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Sympathique [Import]

Pink Martini Audio CD
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Pink Martini & Saori Yuki - 1969
Somewhere between a 1930s Cuban dance orchestra, a classical chamber music ensemble, a Brazilian marching street band and Japanese film noir is the 12-piece Pink Martini.
Part language lesson, part Hollywood musical, the Portland, Oregon-based 'little orchestra' was created in 1994 by Harvard graduate and classically trained pianist Thomas M. ... Read more in Amazon's Pink Martini Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (25 Sep 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B00004W513
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 546,673 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget Doris Day's version of Que Sera, Sera 22 Aug 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Pink Martini's album was released in 1998, but I just received it as a gift, and haven't stopped playing it since! The two main vocalists on the album are fantastic, and in particular, their version of Que Sera, Sera will finally erase all your memories of Doris Day's saccharine performance. The rhythm is great, the selection of songs eclectic (covering French, Brazilian, Spanish and American), and the orchestration terrific. I defy anyone to dislike it!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album 6 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
While the cocktail lounge fad has seen more than a few musicians climb aboard as a career move, the members of Pink Martini are no bandwagon-riding aficionados. Fronted by pianist Thomas Lauderdale, Pink Martini is the real article--a band that approaches the music with unwavering seriousness yet never forgets the fun at the heart of it. Sympathique, the band's debut album reveals an incredibly diverse musical vocabulary on the part of frontman Lauderdale. And what singer China Forbes lacks in range and dynamics, she more than compensates for in attack, approach, and a clear understanding of the material. While most of the songs are upbeat, in the hands of Lauderdale and Forbes, "Qué será será," with its dark atmospherics should be rechristened "Qué será noir."
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning album 6 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a stunning CD. It is a cohesive blend of Cuban, French, Greek, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, classical, and Brazilian music. It is a hit in Europe; one of the cuts was included on one of the trendy Parisian Hotel Costes' CDs. The music is hard to classify- Jazz? Latin? House? Retro? Whatever you want to call it, it is marvelous, sophisticated, quirky, cosmopolitan, and international. And believe it or not, the group Pink Martini comes out of Portland Oregon. The group includes 14 talented musicians, covering vocals, trumpet, trombone, violin, cello, bass, guitar, piano, and percussion. Two cuts are augmented with the addition of a string orchestra and children's choir.
This is their debut CD, and as far as I know the only one. It was recorded in 1996-1997 in Portland. I can only offer the highest praise for this CD. Anyone, of any age, should find at least several things to love here. The first cut, Amado Mio, is a Latin groove. You will want to dance the tango or cha cha, even if you can't. The instrumental No Hay Problema is next, continuing the Spanish flavor. The next cut is what led me to the CD: Sympathique. This song could have been recorded by Edith Piaf, or Josephine Baker. However, it is an original work by the lead vocalist and the piano player of the group. It is definitely retro-light, humorous, tongue in cheek (in French, but the booklet includes a translation); I LOVE this song!
The next tune presents a remarkable plot twist. It is Que Sera Sera: yes, the song Doris Day made famous. It's the same song, but this is a twisted, chilling, haunted version. It's Doris Day meets Cirque de Soleil meets Fellini meets the Marquis de Sade. China Forbes' vocal is accompanied by an arrangement that is at once poignant, melancholic, light, discordant, tortured, wistful.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just sympatique but MAGNIFIQUE... 5 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
I got interested in Pink Martini after I bought the first Buddha Bar cd. It was feat. "La Soledad" a tango ballad which I immediately fell in love with.
When I first heard the cd, I was amazed by the worldwide music variety and education that Pink Martini have. The cd features music from Spain, Brazil, Greece plus the classic Bolero from Ravel
Being Greek I was surprised with the almost perfect Greek accent of the singer. All songs are played, sung and produced to perfection.
Definitely a diamond for any appreciative music lover. I am looking forward seeing them live in the near future.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 23 May 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this having bought 'Hang on little Tomato' and was not disappointed. It's a fantastic album, which combines a range of musical styles with inventive interpretations and exquisite musicality. Buy it!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pink Martini -the must underated band around 1 May 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have recently ordered a second copy of this CD as I wore the first one out. Since purchasing this CD and Hang on Little Tomato, I have seen Pink Martini live twice and just booked my third concert. They are fantastiic. Brilliant musicians (which is rare) and the music appeals to all ages and tastes and 'does just what you want it to do'! Thay are great and I recommend them for easy listening or dance!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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When Pink Martini opened the Sydney Festival this year I fell in love with China Forbes at least as a singer. This disc contains much that they performed & do so well. In fact I came home and ordered the CDS straight away and they don't disappoint!

Forbes & Pink M must be the only performers who can do Que Sera without you wishing they were Doris day!

Great disc as everyone else says - even greater band if you can catch them live - awesome sound and perfectionists in getting the balance spot on!

I hope I'll remember them and not just for singing and playing Brazil over a fire work show, need less to say Pink Martini won! Check them out on U Tube!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the later stuff from Pink Martini 13 July 2014
By Arrow
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I enjoyed the later stuff from Pink Martini, and hearing this album i wished i had been turned on to them in the early days!. As ever such a eclectic mix.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Martini
The first and the best album of Pink Martini, regardless of the other releases which are nice as well; but this title made Pink Martini known world wide.
Published 9 months ago by Stallion
4.0 out of 5 stars Driving music
Lovely works to travel great distances. The various languages add to the variety and the challenge of identifying where they originate
Published 9 months ago by S. Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Loved this album. I heard it at a friend's home and just had to buy it. Really interesting re-take on some great classic songs.
Published 11 months ago by Ms. D. Grey
5.0 out of 5 stars Pink Martini is as refreshing as the drink
Wow! At nearly 60 years old not much new music lights up my fire, having heard so much before and none recently that had such an effect. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dr Andre Hedger
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Pink Martini you'll love this...
Pink Martini are a remarkable, one-off phenomenon - how many 9-piece bands are there, with a repertoire in four or five languages, who come from Portland, Oregon? Read more
Published 15 months ago by Roving Chester
4.0 out of 5 stars Nt as good as some others they've done
A bit tame coated to some of their other stuff I just don't find it interesting and none of the tunes get you singing along
Published 15 months ago by Terry
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT
Pink Martini - Sympatique is the BEST music cd ever !
It includes easy listening songs
for relax-enjoy every moment
Published 17 months ago by maria E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than 'Hey Eugene'
I bought this album on the basis that I love Pink Martini's later album 'Hey Eugene' and it has exceeded my expectations. Read more
Published 18 months ago by M. F. Bullock
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing CD!!!!!!!!!!
My husband opened the cellophane wrapping to find NO CD inside, what sort of company does that to someone, especially on Christmas day. I hope we get a replacement!!!!
Published 20 months ago by J. Fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to chillax with
Whereas David Cameron might need a bottle or two of wine, we mere mortals need only listen to this album by the brilliant Pink Martini when looking to chillax. Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2012 by Jamako
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