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  • Audio CD (9 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: World Circuit
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,044 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Chan Chan - Buena Vista Social Club
2. Soukora - Toure, Ali Farka
3. Boul Di Tagale - Lo, Cheikh
4. Rumba Argelina - Radio Tarifa
5. Rire Zarga Ouana - Messaoud, Bellemou
6. Amor Verdadero - Afro Cuban All Stars
7. Al Vaiven Mi Carreta - Saquito, Nico
8. Mogo Te Diya Bee Ye - Sangare, Oumou
9. Tumbanga - Lopez, Orlando 'Cachaito'
10. Yumala - Baqbou, Mustapha (previously unreleased)
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Tapha Niang - Diabate's, Toumani Symmetric Orchestra
2. El Carretero - Portabales, Guillermo
3. Song 4 - Abba, Dimi Mint (previously unreleased)
4. Juana Pena - Sierra Maestra
5. El Son Te Llama - Orchestra Baobab
6. Central Constancia - Gonzalez, Ruben
7. Si Te Contara - Gonzalez, Ruben
8. Amandrai - Toure, Ali Farka (previously unreleased live recording)
9. Love Supreme - Diaz, Anga
10. Dr Binol - Shirati Jazz
See all 15 tracks on this disc

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Multi GRAMMY winning UK independent label World Circuit Records celebrate twenty years of recording with the release of this 28 track, 2CD retrospective. From the Buena Vista Social Club to Ali Farka Touré via Ibrahim Ferrer and Rubén González, `World Circuit Presents...' is packed with classic performances from all their top artists: Ali Farka Touré , Rubén González, Ibrahim Ferrer, Buena Vista Social Club, Orchestra Baobab, Toumani Diabaté, Omara Portuondo, Oumou Sangare, Cheikh Lô... the list goes on!

Yet the album also sheds light on lesser known aspects of World Circuit's output. Digging deep into their vaults, they've uncovered half-forgotten masterpieces and previously-unheard live performances, great songs from long-unavailable albums and material from `pending projects'. From the Buena Vista anthem `Chan Chan' to hard-core Moroccan trance grooves straight from the dusty boxes in our archive, `World Circuit Presents...' offers a kind of informal secret history of the best-known world music label.

Unreleased gems from the archive include super-intense Moroccan trance rhythms from gnawa master Mustapha Baqbou and a slow-burning epic from Mauritanian griot Dimi Mint Abba, who wowed Womad this summer. Great live moments come from Buena Vista Social Club's legendary Carnegie Hall concert and Ali Farka Touré's majestic 2005 Brussels show - performances that played a major part in the World Circuit story. Finally, a taste of things to come is provided by an excerpt from the as yet unreleased follow up to Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté's GRAMMY-winning `In the Heart of the Moon'.


(4 stars) 29 tracks that ooze sophistication and vitality, all stamped with Gold's trademark intimate, organic sound. -- Uncut, (Neil Spencer), December, 2006

(4 stars) It goes without saying that this 20th-anniversary double album is an essential purchase. -- The Sunday Times, (Clive Davis), October 22, 2006

(5 stars) Beautiful transparent production which has captured perfect performances without embellishing on them. -- The Independent, (Andy Gill), October 13 2006

(5 stars) Best of all there's an outstanding batch of previously unreleased tracks. -- The Guardian, (Robin Denselow), October 13, 2006

(5 stars) Those newly hooked but slightly bamboozled by the plethora of exotica out there should start here. -- The Times, (Jon Lusk), October 14, 2006

(5 stars) What shines through every one of the 29 tracks is the relentless quality control. -- Evening Standard, (Simon Broughton), October 27, 2006

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Woodhouse on 15 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
29 tracks, 7 previously unreleased (some live, some studio). Ranging through predominantly the African and Cuban output of the World Circuit this is a 'sampler' package of the highest quality.

The established stars are here, Ali Farke Toure, Buena Vista Social Club, Toumani Diabate, Orchestre Baobab etc but the quality does not stop there. Some Moroccan trance, Kenyan beat, Radio Tarifa's eclectic mix, a touch of Rai; the list goes on. Not a duff track and some genuinely special performances full of energy, passion and emotion. In the traditions of the best World Circuit output the artists are given room to breathe and improvise and the recording standard is uniformly high. The real standout amongst the new tracks is a gem from the Toure/Diabate 'In The Heart Of The Moon' sessions.

A superb collection for the existing fan who wants a 'Greatest Hits' disc plus enough new material to get you delving into the World Circuit catalogue. Also a disc to introduce the merely curious to the quality and beauty of the finest world music.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Fiona Allen on 18 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
if you want to try world music - start here. it's a whole lot of fascination on disc, with so many styles that at least 1 is going to make you rush out and buy more to expand your knowledge. it's not limited to musicologists and world music experts, but it is incredibly good listening and really interesting. it's the compilation your cd player wants you to buy!!!
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