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  • Audio CD (28 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0000AISLL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,869 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Noir Desir - Le Vent Nous Portera
  2. Eugenio Bennato - Che Il Mediterraneo Sia
  3. Ojos de Brujo - Nalta
  4. Temple of Sound - Dojo Kun
  5. Daara J - Paris Dakar
  6. Big Men featuring Larbi Dida & U Roy - Life
  7. Banda Ionica - Come L'Aria [feat Mauro Ermanno Giovanardi]
  8. Weird MC - Palava
  9. Sezen Aksu - Kahpe Kader
  10. Dusminguet - Go
  11. Joe Strummer - Mondo Bongo
  12. Galliano-Portal - Mozambique
  13. Naseebo Lal - Mera Sacha Si Pyar
  14. Rebecca Malope - Inobolo Yocingo
  15. Ilhan Al Madfai - Mali Chigul Bil Soug
  16. Mariza - O Silencio da Guitarra
  17. Samira Said - Youm Wara Youm (feat Cheb Mami)

Disc: 2

  1. Markscheider Kunst - Moryak
  2. Calexico - Across the Wire (Widescreen)
  3. Nyota Ndogo - Take Care
  4. Severa Nazarkhan - Yol Bolsin
  5. Zawose/Brook - Haliko Chijende (Let's Walk)
  6. Sui Vesan - Makovienka (Poppy Girl)
  7. Be Good Tanyas - Horses
  8. Lula Pena - Fria Claridade
  9. Kasse Mady - Eh Ya Ye
  10. Lila Downs - La Iguana
  11. Manecas Costa - Nha Mame
  12. Ellika & Solo - Mambore/Trädgårdsvalsen
  13. Sekouba Bambino - It's a Man's Man's Man's World
  14. Pepesito Reyes - El Manisero (feat Estrella Morente)
  15. Orchestra Baobab - Gnawoe
  16. Waner Pa - Falando Alto
  17. Amparanoia - En Algun Lugar
  18. Manu Chao's Radio Bemba - Por El Suelo

Product Description

Product Description

EMI 590071 FC; EMI ITALIANA - Italia; Pop Internazionale

BBC Review

For Londoners at home on a Saturday night, the best soundtrack to cooking dinner is, without question, DJ Charlie Gillett's BBC London show. This, along with his marvellous World Service programme is open-minded broadcasting at its best, with a reassuringly human touch. There's loads of cutting edge world and roots music plus guest musicians, an easy going way with a microphone and the occasional marvellous stretch of 'dead air'. All of which serves to remind you there's a real person on the other side of your speakers. For the past four years, he's also been compiling double CDs of the best material aired during the year on both shows, "guided by listeners, prods from friends and exposure to live performances at clubs, theatres and festivals". And here's the latest instalment..

As usual, the choice of material and the way it's sequenced makes for inspired listening. It's much like an extra-long show, but without interruptions from the news, or Charlie's dulcet tones. Regular listeners will know pretty much what to expect, and the contributions from the likes of Mariza, Manu Chao, Orchestra Baobab and Ojos de Brujo will probably be familiar, as will the wonderful opening track from French stars Noir Desir, who, like many others here would be virtually unknown in the U.K. if it weren't for Mr. Gillett's work.

Newcomers should probably be warned that not all the material is actually from 2003 and there's something of a bias towards music from Mediterranean and West African countries, with little from Latin America or Asia. Spanish and French artists are particularly favoured this time around. But every DJ has their favourites, and there are also plenty of surprises in his choices. Foremost among these for me were Pakistani singer Naseebo Lal and the cumbia/ska hybrid from Russian group Markscheider Kunst.

Everyone will have their own, depending on how much and when they get out. One thing's for sure; this is one series that deserves to run and run. --Jon Lusk

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Here is the thing. I really like to dabble about in the various types of World music, but I am by no means an expert. There are an awful lot of terrible compilations out there and its very easy to get lumbered with substandard trash.
I had thought the only exception to this were the excellent Rough Guides but now I can add this to the list.
A really wide ranging and intriguing runthrough of one years output of international music. Some of it is pop, some of it is roots. I don't love all of it but my word its interesting. I certainly love a great deal of it.
Only trouble is its going to cause me to buy lots of stuff by the artists I like.
An expensive bargain then!
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I heard Charlie Gillett picking out his favourite world music on World Radio at about 3am one night. The music is just so weird and really varied. I'm an addict now. There are quite a lot of his collections and they're all really interesting and 'different'.
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A great selection of music from across this wonderful World which we inhabit.
Play it loud, or enjoy it softly...
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x91f919e4) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91f95444) out of 5 stars More Pop, Less World, but interesting stuff anyway 14 Oct. 2003
By Joanna D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I didn't need to be told that the person who compiled this 2-CD album (Charles Gillett of the BBC) was European--the cuts on this album have lots of the World-Pop that is big overseas but not in the US. Actually, the pop-fusion is controversial in among World Music artists; I know one musician who was asked to record with Peter Gabriel and gets more techno-pop with every CD he puts out; another musician however just hates the modern mix and wants to hear the traditional music, no matter if from Tuva or Slovakia. It's a matter of taste. I had plenty of favorites here, Nazarkan's Yol Bolsin from Uzbekistan, Kasse Mady Diabate from Mali, and a Neopolitan street-music flavored romp by Eugenio Bennato that blended that catchy Naples sound with Algerian rhythm and Arabic language. And there is a song by that wonderful Fadista Mariza (O Silencio da Guitarro) and a great piece by a group from Rebecca Malope of South Africa. Sadly, there is a wonderful cut by the late Joe Strummer of England. He passed away in 2002, and this is one of his last. The talent in this song makes you want more, more, and well, he's gone. Too sad.
I liked about fifty percent of each CD. If you like more traditional World Music, this CD set may not appeal-- the 2002 compilation was certainly modern World sound. However this 2003 set is very much an international fusion of hypno-, techno, rap and reggae. If you had a hard time getting into World Music and you love the current pop trends, you should try this album because it's an excellent cross-section of World Pop and World Modern, well, Folk, I guess. I found a lot to like here, but it was a bit much pop for me in places.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91f95498) out of 5 stars best world compilation i've heard! 27 Feb. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's extroardinarily difficult to put together a coherent mix of world music on one cd--I usually cringe at the idea of trying to do this. I've listened to many world compilations, but none of them flow as effortlessly from one country to another as this one does. There is definitely a little for everyone on these albums--the first album is more hip hop and techno infused, while the second is more rock/pop/folk. I love the second disc, but am not as crazy about the first--but you can't complain b/c of the price! While some of the music is more traditional, much of it is influenced by Western rock/pop/etc music. I'm mostly upset that I can't easily buy several of the cd's off of this album as they are not released in the US!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x923eb5a0) out of 5 stars Buy it for your half-dozen favorites 3 Dec. 2003
By David C - Published on Amazon.com
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and let the rest of the 25 grow on you.
J'adore absolument Rebecca Malope, l'Orchestre Baobab, et Samira Sa'id. Shukran yaa Charlie, for your part in making this wonderful music available at such a bargain price.
All the songs are well-produced (not a given, in my experience),
and all the artists technically proficient. So whether the individual listener likes a particular song is gonna be a personal thing.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91f95570) out of 5 stars Awesome CD with lots of great songs 22 Dec. 2003
By R. Hyerstay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I heard clips from this CD on NPR and decided to buy it. From the first time I listened to it I was excited. There were so many great songs from all over the world. An upbeat thread goes through the entire CD. I bought 5 more for friends and have bought a bunch of CDs from artists on the World 2003 CD. You won't be disappointed!! Hurry out and buy this today!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91f958a0) out of 5 stars Good, but not Great 22 Dec. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A well diversified selection. It's between pop and traditional. Most of them are not for dancing. Some of the songs are very catchy at the first time, but others take couple of times to get in to the rhythm. Good, but not great.
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