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listen  1. City Lights / Western Sky 4:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Simple Joys 4:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Trade Winds 5:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Native Shores 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Go The Distance 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Twelve Tribes 4:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. All In Good Time 4:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Hands Held Apart 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 17, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Narada
  • ASIN: B000005P35
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,902 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Souther's second release shows a marked evolution in style from his first album, recorded just a year earlier. Not only are his keyboard parts based on more original timbres, Souther also abandons customary drum sounds for a stronger emphasis on live and sampled percussion. Rather than a standard kick drum, for instance, he uses an African log drum. In place of cymbals, he uses samples of someone breathing. The emphasis is still on catchy melodies and contemporary jazz textures, yet Souther's creative use of ethnic rhythms and instruments adds a new level of sophistication to his accessibility. ~ Linda Kohanov, All Music Guide

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mmarkus on July 10, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Well, this seem to me to be the best of Richard Souther along with his other Narada product Cross Current with more guests musicians and a little more smooth jazz with somehow more real drums. This one is more a mix with kind of loop experiments or even hand percussions layers. Like the other with a nice choice of various speed of music that overall are staying moderate to slow, very nice keyboards intricate and subtle by Richard souther of course. After listening to his other releases like heirborne or Innermission, I must say this production seems to have a sound of production that goes one step further in the quality, with of course a little help of Mr.Eric Persing (now from Spectrasonics) for the sound design, the final mastering is really very nice finalised. Introduction "City lights & Western Sky" put you immediately in the mood, beginning with fine acoustic piano going to fine smooth percussions (Efrain Toro on all the album), nice pads, clever and subtle sequencing like with big bass sound support, a part is electronic produced but also with real bass (thanks to Abraham Laboriel on "Western Sky" and "Native Shores" real soft and smooth) also some nice Soprano Saxophones by Justo Almario on "Western Sky", "Tradewind" and the slow "Hands held apart". A important album for Richard who couldn't play properly for years because of a paralysie, a real nice musical deliverance, in fact. All titles got a nice joy feeling like strong melodies and deep arrangements to be discovered by all instrumental music lovers. This is really a must album from 1990 not to be missed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin E. Casteel on January 17, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As a long-time fan of Richard Souther's work, I was delighted to finally add this to my collection. Twelve Tribes does not disappoint --- great songwriting, beautiful textures, virtuoso playing by one of the premier keyboardists of our time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Musicolorista on May 31, 2013
Format: Audio CD
The general tone of this album is high quality and really evocative, with for me to clear highlights: 'City Lights, Western Sky', with a magic blend of synthesisers, piano and saxophone, and a multilayered song that comes directly from the heart tho.

The other most remarkable cut is 'Trade Winds', a very tropical sounding, melancholic tune that starts with synthesised Spanish guitar followed up by a magical soprano saxophone conjuring the warm winds of a tropical shore. This song sounds heatfelt and with an innocence to it and really becomes the most memorable part of the album.

Another nice tune is 'All in Good Time', which reprises the melody of the first tune, but in a different mood.

I prefer this album from 'Cross Currents' and would really recommend it to you if you want to take a break from the hideous sounds of the city and want to travel to faraway, nostalgic shores without leaving your own room.
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