- Audio CD (3 Oct. 2011)
- Collector's Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Collector's Edition
- Label: Union Square Music Limited
- ASIN: B005ELZM6C
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Very Best Of Ethiopiques - Cult Hits From The Original Series Collector's Edition
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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
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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.