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Very Best Of [European Import]
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2006
I first heard one of these tracks by accident and was enthralled. This track was 'The Mass', which uses music from Carmina Burana, adding strings, bells, funky drum beats and a new vocal line which breaks away and soars beyond the original score, though it keeps to a similar style and lyrics.
This is only one of the many excellent tracks on this album created by Eric Levi. The whole album is vaguely reminiscent of Jean Paul Jarre, Enigma and other artists who produce 'fusion' music. I was struck by the purity and power of the vocals, both monastic and modern, the crispness of the rythms and the way Levi has created a harmonious whole from old and new. Herin is something for all tastes. Some of the other tracks...
Ameno: Brooding strings, male voices, with a powerful chorus feeding in, followed by a gradual introduction of more modern instruments.
Don't Go Away: Brooding strings again, with clear tenor voices and a clean modern rythm cutting in. These provide backing for the clean strong vocals of Lena Jinnegren.
Mother: One of the weaker tracks, has a softer focus, gentler vocals and odd softly-spoken lyrics over slightly maudlin strings.
Looking For Something: slightly reminiscent of Dido at the start, lyrics over a light percussion rythm, then interspersed with male chorus.
Enae Volare: Powerful fusion of vocals and drums, use of synth effects but retains the mediaeval feel to the vocals.
Cathar Rythm: Begins with an unusal beaten rythm which continues throughout, overlaid with male soloist and flowing choral vocals. Bass drums and electric guitars strike in later on.
I Believe: Orchestral using a light choir and lends you that warm fuzzy feeling you get from Last Night of the Proms or a gentle neo-classical film soundtrack.
At worst it is a classical mongrel but I would prefer to say that this is one of the best of its genre, being fresh, exciting, peaceful, uplifting and thoughtful.
You'll like this album if you are a fan of : Enya, Dido, Mike Oldfield, Enigma, Gregorian Chant, Mediaeval Babes, Carl Orff... or just something nice to listen to at the end of a long day!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2007
Well it took me a few years to find 'Era' (heck it took me a few years to find Engima) but I'm glad I finally did. The only problem is that I'll have to sell this excellent sampler now that I've ordered the original CDs.

Think 'Enigma meets Adiemus meets Enya meets Gothic Voices', only with rather more rhythm, and you'll be close, but actually you have to listen (repeatedly), since I can't pigeon hole the sound. And that's =early= Adiemus, and Enigma at their best.

Luckily these days there are plenty of places to try before you buy, so please do. Hopefulyl Era will keep the standard up, which will limit the output.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2006
Fell in love with Enigma and Deep Forest, thought that was awesomely powerful enough with the feelings and emotions brought on. Then I was pointed in the direction of Era which I had not heard of, so bought the 'The very best of Era' to get a feel for their music. I was indeed overwhelmed, more so than before, with the power and emotions that are motivated by this style of music. I have now bought Era's 'The Mass' and 'era 2' albums... I defy anyone to listen to this album, and any other Era music with a dry eye and a feeling of not being honoured.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2010
This CD sounds just like a CD of music I bought in France years ago when my daughter was a toddler (she's 18 now!)
We were staying in a gite in Northern France and an advertisement came on the French TV channel we were watching for the CD 'Solyma'. I liked it so much I bought it the next day at the local hypermarket and have listened to it with much pleasure on and off ever since. It too has latin chanting to rock type music with ethereal eastern female voices overlaying. As soon as I heard Era it sounded instantly familiar to me - even the melodies sound the same on some of the tracks - maybe they're the same outfit re-named. Having said that, I loved the CD; as with Solyma, I've found the style of music suits a variety of situations - listening in the car, relaxing at home, or whilst pottering around, dinner parties, friends over, etc. People who hear it are generally intrigued by it and most of them like it - it sounds modern and ancient at the same time. If you like 'Lord of the Rings' Enya, celtic-style music, gregorian chant, Hildegaard of Bingen, then you'll probably like this. Check out the video on You Tube to get a flavour of what the music's like and then buy the CD - you won't regret it
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on 24 January 2012
This CD was not a surprise because I looked for it after hearing a part of it at a beauty center. I already bought 'the best of' which I ordered in a Free Record Shop in Belgium. Although it was eventually a mistake, I loved it anyhow. The very best is better, and a lot cheeper than the first one I bought. So buying this CD through Amazon UK is a complete succes. Quick delivery bij the usual mail, no need to go to the post office, etc
As I grew up with the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Van Morrison, I'm not into most of the current music.
Looking for something that is different, I discovered, Nightwish, Whitin temptation, and Era. I like the classical formed voices and the not quit classic music.
For people who do'nt want tot listen to opera, I find it the perfect compromise.
Since I'm speaking dutch, I hope that my efford is of some use. I only can ad that for about 10 euro, its realy not a great risk you take, to discover something fantastic.
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I first seen the video for 'The Mass' on Classic FM TV when it was still running on sky. Recently a few years later I found other videos on the internet so I decided to get this best of CD. Found all the tracks I like on it and other tracks I enjoy. Most surprising of all was the track 'Looking For Something', a song I remember hearing as a kid and never knew it was by Era. All in all a good CD I listen to often, however it would probably only appeal to fans of this genre, so-called 'New Age' music. Which is just as well I am.

Fans of Enigma should check it out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2009
I've only just 'discovered' Eric Levi and Era thanks to Utube.
Best music I've heard ever, wish he'd make some more.
Great in the car to drive to.
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on 13 February 2013
Some reviews compare Era's music to Enigma's. There are similarities but they are also very different. Era's blending of pop with choral is sublime. The album flows beautifully from track to track; soaring through electric guitar solos into vocals that tug the heart strings. Superb and well worth a listen.
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on 14 October 2009
Having watched the videos on Youtube I was keen to own the CD , now that a lot of the tracks were familiar I enjoyed the Album very much and have definitely began to listen to this type of music more often because of Era.
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on 16 March 2011
I had downloaded the album Mass by Era and thoroughly enjoyed it, so on that basis I downloaded this compilation. I was pleasantly surprised by its variety. I enjoy listening to the tracks when I am working in my study.
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