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  • Audio CD (16 Oct. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B000009CIO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro And Prelude (How The West Was Lost)
2. Tor-Cheney-Nahana (Winter Ceremony)
3. Ly-O-Lay Ale Loya (The Counterclockwise Circle Dance)
4. Ya-Na-Hana (Celebrate Wild Rice)
5. Dawa (The Cradlesong)
6. Gitchi-Manidoo (Advice For The Young)
7. Yeha-Noha (Wishes Of Happiness And Prosperity)
8. Ta-Was-Ne (Elevation)
9. Heya-Hee (Intertribal Song To Stop The Rain)
10. Shamanic Chant No 5 (Heal The Soul)
11. Yo-Hey-O-Hee (Brandishing The Tomahawk)

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samples song title time price 1. intro prelude 3:15 0.79 2. tor-cheney-nahana/winter ceremony 7:42 0.79 3. ly-o-lay ale loya/the counter clockwise circle 5:36 0.79 4. ya-na-hana/celebrate wild rice 5:28 0.79 5. dawa/the credle sog 4:41 0.79 6. gitchi-manidoo/advice for the young 6:24 0.79 7. yeha-noha/wishes of happiness and prosperity 4:16 0.79 8. ta-was-ne/elevation 3:00 0.79 9. heya-hee/the inter-tribal song to stop the rain 5:02 0.79 10. canto chamamico/hael to soul 5:58 0.79 11. ye-hey-o-hee/brandishing tomahawk 4:12 0.79

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Sacred Spirit: Chants and Dances of the Native Americans is an 11-song journey bridging the gap between ancient and contemporary history, tradition and modern instrumentation. While it is impossible to fully realize such scope on a single disc, Sacred Spirit makes the choice to represent all indigenous Americans rather than become mired in the potentially divisive bog of politics and tribal allegiance. All but two melodies are entirely traditional, bringing together flute, drums, and vocals with a cello and keyboard wash. This marriage is most effective on the lovely bowing of "The Cradlesong", and the looping electro-acoustic beauty of "Wishes of Happiness & Prosperity". Elsewhere, synthetic elements are overwhelming, detracting from a song's essence, as with the spongy nervosity of "Elevation". An uneven offering, Sacred Spirit doesn't quite live up to its promise. --Paige La Grone

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ellsee on 3 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
As Mueed said in his review, don't be put off by others. We all listen to the music we like for ourselves, not to please someone else.

Music purists can be as bad as wine snobs (you must drink this posh plonk even if it tastes like vinegar because I say so).

Surely the definition of music is that it's pleasing to the listener. YOU are the listener - YOU decide.

What really matters is that respect for the roots of any traditional music and the people who created it is upheld and the pure form is remembered for posterity. Thankfully there will always be people who will do that. Many of them will be musicians who can also appreciate different arrangements.

As far is I'm concerned there's no disrespect here. Far from it. I will also note other more traditional CDs recommended here and probably invest there too.

This is NOT equivalent to contemptible advertising rip-offs of classic or classical music to avoid paying royalties to deceased composers or performers.

And talking of rip-offs, I wonder why this CD is so expensive. OK it's an import, but Sacred Spirit 1 isn't so I'll look elsewhere first before buying it from Amazon.

I've loved Sacred Spirit 1 for 15 years and never tired of it. I think it's about time I bought Sacred Spirit 2 now. My ears - my decision.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "danleman01" on 31 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is one great chillout album. If you love atmospheric and sublime you will love this.
I first heard Looking Far North in a Navajo gift shop in Monument Valley in Utah. It was one of those great songs that made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and gives you chill sensations down your spine. I asked what the CD was called and bought it on the strength of that one track.
My freinds laughed when they saw what i had bought - within a minute of putting it on they realised what a great CD this is.
I've listened to it many times now but i still love it.
Other great songs are Yane - Heja - Hee (uplifting and happy)
Land of Promise (just excellent) and That Noble Dream.
In short - buy this album, sit back, chill out and just enjoy - you won't be disappointed.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "poynt" on 16 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Well I knew Id like it but again wow.The blend of soulful music and the incredible chants just pick you up and defy you not to drift back in time and see a great people living life as it should be.You can almost feel the sadness and lament at their passing.
Wishes of Happiness is the real thing with Counterclockwise and Winter Ceremony not far behind.
In fact no track disappoints.No matter what your tastes in music this is a must buy cd.Just sit back at the end of a long day and drift with it.You can't lose.Quite brilliant.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. P. A. Lee on 11 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I loved the first album but this is brilliant and I can't stop listening to it. I can't wait for Volume 3 to come out. As money raised from the sale helps our brothers and sisters in America it is a good cause. I can't fault this one at all. Strong instrumentals and haunting voices. This has it all.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. D. Smith on 29 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
Right, first let's make one thing clear - ignore the Amazon review, it's psycho babble. Here's an example. '"Elsewhere, synthetic elements are overwhelming, detracting from a song's essence, as with the spongy nervosity of "Elevation".' Spongy nervosity? What does that mean? What does it tell you about the music?

There isn't a bad track on this CD, and who cares if traditional native american music has been watered down by the addition of contemporary instruments and arrangements -it works, leave it at that. The tracks are all credited to "The Fearsome Brave", but no further information is given, so one must assume that this work is by a native american producer who wants to make his (or her) traditional music more accessible to "western" ears. A fine job he (or she) has done with it. The modern arrangements complement the often haunting vocals, and in my view, each one does a great job at setting the mood of the particular song or chant it's been mixed with. Straight away it becomes apparent whether this track is "sad" or that track is "uplifting" (another psycho babble word - what's wrong with happy?)

I heard Wishes of Happiness and Prosperity (Yeha-Noha) on British prime time radio in the late 90's, bought the album on the strength of that alone, and I'm happy to report it was money well spent. It matters not whether you perceive yourself to be a fan of New Age music, Native American music, World music or Tribal music, ignore the reviewers, do your ears a favour, give any of the tracks a listen (and Amazon have even been kind enought to let you preview them on the site) then buy the album. You won't regret it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Claire King on 27 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio CD
this is sooooooooo cool! i love this album, am about to buy the 2nd one, some tracks were more like native club music! not a chill out albumn but very uplifting for the soul! i have listened to it alot and is my fave new age albumn out of about 20, i know the lyrics but dunno wot it means ha,i want more of this please, cya
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sky North on 24 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
As someone who is proud to have Red blood (!) I find this actually not too bad. This is NOT Native American-recorded, however, "Brave" makes no secret of the fact he is Austrian, and the music is not offensive.
In fact, it is a slightly New Agey mix of Native chanting and singing, with flute, sampling of birds occasionally, all against a backing track which is thoughtfully and at times very skillfully put together.

Suitable for everything from headphones while you read, quiet music as you have a nap, calming music to relax boisterous small children, to background music for gift/book shops and Alternative Therapists.

However, volume 2 is better!
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