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Heartbeat Drummers of Japan
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
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Turn it up!
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I firmly believe that Taiko drumming is not something one can capture on a recording. It must be heard and FELT live. However, as far as recordings go, this one has a good feel. I also believe the recording technique used for this cd was intentional on the part of the makers--it forces you to turn the volume up to a level which can allow you to appricate the drumming's effect. Traditionally, the softer lower-volume parts are intended to offset the louder parts. Also, the silent gaps are very important and should be appriciated, which is something Westerners are often unused to. I feel this recording is true to the nature of the art."
Very good stuff, just keep your hand on the volume control.
Adam Weiner | San Jose, CA USA | 01/27/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"People have been commenting on the quality of the actual recording when they listen to this CD, and I can understand the negative feedback. On tracks 1 (Miyake) and 5 (Hae), there are sections where volume needs to be adjusted to hear practically anything above a whisper. It does detract from the overall enjoyment to fiddle with the volume knob, but aside from that, it's got a good acoustical feel to it. Miyake has a traditional song just before it, and the harmony of the voices really adds a great touch. Monochrome is on a few other CD's; it's not the easiest thing to listen to - it's a long piece and best served as a blend of visual/audial. The Odaiko piece is powerful - but then again, it always is... Chonlima is a personal favorite, and this time it's played fast, on the edge of amazingly so. Hae is only on this album, but it's got a soothing, relaxed feel even through the build at the end. I'd recommend this for Kodo/Taiko fans, but not for first-time buyers or just the curious. You'll like it better if you know what you're in for."
Simply Magical (if you have a good stereo system)
Ross M. Winberg | St. Paul, MN | 04/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this and Best of KODO Vol. 1 for comparison. This recording is simply magical. It's amazing. I listen with Conrad Johnson tube amps and KEF 107/2 speakers. I think those who found this recording very annoying or "poor" did not have the proper equipment to take advantage of the engineering that went into this disc. This is not background music. You really need to sit down and liten to this disc to take it all in. Yes, has fewer tracks than most CD's BUT they are alive!"