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Various Artists / Island Blues
Album:Island Blues Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists Added:07/2002
Label:Network Medien Gmbh 

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Add Date:2002-11-25 Pull Date:2003-01-27 Charts:Reggae/World
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Album Review
Reviewed 2002-11-21 
Network, 2002

VARIOUS – Excellent 2-disc comp of music from islands all over the world. Check ‘em all out!

Fo’s Picks:
Disc 1 – 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 15
Disc 2 – 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 18


01. 4:13 – Comoros: aching male vocal, sharp chorus, delicate guitar: about Rastafarianism
02. 3:11 – Comoros: heavy work-song rhythm, quick guitar, nice tricky fem vox, and droning chorus
03. 4:36 – Madagascar: relaxed, folksy guitar/harmonica, high male vox, trio chorus
04. 4:51 – Madagascar: lovely accordion & fem chorus w/ harmonica: steady, almost like a hymn
05. 6:15 – Madagascar: lightly rocking accordion & direct male vox, a little percussion in the back
06. 3:59 – Réunion: blues on an African guitar, smooth male vox, strong chorus… nice!
07. 3:10 – Réunion: a cappella solo male vox, in creole: plaintive, and rather haunting
08. 5:19 – Cape Verde: devastating fado-style ballad, gorgeous fem vox, weeping orchestra
09. 5:41 – Cape Verde: upbeat and folksy, great vocal arrangement and a little soulful sax, too
10. 5:02 – Cuba: light and pleasant guaracha: good vocal, playful trumpet, fine guitar solos
11. 3:31 – Cuba: nice son, strong Pío Leyva vocal… super-catchy middle section, great piano solo
12. 7:07 – Curaçao: midtempo, similar to Cuban but more tropical: smooth male vox, synth flute
13. 3:25 – Martinique: very bouncy midtempo, sort of a Caribbean Kurt Weill. Nice vox & sax solo
14. 4:02 – Guadeloupe: steady Carnival beat, but not frantic at all: a cautionary tale, good perc
15. 4:11 – Haiti: quick percussion and lilting accordion: fun male vocals; insistent beat
16. 3:55 – Jamaica: the old chestnut presented in its original form, airy and kind of cute


01. 1:59 – Flores (Indonesia): chanting by large male chorus; drones and surges
02. 6:43 – Java: here’s something new – pop gamelan! Low urban rhythm, xylophones, violin
03. 4:19 – Java: another like #2, but more melodic & complex; also adds a kacapi harp
04. 5:14 – Sumatra: very serious; breathy bamboo flute trades off with wailing fem vocal
05. 2:03 – Tonga: men’s polyphonic chorus, a cappella. Sounds like Polynesian doo-wop!
06. 3:18 – New Guinea: Awesome! Struck bamboo pipes (think Blue Man Group) and fem chorus
07. 2:16 – Tahiti: lighthearted, with jangly guitars, naïve harmonica, nice male vox
08. 2:43 – Tahiti: fast guitars, steady beat: strong lead fem vox, with male duo behind… fun!
09. 2:17 – Fiji: dripping guitars, sweet fem chorus. I want an umbrella in my drink!
10. 3:27 – Hawaii: an all-time classic slack key guitar record (from 1931); swings gently in ragtime
11. 4:21 – Crete: Greek bounce, moaning vocal, violin: grabs your attention, then speeds up
12. 3:30 – Crete: quick, mysterious music and gentle male vox; very nice
13. 7:01 – Crete: medley of uptempo folk dances for instrumental trio (lyre+lutes) – first rate playing
14. 3:58 – Corsica: slow but LOUD fem vocal quintet. Great polyphonic singing.
15. 4:10 – Sardinia: nasal male chorus + launeddas (three-pipe reed, played w/circular breathing)
16. 5:22 – Ireland: upbeat medley of reels by Altan; fine fiddling all around
17. 3:03 – Ireland: uillean pipe solo, slow but technically impressive
18. 4:20 – Outer Hebrides: slow and bluesy, rocks back & forth with lilting Celtic vocal

[Fo] - 11/21/02

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Bacoa Bwana
2.Nawal Al Djalilu
3.Emilien, Jean Mitodiha
4.Vaovy Mafe
5.Gizavo, Regis Malaso
6.Peters, Alain Mange Pou Le Coeur
7.Waro, Daniel Sanm Ou
8.Titina Note De Mindelo
9.Simentera Tchapeu Di Padja
10.Conjunto Campesino Cuyaguateje Al Vaiven De Mi Carreta
11.Septeto Nacional Sazonando
12.Behilia, Oswin Chin Bendishon Disfrasa
13.Kali Aline Vole
14.Cosaque, Erick & Volatge 8 Popoury
15.Ti-Coca Vie Gran'n
16.Lititz Mento Band Day Oh!
17.Dhikiro Men's Chorus Untitled
18.Sambasunda Lost Two Tigers
19.Sambasunda Berekis
20.Gendang Lima Sendalanen Anggok/Iyo-Iyo
21.Halamangaono Group Tangi Hoku Loto
22.Pynolasa Bamboo Group Mouna Manu
23.Bimbo I Vai Ufaufa
24.Terangi, Emma Kamara
25.Fiji Phoenix Choir Lutu Sobu Na Yakavi
26.Nawahi, Benny Tickling the Strings
27.Psarantonis Petres Peto Tou Fengariou
28.Loudovikos I Proti Achtina
29.Margaritis, Manolis Malevisiotis
30.Donnisulana Chjama/Paghjella
31.Di Neoneli, Coro Anninnia
32.Altan Paddy's Trip to Scotland
33.Masterson, Declan Bright Lady
34.Macphee, Catherine-Ann O Hi Ri Lean