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1 Giant Leap -12tr-

1 Giant Leap Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Feb 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00005UMQ5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,374 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dunya Salam - feat. Baaba Maal
2. My Culture - feat. Robbie Williams & Maxi Jazz
3. The Way You Dream - feat. Michael Stipe & Asha Bhosle
4. Ma' Africa - feat. Mahotella Queens & Ulali
5. Braided Hair - feat. Speech & Neneh Cherry
6. Ta Moko - feat. Whiri Mako Black
7. Bushes - feat. Baaba Maal
8. Passion - feat. Michael Franti
9. Daphne - feat. Eddie Reader,The Mahotella Queens & Revetti Sakalar
10. All Alone (On Eilean Shona)
11. Racing Away - feat. Grant Lee Phillips & Horace Andy
12. Ghosts - feat. Eddi Reader

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Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman are the co-producers of 1 Giant Leap, although it's the latter who has the hands-on role of multi-instrumentalist, recordist and mixologist, providing each song's backbone. The duo jaunted around the world, snatching vocal performances from mainstream pop artists as well as masters of the more traditionally "purist" folk forms, the policy being to record each guest with a laptop, in or near their homes. There was the obvious danger of Deep Forestation, but at least 1 Giant Leap have engaged in active collaboration rather than long-distance sampling.

Most of the tracks are homogenised into a 4/4-beat, programmed backing, with all the ethnic elements arranged neatly around this central pulse. On "My Culture" this results in a frightening face-off between the rapping conviction of Maxi Jazz and the bland pop penetration of Robbie Williams, a perverse presence indeed. "The Way You Dream" risks more, with Bollywood queen Asha Bhosle paving an incandescent way for Michael Stipe's fragile warble, the piece rising through three movements in epic fashion. Other highlights include Baaba Maal's striking call to prayer on the spacey-wafting "Dunya Salam", Arrested Development's Speech intertwining well with Neneh Cherry on "Braided Hair" and the more involved fusion of "Passion", with Michael Franti intoning poetry over massed voices, drums and wooden xylophones. --Martin Longley

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is more than world music, buy it now 24 Feb 2002
Format:Audio CD
I too bought this after only reading a few words in a magazine and boy am I glad I did! This CD will probably sit in the world music shelves of your local HMV, but dont let that put you off because any music lover, be it pop, dance or indie will find this instantly accessible. The highlight being Michael Stipe paired with a traditional indian singer to produce one of the most haunting and amazing songs I have heard in ages. This CD has been under publicised and will probably not be a big seller, shame, cause it deserves a place in everyones CD collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars The album of 2002? Quite possibly. 14 April 2002
Format:Audio CD
Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman are geniuses. Travelling the world with a laptop to record a wide range of musicians, scientist, authors and thinkers on is unusual to say the least. However, they've produced what may well be some of the most beautiful and haunting music ever heard. They describe it themselves on the back of the CD as "exploring the unity in the diversity" and that it is.
Spanning all genres and all the world, this album truly is a masterpiece that deserves a place in everyone's collection. Featuring international stars such as Robbie Williams and Michael Stipe to relative unknowns like Baaba Maal and Speech. None of these artists recorded together yet the songs are contructed so masterfully that you'd never know. The vocals of Speech and Neneh Cherry on 'Braided Hair' are particularly impressive as it sounds so much like they recorded with each other.
The wonderful fusion of different styles in exceptionally good, "Ma' Africa" mixes an African womens choir with modern dance to great effect.
'The Way You Dream' is one of the standout tracks, Michael Stipe's voice will haunt you and effect you more than you can imagine.
This album will leave you enchanted and you can't fail to fall in love with it. Likely to be labelled "World" music which may put some off but don't let it for this really is an outstanding work which will appeal to everyone and deserves huge recognition, let's hope they do it all over again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars don't be so exclusive 15 Dec 2002
Format:Audio CD
...I too have been listening to global music for many years and can state that while I have heard the same thing done before it is done just as well if not better on this album.The production is terrific.The ear for music of the two producers and the way they construct songs making the most perfect use of their artists is magnificent.Having never fallen for the hype about Eddi Reader's voice I was apprehensive about her featuring but the production just makes the best use of her.Similarly who can listen to the opening track and not get their imagination jerked into visualising Baba Maal in his natural setting (town or country) crying out his prayer.How can anyone not wonder at Tibetan Prayer Bells fitting so perfectly into a song as "All Alone".Even the spoken pieces just fit in and complement the music everywhere on the album.The overall message of the album - the one world,full of humans of great differnces culturally but physically from the same make up comes through in the album.Yes encourage people to listen to more world music.By all means quote the names of some criminally overlooked artists of the past 3 decades but let people come to appreciate global music in whatever way they come to it. Easily the finest album this year!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World music for the Contemporary world 25 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
To say this is world music in this case is in no way to limit it to being a stagnant repetition of the songs and sounds of other cultures and nations. 1 giant leap brings music from all over the world, and blends them with a sense of mainstream. The result is a refreshing reinvigoration of both modern pop/hip-hop and world music. Every track holds its own individual sound, which fit within the over-arching frame of the album, encasing this eclectic mix.
Most people will have heard 'My Culture' which features vocal/rap from Robbie Williams, but this is certainly not the best track. I'd say the weak point for me is 'Braided Hair', which i find the most repetitive and simplistic. That said, one of my best friend adores it.
Personal Favourites are:
'Ma' Africa' - an uplifting track with a clear tribal feel, and lyrics which seek to "make Africa a land of hope"
"The Way you dream" - Truly epic, truly gorgeous, blending the western with the indian and back to the western with Michael Stipe. A selfless song.
"Ghosts" - A ghostly sound, with strings, building in intensity. Absolutely hauntingly beautiful.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant 8 Mar 2002
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Format:Audio CD
I sat down and listened to this cd in one sitting and I was absolutely blown away by it. It manages to seamlessly blend different musical styles and cultures together, producing a truly atmospheric and emotional experience. It's albums like this that remind you of how powerful music can be as an inspirational force in life. Stunning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece - every track is stunning 20 Aug 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Wow, I'm so glad I discovered this CD. I saw their amazing film at V2002 and it blew my mind as well as everyone else's there. This album has made me appreciate African and Indian sounds in a way I never did before. The purists might hate it, but the SOUL of music is so powerful here. Also the way it was recorded is so groundbreaking. The artists actually travelled the countries and met the musicians, no sampling but real collaboration. Perfect!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, different World music at its best
Great concept, and I am surprised it has taken me so long to come across this. I would recommend the DVD of the series of programmes about how this was made. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ellie Urs
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and original music mix.
I have bought this one becasuse the song " My culture" that appears on Blue Horizon surf movie, it is a very nice song a hip hop and pop mix that sounds pretty pretty good. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Javier
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 Giant Leap..... amazing album
The most incredible album and worth every penny. I play it over and over and every time I hear something new..... wonderful!
Published 12 months ago by Maria Sampietro
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Inspirational. After hearing this album I was inspired to take one of Jamie's workshops. It was as easily as rewarding and inspiring as the music. A must buy.
Published 16 months ago by Grahame Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT... !
This is a GREAT ALBUM....Great idea for a record... Lots of guests and really good songs....!! I Highly recommend it...!!!
Published 19 months ago by zimmi
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime - Wonderful - Inspirational
Ten years after this masterpiece was released it never ceases to amaze me how many artist record and release such bland, uninspired and formulaic dross. Read more
Published 20 months ago by A. R. McTaggart
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 Giant Leap
This CD is excellent value for money. Over an hour of fusion music from all over the world with contributions from Baaba Maal, Robbie Williams, Maxi Jazz, Michael Stipe (from REM),... Read more
Published on 23 May 2012 by bic Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
My Culture is the reason I went for this but the CD has other great tracks and has a great variety of songs. A breath of fresh air.
Published on 13 Aug 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What a journey!
This album sounds as fresh today as it did 10 years ago, as it will in 10 years time. One of the main drivers for the '1 Giant Leap' project was Jamie Cato, founding member of... Read more
Published on 4 April 2011 by G. Seabrook
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best cd I own
Having bought this cd in 2002 I now have to limit my playing of it to selective occaisions only to ensure its magic never fades. I just don't want to overplay it. Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2010 by Mr. Serious
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