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ASIAN LOUNGE

Putumayo PresentsAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)


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Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. The label grew out of Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Dan to launch Putumayo World Music and establish a non-traditional sales division. Putumayo World Music has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic ... Read more in Amazon's Putumayo Presents Store

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  • Audio CD (November 8, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • ASIN: B000BF0DCY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,072 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fukaki Umi No Kanata - Yoshida Brothers
2. Koyal - Nitin Sawhey
3. Ja Nam - Ancient Future
4. Oceans Of Ecstacy - Deepak Chopra
5. Campuhan - Blue Asia
6. Angels Of The Island - Bali Lounge
7. Space In... - Nataraj XT
8. Funky Guru - Prem Joshua
9. Eastern Journey - Biddu Orchestra
10. Water Down The Ganges - Prem Joshua & Manish Vyas
11. Dreams Of Happiness - XCultures

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Travel from London to Bombay, Bali to Tokyo with this compilation of innovative Asian fusions, the sixth in Putumayo's successful Lounge series. More than half the tracks on Asian Lounge have never been released in North America, paving a path for those who like to stay connected with ever-evolving music scenes. Japanese stars, the Yoshida Brothers kick off the collection with 'Fukaki Umi No Kanata' (Beyond the Deep Sea). Another familiar face on Asian Lounge is that of famed health and wellness guru Deepak Chopra. His 'Oceans of Ecstasy' is an ambient dreamscape of sensual grooves, passion-soaked vocals, undulating chants and intoxicating rhythms.A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this album will be donated to Oxfam America and Novib/Oxfam Netherlands in support of their development efforts in Asia. Putumayo. 2005.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Putumayo Lounge November 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Aside from Arabic Groove, this has to be the best flowing album in the Putumayo series. The songs blend together, although diverse in sound, style, country, instruments, and voices. If you're not paying attention, you don't even realize when one song has stopped and the other has begun.

The opening track of the Yoshida Brothers is a great opener and sets the pace and tone for the album. Ancient Future appears again (Music From the Tea Lands) and continues with more beautiful, lounging rhythms and instruments. Deepak Chopra also contributes once again to a Putumayo album. If you almost liked his track on Latin Lounge, then you'll probably really enjoy the one on Asian Lounge.

I think Funky Guru will be one of the most popular, although Koyal should be appreciated for its haunting music and sweet vocals. In my opinion, Water Down the Ganges is the best song on the album. Probably the only reason that an 11+ minute song would even make a compilation like this. It's a song you don't get tired of listening to and contributes heavily to the lounge theme.

If you've already listened to Music From the Tea Lands, this is the Electronica version, with deeper bass, synthesized music, and cool vocals.

Well done, Putumayo!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eastern Grooves for Chilling Out October 1, 2006
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Another stellar release from Putumayo, this CD focuses on ambient/lounge music from Asian artists. The whole CD works as a wonderful compilation. As others have said, theres not a single track to skip over. Many of the songs are completely new, and have never been released in North America until now.

Needless to say, the strongest influences on this CD come from the Indian subcontinent. Nitin Sawhney's "Koyal" has a mellow Bollywood sound, complete with flutes and female vocals. Deepak Chopra and Biddu Orchestra both showcase South Asian percussion, while sitars are featured in Nataraj XT's "Space In...". And then theres "Water Down the Ganges", collaberation between Prem Joshua and Manish Vyas that runs for more than 10 minutes! But theres also other stuff too. "Campuhan" by Blue Asia and "Angels of the Island" by Bali Lounge draw upon the rhythmic music of Indonesia. Ancient Future weave together a lively blend of Indian and Chinese sounds. And the Yoshida Brothers mix ambient sounds with traditional Japanese instruments on "Fukaki Umi no Kanata". The final track, "Dreams of Happiness" by XCultures, draws upon and reflects all the same influences as the others and is a perfect ending to the CD. It'll stay with you long after going off.

This is an incredible CD, whether your dancing to it, driving out someplace late at night, or just chilling at home. You'll get hooked on this CD after the first song. Especially, as others have already pointed out, if you liked Putumayo's other CD "Music from Tea Lands". Like that CD, this compilation showcases artists from across the Asian continent, but in this case there is a more ambient/electronica feel to the songs. Nonetheless, the two CDs complement one another perfectly. Indeed, the band Ancient Future is featured on both CDs. If you liked one, then you'll certainly like the other. So do yourself a favor and go out and buy this CD. Your ears will thank you later.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Putumayo's further travels into Asia June 12, 2006
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This is superior to the mixed bag of Asian Groove;it has more variety, but it also sticks to its lounging theme. It is wonderfully meditative. It's a fit companion for Music of the Tea Lands (I've put both in a CD player&put both on random shuffle--they're compatible)

There isn't a single weak track on this.

Highlights-

1)Fukaki Umi No Kanata-It's no wonder the Yoshida Brothers have so many New Age albums.They have the perfect blend of Japanese&electronica.

2)Koyal-A haunting trip-hop take on a Bollywood song.

3)Ja Nam-A reggae take on a traditional Vietnamese song.Ancient Future as great as usual.

4)Bali Lounge-It's loungy.Like "Campuhan" before it,it uses an Indonesian theme.

5)Funky Guru-Wow!Prem Joshua is worth further exploration.This is worth singing along or dancing to.

6)Water down the Ganges-More Prem Joshua.While most pop songs are only 3 minutes long,this clocks in at 11 minutes.And worth every minute.

7)Dreams of Happiness-A haunting song.

While many people would dismiss New Age music as snooze-inducing&synth-heavy (think Yanni or Enya!),this album lays those worries to rest.This album is perfect for lounging,writing,or yoga.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Great tunes! I bought this CD because I wanted some music that was sort of like "smooth jazz" but with an Asian ethnic/exotic vibe and I was happy to get just that. As the title of my review suggests, this is great "chill out" music. I like to light some candles, play the CD, and sip some wine and unwind after a stressful day at the office. Ahhh! To me, this is a little bit of heaven on earth.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid Indian Trip Hop February 24, 2006
By KC
Format:Audio CD
All the tracks are Indian flavored so while it's Asia, it's a pretty narrow focus.

It's not really 'loungey' in the correct dance sense, it's more trip hop - at best, you might call these tracks mid-tempo chill but a more accurate description is trip hop.

Unlike some other discs masquerading New Age as Trip Hop, these are all fine tracks with solid musicianship and are real trip hop tracks.

Other than KOYAL which is a flat out spooky track (and the only actual chill/lounge dance track) - the others all blend into each other - nothing really wrong with consistency but nothing else really outstanding.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Asian Lounge
Overall a pleasant collection of Asian fusion, I especially like the lead track by the Yosida Brothers (Fukaki Umi No Kanata).
Published 17 months ago by Douglas J. Mcwilliams
3.0 out of 5 stars Yoshida Brothers rock
I really got this album to get a track by the Yoshida Brothers. It's very hard to find their tracks for download, and their albums are very expensive. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Nancy
4.0 out of 5 stars Cruisey & easy to listen to
Love it.

My hubby doesn't like all this world music stuff (sometimes I think it's as much the "principal" of the matter as any real dislike). Read more
Published 21 months ago by MaGoose
4.0 out of 5 stars Asian lounge
He recibido el CD. Llegó a destino según las condiciones establecidas por el distribuidor. Buen servicio. No hubo problemas. Muchas gracias.
Published 23 months ago by Ana
2.0 out of 5 stars Putumayo Presents: Asian Lounge
I bought this CD from Tower Records shortly before they went out of business for next to nothing. The only good track on this CD was the first one. Read more
Published on March 11, 2010 by ritzy007
2.0 out of 5 stars Ageing hippies find Asian instruments at garage sale
Sounds as if some old hippies are doing re-hashed old blues licks on Asian instruments they found at a garage sale (Sitar etc.) and passing it off as "Eastern". Read more
Published on April 20, 2009 by P. Spielman
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing
I have bought many Putamayo CD's and this one is by far the best one. It is full of great songs with deep and clear instrumentation. Read more
Published on January 19, 2008 by Braveheart
3.0 out of 5 stars Good collection of Asian sounds
As an introduction to various artists of this genre it does it's job pretty well. Plus I found it a good addition to my collection. Read more
Published on February 24, 2006 by J. Chandler
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice change of pace!
I bought this CD to have music playing in the background during the day at home with my 2 1/2 year old son...it is great! Read more
Published on December 27, 2005 by N. Ortiz
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