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Eurovision Song Contest Istanbul 2004

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 April 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B00021LPOM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,368 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Andorra: Marta Roure - Jugarem A Estimar-Nos
2. Albania: Anjeza Shahini – The Image Of You
3. Austria: Tie Break - Du Bist
4. Bosnia And Herzegovina: Deen – In The Disco
5. Belgium: Xandee - 1 Life
6. Belarus: Alexandra & Konstantin - My Galileo
7. Switzerland: Piero & The Music Stars - Celebrate!
8. Serbia & Montenegro: Zeljko Joksimovic & Ad Hoc Orchestra – Lane Moje
9. Cyprus: Lisa Andreas – Stronger Every Minute
10. Germany: Max – Can’t Wait Until Tonight
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Disc: 2
1. Ireland: Chris Doran – If My World Stopped Turning
2. Israel: David D’or – To Believe
3. Iceland: Jonsi - Heaven
4. Lithuania: Linas & Simona – What Happened To Your Love
5. Latvia: Formins & Kleins - Dziesma Par Laimi
6. Monaco: Maryon - Notre Planète
7. Malta: Julie & Ludwig - On Again...Off Again
8. Macedonia: Tose Proeski – Life Is A Book
9. The Netherlands: Re-Union – Without You
10. Norway: Knut Anders Sørum - High
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The 2004 Eurovision Song Contest--held in Instanbul and watched by an estimated music-loving audience of 100 million--was so astonishing that not even this thoroughly comprehensive double CD compilation can hope to do the event justice. Featuring the songs of all 36 international finalists, it's entertaining and infuriating in equal measure. Bravo for German entrants Max whose "Can't Wait Until Tonight" (sort of Paul Weller meets Van Morrison) was really rather good. And Lisa Andreas's beautiful Cypriot entry "Stronger Every Minute" should have won hands down. Greece invited us to "Shake It", Turkey's over-animated Less Than Jake-style ska-punk wannabees Athena sang " I wanna bring you up" as if they'd just eaten something that had disagreed with them, Sweden's lovely Lena Philipsson stroked her thighs and cooed "Ooh it hurts" in an appealingly erotic manner and somebody else, who no-one can really remember, invited us to "Get High". Sometimes the competition was unpredictable--who'd have thought the competition would be won by a drum-bashing Ukrainian dance-folk version of Siouxsie and the Banshees? And sometimes it was painful; Finland's attempt to fuse Tom Jones with Phantom of the Opera-era Andrew Lloyd Weber was an experiment which ought not to be repeated. Britain, of course, didn't do very well at all but then Britain has the Beatles so it doesn't matter. --Kevin Maidment

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This double CD features all 36 entries from the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, from Andorra to the Ukraine. Naturally it includes the UK entry, "Hold on to Our Love" by James Fox.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eurovision is here again... 27 April 2004
Format:Audio CD
Yes, it is that time of year again, and this year because of theintroduction of a qualifier round, there are 36 songs to listen to. Butalthough this may seem like a lot (nearly two hours of songs), there iscertainly a lot to listen to!
Let's begin with the good stuff. Germany's entry brings a bit of JamieCullum-esque jazz to the contest, Sweden maintains that Euro-pop stylethey're famous for, and Norway will probably not get nul-points this yearas their song is possibly the most chart-worthy of the bunch. The UKshould also not worry too much about a repeat of last year, as James Foxshould pick up a few votes.
Now the bad stuff. Switzerland's entry is by far the worst of the 36, andit takes a lot of building yourself up to be able to listen 3 minutes ofthis. Austria, Slovenia and Portugal sadly have rather boring songs thatwill not make an impact at the contest. There are quite a few 'OK' songsthis year, but don't let that put you off, there is something foreverybody.
If you watch Eurovision for novelty / light entertainment purposes, thenthere are certainly a few eye openers. If you like your music ethnic, thenSerbia-Montenegro's dark song should win you over and it puts fiddles andpanpipes to good usage. The Ukraine (who I hotly tip to take the title)have a frantic, rhythmic song with a little bit of yodelling in. However,Estonia will either delight or annoy. Five girls singing an odd song withan odd tune, and the translation of the Estonian word "Tii"? Yes, "Road".But it's not nearly as good as the Spanish entry's translation intoEnglish, which produces "To Fill Myself with You". Terry Wogan may have afield day...
So who's going to win? Well, it's a tough one this year. If the people ofEurope go for a ballad, Cyprus will walk it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars last year was fantastic but this year tops all 6 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
Forget pop idol and all the manufactured bands this is the cream on the cake. Loads of my friends say that Eurovision is a complete waste of time and the music is terrible but i say STUFF THEM. This Cd is brillant. I got last years and i nearly know all the songs off by heart even those of a different language and with having the new Cd for two days i already am picking words up and tapping my feet. This year will be amazing and i want to congratulate europe for all the artists and their great songs. This Cd is culture pop and has 36 songs from different cultures and backgrounds (even thats got to say something). The price is unbelievable, the Cd lacks nothing and the music is just angels to my ears. Get it and the Dvd which is out on 7th June (so worth it)now you wont miss that other Cd you wanted to get because this will top it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good album! 4 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
For anyone who watched the Eurovision in Istanbul and even half-enjoyed it, this CD is well worth buying. On the two nights there are too many songs to remember - but on CD we can really get the feel for the songs we want to hear again, rather than only remembering the winner!
There are seven or eight really good entries here which I had forgotten:
Ukraine the winner of course!
Sweden which was the favourite to win
Romania which only finished 18th(?)
Albania, Cyprus, France
Malta - cheesy Eurovision at it's best
Buy it - even if there are some really bad entries (Can't even remember them they blend into each other so much) there are great songs as well!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of different tastes in music 26 April 2004
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Format:Audio CD
For the first time, this year the Eurovision song contest is split overtwo nights - with 14 countries automatically qualified for the Saturdaynight final, and 22 other countries playing on the Wednesday beforehandfor 10 other places in the final. This amazing value double-CD showcasesall 36 songs, and a great collection they are this year too! Stand-outsongs include the entries from Estonia, Belgium and - of course - the UK,who have a lot to make up for this year!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Collection of Songs 5 May 2004
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Ok so Eurovision has a bad reputation and this album proves that on occasion that reputation is justified. There are four truly awful tracks here: Bosnia, Switzerland, Estonia, Finland. Several that simply wash over you like Austria, Spain, United Kingdom, Monaco and Norway. Yet, some of the tracks stand head and shoulders above the rest and without the "stigma" of Eurovision attached to them would doubtless be worldwide hits - listen to Cyprus, Germany, Israel, Poland, Romania, Russia, Turkey and the Lene Lovich like Ukrainian entry and you will be pleasantly surprised.
Well worth buying - the vast majority of the tracks are listenable and at least eight of them are memorable. How many albums can you say that about?
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I'm currently reliving fond Eurovision memories by listening to old ESC albums. Some of them have aged with surprising grace. This album, Istanbul 2004, is so-so. The only real highlights are the winner, Ruslana's "Wild dances" (misspelled "Wild Dance" at the album) and Zeljko Joksimovic's "Lane moje", which I think came second. Still, the other songs are tolerable as background music, for instance when you are writing Amazon reviews!

But yes, many of them are straddling the thin line between competent muzak and unintentional self-parody. This is even more obvious if you watch the live performances on Youtube. For instance, what are we to make of the Nazi-inspired symbols worne by the Austrian boyband? Or the half-nude, dancing disco Tarzan from Bosnia? Or Sakis Rouvas, appealing rather heavily to the "Greek player" stereotype? Or the embarassing pseudo-opera from Malta? Or...? Well, you get the picture.

Even Ruslana's winning song, representing the Ukraine, comes close to the parody category, with her weird blend of Mad Max beyond Thunderdome and Russian Cossacks, not to mention her incredibly bad accent. (Apparently, she was supposed to promote Huzul culture. Nobody got it. Hu...who?) But yes, her victory was an open and shut case.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2004 isn't for everyone. If you want *really* good pop, disco or rock, look elsewhere. But if you want to know what everyone in Europe (and Australia) is talking about around mid-May every year, this is a good place as any to start.

Four stars. But don't tell me I didn't warn you... ;-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Surprisingly Good Year
I ordered this CD because seven years later, I was still hooked on "On Again Off Again" by Julie and Ludwig (and the You Tube versions I could find had poor sound quality). Read more
Published on 13 April 2011 by Z. Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars A real Turkish delight... pop heaven
With 36 countries the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest was the biggest to date. There were a number of firsts in this, the 49th annual pop jamboree; the introduction of a qualifying... Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2008 by Vauxhall1964
3.0 out of 5 stars well, it was quite well, but,........
some of the songs really sucked.I did't like 2004 Contest so much, 2003 was much better by me.Personally, I recommend:Sweden, good catchy pop song sung by a really great singer,... Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2004 by KatySLO
5.0 out of 5 stars best so far
I'm a big fan of eurovision, even if the songs aren't always good. But the 2004 collection is the best yet, from the mystic serbia and montenegro song, to the brilliant greek... Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Douze Points!!!
This CD is a brilliant trip through Europe. From Ramon in Spain to David D'or in Israel and Ukrainian Ruslana's contest winning entry "Wild Dances". Read more
Published on 24 May 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost better than NOW!
Yes, I mean it. OK, here we have 36 songs that probably won't see the top 10 in the UK, but still are better than 50% of songs that end up high in this country. Read more
Published on 11 May 2004 by MBC
3.0 out of 5 stars Sounds all the same to me
The main attraction of the Eurovision Song Contest is the spectacle of the event on TV; this double CD of all 36 songs is quite hard to listen to in isolation and all in one... Read more
Published on 11 May 2004 by Mr. R. B. Ager
3.0 out of 5 stars Hello from Balkan
Well...I didn't heard all songs,but i can tell that the songs every year sound the same.I know that eurosong have some standards, but i think that here is need a deferents of... Read more
Published on 4 May 2004 by "maki_83"
3.0 out of 5 stars Eurovision Song Contest - Istanbul 2004
The first thing you'll with the CD is the number of songs. There are 36songs from 36 participating countries. Read more
Published on 29 April 2004
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