However, the entire cd is just a fascinating listen. But be warned, I have worried a lot of people in my dormitory when I have played this cd, and you probably will too.

5-0 out of 5 stars MIND BLOWING AND SEXY BEYOND BELIEF!
If one was to own just one Yma Sumac CD or select one to be their first,I would highly recommend this one.Perhaps Yma doesn't hit her higest note on tape as she did on "Voice of the Xatabay",but she does give the most emotional,sexy,primitive and wildest performance you're ever going to hear.Not only do you have Yma Sumac at her best reaching the utmost high and animalistic low notes of her phenominal range but you also have some of the hottest,blistering latin orchestral arrangements ever.If Yma's voice doesn't floor you,the horn arrangements will!This album is excellent.You dont have to understand one word of spanish or portuguese to dig this all time classic. ... Read more


108. 2004 Latin Grammy Nominees
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109. Shakira: MTV Unplugged
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The 23-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira has become an international star thanks to her rich, emotive voice and thoughtful songs. Her albums Pies Descalzos and Dónde Están Los Ladrones? are platinum in the U.S.; now, as something of a taster before the release of an English-language disc, comes this recording of an acoustic performance for MTV. Shakira's songs translate well to the format; in some ways Unplugged is her most muscular music yet. The opening "Octava Dia" gains punch from its dramatic arrangement, while the elements of traditional music in "Ciega, Sordomuda" are applied with wit and charm. Fans of Sarah McLachlan and Alanis Morissette who haven't caught on to Shakira yet are in for a pleasant surprise when they hear this. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best review of Shakira Unplugged u will read
As a very harsh music critic, constantly disenchanted with the so called "rock" being released in the US these days, i found Shakira's unplugged album to be the most refreshing album i have heard in quite some time, and it makes me hopeful for the future of rock knowing an artist of such caliber is out there. Before listening to this album, throw your previous conceptions of shakira the "pop star" out the window. This album is what the girl is about, a wide range of eclectic rock and roll. It starts off with a striking version of "Octavo dia," which captures u instantly with its haunting vocals. The heavily influenced by tom petty "Donde estan los ladrones" will leave u jumping only to be taken into shakira's masterful songwriting with tracks such as "Inevitable" the reworked "Estoy aqui," and the emotionaly revealing "tu." A reggae version of "No creo" brings you up for the mastery that is the last track "ojos asi." "Ojos Asi" is pure genius, and really makes all other attempts at incorporating the middle eastern sound into rock besides the beatles' look futile. The full scale of shakira's sound is displayed here, with its driving rythm and impressive musicianship full of great percussion, violin, citar and more comes across as one of the most impressive songs to be written in years. The flow of the entire album is perfect and carries u through a multitude of highs and lows. Overall an album no fan of pure rock and roll can turn down.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Album to really relax to and just overall GREAT
This Unplugged CD brings home what most fans didn't get to experience live. You feel like you're part of the audience and there's no need to tell you how Shakira's songs themselves make you feel, anyone who's heard her once already knows. All eleven songs are performed to perfection with the beats for many being slightly altered (a pleasant surprise). The Instruments are maybe the greatest thing that stands out, they really penetrate the listener, again a great album to listen to before going to bed, or whenever. Shakira's live performance makes you feel her lyrics even more...and I personally REALLY liked her little intro to track 8 "Tu", it was pretty deep. Stand-outs were tracks 1, (Very deep and good instrumentals "Octavo Dia") 7, (a new twist to Estoy Aqui) 8, (Maybe the best "Tu") 11, (I love her in this song "Ojos Asi") and basically the whole thing. Pick up a copy. Even people I know who dont understand spanish are getting this Unplugged album. Have fun with it.

1-0 out of 5 stars WHAT?
This has to be the most idiotic thing i've ever heard of. the name should say it all, shakira (a very bad pop singer with a bad dye) UNPLUGGED. it was for rock groups, who could put down their electric guitars and really give their music a change. every true musician must be really having a cramp about this

3-0 out of 5 stars It's alright
I bought Unplugged a few days ago and I didn't find it as great as people said. I liked Octavio Dia, Donde Estan Los Ladrones, Tu, Sombra de ti, No creo and Ojos Asi. But Si Te Vas was not a well sung song on this CD. Shakira kept changing her voice from low to high. Moscas En La Casa was ok, but she kept singing faster than she does on Grandes Exitos. Ciega,Sordomuda had an excellent Mariachi band but again her voice was all over the place and wasn't as good as it was on Grandes Exitos. Estoy Aqui was good but she kept shaking her voice. Inevitable was as good as it was on the other CD's. And lastly Ojos Asi had an excellent rhythm but the background singers weren't that great and they killed the arabic part. Overall I wouldn't recommend it, unless you've listened to Grandes Exitos.

4-0 out of 5 stars Only one bad thing...
The only bad thing about this album is that almost all of the songs are from ¿Dónde Están Los Ladrones?...the only song from Pies Descalzos is Estoy Aquí. It would have been great if Antología, Quiero, and ¿Dónde Estás, Corazón? were included. ... Read more


110. Aguas da Amazonia
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Uakti's Aguas de Amazona is a splendid suite of liquid light manifesting itself in nine riverlike tunes that splash, wend, trickle, and gush toward the fantastical changeling closer, "Metamorphosis." A Brazilian ensemble, Uakti (pronounced wah-keh-chee) weave a chordal interplay of strings, woodwinds, and homemade percussion pieces that create complex and exotic contrapuntal melodies evoking both wind chimes and dancing water. Fittingly, the group takes its name from a mythic Amazonian creature who, as legend tells, was an enormous entity with holes running through its body, and as it would run through the forest, the wind would pass through its orifices, creating a magically beautiful music. Adding to the great pleasure of this project is the group's collaboration with renowned composer Philip Glass, whose experimental and classical blend finds itself well met in the enchanting hands of Uakti. Highly recommended for fans of Moondog, Harry Partch, Paul Winter, the Kronos Quartet, and Glenn Branca. --Paige La Grone ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Glass redeemed by performance
I used to be a Glass fan, eagerly awaiting each new release. Then I discovered that Glass, like any other composer, can produce mediocre music as well - something I believe Glass is especially prone to given his style. However, this recording shows what Glass can be, not so much that the composition is inspired as that the instrumentation is inspired; instrumentation is based on instruments constructed by Uakti and traditional instruments - glass marimba, pan pipes, xylophone, flute, tabla, keyboards ...

This particular work is intended as the score for a ballet company; it certainly would work in the intended context but it also works as a piece in it's own right. If you don't listen carefully, it may fade into the background as what I think of as "generic new age" - however, if you truly listen to the work, the changes in instrumentation and tempos will convince you this is not generic anything but an innovative rendition well worth your full attention.

4-0 out of 5 stars Glass' music saved by the performers
Usually I make no secret of my being a fan of Glass' music. But that doesn't mean everything he writes is of the same high quality. And I don't blame him for that: I wish I had just a little piece of his musical abilities! When you hear the music on this disc, you immediately recognise it as typically Glass, albeit in the rather well known and sometimes well worn style. I guess I wouldn't play it too often, but what really makes it outstanding is the very beautiful instrumentation. Uakti gives a new sound, a new depth, a new 'bite' to Glass' music, which I would otherwise classify as 'average'. So, on the whole: recommended with some reservations. But Uakti have found themselves a new fan, that's for sure.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Medium for Glass
One reviewer wrote that the first track is boring. The first track does seem a bit simple at first listen. Taking the time to really listen reveals the complimentary descending layers of lines that will ground you and get you prepared for the journey ahead. This recording really is world music. Uakti use their virtuosic abilities on their respective instruments to give a fresh perspective to Glass' compositions. Uakti mesh homemade (the term "homemade" should not be read "cheap" or "less than perfect". They are, in fact, what gives this cd its fresh quality) instruments and traditional instruments to the point that it is almost impossible to tell which instruments are homemade. If you are a Philip Glass fan, by all means add this to your collection. If you are wanting to explore Glass as a novice, this cd is a fantastic starting point.Aguas da Amazonia will definitely make you a Uakti fan!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great relaxing music.
this is a great company to your record collection, especially is you a hard rock fan. This is a great cd, to balance yourself out.

3-0 out of 5 stars "Copy-paste" [poor] work(?) by Glass with good musicians
I don't want to be too harsh, but this is a bit like [poor] work. This music sounds like "I've heard this from Glass many times before". Like Glass had been asked to do a programme music of Amazonas, and he would have opened the drawers and used previous works to create another one without actually writing down anything new. The first track is poor, but it gets better, and the other tracks hit the required level. I would like to draw the last track "Metamorphosis I" to your attention. This is just loosely attached to the other tracks (which makes a complete programme music - in my understanding). Despite this (or maybe bacause of this) "Metamorphosis I" is undoubtedly the best part of the album.
To get back to the whole album: the atmosphere of the music is fascinating and nice. It's easy, mild and good for meditation. Philip Glass did his job, composed a good music. The problem is that Mr Glass is capable of composing something unique and brilliant, and this is a just too ordinary. I expected more from him. The good news is that the musicians are great and did an excellent performance.
I would rate this album 3 and a half stars. I rated it 3, because I felt according to others who rated it 5, I should point out the weak side of this album. If I don't take notice that Philip Glass composed this, I would rate this album 4 and a half.
I recommend this album to anyone, who likes minimal or ambient music. ... Read more


111. Canta Antonio Carlos Jobim
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2002 Tribute Album to Jobim by One of the Few Singers Currently in Brazil Dedicated to a Genuine Evolution of Brazilian Music. Passos' Perfect Pitch Capability is Acknowledged by Many Artists Such as Joao Gilberto, Maria Schneider, Clare Fisher, Paquito D'rivera, Johnny Alf and Nana Caymmi (Who Recorded Two of her Compositions). Her Main Influences were Dorival Caymmi and Joao Gilberto as Well as Jazz Greats Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Shirley Horn (Who Has Declared to Be her Fan), Cole Porter, and George Gershwin. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Bossa Nova
This CD this is the best Bossa Nova CD ever. She took classics and put her own sound to it. I played it once in my office and over 30 clients and employees wanted it on the spot. I travel to Brazil quite often and never heard anything that is quite comparable. It makes me sad and happy at the same time. If you want to fall in love or make someone fall in love with you, buy the CD. ... Read more


112. Brazil Classics 1: Beleza Tropical
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Brazilian compilation albums....
The first time I heard this album, I was in modern dance class listening to crooning of Maria Bethania and Gal Costa on "Sonhu Meu," (track #2) on this luscious album. I knew I had to have it! The soft, seductive samba rhythm and the beautiful harmonies made me think of the shores of Sao Paulo (I had never been there, but in my mind I had taken the journey many times whenever the song was played!). I would say that 95% of the songs on this album are just as a hypnotic. The exception is "Equatorial" by Lo Borges. It just sounds like a bad knock-off of a disco/pop song. The music sounds very 1970s and canned. However, the rest of the songs are great! Everything from "Umabarumba" by Caetano Veloso, to "Calice" by Milton Nascimento (Popular Music of Brazil) were engaging and beautifully written. Though, I speak no Portuguese the liner notes in the CD are bilingual. Some of the lyrics are the prettiest poetry I have ever read! This album is a great combination of uptempo danceable songs to slow ballads. Now, that I have learned more about the styles of Brazilian music in my Ethnomusicology class I can tell you that it covers a great cross sections of music. We have the samba, MPB (Musica Popular de Brazil), batucada and even some jazz thrown into the mix. Thank you, David Byrne! Yes, the same David Byrne from Talking Heads, who made this compilation possible. This is only a small sampling of the immense talent of musicians from Brazil. There are so many more out there that couldn't fit! Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethania, and others should have been introduced to the "Estadounidenses" long before.....This music is something you could never replicate in this country. Every musician is truly in a class by themselves.

5-0 out of 5 stars This CD changed my musical tastes forever
This is an amazing collection of beautiful Brazilian music. I purchased this when it was first released many many years ago and have never tired of it. It's unusual sounds and rhythms more than make up for the fact I can't understand a single word of Portugese! The whole Luaka Bop collection of international music has made such an impact on my musical tastes. Buy it! ... Read more


113. Uma Batida Diferente
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For their third album, the merry pranksters of Bossacucanova are up to their old tricks but the magic is stronger than ever. Brazilian bossa nova was born in the 1960s and soon took the world by storm. Like all great make-out music, it was so laid-back it was virtually prone. But this was a multi-layered phenomenon, an intellectual yet lushly melodic sound constructed over a swaying, subtly irresistible rhythmic undertow. DJ Marcelinho DaLua, bassist Márcio Menescal and keyboardist Alexandre Moreira have been deftly updating the groove's whispery charms, granting it a modern context via audacious, creatively applied beats and electronica. If anything, they've taken the metamorphosis a bit further this time. However, their touch remains reverent, humorous, inventive and miles removed from overkill. Just how this youthful trio has managed to emphasize the style's muted jazz inflections while kicking out the jams is a delightful conundrum and invites repeated listening. --Christina Roden ... Read more


114. Memories, Chronicles and Declarations of Love
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Brazilian superstar Monte's fifth album is arguably her mostdaring yet, as she makes her art-pop leanings more explicit than ever.Memories is also her most beautiful and sensual disc; while itdoesn't easily fit a radio format, it nevertheless begs the question ofwhy Monte isn't better known in the States. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A BRAZILIAN DIVA'S MUSICAL INFATUATIONS
A lot of excitement surrounded Marisa Monte's new release,"Memórias, Cronicas e Declarações de Amor", since it had been five years since her last studio album, "Rose and Charcoal" (Her most recent one, "A Great Noise", was a live collection of previous hits).

After all, Marisa Monte is one of the rare musical unanimities in Brazil. Everyone admires her work, regardless of class or education. She is as "pop" as she is "cult", and most agree that she is one of Brazil's best female voices.

Whilst listening to the CD, one notices that Marisa is gradually consolidating her own style, leaving the musical mixture of her early career well behind her.

Such consolidation no doubt benefits the singer, but it leaves to the listener a feeling of déja-vu. Many of the songs, unfortunately, sound too much alike.

The concept of the album, as its Portuguese title suggests (Memories, Chronicles and Love Stories), is love, and happiness, sadness and bliss that are an integral part of love are present on every track.

The opening song, "Amor I Love You", which is tirelessly playing on the radio here, sums up well the idea of the album. Its concept is even more evident as Arnaldo Antunes ( a frequent collaborator of Monte's) reads a passage from "The Yellow Sofa", the anti-Victorian masterpiece by 19th Century Portuguese novelist Eça de Queiroz:

"... tinha suspirado, tinha beijado o papel devotamente! Era a primeira vez que lhe escreviam aquelas sentimentalidades, e o seu orgulho dilatava-se ao calor amoroso que saía delas, como um corpo ressequido que se estira num banho tépido; sentia um acréscimo de estima por si mesma, e parecia-lhe que entrava enfim numa existência superiormente interessante, onde cada passo conduzia a um êxtase, e a alma se cobria de um luxo radioso de sensações! "

"... she had sighed, and had kissed the paper devotedly! It was the first time that such feelings had been put on paper for her, and her pride grew to the loving heat that came from those words, like a dried body that lies itself in a tepid bath; she felt a growth of esteem for herself, and it seemed to her that she had at last entered a superior, interesting existence, where each pace led to an ecstasy, as if the soul was covered by a fantastic luxury of sensations! (my translation)"

"Amor I Love You" is actually one of the album's greatest moments. Other very interesting tracks are "Para Ver As Meninas"(To See The Girls), by Paulinho da Viola "Cinco Minutos" (Five Minutes) by Jorge Benjor and "Sou Seu Sabiá" (I'm Your Hummingbird), by Caetano Veloso.

In this writer's opinion, the best track is, without a doubt the bossa-nova styled "Gotas de Luar" (Drops of Moonlight), a standard by Nelson Cavaquinho and Guilherme Brito. Its simplicity opposes to the rest of the album's sophistication.

The remaining tracks, which were mostly co-written with Carlinhos Brown, Arnaldo Antunes and Lucas Santtana are very interesting, but as I wrote earlier they are sometimes repetitive, specially "Não Vá Embora (Don't Go Away)" and "Não é Fácil (It's Not Easy)". One sometimes wonders, by their similarities, if someone has tampered with the CD-Player.

However short, the album is great listening pleasure. the co-producer, Arto Lindsay , gave a lot of importance to the instruments, which is a rare attitude in albums by vocalists.

The inlay has all the lyrics and the guitar chords, plus pictures of things of Marisa's everyday life, such as books, CDs and the like.

In Brazil, an enlarged hardcover version of the inlay was also released in bookstores. I am not aware of its release outside the country, but never mind it, unless the reader is a collector of Marisa Monte merchandise.

In conclusion, the album is worth the price, despite of its weak moments. A good wine is an appropriate accompaniment to its listening

4-0 out of 5 stars One of Brasil's most unique and original artists
Many of the seeds of the ethnomusical/sociopolitical phenomenon that is Tribalistas were sown on this CD, both in Marisa's collaborations with Carlinhos Brown and Arnaldo Antunes and the exploration of a sound which is simultaneously soft and vulnerable (sighing violins, delicately-entwined harmonies) and raw and jagged (crunchy guitars, feedback squeals, crashing percussion). The softer moments are in tender grooves like "Amor I love you," "Perdão você," the gently-lapping "Agua também é mar," and "O que me importa," the more gritty in "Não vá embora" and her jazzy interpretation of Jorge Ben's "Cinco minutos." Some pieces, like her version of Paulinho da Viola's "Para ver as meninas" (backed by Jaques Morelembaum's remarkable cello) and "Tema de amor," manage to combine the softness with the grit. It is when she strikes this balance, or when the arrangement is spare enough to let her voice predominate, as in "Abololo," Caetano Veloso's lovely "Sou seu sabiá," and the shimmering, guitar-caressed "Gotas de luar," that the brilliance of this CD is most apparent. There is no need to contemplate why she isn't a bigger star in North America. She's more than a mere "star," she's a songbird. Ela é o nosso sabiá!

5-0 out of 5 stars brazil has given us the next joni mitchell
Marisa Monte is the real deal! one the most amazing records i have ever heard. a hauntingly beautiful record, drippiing with emotion and mood. i think i'm in love.

4-0 out of 5 stars Exotic beauty
I don't need to say that Marisa's voice is very pleasant and exquisite... I think the main thing about her is her creativity. What she creates is singular... Even if there is some straghtforward pop in this album, the rest is so cleverly done that any other singer can envy her inventiveness. I especially liked Agua Tambem E Mar, Perdao Voce, Sou Sua Sabia and Abololo (this one, with Joao Donato on the piano, reminds me of Cesaria Evora's mornas). This four are so sublime, so mellow... So now I want the CD Tribalistas ... I'm sure it's great, I've heard some tunes from it, oh, beautiful they are... so haunting... they get me singing "Longe, la de longe, onde toda a beleza do mundo se esconde..." to my friend over the phone :)

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW
Un amigo que vive en Brasil le mandó este cd a mi jefa. Cuando lo escuché, me encantó y me volví fan de Marisa. Con decirles que le pedí a mi amigo que mandara otro cd y el me envió el DVD y el disco de Tribalistas. Ahora soy una gran fan de Marisa, me fascinan su voz y su música. Lástima que no sea conocida en México. ... Read more


115. Tanto Tempo Remixes
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4-0 out of 5 stars Can't remix beauty, but this comes close
If you enjoued TANTO TEMPO, picking up the remix album is mandatory. Lots of great material on here, including remixes from Mario Caldato (of Beastie Boys fame) and Da Lata. Each of the producers take her original songs and attempt to bring her into their world, with much success.

4-0 out of 5 stars ANYTHING FROM BEBEL I'LL BUY!!
I'm a Bebel Gilberto fan. Her voice & style is truly awesome!! I bought this album on pre-sale, knowing that at least it'd be good...and it's very good indeed, although the original Tanto Tempo album is the "masterpiece", no doubt (it deserves more than five stars). The remixes are lively, most of them electronic-techno-oriented (of course), but do not surpass the original versions, with one exception: "Bananeira", which in my opinion improves on the original. Other remixes that stand appart from the lot are Mario Caldato's "So Nice" (I love this song)and Faze Action's "Close your Eyes", because they tend to "capture" the brazilian flavor and do not differ too much from the originals. In the totally electronic-techno-oriented trend, Peter Kruder's "Tanto Tempo" is the best. If you are a Bebel fan, this one must be in your collection. We're waiting for the follow-up to "Tanto Tempo"!

5-0 out of 5 stars Just great!
I actually heard these remixes BEFORE hearing the originals, inspired to buy the CD after hearing it play in the music store. Now it's a favorite, along with the original. Both are outstanding, in my "Top 5, play anytime" list. Heartily recommended!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Cruisin' Music
Well, this album didn't make my eyes roll back into my head or anything (then it would have most certaily received a 5-star rating) but it is great for cruisin' for a long period of time and will most certainly keep the skies blue for a couple of twenty-somethings trapped in a car. (I like it better than the original 'Tanto Tempo' album now...)

2-0 out of 5 stars Two + too = two
Two reasons why it took two years to review Tanto Tempo. I wanted to like it because Amazon.com and my husband recommended it. Two reasonably reliable sources.

Two talented parents equal talented offspring? Two songs I liked, Bananeira and August Day Song. The rest of the cd was too new age-y and too Yanni-like. Too much work was required to like Bebel's work. I gave it two stars. ... Read more


116. The Brasil Project
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5-0 out of 5 stars Toots Thielemans Explores Brazilian Jazz!!!
Toots Thielemans has been the leading harmonica player in Jazz music for over 50 years. With this CD, he explores Brazilian Jazz and makes it sound like it was created just for him. On this recording he has gathered some outstanding Brazilian Jazz musicians and let them do their thing while he adds his always splendid harmonica playing to the project. With the exception of his signature piece "Bluesette", all of the songs are Brazilian Jazz pieces and they are arranged beautifully.

If you are a fan of Brazilian Jazz I think that this recording will surprise and delight you. If you're a Toots fan, you won't be surprised, just delighted.

4-0 out of 5 stars Brazilian Jazz with Harmonica * * * *
This is a fantastic album putting together some of the best Brazilian composers since Tom Jobim with the Great Toots on Harmonica, the only great composer he missed from Brazil? Joáo Donato and that is unforgivable. Other than that, it is a Must-Have Collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best rendition of ..
Bluesette, no other rendition can beat this version - in my opinion. Many other tracks were very very good. One track impressed me very much sounded like a paloma blanca soaring over a white mission tower in a hot summer day, made me think of leisure, freedom,tranquility, and joy.

Never thought that harmonic can make wonderful music like this album did.

5-0 out of 5 stars A truly outstanding collection of gems of rare beauty
Both albums, The Brasil Project, I and II, should be a part of the collection of anyone who truly values outstanding quality in every way: musical themes,interpretation and performance, great recording sound and mixing.Thielemann et al are true to their great names and reputations. The list of the best would be all and too long.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful album
I love this album! I went to the concert several years ago, and the album remains one of my favorites. Toots plays the harmonica as competently as ever, and the Brasilian musicians who join him on this album are all accomplished in their field. The songs are melodic and mellow, with the signature Brasilian beat and beautiful Portuguese lyrics. ... Read more


117. La Ley - MTV Unplugged
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5-0 out of 5 stars La Ley continua con su buena musica
Wow!!!! El grupo chileno, LA LEY continua presentando buena musica como lo ha venido haciendo en todos estos años atras. Si todabia no compras el ultimo cd de La Ley, "LA LEY UNPLUGGED", te recomiendo que lo hagas, ya que si te gusta este tipo de musica, el cd esta por seguro que te fascinara y te dejara con ganas de seguirlo escuchando de la misma forma que me dejo a mi desde la primera vez que lo escuche. Ya veo que este grupo con su vocalista, el gran Beto Cuevas, tienen suficiente material todabia para seguirles dando duro a las demas "bandas" que dicen tocar "rock en español"..asi es que yo lo ultimo que te quiero informar, es que si te gusta el buen rock, compra este cd, ya que es por seguro que no te arrepentiras de la inversion hecha.

5-0 out of 5 stars una experiencia religiosa
para comenzar quisiera decir que yo desconocia de la ley...inclusive hasta despues de ganar el grammy el ano pasado. despues de ver la promocion del mtv unplugged descubri que LA LEY es uno de los mejores grupos de rock en espanol (despues de MECANO Y LOS PRISIONEROS) me parecer mentira que de pronto me gusten 15 canciones de un grupo que apenas llega a mi coleccion. este album es exellente, canciones como "Hombre,Fuera de mi, Animal, Mentiras, Krazyworld, the corridor, dia cero, & "EL DUELO" son como experiencias religiosas. desde que lo compre no ha dejado de sonar en mi cd player. yo recomiendo a todos que compren este disco........y si desconoces de la ley.......dale una probadita; te va a gustar.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect!!!
I saw La Ley live in concert recently at Webster Hall in NYC. Words can't express how incredible this band plays live. Beto Cuevas is trully a gifted vocalist who comfortably and eloquently uses the full range of his voice and delivers a perfect performance. Their unplugged CD a good example of how talented they are. The unplugged DVD is even better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unlike Mana, Deep, New and Innovative.
With a better lead singer and an amplitude of variety between songs in comparison to Mana, La Ley has proved once again to have taken the crown that Soda Stereo left for best latin rock band. Besides "Mentira" the rest of the songs are not commercial or "pop" like other reviews said. This album lets you connect with the band's old and new style. Songs from most of their previous albums give you some deep inside feeling to what they have emerged to since 1989. "Dia 0", a song about a person that suffers from Amnesia is my personal favorite, but other songs like "Fuera De Mi", and "Al Final", provide you with a good taste of acoustic guitar, and symphonic strings, with the never dissapointing voice of Alberto Cuevas. His performance in "The Corridor" and "Krazyworld", demonstrate his versatile knowledge of not only the English, but also the French language. If you loved Soda and you are looking for a replacement, dont settle for the repetitive Mana, La Ley is your ticket. This album is probably the one you should buy first if you dont have any. But if you're a fan like me, you know this is just another example of greatness... La Ley has yet to make a dissapointing album.

2-0 out of 5 stars Only if you're a fan of Mexican Pop
I love the Mana unplugged CD and DVD and think it transcends language and most musical taste. Not the case with this one. All the folks who say "If you love MTV Unplugged, you'll love this" are off-base. Mana is like the Mexican Eagles - something for everyone with amazing instrumentals and vocals. Yeah these guys can play and sing, but too mushy for my taste- think Enrique Iglesias. Plugged in, these guys probably make great Latin Pop for all the (...) girls out there. ... Read more


118. Red Hot + Rio: Pure Listening Pleasure
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This immaculately conceived and packaged fundraiser for the AIDS awareness foundation is a sharp tribute to Brazilian pop. David Byrne, Milton Nascimento, PM Dawn, Stereolab, Gilberto Gil, and Crystal Waters (vamping through "The Boy from Ipanema") are among those weighing in with sophisticated tunes that will cross from cocktail hipsters to the leading edge of the mass audience. --Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Better the 2nd time around
I'm a big Brazilian music fan but I generally prefer the classic brazilian sounds with a new twist of electronic or funk fusion. This CD does that for me. The first time I listened, I was disappointed but since then it has grown on me with the exception of the PM Dawn, Sting, Maxwell and the George Michael tracks, mainly because that's not my style. Brazilian music purists will probably not enjoy this CD but if you like the brazilain twist sprinkled on your other musical genres, you'll probably enjoy this. Just look at the list of contributing artists: Everything But The Girl, Cesaria Evora and Caetano Veloso with Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne & Marisa Monte, Gilberto Gil, Money Mark, Crystal Waters, Mad Professor, Chico Science & Nacao Zumbi with DJ Soul Slinger, Stereolab and Herbie Mann, Milton Nascimento, Bebel Gilberto... This "Brazilian music" is different, but cool.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Terrific CD
I loved this CD. The first song I heard from this CD was the Chrystal Waters version of "the Girl from Ipanema". From there, I looked all over for the song but could not find it. Finally I did on an English Dance compilation, which led me to this CD, Red Hot + Rio. From there, I fell in love with the first song, which is a little bossa nova, the last song, and everything inbetween.

This disc, made in 1996 I believe, in some ways I think can be credited for some of the new sounds coming from Brazil, like Brazil 2 Mil and BossaCucaNova and etc. Although the songs are revisited and remade classics, the popular musicians of that time internationally and in Brazil all contributed. Caetano Veloso, Marisa Monte, David Byrne along with Stereolab (they made a brilliant remake of 1 Note Samba with Herbie Mann), George Michael, Maxwell, Money Mark (beastie Boys) and Gilberto Gil - and what some people will love is that Bebel Gilberto is even on the final track titled Eu Preciso Dizer Que te Amor (I must say that I love you) that was recorded with Cazuza, who passed away due to AIDS, I believe. That is by far my favorite track on the CD.

A terrific disk. You will not be disappointed - and FYI - it has two companion pieces - Nova Bossa, which has the original versions of most of the songs as performed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz (Album cover and disc is almost identical to this one) Ondha Sonora - Red Hot and Lisbon - tributing to the Sound of the Portugal, Angola and Brazil - major Portuguese speaking nations and their music.

4-0 out of 5 stars Listening Pleasure-RED HOT+RIO
I enjoyed 1.Used Your Head by Money Mark, 2.Corcovado done by Everything but the Girl, the funkie beats were great, 3.Desafinado done by Astrud Gilberto & George Michael was soothing and relaxing, 4.Non-Fiction Burning was enjoyable 5.Crystal Waters' version of The Boy from Ipenema, LOVED IT!! the music makes your body want to move, it will be favorite, 7.Seguranca (Security) done by MAXWELL with that sultry soft voice of his & the music, this is a favorite, 8.E Preciso Perdoar done by Cesaria Evora & Caetano Veloso w/Ryuichi Sakamoto on the keyboard, Damn I love Cesaria's voice, she got off, this is definetly a favorite, 10.Water to Drink by Incognito w/Omar & Anna Caram was nice, 11.Dancing by Milton Nascimento was enjoyable, 12.How Insensitive done by Antonio Carlos Jobim & Sting, I didn't care for Sting singing this song, I do enjoy Sting's music but not this, he wasn't the man for it. 13.Water of March done by David Byrne & Marisa Monte was okay, but I enjoy Al Jarreau & Oleta Adams rendition on "A Twist of Jobim" better, 15.One Note Samba/Surfboard by Stereolab & Herbie Mann, I didn't care for that techno or computer sounding stuff, it sounded like the music on The Wiz when they were trying to get away from the trash cans, it will get a skip, 17.Black Orpheus Dub by Mad Professor, it had sort of a Rasta, funk, techno flair which was okay, 18.Chico Science & X DJ Soul Slinger, I couldn't get into that either, that will get a skip too, 19.Funk'N Lata's Sambadrome, was short & funky, 20.Giberto Gil's Refazenda, his voice went well with the song, 21.Preciso Dizer Que Te Amo done by Cazuza & Bebel Gilberto was nice, but the sound was off, it sounded like they were singing in a tube. I manly purchased this CD because it had my 2 favorite singers Maxwell and Cesaria Evora & I enjoyed both of their songs immensely. I am totally satisfied with this purchase and it will be one of my favorite CDs which I listen to often.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Jobim Fans
If you like Bossa Nova, particularly Antonio Carlos Jobim, you will love this CD. It has covers by many current artists of his songs, as well as some other Brazilian music. I like how the liner has the lyrics in English, but almost all the songs are in Portuguese. The David Byrne Waters of March in an exception, where he sings in English, and a woman is singing in Portuguese, but it works out very well.

An excellent addition. I have most of the songs on the album on at least two other CDs, but the artists have played with the songs enough to complement the originals.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brazilian Music Just Rules
I honestly bought this cd for one song, É Precisco Perdoar by Cesaria Evora, Caetano Veloso and Ryuichi Sakamoto. I became addicted to that song once I heard it and had to have it. I'm a huge Cesaria Evora fan anyway. (Try her too, anything she sings is god send.) Familiar with this series (Red, Hot and ...) I knew it would be a good cd, but all I cared about was the one song.

I got my song and oh I got more! Everything But the Girl singing Corcovado was a lovely tribute, plaintive and all. They did justice to Jobim and then some. PM Dawn's cover of Non Fiction Burning has rekindled my appreciation of PM Dawn as well as renewed my love of Brazilian pop.

The cd is great. Some are odes to Brazilian pop and others are renditions in the artists style. Familiarity with the songs definitely makes it a treat to hear them in new styles, but the few that I wasn't familiar with certainly opened my eyes to new sounds.

Now, I certainly recommend the cd for É Precisco Perdoar alone, but the rest of the cd is certainly worth it either way. Once you get a taste of this, you'll want more Brazilian Music. You almost can't go wrong with Brazilian jazz at all, you need only be slightly more judicious for Brazilian pop. It all has a laid back groove that will calm you as soon as exhilirate you. ... Read more


119. Ojos Asi
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Taken from the Latin-pop superstar's 1998 album, 'DondeEstan Los Ladrones?'. Title track (single version) isbacked by two other non-LP mixes (Thunder Mix & MirageMix), along with 'The One' (taken from Laundry Service) &'The One' (video). Epic. 2003. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I strongly recommend you to buy this CD!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hi readers!!
I strongly recommend you to buy this CD. The mixes are excellent and very original!!!! The rhythms are unique. If you are a fan, but a good one, you must have this material.

Let me put it in this way:

1.Ojos Así (Single version- 3:57)
This song is the one that all of us know. I noticed a difference at the beginning of the song. In this one, Shakira didn't use the "dumbek" which is an Arabian drum but is still being the same sound as the one she's been performing.

2.The one (3:42)
Is the same as the one that is in the CD of Laundry Service.

3.Ojos Así (Thunder Mix - 10:15)
Oh my good!!! The rhythm of this one is fabulous!!!! They use an instrument that sounds like a violin, the dumbek is used as well, and is really good. When I was listening to it I thought that this song is available not only to be listened but also to dance in a discotheque.

4.Ojos Así: (Mirage Mix 5:34)
In the beginning of this song there are Arabian sounds with a guitar and it is really cool.

5.The one (Video 3:40)
The one everyone has seen on tv.

In summary, fans who don't have this production have their collection incomplete!!!! So, go ahead and get it as soon as you can! You won't regret.
Good luck,
mipikeykly

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT SINGLE!!
If you love the song Ojos Asi you've got to own this single!
The single version of the song is awesome the music sounds a little different than the original version but its still the same great song.
The thunder mix is awesome, great to dance to,very upbeat, just an overall great mix!
The mirage mix isn't as upbeat as the thunder mix but it still makes a great dance mix.
To make the single even better you get the lovely song The One along with the video! The One isn't mixed or anything its just the album version but if you've never seen the video you're missing out! This is a great single. Well worth the money!! I'm sure you'll enjoy the remixes very much!

5-0 out of 5 stars the thunder remix
the thunder remix is awesome. it still has its chants of Ya hey. as you listen closely. you can almost hear it echoing. if you like dance music with a kind of ARABIC tune. i suggest you buy this cd now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Includes the mega rare Ojos Asi Thunder Mix!!
Ojos Asi is by far one of the best songs Shakira has ever recorded. The song has a middle eastern sound to it which features Shakira's amazing vocals in both Spanish and Lebanese. As a bonus to this cd, you can finally get the very hard to find and highly sought after Thunder Remix that has until now been only availible on limited edition promo cds. The Thunder Remix of Ojos Asi is an awesome club mix that still maintains the middle eastern sound of the original, however it is given a harder tribal sound that is perfect for dancing in the clubs. Overall I would have to say if you get the chance to buy this cd do it. It is an amazing song and like I said before this is one of the hardest to find Shakira remixes out there. ... Read more


120. São Vicente
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With her haunting singing style--a zesty Luso-Africanmélange of Bessie Smith and Billie Holliday--the Cape Verdeansinger Cesaria Evora putthe moving and melancholy musical genre called morna on the mapwith her critically acclaimed recordingsMiss PerfumadoandCafe Atlantico.São Vicente is named for Evora's island homeland and isaugmented with percussion, rhythm section, strings, and horns. Evora'ssongs of love and longing range from the classy midtempo strains of"São Vicente Di Longe" and the carnival dances of "Nutridinha" to thebeautiful piano/vocal duet "Negue" with Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés.She also swings the Cuban danzon/cha cha cha on "Lindo Mimosa"with the celebrated Cuban group Orquesta Aragon. The singer rocks withR&B handclaps on "Hommen Na Meio Di' Homen" and testifies on thegospel-influenced "Bondade e Maldade." Her duets with Brazilian CaetanoVeloso on "Tiempo y Silencio" and "Regresso," and with American legendBonnie Raitt, add more flavors to this tasty musical dish. --EugeneHolley Jr. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars gentle rhythms and good vibrations
This CD is balm for the soul, as Cesaria's warm voice hugs you with her lilting melodies and Brazilian rhythms; though some of the songs have wistful themes, it is uplifting music, and would set a lovely mood for a friendly gathering.
There are some guest artists on a few tracks: Canary Island singer/songwriter Pedro Guerra joins Cesaria in his "Tiempo y Silencio", and his smooth voice makes a wonderful blend with Cesaria's. This is the only song on the CD that is sung in Spanish (the rest are in Portuguese).

"Regresso" is a marvelous duet with the great Brazilian artist Caetano Veloso, and the arrangement for this song is fabulous, with terrific solo piano and guitar work.
"Negue" is exquisite in its simplicity, with Cesaria accompanied by Chucho Valdez (who is known as "The Duke Ellington of Cuba") on piano, and "Linda Mimosa" has the backing of the famous Cuban band Orquesta Aragon. Perhaps the weakest track on the CD is the duet with Bonnie Raitt; it doesn't quite work, with Raitt sounding a little uncertain and out of place.

There is a gentle tenderness to Cesaria's voice, and an honesty in her clear tones. By the time one gets to the gorgeous "Fada", which is perhaps my favorite track on the CD, one will simply love this woman.The musicianship is excellent throughout, as is the sound.
The booklet insert has all the lyrics in their original language and translated into rather clumsy English (they have translated "Sabor de Pecado" as "Peach Flavor" for instance), as well as photos of Cesaria, who though she would not be classified as pretty, has an extraordinary strength and beauty in her face. Total time is 64'24. Put it on when you are feeling sad, and feel it lift your spirits, and fill your heart with esperança e amor.

5-0 out of 5 stars Book me a plane ticket to Sao Vicente
Cesaria Evora's voice is so heavenly, so peaceful and beautiful. There aren't really enough adjectives to describe it, so you really should do yourself the favor of picking up some of her music.

The music is very tropical-themed. It's such a beautiful album throughout. It keeps a really upbeat happy vibe throughout.

I would highly recommend this cd to anyone looking to broaden their musical horizons.

4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful voice, music....
Haunting, beautiful vocals ... Cesaria Evora is a gem!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is simply one of the most wonderful CDs ever. One can almost here the waves in the background (figuratively speaking) and the grit of sand between the toes. Definitely an enjoyable collection to listen to while working, studying or laughing with friends. Very upbeat and heartlifting. I also recommend Mercedes Sosa as a similar companion.

4-0 out of 5 stars to be fair
I think the reviewer who complained about the "overproduction" of this record is not being fair to Cesaria Evora. Cesaria Evora has earned the right to have access to air-conditioned recording studios with the latest technology and highly-sough-after producers working with her; she has earned the right to fly to Rio to record duets with Caetano Veloso or to LA to sing with Bonnie Raitt. Cesaria Evora as an artist has every right to explore, to experiment, to try new sounds, to sing new songs. She isn't a monkey in the zoo. Who says she has to "stay true to her roots"? Who says she has to sing the same old Capeverdean mornas with the same musicians after so many years of hard work? As a worldclass artist, she has the right to try new stuff, even if that includes adding a string section o her records or recording stuff that is decidedly not traditional morna.

With that said, I think this record is strangely uneven. There are a few tracks that I cannot stand listening to. On the other hand, some of the songs here are incredible and absolutely worth the price of the record. IN particular I find "Timepo y Silencio" fascinating, "Sao VIcente" is also quite good. The duet with Caetano Veloso is nice, and I even like the experiments with Bahian-style Axe sounds. In sum, if you want to know what Cesaria Evora is all about, this record might be too eclectic, but if you are already a fan, this record might have a pleasant surprise or two, a side to Cesaria's art that you may never have heard before. ... Read more


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