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Sound Magic

Afro Celt Sound System Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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It has been an extraordinary journey for the Afro Celt Sound System - one of the most innovative music collectives of its time. In that period there have been many lesser imitators and the global beat movement they pioneered has entered the mainstream.

When Simon Emmerson began to piece together the Afro Celt Sound System in 1992 he had no idea where the journey would take him. But ... Read more in Amazon's Afro Celt Sound System Store

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  • Audio CD (15 July 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real World
  • ASIN: B000007X26
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,661 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Saor (Free)/News From Nowhere
2. Whirl-Y-Reel 1 (Beard And Sandals Mix)
3. Inion (Daughter)
4. Sure-As-Not/Sure-As-Knot (Jungle Segue)
5. Nil Cead Againn Dul Abhaile/We Cannot Go Home
6. Dark Moon High Tide (Including Farewell To Eireann)
7. Whirl-Y-Reel 2 (Folk Police Mix)
8. House Of The Ancestors
9. Eistigh Liomas Sealad (Listen To Me)/Saor (Reprise)

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In light of everything that has happened since Sound Magic's release--both inside Afro Celt Sound System (massive global success, the sad loss of founder member Jo Bruce, a patchy second album) and outside (a whole string of bands following in their wake) it's worth taking another look at that debut album. While the Afro Celts certainly weren't the first to combine the traditional instruments of Ireland and Africa (Sin E and Kila, to name but two, were also kicking around) they were the first band with the budget and inclination to bring the musicians together. The band came together as part of the annual Real World recording week in Bath for "Sound & Magic" and it fizzes with an inspiration that seemed to desert the project when it became a "proper" band. The opening eight minutes of "Saor/Free" are still of the highest drama, a pretty definitive calling card. Bruce's drum & bass and techno driven grooves pulsate throughout, bubbling underneath the koras, pipes, whistles, percussion and wonderful vocals of Iarla O Lionard. And do you know what? It sounds like the most natural sound in the world. --Phil Udell

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD is an excellent blend of Ancient Celtic, African and Modern music styles. The band capture something from all of the styles and mix it together in a way which has to been heard to be believed. It is both relaxing and invigorating, a superb album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hybrid that works 19 Oct 2003
By Andy Millward VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
As it happens, I saw the Afro Celts perform live before I heard them on CD. It was the right sequence too: live, the band's fusion of traditional styles (Irish, African and Asian) and instruments with dance music electronics melds together into a thrilling and spectacular melee.
On record, they are not quite so dynamic or exciting, but the breadth and variety of talents are on display in this shop window. This album runs deep, so take plenty of time to unpeel the layers and explore the sounds. You won't regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic album 14 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album has to be heard to be believed. A great relief fromthe boy-band's and girl-band's.... this is a total sense of musicalheaven away from the popular music industry. The blend of global instruments is a masterpiece, with Larla O Lionard's vocal's making this a fantastic album. If u are sick of the popular music scene, and are looking for something alternative, buy this, it's incredible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 23 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion the best album from this dynamic squad. Heart warming music that hits the mark and takes you on a real journey beyond physical reality.
I do enjoy the more club orientated sounds but its the honesty of some of the earlier tracks that really move me. Although, I would recommend any of the albums.
But without question live is the best way to hear this group. Without doubt they have put on the best live shows I have ever seen, truly exhilerating, sheer brilliance.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where to from here? 16 July 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Afro Celt Sound System's first album is, as their name says, a clever and in parts quite stunning mix of Celtic & world music that garnered huge praise and success on its release. But despite its ingenuity it's an odd record, veering often incongruously between "dance" music and much slower and occasionally quite turgid world/folk. Truth is that it's the more upbeat club/dance tracks, in particular the outstanding "Sure-As-Not/Sure-As-Knot", "Whirl-Y-Reel 1" & Whirl-Y-Reel 2", that make it come alive and which justify a great deal of the praise heaped on it.
So... if you want to discover similarly inspired, upbeat dance/world music where to? Well, Afro Celt's second album - "Release" - moves them much closer to the club area but, while good, loses a lot of the melodic intricacy & instrumental interplay that made "Sound Magic" such a success; better to go for their third outing - "Further in Time" - which more effectively combines the inspired enthusiasm of their early tracks with the driving club beats of "Release".
Better still, check-out their virtually unknown UK contemporaries, Elephant Talk, whose difficult to find albums follow a similarly infectious, more jazz tinged club/world "fusion" formula with more consistently upbeat and enjoyable results. Check out Amazon.co.uk for Elephant Talk's first two albums, "In a Big Sea" and the even better "Head", and the group's own web site at [...] for their quite brilliant last release "Leap". You won't be disappointed but you may be left wondering how such equally innovative and exciting music can remain so little known.
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5.0 out of 5 stars why have I not heard of this before? Bought ... 2 July 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
why have I not heard of this before? Bought after reading a magazine article loaned buy a friend who said I had a "pipe and slippers" audio system, this proves him wrong!
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