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One Giant Leap [Extra tracks, Import]

1 Giant Leap Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Nov 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00006RILF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 561,872 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

1 Giant Leap is a multi-media project dreamt up by Jamie Renton (Faithless) and original Take That producer, Duncan Bridgeman. They journeyed to 25 countries armed with a digital audio video camera and laptop, capturing sound, images and spoken word from some of the world's most influential artists. The result is some magician-like mixes and a seamless and clever production.

The CD cuts down the music to the core and starts with the wonderful soaring vocals of Senegalese legend, Baaba Maal.

Braided Hair and My Culture have both been hit singles and the latter features Robbie Williams and Maxi Jazz. Neither has a particularly strong infusion of world sounds. The driving rhythms of the percussion and guitar do, however, set the tone for much of the music.

The Way You Dream begins with beautiful wailing from 65 year old Indian vocalist, Asha Bhosle, soon interrupted by a trademark REM guitar line and Michael Stipe at his passionate best. The vocal interplay continues with seriously mellow Indian percussion grooves, some sublime kora and then the inspired addition of drum and bass. It adds up to 8 minutes of something quite special, a marriage of sounds made in heaven. This track is in my desert island top ten.

Daphne features Romu Majumadar, the Mahotella Queens and Eddie Reader. The ethnic mix of vocals and rhythms works a treat while each artist remains faithful to their original style.

However, I had a nagging feeling that the CD was watered down and over-produced for western consumption. Would it really have detracted if the big keyboard synth sounds had been toned down to a minimum? If a bit more courage had been used with the arrangements?

Ironically that nagging feeling was washed away completely after viewing the DVD. There are extended intros where the artists have more solos and are brought to the fore. The percussive and rhythmic grooves are developed further. The whole experience brings the diversity of the world together in 155 minutes of stunningly rich and colourful imagery. Comments from the R3 Awards for World Music clearly show that the DVD has had a profound effect on a wide range of people.

The DVD is truly superb and more than deserves its two Grammy nominations. To be really successful, a future CD should represent the artists in the raw and in a more stripped down way. --Christian Hopwood

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing 5 April 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
i cannot recommed this enough! produced by one of the founding members of Faithless, with contributions from some amazing people ranging from Michael Stipe (REM) to neneh cherry. fusing tradtional world music with modern sounscapes and dance beats, truly touches the soul, listen with an open heart & mind, Enjoy!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Cross-Border Fusion 10 Oct 2002
By 3rdeadly3rd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album, even before the music is considered, has to warrant some coverage for its concept. Two British musicians/producers travelled the globe armed with a laptop and some recording gear to record the sounds and words of...well, anyone really. The concept can be described as "reliant on serendipity at best" and clearly was a major risk. Nonetheless, every track scores a hit in some way or another.
The general mood of the disc can be described as "mellow", with only "Ma' Africa" and "Passion" really pushing into "danceable" territory. That said, the focus of the album seems to be one of finding a common language through music rather than raising a sweat on the dancefloor. The spacious backing tracks give the listener time to appreciate the talents on show here and also time to understand that the country of origin really doesn't impact on the quality of recorded music.
The talent level of the performers is incredible. From rappers Maxi Jazz (of Faithless), Speech (formerly of Arrested Development) and the incomparable Michael Franti (Disposable Heroes and Spearhead) we hear three of the most insightful raps in recent history. Franti, in fact, is so insightful that he's credited with a poem on "Passion" rather than a rap. In addition we manage to pick up a verse or two from Robbie Williams. Now, I am by no means a Robbie Williams fan and had previously viewed his appearance here as merely a case of things looking good on his CV, should he want a bigger contract. His appearance on "My Culture" (one of the standout cuts and a natural choice for a single) dispelled that belief very rapidly. Somehow he managed not to be dwarfed by Maxi Jazz, his duet partner, and he also managed to deliver a very original take on what Maxi was talking about in his rap.
As a world music fan, I was also very pleased to see some of the big non-western names getting a run here. From Baaba Maal (who gets considerable plaudits for his spell-binding vocals on "Dunya Salam") through to South Africa's Mahotella Queens. As an added bonus for pop culture students, Asha Bhosle makes an appearance as well. Asha who? Only the famous Bollywood singer who Cornershop name-checked in the catchy-as-all-get-out "Brimful Of Asha" a few years ago. India's "Mandolin" U Srinivas also makes a few appearances here, doing - as the name suggests - his trademark mandolin work.
Both producers have trip-hop backgrounds, and this is hinted at by their recording of Horace Andy - Massive Attack's sometime co-writer and co-singer. Andy, in tandem with Grant Lee Phillips, delivers another of his mellow reflections on life.
One of the great hidden performers on the album is a group of drummers from Africa who provide the beat of "Passion". The liner notes give - in very British style - a description of a performance by these drummers, and that coupled with "Passion" is enough to make any listner wonder where they can possibly get more of this kind of stuff.
As I've previously mentioned, every track here is very strong indeed. My favourites would include "My Culture", "Braided Hair", "Passion" and "All Alone (On Eilean Shona)". The latter is one of the most moving tracks I have had the privilege to listen to in many years.
One slight drawback to this album is that, unless you're really taking notice, the tracks have the ability to merge with one another. That said, this isn't neccessarily a bad thing, as it only heightens the "one world" message. It also provides the added bonus of this CD being useful as a chillout album following a long night.
I have heard this CD described as "preaching to the choir". While it is true that those more inclined to buy it are those for whom world music - or world fusion, as this is - is familiar territory, this is far from the only audience for which this album should be thought of as being intended. Anyone who has appreciated quality music by any of the big names involved with this project - western, eastern, african or anything else - is well-advised to broaden their horizons by purchasing "One Giant Leap". The music is moving, the talent is superb and the money is well-spent.
In today's world, the "one world" message seems to be more needed than ever. "One Giant Leap" is one of the best albums currently espousing that philosophy. A definite "best of 2002".
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars joyful noise 21 Jun 2004
By L. Jody Kuchar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD after seeing a "Making of..." program on a cable network. I HAD to buy it as the program was so compelling, but it lacked full versions of the songs. The CD is one of the best I have purchased this year. Each contribution is so well placed and executed. Some are truly stand out; Whiri Mako Black being one as
well as the 'marimba village' on track 8 ("Passion").
The music is so very wonderful; the entire project is in itself, quite moving and powerful.
After you buy the CD, find the accompanying DVD...both are well worth the search and the cost.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME, just give it a listen 14 Feb 2003
By Robert E. Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this in Johannesburg, as the single was playing on the radio and was getting some press! The previous review states it all so well, I only want to add one thing. Ta Moko, track 6 is worth the price of the disc itself. This disc is a pure joy, pick it up, and enjoy it!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The World Dreams in Music 9 Feb 2007
By Rebecca of Amazon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. ~Anais Nin (1903-1977)

The first time I listened to this CD, I listened to "All Alone" obsessively. I became so intoxicated with a feeling of immense completeness as every sadness in my soul dissolved into pure love.

The world could have disappeared and I would have been standing in the middle of a field of crimson roses all blooming to the sound of Duncan Bridgeman singing: "If you stay or if you go."

The friend who sent me the CD said to listen to the track before I went to bed and I've never experienced such a healing gift. In life, you often meet people who will give you gifts your soul needs and then at times friends can work together to heal the world.

When Jamie Catto met Duncan Bridgeman it was a random moment in time. Like most creative friendships they found they had so much in common. Once they started talking they realized they had similar beliefs about the state of modern music. Jamie was the singer and keyboardist in the UK band Faithless and Duncan Bridgeman had been mixing albums for big-name artists. Together they have created a CD I can hardly believe exists.

I had no idea the impact it would make on me. I also didn't realize you could fall madly "in love" with a CD. ;) Once "My Culture" takes off, you are going to understand the meaning of "primal high on a soul level."

"I'm what I feel, what I'm feeling is surreal

I'm a mass of spinning wheels

Always digging in my heels

Now I've got the faith to

Fall back again

Crawl from the warm waters

Don't ever forget

You're on your feet again

Your feet again" ~My Culture

This CD is a spiritual journey into a land where you can escape from ordinary consciousness. You will feel you connect instantly with the universal wisdom in the lyrics. There is a richness of culture in the freeing dance of philosophy and world music. Multicultural voices mingle with beautiful intellectual tangents. Visual images dance through your mind as the music creates a deep soothing soul vibration that radiates through you like the most comforting feeling you have ever experienced.

"The Way You Dream" is one of my favorite songs as it blends the mysterious voice of Indian star Asha Bhosle with the completely intoxicating voice of Michael Stipe.

This CD also features Dennis Hopper, Kurt Vonnegut, Robbie Williams, Tom Robbins, Senegal's Baaba Maal, Ram Dass, Gabrielle Roth, the South African Mahotella Queens, Neneh Cherry, New Zealand's Whiri Mako Black, Revetti Sakalar and Eddi Reader.

1 Giant Leap is a fusion of sound and word captured through travels in Senegal, Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Bombay, New Delhi, Calcutta, Bangkok, South East Asia, Los Angeles, New York, India, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. This CD is the result of recordings from 25 countries.

Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman literally spent six months traveling across the globe with a mobile studio and crew. Together they recorded storytellers, shopkeepers, authors, artists, philosophers and even cabdrivers. Each song contains a mixture of sounds and lyrics from various parts of the globe.

The chants, ethereal cries and primal rhythms will at times send chills up your spine. When Michael Franti sings "We are alive with the spirit of our passion" you can't help wanting to live, and live for a long, long time so you can see all your dreams become a reality.

The entire CD really represents a unity humanity could strive for if they could find peaceful resolutions to the issues haunting us all. The themes of the album are death, confrontation, sex, money, blasphemy, faith, happiness, inspiration, time, masks and unity.

Healing, loving, intoxicatingly spiritual and poetic beyond words. Perhaps the most beautiful music I've ever heard. 1 Giant Leap shows our humanity, the wide diversity of cultures and the beauty of unity through music.

~The Rebecca Review
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