Buddha Bar IV [Slipcase]

Buddha Bar IV [Slipcase]

by David Visan
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Buddha Bar IV [Slipcase]

The Buddha Bar series has become a band name by now, and Buddha Bar, Vol. 4 does nothing to break the new tradition. Compiled by David Visan, the two-CD set is divided into "Dinner" and "Drink." The former is definitely music for the consumption of comestibles, pleasant and polite with exotic touches of world music, like Nitin Sawhney's "Moonrise" or Gotan Project's revolution of the tango with "Una Musical Brutal," but they're the mildest examples of the artists' output, never pushing themselves forward, but providing a backdrop for food and civilized conversation. "Drink" fares a little better, but has traces of anonymity -- Time Passing with "Party People," for example, or Chris Spheeris and "Dancing With The Muse" could both come from a modern TV ad -- although its less afraid of imposing itself, with the delightful Panjabi Mc, whose track is gleefully annoying, and Loving Paris, who offer "Loco," which is exactly that. Egyptian heartthrob Amr Diab comes across as glossier than usual in this setting, while salsa diva Celia Cruz contributing a version of "I Will Survive" is one of the musical standouts -- the song translates surprisingly well to her genre. Still, it's a disc without rhyme or reason, and bizarrely sequenced, with little sense of movement, just a random bunch of tracks slung together without a great deal of thought. Overall, a moderate success only.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/09/2002
Label: George V
UPC: 0823807100120
catalogNumber: 71001

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Visan   Primary Artist,Musical Direction
Jocelyne Beroard   Choir, Chorus
Guadalupe Pineda   Track Performer
Celia Cruz   Track Performer
Amr Diab   Track Performer
Armen Chakmakian   Track Performer
Nitin Sawhney   Track Performer
Tulku   Track Performer
Serge Marne   Drums
Llorca   Track Performer
Natassa Theodoridou   Track Performer
Agricantus   Track Performer
Flam   Track Performer
Roland Louis   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Chris Spheeris   Producer
Michel Abihssira   Arranger,Adaptation
Carlos Campos   Arranger,Producer
Henri Arcens   Engineer
Fredrick Rousseau   Producer
Zeb   Producer,Remixing
Samy Goz   Arranger,Adaptation
Ronny Gold   Arranger,Adaptation
Takis Argyriou   Engineer
Roland Louis   Arranger,Producer
Gotan Project   Producer
Joseph Baldassare   Arranger,Producer
Ishtar   Arranger,Adaptation
David Visan   Arranger,Producer
Roberto Collado   Producer
Nickodemus   Producer
Franck Amoros   Producer

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Buddha Bar IV [Slipcase] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the Buddha Bar series. What got me into it was the song, Straight....to number one on the 6th cd, but i hadn't bought one yet. I first bought the 8th cd, and then soon afterwards, i bought the 5th and the 4th. This one, had many of the songs I liked, especially in the drink section. What got me hooked on this one was Comme Toi. And being a Florida native, Yo Vivire made me feel like home. I listen to these cds on a daily basis, and I even persuaded my boss to download this CD. He loves it, and I love lounge music. It's great to study, cook, and do everything else with if you want to chill out and not listen to lyrics. What I also loved is that with each of these cds, the djs strung all this random music together, but smoothly that you don't know which song is a new song. It flows perfectly well. I recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is combined with exotic and sensual sounds. it makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. I find it a great cd, especially for R&R.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Buddha Bar IV is the record that made me fall in love with ethnic lounge music. It's beautiful, sophisticated and very sexy! It's the type of CD that you won't get sick of and find yourself playing over and over again to relax or dream a little. A heartfelt applause for this exotic masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The price tag was a bit high for a 2 cd set, but the selection of music is varied providing something more to listen to then top 40. Would recommend if looking for something different to listen to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the Buddha Bar series. I have been a fan for not too long. Last year I bought the fifth volume in the series and loved every minute of the two cd set. I found the fourth volume at my favorite record store during the summer in the used cd bins. I have to say that "Buddha Bar IV" is my personal favorite. The quality in the Buddha Bar series is excellent. It is so much better than most chill out compilations. I love hte Asian influence in the music. My only beef with the series is the price of the cds. For people who love music and have a diverse musical tastes, the "Buddha Bar" series is well worth the money. For casual listeners, I suggest saving the money or investing in cheaper clones of the "Buddha Bar" series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Judging by the price tag I actually thought this might be something special. In fact it's a collection of thrown together stuff with a very loose thread of credibility. Check out the credits - 3 musicians, 13 techies. Says it all really, doesn't it. Go to your local library and borrow some world music CD's for 50p.