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Rasa Mello Vol.3
Rasa Mello Vol.3
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5.0 out of 5 stars RASA MELLO III by Donna D’Cruz [DigiPak CD Album] [US Import], 16 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Rasa Mello Vol.3 (Audio CD)
RASA MELLO III by Donna D’Cruz [DigiPak CD Album] [US Import] Featuring Rare And Hard To Find Dance Gems! Beauty Is Not In The Face! Beauty Is A Light In The Heart!

The Rasa music journey continues. Created by Donna D’Cruz, the Promoter/DJ darling of the international jet-set and ‘RASA MELLO III’ is a sublime collection of the finest in downtempo dance music, from St. Tropez, Madrid, new York, Denmark, Marrakech, Rome, Turkey, South Africa, Andalucía, Tunisia, Germany, London and paris. Get horizontal with this sensual selection of blissful tracks that stick with you long after the CD Album has finished.

Track Listing:
01. Song For Olabi: Bliss [4:13]
02. Breathe (In The Air) [feat. Sluggy Ranks]: Dub Side of the Moon [4:39]
03. My Heart Belongs To Daddy: Rosanna Casali [4:39]
04. Allegrias: Joaquin Cortes & Mi Soledad Ensemble [4:39]
05. He Ma Durga (Mac Quayle Remix): Donna Delory [4:35]
06. Carmentia Lounging (Opera House Remix): Claude Challe & Adam Plack [Coco De Mar] [5:37]
07. Shores Of Love (Instrumental): Deepak Chopra [5:01]
08. Piscean Dreamer (Jason Bentley Remix): Suphala [5:11]
09. Mi Amor: Riccardo Eberspacher (feat. Maria Teresa Pintus) [4:11]
10. Nar-I Yar: Mercen Dede [4:35]
11. Inkanyezi Nezazi (Lion King's Cross Mix): Ladysmith Black Mambazo [7:14]
12. Naturally (Original Mix): Slow Train Soul [5:34]
13. Funkhaus: Benet [4:36]
14. Nagpur: India Lucia [3:57]
15. Fatwords (Al West Remix): Smadj [4:06]
16. Kamancha: Armen Ra [2:44]
17. Looking For Your Face: Deepak Chopra & Jared Harris [2:01]
18. Dhyan-Chan-Zen: Cyril Morin [3:43]

Rasa Music Fact: Rasa Music, also now known as Rasa Living, is a record label based in New York City. It is the sister record label of AMI (Australian Music International) which was formed in 1991 with the intention of nurturing cultural musicians from Australia and marketing their music internationally. Today, Rasa Music's artists include Deepak Chopra, Prince Fatty, Indialucia, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Suphala, Benet, and many others. The label is run by Donna D'Cruz. Rasa is Sanskrit for "the sap or essence of things" and expanded into Rasa Living, a lifestyle company.

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom


Rasa: Exotica III by Donna D'Cruz, The Quantic Soul Orchestra, Big Daddy, Sarah Vaughan, Visti & Meyl [Music CD]
Rasa: Exotica III by Donna D'Cruz, The Quantic Soul Orchestra, Big Daddy, Sarah Vaughan, Visti & Meyl [Music CD]
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5.0 out of 5 stars RASA EXOTICA III by Donna D’Cruz [DigiPak CD Album] [US Import], 16 Jan. 2015
RASA EXOTICA III by Donna D’Cruz [DigiPak CD Album] [US Import] Featuring Rare And Hard To Find Dance Gems!

‘RASA EXOTICA III By Donna D’Cruz’ would have to be the most unique and original mix CD Album I have heard in a long time. Starting with slow, swinging, downbeat music, it then moves into bouncy pop and upbeat, balearic house, making this something to behold. Donna D’Cruz proves to have an open mind to chill and house, providing multiple facets of the genres in one set.

Funky and jazzy is the opening vibe with Babarabatir by The Quantic Soul Orchestra. Show me the saxophone and the funky guitar riffs! This drops back to what sounds like a 50s Frank Sinatra version of Madonna’s Like A Virgin, before moving onto down tempo bass mixed with accordions on track three. Sounds bizarre some would say? Sounds like it… but believe me, it works and draws you in. Definitely gives a different spin to chill out.

From here, we are introduced to soul and funk for a short period, before being moved towards swinging, uplifting house in State of Independence by Sao Benitez. Love Generation follows and takes Caribbean vocals to happy house. The CD Album maintains this level for the next few tracks, each one as good as the last. Power by Benji Candelario featuring Leslie Carter is one to watch out for, and Soul Makossa is funky and drives home the extra kick. It almost borders on breaks and reminds me of a house track called Boot Samba.

The track that really blew my mind was Carmenita Dancing by Claude Challe and Adam Plack. Uplifting, smooth, straight laced house at its absolute best. Exquisite! The journey never loses its drive or laid back momentum, yet each track reveals something different to the rest. I could continue to go on and on, but I don’t want to spoil this for you. It’s one of those works you will want to discover for yourself.

It is always great to hear something refreshing when listening to new music and this sums up the mix completely. It’s great for relaxing or chilling out to after a big night. It would also be awesome for background music at a party. Creative and with flair, don’t miss this one. It will surprise, I guarantee it. I will definitely be looking for the first two in this series. If they are as good as this release, I will want them in my collection. Donna D’cruz is a talent and should not be ignored. Thumbs up all the way. Highly Recommended!

Track Listing:
01. Babarabatiri: The Quantic Soul Orchestra [2:32]
02. Like A Virgin: Big Daddy [2:25]
03. Whatever Lola Wants (Gotan Project Remix): Sarah Vaughn [4:37]
04. All Nite (Yes Maam): Visti & Meyland [4:23]
05. Rock Steady (Arif Mardin Remix): Aretha Franklin [4:57]
06. State of Independence: Sao Benitez [6:46]
07. Love Generation (Bob Sinclar Mix): Bob Sinclar [3:22]
08. Power (Radio Edit): Benji Candelario feat. Leslie Carter [4:27]
09. Soul Makossa: Afrika Bambaataa [4:48]
10. Outro Lugar: Salome De Bahia [4:45]
11. Coco de Mer: Carmenita Dancing (Northern Comfort Remix): Claude Challe & Adam Plack [6:48]
12. Sultan House Remix: DJ Folani & DJ Zitroz [4:19]
13. Sous le Soleil (Dexter Goodfoot Mix): The Major Boys feat. Aurelia Saxophone Quartet [4:09]
14. Naturally (Kid Massive Remix): Slow Train Soul [5:07]
15. Piscean Dreamer (Bellyhouse Remix): Suphala [6:34]
16. Creeps (Booty Cologne Remix): Camille Jones [2:41]

Rasa Music Fact: Rasa Music, also now known as Rasa Living, is a record label based in New York City. It is the sister record label of AMI (Australian Music International) which was formed in 1991 with the intention of nurturing cultural musicians from Australia and marketing their music internationally. Today, Rasa Music's artists include Deepak Chopra, Prince Fatty, Indialucia, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Suphala, Benet, and many others. The label is run by Donna D'Cruz. Rasa is Sanskrit for "the sap or essence of things" and expanded into Rasa Living, a lifestyle company.

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom


Rasa: Exotica by Rasa: Exotica (2001) Audio CD
Rasa: Exotica by Rasa: Exotica (2001) Audio CD
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5.0 out of 5 stars RASA EXOTICA [2001] [DigiPak CD Album] [US Import], 16 Jan. 2015
RASA EXOTICA [2001] [DigiPak CD Album] [US Import] Produced by Donna D’Cruz. Whosever Knoweth The Dance, Dwelleth In God!

A sublime celebration of Rare and Hard to find dance grooves from around the globe in an uplifting, continuous blend that will make your heart beat faster! Produced by Donna D’Cruz, ‘RASA EXOTICA’ features international DJ’s and musicians from around the globe including, Claude Challe (Budda Bar/Nirvana Lounge), Africanisam, De Phazz, Stereo MCs, River Ocean (featuring Little Louis Vega of “MAW” & India), Nomad, Harry Morse Project, D-Genre and many others. Where the Buddha Bar and Café Del Mar series left off, ‘RASA EXOTICA’ takes us to new heights with rare tracks that have never been available before!

This definitive collection takes us on a journey from the funkiest rhythms of Paris’s “Africanism” (with Bob Sinclair and the Africanism All Stars onto the scene at the fantastic exotic “Buddha Bar”) to the Barrios of Rio, onto the sexy Souls of the East, through mystical Bali and Australia’s “Outback” and beyond the soulful dance floors of Ibiza! A sublime celebration of world dance from around the globe in an uplifting, continuous blend that will make your heart beat faster! Label: Rasa Music

Andrew’s Compact Disc Review: Taking various kinds of dance music from around the globe and pairing them all together in a nice little CD Album package, ‘RASA EXOTICA’ is a sublime ultimate decent dance CD Album. The Harry Morse Project kicks off the entire thing with their "Brazilou (Ze Edit)" which is a slightly disappointing start to this amazing CD Album. The next few tracks have occasional interesting moments to get your vibes going. The CD Album finally gets a shot in the arm with River Ocean featuring India. Their energetic, passionate "Love and Happiness" offsets the first five tracks in bringing it to the ultimate mix. The next few songs keep the moments going, updating everything from Latin pop, disco, and classic jazz and transforming them into techno tracks. The Stereo MCs, De-Phazz, and Radar have three excellent tracks in a row, making the end of the CD album much more preferable to the beginning of the CD Album. But despite some of the tracks at the start of this CD Album, everything else is a perfectly acceptable groove if you like club music, which you would think would not translate well on your home stereo system. But if you feel a light-hearted dance CD Album representing the international scene appeals to you, then this CD Album is a good place to start, "because it “Elevates” the heart rate with rousing dance beats" All in all, this is a most brilliant Compact Disc Album I have listened to and most of the tracks are a total goldmine and overall there is not really a duff track between them and if you either want to dance on your own, have the CD Album played at a party, or at your Pilate and Yoga classes, then this will go with a total swing and I know for a fact that you will want to put this brilliant CD Album on time after time, after time and you must inform everyone else about this brilliant soundscape CD Album, and especially in the whole Wide World should hear about this Compact Disc Album, as you will hear something that is simply out of this world. Highly Recommended!

Track Listing:
01. Harry Morse Project: Brazilou [zee sit] [5:10]
02. Africanism: Tourment D'Amour [4:29]
03. Dahmane El Harrachi: Ya Rayah [Bi Polar Remix] [3:34]
04. D’Genre: Latino Love [4:24]
05. Kulisch & Vana: Jivan Mein Jana Jana [4:33]
06. River Ocean feat. India: Love And Happiness [Sao Benitez Sunset Miz [6:30]
07. Claude Challe & Carlos Campos: Flying Carpet [Club Mix]
08. DJ Chus & David Penn feat. Daren J. Bell: Sunshine [Montejano’s Spanish Guitar Mix] [5:37]
09. De-Phazz: The Mambo Craze [UR Craze Mix] [5:37]
10. Stereo MC's: Fever [Steve Hillage Remix] [5:50]
11. Radar: Nothing Is Real [5:01]
12. Candan Ercetin: Kaybettik Biz [4:26]
13. Lotus: Within Or Without You [Album Version] [4:07]
14. Nomad: Kava [Album Version] [3:33]

Rasa Music Fact: Rasa Music, also now known as Rasa Living, is a record label based in New York City. It is the sister record label of AMI (Australian Music International) which was formed in 1991 with the intention of nurturing cultural musicians from Australia and marketing their music internationally. Today, Rasa Music's artists include Deepak Chopra, Prince Fatty, Indialucia, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Suphala, Benet, and many others. The label is run by Donna D'Cruz. Rasa is Sanskrit for "the sap or essence of things" and expanded into Rasa Living, a lifestyle company.

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom


Chef (Original Soundtrack Album) by Various Artists [Music CD]
Chef (Original Soundtrack Album) by Various Artists [Music CD]
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Price: £23.59

5.0 out of 5 stars CHEF [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD Album] [2014] [US Import], 15 Jan. 2015
CHEF [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD Album] [2014] [US Import] A Jon Favreau Film Who Cooks Up A Tasty Food Movie Soundtrack In Generous Portions!

Jon Favreau is back in the writer / actor / director chair with his film `Chef' and his latest concoction. It is a return to his indie roots peppered with appearances from close friends such as Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson and the irresistible Sofia Vergara. A road trip from Miami via New Orleans, Austin to LA, or from Salsa to Brass Band, Country & Hip Hop. In the words of Variety's Joe Leydon: "The eclectic mix of musical selections chosen by music supervisor Mathieu Schreyer could encourage many ticket-buyers to rush home and download the entire soundtrack."

Executive Album Producer: Jon Favreau

Album Producer: Mathieu Schreyer

Front Cover Artwork: Dani Messerschimdt and Robert Downey Jr.

Executive Album Producers of Milan Record: Stefan Karrer and J.C. Chamboredon

Graphic Design and Layout: Shawn Lyon

Album Mastered: Nick Taylor at Air-Edel Studios, London

Music Clearance and Licensing: Laura Katz and Chris Piccard

Label: Milan Records

Track Listing:
01. Pete Rodriguez: I Like It Like That
02. Courtney John: Lucky Man
03. Grant Phabao, The Lone Ranger and Carlton Livingston: A Message To You Rudy
04. Liquid Liquid: Cavern
05. El Michels Affair: C.R.E.A.M.
06. The Martinis: Hung Over
07. Roberto Roena: Que Se Sepa
08. Louie Ramirez: Ali Baba
09. Gente de Zona: Homenaje Al Beny (Castellano Que Bueno Baila Usted)
10. Quantic & Nickodemus feat. Tempo & The Candela Allstars: Mi Swing Es Tropical
11. Rebirth Brass Band: Bustin' Loose
12. The Hot 8 Brass Band: Sexual Healing
13. Gary Clark Jr.: When My Train Pulls In (Live in Austin)
14. Ronnie Hudson And The Street People: West Coast Poplock
15. Perico Hernandez: Oye Como Va (Live at el Jefe)
16. Perico Hernandez: La Quimbumbia (Live at el Jefe)
17. Lyle Workman: One Second Every Day

Andrew's Compact Disc Review: Jon Favreau is back in the chair with his awesome road film `Chef' and with his latest CD Album concoction. It is a return to his indie roots peppered with appearances from Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson and the irresistible Sofia Vergara.

After being fired from his restaurant, Chef Carl Casper [Jon Favreau] cooks up a food truck business in hopes of re-establishing his artistic promise and family. He hits the road with his sous-chef [John Leguizamo] and his 11-year-old son [Emjay Anthony], making beautifully-filmed stops in foodie meccas Miami, New Orleans, Austin and Los Angeles.

The Soundtrack Compact Disc Album, featuring a song selection by KCRW's own Mathieu Schreyer, perfectly mirrors the road trip. For each town, a sample of food and music: salsa-infused Miami to the sounds of Pete Rodriguez and the reggae beats of Grant Phabao, The Lone Ranger and Carlton Livingston, the unmistakable brass band groove in New Orleans with the Rebirth Brass Band and the Hot 8 Brass Band, the gritty guitar sounds from Austin courtesy of Gary Clark Jr. and, in Los Angeles, a West Coast classic hip-hop tune by Ronnie Hudson & The Street People, which is a great compliment to the fantastic character driven film, that is a 10 out 10 star rating.

The physical Compact Disc is held in a high-quality DigiPak designed Cover Album which the artwork was designed by Robert Downey Jr. It also includes liner notes by the director and original recipes from Chef Roy Choi of Kogi Food Truck fame. "The eclectic mix of musical selections chosen by music supervisor Mathieu Schreyer are brilliantly brought together and the compilation Compact Disc combines a soundtrack full of Latin beats and New Orleans grooves and goes with a film that has a heart the size of Texas and the World. As an added bonus, you get printed inside the DigiPak CD cover is 3 Recipes by Roy Choi and they are: Cubano; Tostones with Chile Vengar and Salsa Verde and they sound fantastic and I think they were used in the film.

Finally, like this brilliant awesome film, `Chef' has you saying, "Food, glorious food!" This is what you will say about this totally brilliant Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD Album, because it goes so well as a good compliment with `Chef' the film Jon Favreau's good-natured culinary comedy directed film, which will works as an appetite stimulant. And where there's delicious food -- there is plenty of well-prepared awesome 17 subline unabashed tracks that you will totally devour. But the only downer to this excellent CD Soundtrack Album is track 13. Gary Clark Jr.: When My Train Pulls In (Live in Austin), sadly this is the only one I really hated, as it is heavy rock and just doesn't do anything to me, as I cannot remember where it appeared in the film.

But to sum up about this fantastic compilation CD Album, it is best to leave the last word to Jon Favreau in his printed [sic] Note From The Director on this inside of the Special DigiPak, because Jon Favreau says, "We were even able to combine some inspired soulful original recordings captured live on the set. Perico kicked off the filming with this timeless Cuban salsa. We also sought to break down the soundtrack to musical ingredients and mother sauces. Whether it was the original songs sampled by hip-hop "Cavern" and "West Coast Poplock" or genre-bending covers "C.R.E.A.M.," "Bustin' Loose" and "Sexual Healing." I attempted to do with music what chefs do with food. I wanted to create a layered menu that worked as a whole, while each course having its own playful personality. None of this should matter however. When I first sat down with Mathieu Schreyer, we tasked ourselves with assembling a soundtrack that could serve in place of score, but would listen like a playlist. You should be able to hit play and one song should roll into the next like an old vinyl album. If you find yourself grooving to the awesome 17 tracks, then we've done our job. Jon Favreau. Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom


Partners
Partners
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5.0 out of 5 stars BARBRA STREISAND: Partners [Deluxe Edition Compact Disc] [2014], 21 Oct. 2014
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BARBRA STREISAND: Partners [Deluxe Edition Compact Disc] [2014] The CD album is basically schmaltz! Of course it is! It's Barbra Streisand!

"Partners" is Barbra Streisand's thirty-fourth studio album, featuring 12 inimitable brand new Barbara Streisand duets with the world's greatest male vocalists. This is the legendary artist's first duets album in more than a decade, and debuts new studio recordings of Streisand classics and others songs. "Partners" is comprised of 12 songs, plus 5 Bonus Tracks all on one Compact Disc and many of which are regarded as Barbra Streisand classics.

Ms. Streisand is currently the best-selling female recording artist in history and the only woman to make the All-Time Top 10 Best Selling artists list. She has recorded 51 gold, 30 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums in her career, including Nine No.1s, and is the only recording artist to have accomplished No.1 album in five consecutive decades. Recognized as an icon in multiple entertainment fields, Ms. Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor of stage and screen, concert performer, movie producer, film director, author and songwriter. In her accomplished career she has been awarded two Oscars, five Emmys, ten Golden Globes, eight Grammys, a special Tony award in 1970 as star of the decade, and two Cable Ace awards the only artist to receive honours in all of those fields of endeavour. Ms. Streisand is the recipient of the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Endowment for the Arts Medal, two Peabody Awards, A Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Grammy Legend Award. Ms. Streisand is also the first film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.

Artist: Barbra Streisand

Producers: Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Walter Afanasieff

Executive Producers: Barbra Streisand and Jay landers

Recording and Mixing: David Reitzas

Orchestra Arrangement: Walter Afanasieff and William A. Ross

Conductor: William A. Ross

Label: SONY MUSIC

Song Title Track Listing:
01. It Had To Be You [Barbra Streisand with Michael Bublé]
02. People [Barbra Streisand with Stevie Wonder]
03. Come Rain or Come Shine [Barbra Streisand with John Mayer]
04. Evergreen [Barbra Streisand with Babyface]
05. New York State Of Mind [Barbra Streisand with Billy Joel]
06. I'd Want It To Be You [Barbra Streisand with Blake Shelton]
07. The Way We Were [Barbra Streisand with Lionel Richie]
08. I Still Can See Your Face [Barbra Streisand with Andrea Bocelli]
09. How Deep Is The Ocean [Barbra Streisand with Jason Gould]
10. What Kind Of Fool [Barbra Streisand with John Legend]
11. Somewhere [Barbra Streisand with Josh Groban]
12. Love Me Tender [Barbra Streisand with Elvis Presley]

Bonus Song Title Track Listing:
13. Lost Inside of You [Barbra Streisand with Babyface]
14. I've Got a Crush on You [Barbra Streisand with Frank Sinatra]
15. I Finally Found Someone [Barbra Streisand with Bryan Adams]
16. I Won't Be the One to Let Go [Barbra Streisand with Barry Manilow]
17. Guilty [Barbra Streisand with Barry Gibb]

Andrew's Compact Disc Review: Barbra Streisand helped usher in the era of the 'music superstar duet' in 1978 when she and Neil Diamond recorded "You Don't Bring Me Flowers." Her streak of hit duets continued the following year with Donna Summer on "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)," and the year after with Barry Gibb on the Guilty album. Now Barbra Streisand returns to the duets throne for "Partners," a Compact Disc Album featuring her and many male singers old and young.

For the uninitiated, the casual, or hard-core fans with a more unbridled affection for Ms. Streisand than mine (yes, it's possible), "Partners" that is definitely a total knockout. That's not necessarily unjustified. I understand the reasoning behind this release. The template was set in 1993 when Frank Sinatra released Duets, an album of his classics and standards re-worked for him and other singers with (in most cases) the intention to bring a new, younger, or different audience to Sinatra. The trend continued more recently with Tony Bennett on his own "duet" albums. Apparently it's time for Streisand to join the ranks of Sinatra and Bennett in this respect. However, the template of "revisiting the classics" didn't need to be followed.

It's difficult for this listener to get past the fact that we are hearing many of Ms. Streisand's enduring standards (especially "People," "The Way We Were" and "Evergreen") again, even if they have been altered and reinterpreted. What makes the re-visitations more disheartening is that Barbra Streisand is in exemplary vocal shape. In fact, the voice is startlingly stronger than it appeared on her last two studio albums or during her mini-concert tours in 2012 and 2013! When she employs the belt at the top end of her range, it remains a marvel.

With each new Barbra Streisand concert outing, arrangements and vocal decisions for her classics change in order to keep the material fresh and inspiring for both the singer and her audience. A similar "modus operandi" is in place for most of "Partners." In the original or previous live versions, if a note was taken down, now it's taken up. If an arrangement was jazzy before, now it's rock; and so on. The study in opposites seems to serve only to keep Ms. Streisand interested and engaged.

I wholeheartedly believe the commercial viability of "Partners" would be no different had they taken one or all of these alternate routes. Having said all of that, I can step back from the frustration to take the album for what it is. In that respect, I'm happy to report that the Streisand magic is intact on much of "Partners." Her tremendous vocal blend with Andrea Bocelli on "I Still Can See Your Face," a new and heart-breaking remembrance of departed love, brought tears and the ever-valued "Streisand spine tingle."

Of Barbra Streisand's three beloved classics, "The Way We Were" with Lionel Richie is the most completely revitalized. Conceptually, the song becomes lovers singing their regrets to each other. The re-structuring of certain melodic phrases, backing vocals from album co-producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, and even a slight guitar nod to "Evergreen" 30 seconds in, all work to remarkable effect. Whatever adult contemporary radio is these days, it should pounce on that one. It 'truly' could be a hit all over again.

Blake Shelton's country drawl is occasionally thick mixing with Streisand's more lyrical tone, but "I'd Want It To Be You" is a considerably sweet new pop tune about friendship. "How Deep Is the Ocean", Ms. Streisand's duet with her richly voiced son Jason Gould, remains poignant and affecting as it was during Ms. Streisand's most recent live performances.

I also enjoyed the subtle alterations to the melody of "Somewhere" with Josh Groban, and "Love Me Tender," featuring a vocal from the late Elvis Presley, is effective and striking. However, I can tell it would have been so even if Ms. Streisand had sung it alone for a different project. A big surprise is the decision to remake one of Barbra Streisand's previous duets, especially one from Guilty, the biggest selling album in Ms. Streisand's vast catalogue. Originally sung with Barry Gibb, "What Kind of Fool" with John Legend is given a hugely dramatic and epic arrangement. The layers to the sweeping, cinematic track are dense, haunting and incredibly successful. John Legend and Barbra Streisand match the arrangement with palpable passion. If you want the actress in song, here she is!

The "big" treatment isn't as kind to "New York State of Mind" with Billy Joel. Streisand is over-singing and despite echoes of George Gershwin in Billy Joel's piano playing (I assume it's Billy; I don't have liner notes), the love of New York is not as present as in Streisand's original. When Barbra and Billy banter at the end, it's cute, but doesn't resonate beyond "cute." It is also fantastic great to hear Ms. Streisand swing with Michael Bublé on the thrilling "It Had To Be You," but when the big band comes in on "Come Rain or Come Shine" with John Mayer, the mix puts Mayer's fantastic, B.B. King type blues guitar in battle with it. Keeping it stripped down to Mayer's guitar and the voices would have been more than enough.

"People" is the one song I sense Barbra Streisand would rather not sing again if she had her druthers. I was rather excited, though, to see Stevie Wonder paired with her for this version. As one of the most vibrant and alive musicians on the planet, I figured his presence would give "People" a real shot in the arm. While Stevie and Barbra sound lovely as imagined, it's rather subdued. I expected some unrestrained "Stevie joy."

Barbra Streisand's "Evergreen" melody may be too sophisticated for the Babyface R&B treatment. The other Babyface collaboration, "Lost Inside of You" (on the deluxe album edition only available via Target), fares much better and is another highly evocative track. Babyface and co-producer Walter Afanasieff provide a welcome shift from the rather standard sonic landscape Streisand has been surrounded by with rare exception over the last 20 years. The variations in tempo, genre and style continue to prove Streisand's incredible flexibility as a singer.

Rumour has it that a follow-up to "Partners" Compact Disc Album with all female singers, is already in progress. Speculated names have included Bette Midler, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and perhaps a posthumous pairing with Whitney Houston. This being the case, I would like to close with a quote. Granted, it's a quote that's over 30 years old and perspectives can change in that amount of time.

In 1983, Barbra Streisand said, "The last couple of times I performed, I picked all new material; stuff that would interest me to sing. The audience really complained? They wanted to hear my old standards. I tried to say, even to them, I have to grow. I have to move forward. I can't live in the past. I can't grow old singing "People" and "The Way We Were." Despite the many delights of "Partners," Ms. Barbra Streisand seems to be doing just that.

Finally, this is Barbra Streisand's first album to follow the template of Frank Sinatra's 1993 "Duets" albums a late-career collection of remakes of familiar songs with an intergenerational mixed bag of guests. (Streisand's own 2002 "Duets" album was devoted mostly to previously released recordings.) It's a total pleasure to hear Ms. Streisand with "Partner" is still a master of her craft at 72, especially doing something slightly different with them and most of the tracks are top notch. And I should imagine older music fans are the only ones buying Compact Discs these days, it wouldn't be surprising if this turns out to be one of the year's biggest sellers. Very Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom


Rasa Mello Vol.1: Mixed By Donna D'cruz
Rasa Mello Vol.1: Mixed By Donna D'cruz

5.0 out of 5 stars RASA MELLO Vol.1: Mixed By Donna D'Cruz [DigiPak CD Album] [US Import], 8 Aug. 2014
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RASA MELLO Vol.1: Mixed By Donna D'Cruz [DigiPak CD Album] [US Import] This exquisite, seamless collection of Balearic bliss out tracks creates a relaxing and sensual mood for living and loving. Prepare to recline... Chill out Rasa Style in the vein of Cafe Del Mar, the Buddha Bar series and Ministry of Sound's, "Chillout Session." Conceived and produced by Donna D'Cruz, this exquisite, seamless collection of Balearic bliss-out tracks creates a relaxing and sensual mood for living and loving with music that is as at home at Cafe Del Mar in Ibiza, the Buddha Bar in Paris and at Bondi Beach in Sydney. Prepare to recline...

‘RASA MELLO Vol.1’ features many rare and Hard to Find gems, many previously unavailable, including an amazing unreleased mix by Groove Armada of Handsome Boy Modelling School’s “Sunshine,” Nitin Sawhney with Natacha Atlas, Deepak Chopra with Demi Moore, Rinocerose, Emer Kenny, Mo Horizons, Mystic Diversions Nomad, Lush and others. Chill out Rasa Style in the vein of Cafe Del Mar, the Buddha Bar series and Ministry of Sound's, "Chillout Session."

Andrew’s Compact Disc Review: I came into contact with this Compact Disc Album via the web site of Rasa Music and I cannot recommend this fantastic music compilation CD Album and produced by the brilliant Promoter/DJ Donna D’Cruz. And ever since I received this brilliant CD Album, I can never stop playing it. What is really good about this CD Album compilation is that it can be played anytime or anywhere and it fits right in with whatever you doing at the time and most of the tracks have very relaxing soft-mixed-sounds and also have a totally hypnotic sound that you will enjoy all the time, especially how the brilliant Donna D’Cruz Promoter/DJ has the technique of merging the all the tracks in a very sensual erotic way and you will not find a duff track in the whole of the CD Album and is well worth purchasing it and you also should tell all your friends about this brilliant Rasa Music Compact Disc Album. Highly Recommended!

Track Listing:
01. Mo Horizons: Foto Viva (Brasilian Dub)
02. Rinocerose: Mes Vacanes A Rio (Album Version)
03. Emer Kenny: Golden Brown
04. Mystic Diversions: Float On
05. Handsome Boy Modeling School: Sunshine (Groove Armada Sunset Dub)
06. Deepak Chopra: Desire (Special Edit)
07. Hope - Nitin Sawhney
08. Virgo: Super Cluster
09. Clean Ocean - Maresias
10. Lush: Vissi D'Arte (Album Version)
11. Nacho Sotomayer: Sometimes
12. Chant: Theme From Harry's Game
13. Lotus: Air And Angels (Album Version)
14. Nomad: 40 Degrees In The Shade (Album Version)

Rasa Music Fact: Rasa Music, also now known as Rasa Living, is a record label based in New York City. It is the sister record label of AMI (Australian Music International) which was formed in 1991 with the intention of nurturing cultural musicians from Australia and marketing their music internationally. Today, Rasa Music's artists include Deepak Chopra, Prince Fatty, Indialucia, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Suphala, Benet, and many others. The label is run by Donna D'Cruz. Rasa is Sanskrit for "the sap or essence of things" and expanded into Rasa Living, a lifestyle company.

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom


Rasa Swank
Rasa Swank
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5.0 out of 5 stars RASA SWANK by Donna D'Cruz [Digipak] [Rasa Music], 15 April 2014
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RASA SWANK by Donna D'Cruz [Digipak] [Rasa Music] Glamour! Dancing! Swagger! Sensuality! Fun! Freedom! Joy! Hilarity! Unforgettable Music and Memories!

Celebrate with Donna D'Cruz like this Performer/DJ is right there with you with her RASA SWANK music compilation. The Compact Disc features some of Donna D'Cruz's secrets for keeping the dance floor packed all night long. RASA SWANK by Donna D'Cruz is a lot of fun, glamorous and timeless musical journey designed to take us from cocktails to dinner and onto dancing into the night.

A Donna D'Cruz performance reminds her audiences that the only place to be is HERE and the only time to be is NOW. As Performer/DJ, Donna D'Cruz is a magical transporter to the beaches and yachts of St. Tropez, Mykonos, Ibiza, St. Barts, Porto Cervo, Buzios, Monaco and Punte Del Este. Rasa Swank is more than a music compact disc album. Donna D'Cruz returns from her fabulous performances worldwide with this compilation of music and memories called RASA SWANK. Donna D'Cruz shares some of her secret sauce in mixing delicious tracks for lifting parties to new heights with this incredible music collection.

Amazing versions of the "Banana Boat Song", "Sympathy for the Devil", "Hit the Road Jack", "September", "Rum and Coca Cola," the incomparable original version of "La Vie En Rose" by Grace Jones and "War" by Edwin Starr [King Britt Remix] and the classic "Zorba's Dance" from "Zorba the Greek" make this an important foundation of any music collection. You will find yourself returning back to this collection over and over for inspiration and to create ambience and fun wherever you go. Highly Recommended!

Track Listing:
01. Harry Belafonte: Banana Boat (Day-O)
02. B Vocal: September [Song by Earth, Wind & Fire]
03. Nat King Cole featuring Damian Jr. Gong" & Stephen Marley: Calypso Blues
04. Grace Jones: La Vie En Rose
05. Quantic & His Combo Bárbaro: Arianita
06. Freedom Dub: Sympathy For The Devil
07. Edwin Starr: War (King Britt Remix)
08. Tim Tim: Rum 'n' Coca Cola (Shake It Up Well) [Radio Mix]
09. Trus'Me Feat. Amp Fiddler: Put It On Me
10. Bossasonic: Club Tropicana
11. The Mothers: Support [Layo & Bushwacka! Mix]
12. Cucu Diamantes: Mas Fuerte
13. Ras Krass (Presented By P.R. KANTATE): U Me Heart [Radio Edit]
14. Mikis Theodorakis: Zorba's Dance [From Zorba The Greek]

Rasa Music Fact: Rasa Music, also now known as Rasa Living, is a record label based in New York City. It is the sister record label of AMI (Australian Music International) which was formed in 1991 with the intention of nurturing cultural musicians from Australia and marketing their music internationally. Today, Rasa Music's artists include Deepak Chopra, Prince Fatty, Indialucia, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Suphala, Benet, and many others. The label is run by Donna D'Cruz. Rasa is Sanskrit for "the sap or essence of things" and expanded into Rasa Living, a lifestyle company.

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom


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