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The Very Best Of Ethiopiques - Cult Hits From The Original Series [Collector's Edition]

Ethiopiques Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Collector's Edition
  • Label: Union Square Music Limited
  • ASIN: B005ELZM6C
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,694 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Gara Ser Nèw Bétesh (Tèshomè Meteku)
2. Ené Nègn Bay Manèsh (Girma Bèyènè)
3. Betchayén Tègodahu (Alèmayèhu Eshèté)
4. Hamétègnaw (Seyoum Gèbrèyès)
5. Bèlomi Bènna (Mahmoud Ahmed)
6. Yègellé Tezeta (Mulatu Astatqé)
7. Tchèrèqa (Menelik Wèsnatchèw)
8. Tezalègn Yètentu (Tlahoun Gèssèssè)
9. Alèm Alèm (Mahmoud Ahmed)
10. Feqer Feqer Nèw (Alèmayèhu Eshèté)
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Disc: 2
1. Asmarina (Mulatu Astatqé)
2. Teredtchewalehu (Alèmayèhu Eshèté)
3. Embwa Bèlèw (Muluqèn Mèllèssè)
4. Tèmèlès (Alèmayèhu Eshèté & Hirut Bèqèlè)
5. Bèy Lesènabètesh (Gétatchèw Kassa & Soul Ekos Band)
6. Yemendjar Shega (Muluqèn Mèllèssè & Dahlak Band)
7. Mètché Nèw (Assèfèlètch Ashiné & Géténèsh Kebrèt)
8. Qondjo Ledj Nat (Ayaléw Mesfin)
9. Engènagnalèn/Antèyé (Zèwditou Yohannes)
10. Ashasha Bèyèw (Abbèbè Tèssèmma)
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The 27-volume Éthiopiques series introduced the unique sounds of post-war Ethiopian soul, jazz and big bands to a grateful wider world. This collection takes 28 of the very best cuts from that series to form a unique document of this incredibly soulful, otherworldly and hypnotic music. Do yourself a favour and discover the Ethiopian R&B counterparts to James Brown, Elvis Presley and Jackie Wilson but also jazz composers, choral groups, folk minstrels and bluesmen with the power and wildness of Bukka White or Son House, or contemplative piano music that might suggest Bill Evans or Maurice Ravel for a moment, but is really from a strange and wonderful place of its own ...Elvis Costello

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2.0 out of 5 stars Best of Ethiopiques 20 Jan 2012
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Disappointing and certainly not the best selection not up to previousa standards from this compnay. Better to but singles of what you like. Save your money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars confusing package ... great music 14 April 2013
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
Well, this is a confusing package; one of two reissues, both of them 2-CD sets with 28 tracks on them, titled "The Very Best of Ethiopiques." Amazon has this one listed as "Cult Hits from the Original Series," but that's actually the subtitle of this package. Perhaps they did that to distinguish this one from the other compilation (which has a different cover and different order of tracks).

In any case, the music on here is fantastic; that hypnotic stew of jazz and soul and Ethiopian "world music" that is so unique. If you are familiar with any of the albums in the multi-volume "Ethiopqiues" series (including a great compliation by the legendary Mulatu Astatqe) you know how fascinating --- and addictive --- this music can be.

As good as the music is on this collection, there are a few annoying aspects with the package. There are no track times given for any of the songs, nor are we told the year the songs were recorded. Apart from the song listings, there is a separate listing of "Artist Notes" in the booklet that give a short bio of each artist, plus a brief history and overview of the Ethiopian music scene during the time these tracks were recorded, presumably in the 1960s and 1970s. I also think they could have given us more songs; there is barely 55 minutes of music on each disc. Not bad, but hardly filled to the brim.

If you haven't bought any of the CDs in the "Ethiopqiues"series yet (there are 27 volumes in all!), I would recommend getting this compilation because it offers a good overview of the talented artists who comprised this interesting musical scene.
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