Ethnicity

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Yanni's 13th album, Ethnicity, explores its multi-cultural theme in classic Yanni fashion. Layering delicate vocals, exotic instrumental sounds, world beats, and the Greek idol's signature keyboard style, Yanni conjures an optimistic musical tapestry with a global reach. From the anthem-like "Rites of Passage" to the upbeat "For All Seasons" to the poignant "Almost a Whisper" the album moves through a variety of moods. Vocals are a prominent ingredient -- singing out full force "The Promise", adding an ethereal touch "Written on the Wind", or evoking primeval chant "Rainmaker". Colorful instruments, too, like the didgeridoo on "Rainmaker," add to the album's international...
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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Yanni's 13th album, Ethnicity, explores its multi-cultural theme in classic Yanni fashion. Layering delicate vocals, exotic instrumental sounds, world beats, and the Greek idol's signature keyboard style, Yanni conjures an optimistic musical tapestry with a global reach. From the anthem-like "Rites of Passage" to the upbeat "For All Seasons" to the poignant "Almost a Whisper" the album moves through a variety of moods. Vocals are a prominent ingredient -- singing out full force "The Promise", adding an ethereal touch "Written on the Wind", or evoking primeval chant "Rainmaker". Colorful instruments, too, like the didgeridoo on "Rainmaker," add to the album's international feel. But, ultimately, it's Yanni's eloquently lyrical melodies that captivate most on this album in celebration of universal harmony.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/2003
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724358151602
  • Catalog Number: 81516
  • Sales rank: 15,499

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rites of Passage (4:35)
  2. 2 For All Seasons (5:37)
  3. 3 The Promise (3:42)
  4. 4 Rainmaker (5:36)
  5. 5 Written on the Wind (3:56)
  6. 6 Playing by Heart (4:38)
  7. 7 At First Sight (5:14)
  8. 8 Tribal Dream (5:35)
  9. 9 Almost a Whisper (3:51)
  10. 10 Never Too Late (5:01)
  11. 11 Playtime (5:29)
  12. 12 Jivaeri (Jiva-Eri) (4:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yanni Primary Artist
Karen Briggs Violin
Pedro Eustache Flute, Reeds, Saxophone, Chant, uillean pipes, Duduk, Arghoul
Randy Nichols Vocals
Alfreda Gerald Vocals
Michelle Amato Vocals
Kurt VonSchmittou Vocals
Technical Credits
Yanni Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Norman Moore Art Direction
Chris Bellman Mastering
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic!

    This is a fantastic album, but a departure for Yanni. He's added vocals, new instruments, and when we saw him in concert, was consistantly acting as more of a director than solo artist- still the lead, but he has some very talented people with him in this album, and he was decently careful to point them out. Fantastic songs!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Upbeat, compelling and different!

    This album is somewhat of a departure for Yanni: there remain many elements of his trademark keyboard style, but the addition of a variety of world music elements give the music added interest and appeal. I, for one, like the evolution! In particular, the duduk and Uillean pipes of Pedro Eustache, Karen Briggs’ soulful violin, and a choir of male and female vocalists create new and exciting textures. Most of the numbers are mysterious, stirring and high-energy. “The Promise” and “Almost a Whisper” are new renditions of old instrumental favorites, enhanced by vocals. Often I don’t care for that sort of retooling, but Yanni’s keyboard melodies are so plaintive and emotional that they do sometimes cry out for lyrics, and these two selections seem particularly well-suited. Also included in the package is a bonus disc--a 25-minute DVD--of Yanni’s live performance at Royal Albert Hall: a gala spectacle with a light show, video screen, orchestra and even A pipe organ. (The music is nice, as is the tribute to his father, but the visual images do get a little silly: with a full orchestra and a second keyboardist playing the bulk of the parts, and a conductor handling the coordination of the musicians, poor Yanni doesn’t always have much to do other than grin at the cameras, toss his long hair about, dance around in the confined space between his mountains of keyboards, and make eyes at the other soloists--who incidently include Pedro Eustache and Karen Briggs from the CD.) Nonetheless, because of its energy and variety, “Ethnicity” has quickly become my favorite of Yanni’s recordings. Others include the retrospectives “In Celebration of Life” and “Reflections of Passion”.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best of the best in a few words

    in a complete response to eclectic music yanni stand over the world and redesign his own music and put the pieces in ethnicity. hurrrrrrrraaaaaaaa

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ethnicity

    I was first introduced to Yanni through his LATA music, which blew me away. He has an unique sound that appeals to lots of listeners. However, his increasing usage of vocals have deviated away from what his music was about. His Tribute music was more conceptual, using vocal as an "instrument". But in tribute, at least to me, the vocals became increasingly distracting to the point that I had* to skip some segments of the songs to get to the instrumental parts. I became interested in Yanni's music because of his innovative use of classical instruments. But as a lyric song writer/songs with vocal as instruments... thats hard for me to digest. As for this ethnicity album, its good. But it didn't break new grounds. Most of the songs are nice to listen to but they don't have the originality evident in his pre-tribute albums. Its gets three stars because LATA gets a 4.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Got Em' Coach; another big win for Yanni

    I, as an 85 African-American polo coach AND mother of 3(grandmother of 12), love Yanni to pieces. Sizzelin' steakes and tasty cakes did I ever enjoy listening to this fine musical acomplishment. I'll be darned if I wasn't admitted to the hospital immediatly after listening to it for a gall stone removal AND hip surgury. Yanni's certainly packed a one-two punch with his smooth carressing melodies with his no less than stunning aray of carresing counter melodies. A one-two punch not unlike that of a gall stone removal and a hip replacement. Bravo sir, Mr. Yanni sir. You have certainly won my heart and my soul.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Magical, Transforming, Spiritual, Emotional

    After seeing Yanni in Concert at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. I went out and bought this album. Best concert I have ever been to. I am listening to this CD each morning and evening going to work and returning. He sets the mood for my day and evening. I am transformed and inchanted by his music. He brings peace, joy, emotion, love, and spirit to all. I am his fan forever! Love and Blessings to him always.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    INSPIRATION!!!

    This is one of Yanni's best cd's yet, it gives me the inspiration to push on towards the thing which I desire no matter how hard it is. I'm sooo glad I found Yanni, there would be a hole in my life without his music

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great c-d

    Ethnicity is definetly the best Yanni c-d yet. I loved the vocals in it, the melody, and how different it is from everything else. I listen to this c-d over and over; this c-d is something a Yanni fan or anyone else can not

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ethnicity

    This is a very good album, better than the last one "If I Could Tell You," with more originality. The vocals are semi-operatic which gives the songs different flares. I would like to hear the symphonic versions though, since LATA is still number 1 on my list of best of Yanni, which is why this recieves four stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is number THIRTEEN and a very lucky THIRTEEN : )

    The new sounds,the rhythms,the melodies,and now 3 songs with LYRICS,2 of the songs with former Yanni music,a very good idea. The new voices,the happy moments the sad moments,the tender moments,"ETHNICITY" is a fitting title The more I listen to this music, the more I discover new feelings that takes me to different places in this world. I am glad I have this music in my life. :) Thank you Yanni.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yanni's new attempt

    I am a loyal Yanni fan and over the years have witnessed yanni achieving incredible successes. although this is an interesting album, i prefer yanni's more tender, piano based compositions that really touch your heart. you get emotional when you hear such music like'one man's dream'.there are lots of new elements in this album, but it's not beautiful enough to stir your feelings up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT Album

    When I first listened to this album, it was something so different, I imeediately listened to it over and over. Yanni is very unique with his composing, the vocals were great; in my opinion, this is the best Yanni album yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Some great songs, but not one of his best CD's

    When I first listened to this album, I was very dissappointed by all the "singing". In the past, I have loved Yanni's albums from the first time they spin in my CD player. However, Ethnicity is a bit different. This music requires your full attention, but the genius of it eventually comes through. Yanni has used the human voice as an instrument, one of many in the repertoire. On most tracks, the addition of the human voice is well thought out and adds to the music overall. For example, "RITES OF PASSAGE", "FOR ALL SEASONS", and "RAINMAKER" incorporate the voice beautifully, and has added a new element to Yann's music. However, overall, the singing is bit much, and not in keeping with what we expect from Yanni. The use of voices at the end of "NEVER TOO LATE" seems forced, and overall there are just too many tracks with voices. The two tracks using all out lyrics are good, especially "ALMOST A WHISPER" which is an amazing re-recording and lyrical rendition of a wonderful but forgotten song from Reflections of Passion. The highlight songs on this album are "RITES OF PASSAGE", "RAINMAKER" and "PLAYING BY HEART", all of which will be awesome when played live. Can you imagine how exciting it will be to see "RAINMAKER" played live, with an Australian aborigine on the digeridoo, Karen Briggs smoking the strings of the violin, and Pedro Eustace on winds. What a celebration of world music. What a celebration of ETHNICITY. Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Departure from Norm is a little akward

    First I love Yanni. I have every album and have been to both concerts in the past 5 years. I just cannot help but say this album is not totally to my liking. I am always open to new things but all the vocals just do not get it, with me. Especially when he tries to sing. He did the same song in his latest concert and everyone just looked at one another. I hope he goes back to the likes of 'Reflections of Passion' which I think is one of his best albums.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love Is All

    I realy love yanni`s musics. "Until The last moment"is my favorite song.hope to have a concert in IRAN in "Persepolis" .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ethnicity

    I am always love to listen all of Yanni's musics. New year will begin with Yanni's another magics,with his new album "Ethnicity" and the book " YANNI IN WORDS". What wonderful and unique treasure we have in our lifes,that is Yanni I see Yanni, as a very kind, caring, charming and gracious person. Wishing to do no harm to anyone. Wanting only to arouse the emotions of the world. I seem him as a peacemaker, sent by God, with a very special mission to perform here on earth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This was disappointing.

    I have loved Yanni's music for ten years. Had bought some of his earlier work and some of his confusing compilation CDs. So it was a shock to me that I hated this album, after waiting for so long for new music from him. The first track suprised me with the vocals and I liked it and the second track was ok - afterwards, just turned into complete dissatisfaction. After the first two tracks, the vocals in the other songs just became annoying, the rest of the music sounded more like a dance-mix with the overused and fast synthesized beat, and there were two songs of his earlier composition that he added lyrics to, which made each song sound too lofty and dreamy - it was not good. There was one song that had an acid jazz tempo to it and that was okay, like the first track. I think this would have been a better album if Yanni did not go overkill on the vocals or made the vocals into the background, and that the synthesized beat was replaced with an actual african drum at a slower pace. After his last album, where it seemed that Yanni went back to his roots - I had mixed feelings. I liked the songs but after Tribute - I was expecting more and found it a bit lacking though still original and enjoyable. Ethnicity feels like he is trying to find the direction he had in Tribute and he goes overboard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    YANNI'S TRIBUTE TO LIFE CONTINUES!!!

    As always, Yanni provides us with some of the most beautiful, peaceful, and uplifting music I have ever heard!!! In these times that we live in now, it's a refreshing break from the hassles of today's world. If only the entire country could have Yanni's peace, we would have a better world to live in. Thank you Yanni, for your exciting contribution!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Music Lover from NY

    YANNI YOU ARE AMAZING!!! This CD is powerful, beautiful and exciting. Very up-lifting. My favorite track is "Rainmaker". The world needs more people like Yanni. He is a very positive force.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yanni at his BEST

    Ethnicity lets you travel the world musically. There is a song for everyone. The musical arrangements are spectacular!

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