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Various Artists: A Journey Around the World

Track List

>Medley of Various Gipsy Folk Themes - Orchestre De Brno
>Hunter's Purse : Cooley's - Katrien Delavier
>Tsour Michelo - Sylvie Sivann
>Voyage D'Ulysse, Le - Paraskevas Grekis
>Leave Her Johny - Rudy Sunde/John Walton/Nigel Champion/John Jones/Greg Whitcombe/Gavin Asher/Martin Blackman/Spirit of Adventure/John McGowan
>Guitarra Triste - Armendio De Melo/Jose Maria Nobrega
>Bimba - Sissokho Yakhouba/Lansine Kouyate
>Bac-City - Les Tambours De Brazza
>Falafell - Hussein el Masry
>Abodan - Jean-Claude Gollet-Zea
>Om Mani Padme Houng - Moines Gelougpa
>Tamashii No Sokokara - Fumie Hihara/Sôzan Chiaki Kariya
>Valente Nordeste - Nazare Pereira
>Virgines del Sol, Las - Florencio Coronado
>Quenas - Sayri Tupac
>Mi Dicha Lejana - Los Diablos del Paraguay
>Papop - Charley Mauu
>Black Run - Christophe Mad'dene
>Haka - Te Runga Rawa

Album Notes

Photographer: Bernard Linet.

Air Mail Music is a budget compilation assembled from the catalogs of three labels: Air Mail, Air Mail Archive, and Playasound. Seemingly assembled as a promo for the record labels involved, the single disc contains 19 tracks by musicians from across the globe without any focus or regard for sequencing. Despite the excellence of some tunes here (examples include Armendio de Melo and Jose Maria Nogubra's forlorn Spanish instrumental "Guitarra Triste," Moines Gelugpa's deeply moving, Tibetan Buddhist ritual chant "Om Mani Padme Houng," the grand chanson "Tsour Michelo" by Sylvie Sivann, and a handful of others), the album's lack of context or framework leave the listener little in the way of a memorable listening experience, and simply create an aural drive-by. There are detailed liner notes so one can read about the artists and discover which releases they were pruned from, but that doesn't create pleasure in the hearing itself. ~ Thom Jurek


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