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Sahara Blue

Hector Zazou Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Crammed Discs
  • ASIN: B00000ARXD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,247 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'll Strangle You
2. First Evening
3. Ophelie
4. Lines
5. Youth
6. Hapolot Kenym
7. Hunger
8. Sahara Blue (Brussels)
9. Amdyaz
10. Black Stream
11. Harar Et Les Gallas
12. Lettre Au Directeur Des Messageries Maritimes

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Genuine One-Off 23 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
This album was released in 1992 and, yes, it sounds as much. The cool, clean electronica and unnaturally clear production make it a thing of its time. Bill Laswell's heavy dub-influenced bass on some tracks add to the effect. Dated, certainly, in the same way as Nirvana and John Zorn's Naked City are dated. But that doesn't stop it from being very very good. Partly, it's the talent on display, here. Sleazy old John Cale sounds as charmingly absinthe-soaked as Aleister Crowley's carpet and Gerard Depardieu recites with utter conviction. David Sylvian turns in performances every bit as good as anything on 'Blemish' or 'Secrets of the Beehive.' Khaled astounds and the arrangements on 'I'll Strangle You' and the shattering 'Ophelie' astound. One of the absolute must-haves of 90s music. A masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Music 7 Jun 2011
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
French composer and MD HECTOR ZAZOU has cut a series of CDs with different guests on each.This was the first and features besides the names on the sleeve David Sylvian with the specially assembled Sahara Blue Orchestra.
Also features Barbara Gogan (Passions) who an entire CD would be made with later
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sahara Blue .. awesome 11 Aug 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is an exhilerating and original concept. First Evening is my favourite track, it completely took my breath away.The guitar arrangements are as good as the poetry. Its a cd that should be part of anyones collection
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Arthur 27 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
CD is great with good inspirations
CD was provided as expected and good condition as mentioned by the seller
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5.0 out of 5 stars another correction of the below 14 Feb 2002
By RDS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The previous reviewer (grantc from australia) was in error when he said that this release does not include two tracks with contributions by Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard from Dead Can Dance. He is most likely referring to another edition of this album, where there were problems attaining the rights to their appearances. Similar permission problems involved the contributions of David Sylvian. Rest assured that this edition does indeed contain the tracks "Black Stream" and "Youth", featuring Dead Can Dance.
Zazou's strength and versatility as a composer and director are unmistakable on this release. Sahara Blue is an excellent album well worth exploring. See especially the breathtaking contributions by Sussan Deyhim in two incredible tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike anything else 9 Aug 2001
By J. W. Reitsma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Forget the fact that there's an all-star cast on this, as on many other Zazou albums. And don't let the first track deceive you either, great though it is. Sure, starting an album with a Gerard Depardieu poetry-reading vocal over a disco rhythm with a pumping Bill Laswell baseline gets thing off on a flying start, but the rest of the album is much more quietly, electronically atmospheric, with some great French and English vocals from John Cale and Barbara Gogan especially. "Sahara Blue" is a collection of songs set to lyrics (some sung in the original French, some in English translation) by "poete maudit" Arthur Rimbaud. The album has an internationally oriented, ambient atmosphere with a bite that defies description. It may have something to do with the fact that Frenchman Zazou, who was born and raised in Algeria but was forced to move to France, appears to be uprooted and permanently caught between at least two worlds. He has been trying to unite the best of both worlds musically. "Sahara Blue" is a musical trip (in both senses), a mind-blowing experience that will leave you hungry for more. In that case, explore "Songs from the Cold Seas" with a similar all-star cast from around the North Pole Circle, "Lights in the Dark", Zazou's Irish record, or the hard-to-find "Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses" on Philips, with the most amazing vocals of all, weird and age-old-sounding vocals from Corsica, to which he provides an outspoken yet fitting accompaniment.
3.0 out of 5 stars I is another 8 Jan 2014
By Budas Root - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Rimbaud gets a very sensitive, palette-rich and sophisticated musical treatment. It could have been awful; as it is, it's excellent but a bit too smooth. "I'll Strangle You" might make an ace club hit, but won't, at least not anywhere this side of perdition. The Bryan Ferry imitation is very nice. The gradual shading into world-music with a pan-African vibe is lovely and appropriate. But it's very tasteful; a few punk-ish rough edges would have put this over a bit better, imo.
5.0 out of 5 stars MORE THAN EXPECTED SINCE I LOST MY COPY ... 2 Oct 2013
By CHRISTIAN KIECKENS ARCHITECTS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A Cd everybody who loves the work of Rimbaud should have in his discotheque because the interpretations by Zazou and the wide range of singers is just marvelous. It gives the whole CD one overwhelming statement and also one diverse force on good songs and texts.
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic from Zazou, this version is OOP! 14 May 2006
By Mr. Audio-Visual - Published on Amazon.com
As there are already two other entries for Sahara Blue I will assume that this one is intended to represent the original issue, which would be from 1992 (not 1998) and on Crammed/Made to Measure. This edition included two tracks featuring vocals by David Sylvian, To A Reason (#5), and Victim of Stars (#10). Due to contractual problems with Sylvian's label asked that these tracks be removed, hence the currently available edition with Youth and Black Stream (which feature Dead Can Dance). This is a very rare find, especially for Sylvian fans, as these excised tracks do not appear elsewhere.

Beyond this Sahara Blue is a tremendous album and features contributions from Ryuichi Sakamoto, John Cale, Sussan Deihim, Gerard Depardieu (yes, the actor), Bill Laswell, and many many other talented folks. A great album from Hector Zazou, an equal in collaborative genius to his Songs of the Cold Seas.

Addendum: Amazon has made an error in the track listing here. As I (along with a few others) previously noted, this listing originally represented the first edition of Sahara Blue whose track listing follows below. This version did not have the two Dead Can Dance tracks, but instead had two David Sylvian vocal tracks. I realize this is confusing, and Amazon has not helped the cause with their erroneous track listing above.

Correct track listing for first edition Hector Zazou SAHARA BLUE (MTM32) - 1. I'll Strangle You 5:12; 2. First Evening 6:31; 3. Ophélie 6:20; 4. Lines 3:33; 5. To A Reason 6:23; 6. Hapolot Kenym 4:59; 7. Hunger 4:38; 8. Sahara Blue (Brussels) 6:05; 9. Amdyaz 5:31; 10. Victim Of Stars 4:40; 11. Harar Et Les Gallas 4:28; 12. Lettre Au Directeur Des Messageries Maritimes 4:41

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