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Chants Dances & Legends: Native American
Various Artists
Chants Dances & Legends: Native American
Genres: Folk, World Music
 

      

CD Details

All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Chants Dances & Legends: Native American
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Dcc Compact Classics
Release Date: 10/15/1996
Album Type: Box set
Genres: Folk, World Music
Styles: Traditional Folk, North America, Native American
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaCD Credits: 3
UPC: 602214200322
 

CD Reviews

Mesmerizing
04/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Disc 1 (of the enclosed 3) was my 1st introduction to Native American music, together with Sacred Spirit, and I can't think of a more exciting and balanced introduction (for someone totally ignorant of tribal music) than those two CDs together. Soon followed Disc 3, as I went on to buy the above boxset, by the same artists - the credits for discs 1 & 3 are: traditional/Wasskoenig/Reklov, meaning the vocals are authentic Native Americans', while the music is composed by Thomas Wasskoenig and Reklov. They also sometimes sell under the name 'Navajo'. However, be warned that Disc 2 is NOT by the same artists ( and I don't like this one and sold it away). Disc 2 can be found individually under the band name Overtures, and sometimes also 'Navajo'.I don't recall ever being so excited by music before. This music and these voices seem to get into your skin, and compel you to get up and dance or exercise to spend sudden overflows of energy, or just move eyeshut in a sort of entranced blissful state.Ever since, I've been listening only to Native American music, widening my range of styles within this category ( some take a little ear-training), but still loving my very first cds. Somehow the music overspilled into my life, haunting me so much that I had to go out and find all the info I could find about Indian culture, past and present, etc., and before I knew it I had found myself an all-engulfing kind of passion.Back to Cds 1 & 3. So the vocals are genuine, rather traditional Indian vocals, while the instrumentation includes spirited
synth's and keyboards (the best I've ever heard), and good consistent rythms. The music is delightful, balancing and supporting the vocals to make them sound so much better than alone - I know because I found the original, vocal-only (all traditional and all pure native) cd at the library, and I must admit I wouldn't listen many times to that one.
Music and vocals blend together marvellously, and I am still amazed at the musicians' skill. The blend's result is cheering & stimulating, at the same time as relaxing & comforting, and make an excellent introduction to Native American music.Other keywords are: vibrant, exuberant, carrying you above the ground/lifting, energizing, but also relaxing,
sometimes hypnotic and entrancing, spiritual, very ethnic and evoking vast West American landscapes
and wild spaces."