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Best of Kodo [Import]

Kodo, 鼓童 Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (18 Jan 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Tristar
  • ASIN: B0000020FP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 482,511 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lion
2. Irodori
3. Yumi-Ga-Hama
4. Zoku
5. Kazauta
6. Monochrome
7. Yu-Karak II
8. Yatai Bayashi

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the joy of drums 17 May 2012
By David Spanswick VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After seeing Kodo featured on a recent Stomp dvd I realised that many moons ago I had been blown away by a concert given by this energetic percussive combo from the East.

This CD features a range of musical wonderments for anybody starting a trek through the joys of world music or for seasoned listeners who still like to know that their hearts can beat in rhythm.

Although this recording gives you access to the delights of communal drumming you should, if ever possible, see a live performance for the sheer stamina of these drummers.

The track list is given mainly in Japanese which is truly excellent as you may choose to interpret the pictograms for yourself, for me the stand out and cant-get-it-out-of-my-head track is helpfully translated as "Leonard" with a jaunty flute accompaniment

Truly one for the car, tedious train journey or to get you over the boring shopping queue, yes you will smile at this!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good, but not quite the best 18 April 2014
By MS
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I feel this is a good introduction to Kodo, I would dispute whether it is actually the best, but I suppose that is a matter of individual taste
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kodo Drumming 3 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you are new to Kodo this is the best way to experience the sound and vibrancy - unless you can get to see them live!!
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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I first heard about Kodo on the telly, during one of these late night variety programs. It was late, I was tired, enjoyed the music, fell asleep and forgot all about it.
Then I spotted one of the guys in work had a Kodo album, thought "what the hey" and ordered it from amazon.
Some of the songs are quite slow to get going and the noise level on one means that you dont actually hear anything for 3 of the 14 minute song, but two of the songs make up for all other failings.
If you like percussion, and can ignore the yipping of the musicians, this is well worth a listen. (although I would try a sample first off an MP3 site to see if it is your cuppa)
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  17 reviews
57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The pounding...the pounding.... 16 May 2000
By hannibalsmith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Two words to describe why you want to buy this album: Zoku & Monochrome. Two of the finest instrumental songs, IMHO, ever put to CD.
First, let me *try* to explain Monochrome. I've seen this song performed live on three different occasions by Kodo - basicaly, it starts out with 7 players each on a single small drum, all very softly (literally barely audible) playing the same rythm pattern. From time to time, one of the drummers will start a new pattern (that always fits in perfectly with the original, and is often barely noticable at first), and either return to the original pattern or continue. In this way, the seven drummers as a whole smoothly morph back and forth between three or four basic patterns. Meanwhile, there are a couple of points in the song where the group smoothly transitions in about 20 seconds from being barely audible to filling the room with enough sound that your ears hurt, and back, all on seven drums that each look to be no bigger than a frying pan. About two thirds through the song, an occasional gong crash can be heard, the prelude to the song's finaly when the seven original drummers are joined by a very large base drum (twice when I saw Kodo, this was their largest drum - the third time, it was a smaller but just as impressive drum) banging out very large beats as the original seven drums and the bass drum morph back into the original rythm played by the seven drummers at the begin of the song. This song is pure aural candy - the sublety of the rythms and the transitions between them is really indescribable if you haven't heard it.
Zoku is more difficult to describe - there are a lot of large bass drums, which cary the main rythm of the song, as a single drummer playing what I would describe as the taiko equivelant of Tom Tom's carry's the song's melody. As with Monochrome, the group transitions very smoothly from rythm to rythm, revisiting them as the song progresses. About half way through the song, the drums stop and the drummers begin chanting out the song's rythm, returning to their drums in a thunderous crescendo. The song also concludes in a massive rising beat, capped off perfectly by the drummers ending completely synchronised on the final note.
40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the CD to buy! Kodo shines throughout! 27 Jan 2000
By Adam Weiner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ah, my favorite CD. My copy is so worn, I might have to buy a new one soon... Let me just talk about the tracks, otherwise I'll just start praising how good the CD is and never get to the good stuff. And good stuff this is, ladies and gentlemen. First we have "Lion". This is my favorite track on the CD. It's driving. It's got raw energy. It's rapid and intricate and engaging. There's a bit of vocal shouts (kiai) and a short section of kiai in place of Taiko (done again on track #4, Zoku) which actually add a lively spice. Great, great stuff. Track #2 is "Irodori", a festive, winding piece that introduces more and more elements until the final note. Soloists trade off back-and-forth, the large drum (Odaiko) is used, and the flute melodies (two flautists in perfect harmony) flow with complementary grace. Track #3 is "Yumi-Ga-Hama", based on a traditional piece. The beginning and end are similar, and not quite as exciting as the previous two tracks. It wasn't until I started really enjoying Taiko that I realized that the beginning and end of this song really set up the middle section nicely. That middle section is almost playful, steady, and strong. Track #4, "Zoku", is almost the most famous Kodo piece (aside from "Odaiko" and "Yatai-Bayashi".) I've seen and/or heard (so far) 7 different versions of Zoku, each one unique, each one fantastic. It's hard to describe without going on and on, however. I can say that on this CD, it's a steady song, not as fast as they play it now, but extremely strong nonetheless. I'm not sure how they recorded it, but it booms throughout the entire track, and the ending is no exception. Track #5 is "Kazauta", a lighter piece. I would compare it to "Irodori" in that there is a lively, weaving flute melody with playful Taiko patterns, but not as "out-there" in intensity. That doesn't mean it's not as good, it's just on a different level and still comes out as a very good piece. Track #6 is "Monochrome". This song is arguably the most technical piece I've ever heard. It's weird unless you can see it played, but the 7 performers draw out a range of sounds, feels, and moods from an intricate pattern of rhythms that I can't even begin to describe. Be warned, though - it's not a toe-tapper, it's an experience. Track #7, "Yu-Karak II", is also a favorite of mine. It sounds like one huge improv session, with solos following solos. There are some fantastic patterns in here, and even though it has complicated patterns throughout, the basic downbeat is easy enough to follow. Track #8, "Yatai-Bayashi", is a traditional song played by a few Taiko groups. This is usually played after the Odaiko (large drum) solo, and both technical as well as physically demanding. Players (usually 3) play slanted drums while sitting up on the floor with the drums in front. However, the drum is between their legs and all they have to brace themselves is the grip of their feet on either side of the drum near the base. It's a song that needs to be seen, but as far as listening to it, it's not done better than here. Overall? The best buy if you don't have the other CDs these tracks came from. If you're curious to Taiko or Kodo, a real winner. If you want to test your bass out, it's good for that, too...
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album 15 Mar 2002
By Doug Wade - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Kodo is simply the best at what they do. That's to say, Taiko with the emphasis on the music (especially drumming) and less on the festival aspect. It's true that the CD has a tremendous dynamic range, and that if you don't enjoy loud parts you'll be playing with the volume. This would be true if you bought a copy of Beethoven's Ninth, as well. Not all music is supposed to be the same volume all the time. In fact on this CD a number of tracks depend on them changing the volume of the drums by huge amounts.

I've also heard this CD with and without a subwoofer and although the music is interesting either way, you won't get the full effect if you can't feel the music. I've seen them in person, however, and I can verify that parts are very quiet, and parts will knock your socks off!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In awe of Kodo 4 Feb 2001
By Justin Liquorman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Kodo is an amazing group. While all songs on the album are incredible, the track that stands out the most is Monochrome. Monochrome is performed by 7 drummers at the front of the stage, all of whom are playing small taikos, which are a lot like snare drums. The drummers play 16th note patterns for 14 minutes, which is unbelievably taxing on the arms and wrists. If you have ever sat in bed and listened to rain falling on your roof, then you will like Monochrome. The song starts out like a light drizzle falling, and gradually rises and falls like a storm passing through the sky. Other taiko instruments create thunder, and make Monocrome a beutiful and moving piece. I would definitely recomend getting this album.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its worth it if your stereo's up to the task.... 19 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've seen Kodo live twice, and this album does a fairly good job of capturing their essence. But, you'll need a good stereo to truly appreciate it, as it takes a lot to handle the wide ranging dynamics of tracks like Monochrome (which, IMHO, is brilliant).
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