Various Artists (Putumayo World Music) – Italian Cafe (2005)

FrontCover1Putumayo World Music is a New York City-based record label, now specializing in compilations of music from various nations, regions, or musical styles which may be classified as world music.

In 1991, on his way home from Bali, Dan Storper stopped in San Francisco, California. In Golden Gate Park, he heard the Nigerian band Kotoja. He was impressed by the music and the way it gathered many different people. He made a compilation of music he had gathered on his journeys and gathered a positive response. This led him to give out his first release in 1993. Storper took the name of his record label, Putumayo, from Colombia’s Putumayo Department where he travelled in 1974, which subsequently came from the name of Putumayo River. The word is said to be the name of a bird (heron).

Every release features the art of Nicola Heindl. Her art is both folky and modern, and, according to the Putumayo website, “represents one of Putumayo’s goals: to connect the traditional to the contemporary.”

Typically a Putumayo World Music compilation is presented as a theme under the title “Putumayo Presents:” The themes can be regional (South Africa, Caribbean, Asia), music types (reggae, folk, Latin, jazz) and other themes (lounge, groove, party).

The Putumayo Kids division was created in 2002. Since the release of the World Playground CD in 1999, Putumayo Kids has achieved honors from Parents’ Choice Awards and the National Parenting Publications Association, and has grown to be one of the more important children’s record labels.

Putumayo launched the Putumayo World Music Hour in 2000, a commercially-syndicated world music radio show. Rosalie Howarth of KFOG hosts the Music Hour. The weekly show is heard internationally on over 150 commercial and non-commercial stations.

Putumayo has ten offices worldwide. Their products are sold at a network of more than 3,000 book, gift, clothing, coffee and other specialty retailers in the US. The label claims to distribute their CDs in more than 80 countries around the world. (by wikipedia)

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This is a charming, if ultimately fairly inconsequential, collection of recordings from 1950s and 1960s Italy, along with a handful of songs by a few modern artists whose stylistic roots go back to the postwar era as well. The overall sound may come across as a bit kitschy to American ears — there are lots of accordions and crooning, emotive vocals — but if you spend some time with these recordings most of them will grow on you. Highlights include the quirky Vinicio Capossela’s “Che Cossè l’Amor,” Quadro Nuevo’s jazzy instrumental “Tu Vuo’ Fa’ l’Americano,” and Quartetto Cetra’s slightly cute but really very engaging “Un Bacio a Mezzanotte.” On the slightly less compelling side are Gianmaria Testa’s contributions, the willfully goofy “Dentro al Cinema” and the self-consciously intense (and ultimately self-parodying) “La Traiettorie delle Mongolfiere,” but the high points outweigh the low ones on this ultimately charming collection. Recommended. (by Rick Anderson)

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This review is not correct: Most of the recordings are NOT from the 50´s, … and in the reat booklet you can read, that Quadro Nuevo are from Austria … this is wrong .. Quadro Nueva are from Bavaria (Southern Germany) … but … much more important …

… more recordings from this great label will come !

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Tracklist:
01. Fred Buscaglione: Juke Box (1958) (Beretta/Malgoni) 2.23
02. Quartetto Cetra: Un Bacio A Mezzanotte (1952) (Kramer/Garinei) 2.14
03. Giorgio Conte: Cannelloni (2003) (Conte) 2.55
04. Vinicio Capossela: Che Cossè L’Amor (1994) (Capossela) 4.14
05. Maria Pierantoni Giua: Petali e Mirto (2004) (Martinell/Giua) 3.25
06. Giorgio Conte: Gnè Gnè (2003) (Conte) 3.28
07. Renato Carosone: Piccolissima Serenata (2001) (Carosone/Nisa) 3.23
08. Gianmaria Testa: Dentro Al Cinema (2003) (Testa) 3.43
09. Daniele Silvestri: Le Cose In Camune (1995) (Micelli/Silvestri) 4.16
10. Quadro Nuevo: Tu Vuo’ Fa’ L’Americano (2002) (Carosone) 3.57
11. Gianmaria Testa: La Traiettorie Delle Mongolfiere (1995) (Testa/Bertone) 3.29
12. Nicola Arigliano: Carina (2001) (Testa/Poes) 3.17

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Various Artists – Land Of The Midnight Sun – Music and images from Finland (2006)

FrontCover1This special photo album + CD product illustrates the unforgettable experience of summers in Finland, which have inspired so many Finnish composers to write some of their greatest works.

Finland is perhaps best known for its peacefulness and beautiful nature: vast forests, a unique archipelago and thousands of lakes present a striking mixture of wooded hills and waters.

The best season to discover this pristine wilderness is summer, which in Finland is characterized by long days and – in more norther regions where the sun is visible for continuous 24 hours – by the dazzling phenomenon of the Midnight Sun.

15 outstanding nature photographs and 24 tracks of wonderful Finnish classical music invite to discover or remember the uniqueness of Finland as Land of the Midnight Sun.

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And here are some beautiful pictures from the land of the midnight sun:

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Tracklist:

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
01. Rakastava (The Lover), Op. 14  / 3.57
02. Suite champêtre, Op. 98b / 3.19

Erkki Melartin (1875-1937)
Prinsessa Ruusunen (Sleeping Beauty Suite), Op. 22:
03. Minuet 3.08
04. Butterfly Waltz 2.02
05. Minä metsän polkuja kuljen (Along forest paths I wander) 1.49

Ilmari Hannikainen (1878-1951)
06. Rauha (Peace) 2.17

Bernhard Henrik Crusell (1775-1838)
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in E-flat Major, Op. 1:
07. Adagio 3.24

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Bagatelles, Op. 34:
08. Valse 1.45
09. Souvenir 1.41
10. Danse Pastorale 0.46
11. Reconnaissance 0.42
12. Jouer de harpe 1.37

Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-)
Concerto for Birds and Orchestra “Cantus Arcticus” (1972):
13. Melancholy 4.17

Toivo Kuula (1883-1918)
14. Aamulaulu (Morning Song) 1.43

Martti Turunen (1902-1979)
15. Sunnuntai (Sunday) 3.20

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16. Jo Karjalan kunnailla (The Hills of Karelia) 2.21
17. Soittajapaimen (The Piper Shepherd) 1.38
18. Orvon huokaus (An Orphan’s Sigh) 2.44

Väinö Raitio (1891-1945)
Kesäkuvia Hämeestä (Summer pictures from Häme):
19. Kesäyö (Summer Night) 2.26
20. Paimenlaulu (Herdsman’s Song 2.09
21. Kukkien kuningatar (Queen of the Flowers) 3.03

Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947)
Syksy-sarja (Autumn song cycle), Op. 68:
22. Lintu sininen (Bluebird) 1.59
23. Tule kanssani (Take My Hand), Op. 9/3 / 2.04

Erkki Melartin (1875-1937)
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 30/1 (1902):
24. Scherzo 5.14

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The Waterboys – Cloud Of Sound (2012)

FrontCover1The Waterboys are a band formed in 1983 by Mike Scott. The band’s membership, past and present, has been composed mainly of musicians from Scotland, Ireland and England. Edinburgh, London, Dublin, Spiddal, New York, and Findhorn have all served as homes for the group. The band has played in a number of different styles, but their music is a mix of Celtic folk music with rock and roll. After ten years of recording and touring, they dissolved in 1993 and Scott pursued a solo career. They reformed in 2000, and continue to release albums and tour worldwide. Scott emphasises a continuity between The Waterboys and his solo work, saying that “To me there’s no difference between Mike Scott and the Waterboys; they both mean the same thing. They mean myself and whoever are my current travelling musical companions.”

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The early Waterboys sound was dubbed “The Big Music” after a song on their second album, A Pagan Place. This musical style was described by Scott as “a metaphor for seeing God’s signature in the world.” It either influenced or was used to describe a number of other bands, including Simple Minds, The Alarm, In Tua Nua, Big Country, the Hothouse Flowers and World Party, the last of which was made up of former Waterboys members.[6] In the late 1980s the band became significantly more folk influenced. The Waterboys eventually returned to rock and roll, and have released both rock and folk albums since reforming. Their songs, largely written by Scott, often contain literary references and are frequently concerned with spirituality. Both the group and its members’ solo careers have received much praise from both rock and folk music critics, but The Waterboys as a band has never received the commercial success that some of its members have had independently. Aside from World Party, The Waterboys have also influenced musicians such as Eddie Vedder, Johnny Goudie, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Grant Nicholas of Feeder, James Marshall Owen, and Miles Hunt of The Wonder Stuff. Both Bono and The Edge from U2, Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead are fans of the band. Jonny Greenwood tweets on The Waterboys “what a great band. something special about how he plays piano too – see them if you can.” (by wikipedia)

TheWaterboysAnd this is their last and very rare album:
It´s a “Limited Edition Tour Only CD”. Limited to 5,000 signed and numbered.

An exclusive Waterboys CD called CLOUD OF SOUND, and containing 15 fabulous tracks never before gathered on an album, will be available at venues on the Appointment With The Waterboys tour, starting at the first show, March 7, in Sandnes, in a limited edition of 5000 copies signed by Mike Scott. The CD will also be available online here while supplies last.

Many of the tracks are from Mike’s Soundcloud page and several have never been heard before. None of the song versions included have ever appeared on a CD or album until now.

I include a pdf-file with a “track by track” guide by Mike Scott. Enjoy this wonderful rarity !

Personnel:
Marc Arciero (bass)
Melvin Duffy (pedal steel, guitar)
James Hallawell (keyboards)
Ralph Salmins (drums)
Mike Scott (vocals, guitar, piano)
Steve Wickham (violin, mandolin)

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Tracklist:
01. Winter Blows (2012 mix) (Scott) 3.12
02. The Girl In The Swing (live) (Scott) 4.38
03. Siochain Iona (Scott/O’Lionaird) 6.16
04. Killing My Heart (live) (Scott/Wickham) 4.21
05. Barbara Allen (Traditional/Scott) 3.59
06. Vigilante (Scott) 3.19
07. The Serpent’s Head (Scott/Wickham) 1.50
08. The Seven Woods (Scott/Hallawell) 4.43
09. Silent Fellowship (2012 mix) (Scott) 5.06
10. Straight With The Medicine (Scott) 2.08
11. The Passing Of The Shee (Scott/Synge) 2.32
12. Mr Wickham Composes (live) (Scott/Wickham) 2.41
13. Seek The Light (extended) (East/Gibsone/Scott) 4.26
14. Vampire’s Head (Scott) 2.12
15. Savage Earth Heart (live) (Scott) 7.44

 

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