by Afro Celt Sound System

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Worldbeat ambassadors Afro Celt Sound System go the remix route on the two-disc set Pod. Essentially a career overview, Pod features 13 tracks culled from the group's ten-year history remixed by various bandmembers and DJs. Each song mixes in live bass and drums, adding a heavy backbeat to the band's swirling, genre-bending epics. Though each track is listed separately, the recording works as one solid piece with transitions that flow effortlessly into one another. The remixes themselves focus heavily on the thundering, tribal assault of the collective's live shows, occasionally veering off into ambient landscapes -- Rae & Christian's take on "Persistence of Memory" is like an audio version of the ocean floor. "Whirly 3" and "Eireann" do the best job at conveying the System's Celtic leanings, building a relentless pulse around serpentine uillean pipes. The rest is perfectly executed, occasionally innovative, and mostly unnecessary. Fans will be disappointed by the lack of "actual" new material, and listeners with distaste for Real World's militant attention to sonic detail will find little comfort. The real gem is the second disc, a beautifully crafted DVD that includes live footage in Seattle at the WOMAD festival and videos for "When You're Falling," "North," and "Persistence of Memory."

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/2004
Label: Real World
UPC: 0724359752600
catalogNumber: 97526

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Afro Celt Sound System   Primary Artist
James McNally   Accordion,Harmonium,Human Whistle,Low Whistle
Martin Russell   Group Member
Simon Emmerson   Bouzouki,Mandolin,Keyboards,Group Member
Myrdhin   celtic harp,Group Member
Kenny Dope   Group Member
Johnny Kalsi   Percussion,Tabla,Dhol,Group Member
"Little" Louie Vega   Group Member
Mairead Nesbitt   Fiddle,Guest Appearance
Mark Bates   Keyboards
Emer Mayock   Flute,uillean pipes,Group Member
N'Faly Kouyate   Vocals,Balafon,Kora,Group Member
Ian Markin   Guest Appearance
Nula Friedman   Fiddle,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Manu Dibango   Composer
Masters at Work   Remixing
Toshio Matsuura   Remixing
James McNally   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Remixing,drum programming
Sinéad O'Connor   Composer
Martin Russell   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Remixing
Simon Emmerson   Composer,Programming,Producer,Remixing
Sister Bliss   Remixing
Derek Edward   Graphic Design
Rollo   Remixing
Rae & Christian   Remixing
Pentagon   Programming
Grippa   Engineer
Bipolar   Remixing

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