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Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Latin Music
International two CD pressing of this 2007 compilation from the Italian superstar features a bonus CD containing an additional 18 tracks including remixes, re-recordings, hits and duets. Disc One features 19 of his bigges... more »
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International two CD pressing of this 2007 compilation from the Italian superstar features a bonus CD containing an additional 18 tracks including remixes, re-recordings, hits and duets. Disc One features 19 of his biggest hits including four new tracks and original and updated versions of old favorites. Because he records his albums in both Italian and Spanish, Ramazzotti has managed to maintain his enormous fanbase in Europe and Spanish-speaking countries for more than two decades. From Pop to Rock, he leaves not stone unturned as he continues to dominate the charts with Pop and Rock that is as intelligent as it is melodic. Features duets with Ricky Martin, Tina Turner, Carlos Santana, The Chieftains and others. 37 tracks total. Sony/BMG.
Not the usual greatest hits album
Geoffrey Santoliquido | Cary, NC USA | 11/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow, e2 is not your usual greatest hits album, for sure. If you enjoy Eros Ramazzotti's music but hesitate to buy e2 as it looks on the surface like a recycling of old hits, don't hesitate further as it is not at all as it may appear. If you are new to Eros, this album is a fine introduction to his music. I own most of his prior albums and am certain this one will be a favorite of mine.
Disc one is loaded with many past hit songs such as his duets with Cher and Tina Turner but kicks off with the catchy new duet with Ricky Martin, "We are not alone (Non siamo soli)". The festive beat of that one makes me want to go out and dance in the streets of Miami. He also reaches way back to 1986 for disc 1 to bring in two songs from his New Heroes (Nuovi Eroi) album that demonstrate nicely the development of his signature falsetto tone. Buy it and you'll find the songs I refer to.
But the second disc is the real jewel here. The reworking of old favorites brings new life to these songs. The disc starts with a series of three songs done with the London Session Orchestra and guest musicians. These songs are wonderful renditions. Eros' vocal strength in "Music is (Musica E')", which he performs solo for a change, will blow you away particularly with the powerful backing of the orchestra.
The disc continues with more of his old hits that have been stripped down to the essence and built back again, making them fresh once more. "Lovely (Dolce) Barbara" is, well, lovely; Eros performing alone with the piano. This new version of "Things of Life (Cose della vita)" totally rocks and won't disappoint at all when compared to the red-hot version with Tina Turner. The duet version with Tina shows up on disc 1 of this collection anyway, so what more could we ask for?
Well, Eros gives us so much more here. You will hardly recognize "Something more beautiful (Piu' bella cosa)" or "Where there is music (Dove c'e musica)" with these new amped up versions. And what a treat to hear Eros Ramazzotti hooked up with guitar legend Carlos Santana for a fantastic re-make of "Fire in fire (Fuoco nel fuoco)". That song alone is worth the cost of the entire album to me.
Wait until you hear the surprisingly different re-makes of "A moment of peace (Un attimo di pace)" and "An everlasting emotion (Un' emozione per sempre)" from 9! Disc 2 closes with a remake of "November is passing (Sta passando Novembre)" sang in Spanish that is as compelling as the version appearing on Appearing Calm (Calma Apparente)- it was one of my favorites from the Appearing Calm album along with his duet with Anastasia (also included without remix on disc 1 of e2).
e2 brings out some new dimensions in Eros' music and I'm very pleased to own it. I believe that any fan of the man's music will surely agree."
Trust Your Ears
Derek Weiler | New York | 12/14/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Unlike the Pet Shop Boys' recent live album "Concrete", the orchestral versions on this release don't really do much for Eros Ramazzotti, who is way more accomplished than even his stellar European career suggests. Why does this major singer pair with such minor artists? Apart from the kitschy orchestrations of "Musica E" and "Adesso Tu" on disc B, though, some of the new guitar tracks are inspired, adding another layer to favorites. The real find here is the first two songs on disc A: First we get mature Eros overpowering the middling Ricky Martin with practiced technique and pure energy on "Non Siamo Soli", and then the classic early song, "Terra Promessa", in which a young Eros is just discovering his talent, making up for experience with astonishing conviction and sincerity. 23 years have passed in the meantime, and the timewarp is palpable, beautiful, and not to missed. Trust your ears on this one, especially if you're new to his music."
We Love Eros in the U. S.!!!
PaulJo325 | Brookfield CT | 11/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well, if this fantastic compilation doesn't bring Eros front and center in the US, then nothing will. Maybe if he goes on American Idol or does a few stints in rehab, he can reach the success levels of the commercial stars of today. Then again, here's to hoping he continues to care less about whether the US latches on to his music. We like him better that way.
His music has touched my family, my children, who sing all of his songs fluently, while we don't even speak Italian (we are learning though, thanks to Eros). His music has a real, sincere, melodic feel no matter what type of song it is. Fuoco nel Fuoco is fantastic anyway, and even better with Carlos Santana. Un'Emozione per Sempre with the Chieftains is enchanting also. Listening to his music and his voice mature from CD 1 to CD 2 is as interesting and exciting as the Steve Vai appearance on Dove C'E' Musica. Buy the ROMA Live CD also. Go ahead, watch it and try not to become a fan. Eros, this family in Connecticut is ready to travel wherever and whenever you decide to tour for this record. Thank you for staying true to your style and your music. This collection is truly spectacular."