Make the Most of Your Time on Earth: A Rough Guide to the World

Performers Various Artists

World Records | February 24, 2009 | Compact Disc

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Is it world music 101? Well, yes and no. This three-disc set gives room to the Americas and Africa, but then crams Europe and Asia together on the third CD, giving them remarkably short shrift -- it's certainly not because there's not enough happening there. Of the three, the African disc works best, cherry picking from some of the excellent music available on the continent, whether it's the Afro-beat of Tony Allen, the North African iconoclasm of Akli D or Saba's expressive voice. The Americas disc is a wild ride indeed, from the glorious reggae of the Congos through Gillian Welch's alt country to Andy Palacio's Garafuna sound, with side trips to Mexico and Cuba. If there's a problem to all this diversity, it's that, like many compilations, there seems to be little context to it all, and with so much different music from every country, it can at best provide a passing snapshot of a culture. That said, each cut is well chosen, from R.L. Burnside to Banda Ionica, and finishing with a wonderfully bizarre Vietnamese version of "Ghost Riders in the Sky" is inspired. Like most compilations that attempt a very wide reach, it probably ultimately fails, simply because you can't encompass this much. That makes this a failure in the end, but one that's fun to listen to. ~ Chris Nickson

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 24, 2009

Genre: General

Style: New Age

Number of Discs: 3

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: World Records

UPC: 605633900620

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Make the Most of Your Time on Earth: A Rough Guide to the World

Make the Most of Your Time on Earth: A Rough Guide to the World

Performers Various Artists

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 24, 2009

Genre: General

Style: New Age

Number of Discs: 3

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: World Records

UPC: 605633900620


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: --
1.Suburbio - Chico Buarque (Brazil) --
2.Santa Isabel De Las Lajas - Sierra Maestra (Cuba) --
3.Milongo De Mis Amores - Dino Saluzzi Group (Argentina) --
4.Tenogo La Voz - Nortec Collective (Mexico) --
5.Rollin' And Tumbling - R.L. Burnside (USA) --
6.Red Clay Hay - Gillian Welch (USA) --
7.Watina - Andy Palacio (Belize) --
8.Prakatun! - Wayne Gorbea (Puerto Rico) --
9.Jaloux Jaloux - Colombiafrica (Colombia) --
10.Ark Of the Covenant - The Congos (Jamaica) --
0.DISC 2: --
1.Fungola Motema - Kekele (Congo) --
2.Lledeman - Etran Finatawa (Niger) --
3.Progress - Tony Allen/Africa 70 (Nigeria) --
4.We Baba Omncane - Busi Mhlongo (South Africa) --
5.Hoio - Saba (Ethiopia) --
6.Salam - Akli D (Alegeria) --
7.Nour El Anouar - Jil Jilala (Morocco) --
8.Salama - Vokoka (Madagascar) --
9.Valsa Azul - Simentera (Cape Verde) --
10.Artistes - Habib Koite/Keletigui Diabate/Djelimady Tounkara & Friends (Mali) --
0.DISC 3: --
1.Carambola - Benjamin Escoriza (Moroccan Mix, Spain) --
2.Abandono - Cristina Branco (Portugal) --
3.Iag Bari - Fanfare Ciocarlia (Romania) --
4.M'Ionam - Capercaillie (Scotland) --
5.Intro Espinita / Espinita - Banda Ionica - (Italy) --
6.Jasseron - Franck Monnet/Emily Loizeau (France) --
7.Pazarda Bal Var Gelinim - Selim Sesler/Ilkay Akkaya (Turkey) --
8.Mera Sohna Sajan - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Pakistan) --
9.Aanandam - Debashish Bhattacharya (India) --
10.Rider In the Sky - Dan Bao Vietnam (Live -- Vietnam) --

Editorial Notes

Is it world music 101? Well, yes and no. This three-disc set gives room to the Americas and Africa, but then crams Europe and Asia together on the third CD, giving them remarkably short shrift -- it's certainly not because there's not enough happening there. Of the three, the African disc works best, cherry picking from some of the excellent music available on the continent, whether it's the Afro-beat of Tony Allen, the North African iconoclasm of Akli D or Saba's expressive voice. The Americas disc is a wild ride indeed, from the glorious reggae of the Congos through Gillian Welch's alt country to Andy Palacio's Garafuna sound, with side trips to Mexico and Cuba. If there's a problem to all this diversity, it's that, like many compilations, there seems to be little context to it all, and with so much different music from every country, it can at best provide a passing snapshot of a culture. That said, each cut is well chosen, from R.L. Burnside to Banda Ionica, and finishing with a wonderfully bizarre Vietnamese version of "Ghost Riders in the Sky" is inspired. Like most compilations that attempt a very wide reach, it probably ultimately fails, simply because you can't encompass this much. That makes this a failure in the end, but one that's fun to listen to. ~ Chris Nickson
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