Buddha-Bar Presents: Amnesty International 40th Anniversary

Buddha-Bar Presents: Amnesty International 40th Anniversary

by Ravin
     
 

The cause is one well-worthy of support, as Amnesty International celebrates 40 years. And the music here is set to appeal to what is probably the organization's core following: the baby boomers. The music has a hip edge, mixing electronica and world music, especially on the first disc, without being overpowering or threatening; sometimes, in fact, it seems more like… See more details below

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The cause is one well-worthy of support, as Amnesty International celebrates 40 years. And the music here is set to appeal to what is probably the organization's core following: the baby boomers. The music has a hip edge, mixing electronica and world music, especially on the first disc, without being overpowering or threatening; sometimes, in fact, it seems more like the soundtrack for a meal at a fashionable restaurant rather than music for serious listening (to be fair, it is called Peace). However, the final five tracks on disc one have some real meat, beginning with Nitin Sawhney's take on the Asian underground. Egyptian star Amr Diab brings new flavors in with his sha'bi style, and Mo'Horizons turns on the Latin beat before semi-classical diva Sarah Brightman chills it out with some Rachmaninov. Disc two, which is "blended and mixed by Frank Nigel", is more upbeat, but ends up being even more anonymous (and at times extremely annoying, like the stuttering repeated beat on "Thierr Mi Ti Ai"). In part that's because it falls between two stools. It's not music for the chill-out room, intended to be calming and soothing, but neither is it really meant for the dancefloor, so nothing's booming and banging. Most dance music -- and it's certainly true of the majority of the 13 tracks here -- isn't made for listening. There are exceptions, like Dorjee's "Mantra Chanting," which brings in Tuvan throat singing to help satisfyingly fill out the bones of the track. Overall, it's a mixed bag, a little too smooth and slick to be completely musically successful -- although, perhaps ironically, its very smoothness will help it find its audience. And, the bottom line remains the fact that the cause is good.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/2002
Label:
George V
UPC:
0823807101325
catalogNumber:
71013

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Col Vert  - Bielka Nemirovski
  2. Love Secret  - Makis Ablianitis
  3. Sutukung  -  Organic Grooves
  4. Balafia  -  Cantoma
  5. Adios Andalucia
  6. The Love Dance  -  Mystic Diversions
  7. Roshni
  8. Tears of Yazd
  9. Maid of Aiggot Muimma Eallin
  10. Breathing Light
  11. Weghalawtac
  12. Zambra RMX
  13. Cha Cha Cha  -  Mo' Horizons
  14. How Fare This Spot

Disc 2

  1. Moliendo Café
  2. Hozer
  3. El Hilwadi
  4. Ambala  - Pramod Upadyaya
  5. Fo (Religion Song) Hommage À Bouddha
  6. Thien Mi Ti Ai
  7. Allah y Atik Bissabar Sennia Ul Bir
  8. Mantra Chanting
  9. Shankara  - Prabhu Dhakal
  10. Pure Land  - Tsering Chodron
  11. Popozo
  12. Ganesh  - Norbu Sherpa
  13. Thadhami

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ravin   Primary Artist
Sarah Brightman   Track Performer
Amr Diab   Track Performer
Mari Boine   Track Performer
Amalgamation of Soundz   Track Performer
Wayna Taki   Track Performer
Eric Fernandez   Track Performer
Organic Grooves   Track Performer
Mystic Diversions   Track Performer
Pramod Upadyaya   Tabla

Technical Credits

Bill Laswell   Producer,Remixing
Nitin Sawhney   Producer
Yolanda Charles   Artwork
Fredrick Rousseau   Producer,Adaptation
Hamid El Shari   Arranger
Nick Nice   Remixing
Alam el Phan   Producer
P. Mison   Arranger,Producer
Phar-C   Producer
Miriam Cabrera   Artwork
Kenneth Bager   Executive Producer
J-C   Producer

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