Desert Roses 2

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
There's a storm brewing out beyond the borders of Western pop music, and the Levantine-themed Desert Roses 2, the sequel to the successful Desert Roses and Arabian Rhythms, does an admirable job of forecasting it. As the Arab world becomes plugged in to the global pulse, unexpected fusions and manias are coming to the fore. Who would imagine collaborations between merengue star Olga Tañon and Egypt's Hakim, or Squeeze principals Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford joining Tunisian vocalist Latifa for a remake of their camel opera "Take Me I'm Yours," produced by Transglobal Underground? Those paying attention saw the roots of such cross-pollination in hits from Shakira a ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
There's a storm brewing out beyond the borders of Western pop music, and the Levantine-themed Desert Roses 2, the sequel to the successful Desert Roses and Arabian Rhythms, does an admirable job of forecasting it. As the Arab world becomes plugged in to the global pulse, unexpected fusions and manias are coming to the fore. Who would imagine collaborations between merengue star Olga Tañon and Egypt's Hakim, or Squeeze principals Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford joining Tunisian vocalist Latifa for a remake of their camel opera "Take Me I'm Yours," produced by Transglobal Underground? Those paying attention saw the roots of such cross-pollination in hits from Shakira a Colombian star of Lebanese descent and Alabina, a collective joining Israeli vocalist Ishtar with a Gypsy rumba band. But "Ah Ya Albi," the Hakim/Tañon duet is more portentous still, produced by Latino hip-hopper Kemo of Delinquent Habits, overseen by Mexican rapper Antonio Hernandez of Control Machete, and for good measure, urban superproducer Narada Michael Walden -- surely the frequent-flyer miles alone were staggering. But of course they weren't -- these kinds of collaboration are ever more common, facilitated by Internet and high-speed courier. The groundbreaking mixes on this set, featuring Oriental-themed techno and funk from rai legends Khaled, Faudel, Rachid Taha, and many others, are the kind of fizzy, high-energy global pop that capture the moment with dizzying clarity.
All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Compilations are invariably like the curate's egg -- good in parts -- and this one's no exceptions. For all the delights, like the fiery duet between Egypt's Hakim and Puerto Rican star Olga Tañon or the playful version of "Take Me I'm Yours," which transports Squeeze to North Africa in the company of Tunisian diva Latifa, you have to put up with the extremely mundane, like Shani's blandly techno-fied "Call of the Wild" or Zohar's frankly boring electronica on "The Merciful One." Overall, though, the quality's high, with some excellent tracks by Algerian Cheb Nastro, and Oojami's club-beats-go-to-Turkey "Istanboogie," which bodes well for their album. A number of the cuts do come from albums released on Mondo Melodia, but that doesn't lessen the enjoyment of songs like Amina's "Lirrili," Rachid Taha's "En Retard" (confirming the man as the best Arab-Western crossover), or Khaled's "Trigue Lycee," one of the best things to come off his Kenza release. But, like any compilation, it's the rarities that set it apart, and this has a few of them. Apart from the Hakim/Tañon and Squeeze/Latifa pairings, there's also Arabian Fantasy's excellent "Yala Habibi," coming out of left field. It follows on the success of the original Desert Roses & Arabian Rhythms, which offered a fresh look at North African and Middle Eastern music, and continues to delight with its variety and intensity -- to this point, at least, the law of diminishing returns that dogs compilation series hasn't kicked in.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2002
  • Label: Ark 21
  • UPC: 618685004123
  • Catalog Number: 850041
  • Sales rank: 122,688

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ah Ya Albi @@ Olga Tañón and Hakim
  2. 2 Lirrili @@ Amina
  3. 3 En Retard @@ Rachid Taha
  4. 4 Take Me I'm Yours @@ Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford with Latifa
  5. 5 Bäida @@ Cheb Mami
  6. 6 Naachak Fik @@ Cheb Nasro
  7. 7 Albi Htar @@ Ragheb Alama and Faudel
  8. 8 Yala Habibi @@ Sabu and Arabian Fantasy
  9. 9 Call of the Wild @@ Shani
  10. 10 Bain Albareh Wa Al Yom @@ Nawal al Zoughbi
  11. 11 Yalla Ya Chabab @@ Ragheb Alama and Andy
  12. 12 Istanboogie @@ Oojami
  13. 13 Trigue Lycee @@ Khaled
  14. 14 The Merciful One @@ Zohar
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cheb Mami Vocals
Steve Hillage Guitar
Gail Ann Dorsey Bass
Khaled Track Performer
Amina Vocals
Olga Tañón Vocals
Zachary Alford Drums
Chris Difford Vocals
The Kick Horns Brass
Kemo Rap
Roddy Lorimer Trumpet
Tim Sanders Alto Saxophone
Glenn Tilbrook Vocals
Annie Whitehead Trombone
Neil Conti Drums
Simone Haggiag Darbouka, talking drum, finger cymbals, Bendir
Randy Jacobs Guitar
Rachid Taha Vocals
Gilda Gonzalez Choir, Chorus
Djamel Ben Yelles Violin
Yanira Torres Choir, Chorus
Faudel Track Performer
Bruno Caillat Tambourine, Zarb
Hector "Tito" Matos Drums
Cheb Nasro Track Performer
Zohar Track Performer
Junior Alvarado Bass
Sabu Rosado Dumbek, Percussion
Andy G. Keyboards
Shani Vocals
Hakim Hamadouche Lute, Background Vocals
Ragheb Alama Track Performer
Andy Kremer Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Double Bass, Chapman Stick
Latifa Vocals
Magaly Alvarez Cymbals
Marcus Nand Flamenco Guitar
Erran Baron Cohen Piano, Flugelhorn, Keyboards, Darbouka
Juan Rivera Def
Keimonti Thomas Guitar
Technical Credits
Steve Hillage Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements
Renegade Soundwave Engineer
Philip Bagenal Engineer
Gerard Cohen Programming
Stevo Glendinning Executive Producer
Pete Hofmann Engineer
The Kick Horns Arranger
Scott Mathers Engineer
Narada Michael Walden Producer
Steve Tannett Executive Producer
Antonio Hernandez Producer
Jill Tengan Engineer
Alfredo Hurtado Engineer
Lilo Fadidas Producer
Sabu Rosado Producer
Andy G. Arranger, Programming
Shani Arranger, Producer
Andy Kremer Programming, Engineer
Mahmoud Serour String Arrangements
Dale Voelker Graphic Design
Dawn Elder Executive Producer
Kris Solomon Mastering
Martin Beal Engineer
Andy Madadian Arranger, Producer
Rafik Tsaturian Engineer
Mara Abboud Cover Art
John Bevilacqua Production Director
Morteza Barjesteh Cover Graphics
Maged Serour Contributor
Erran Baron Cohen Engineer
Christian Boissel Producer
Miles Copeland Executive Producer
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