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Audio CD, June 10, 2003
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos of America Inc.
  • ASIN: 5552157435
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dave B on August 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I first became aware of these guys while watching a movie, (Driving Lessons). In the film, there is a scene in a club where there is a band in the background playing salsa. At some point the camera catches the band and I realize it is an outsized group with some members wearing kilts!?! I couldn't let that go without notice so I waited till the end of the film when they finally roll the music credits and discovered the band was Salsa Celtica. Now I was really intrigued and looked up their list of cd's. I settled on this one because it had the songs they played in the movie. When it arrived, I played it through and listened for the first time mostly undistracted. The unique intertwining of celtic sounds and instrumentation with salsa beat and rythym was amazing. And if you think (like I did), that the two genres were not a good mix, then just listen with an open mind. It is amazing how they carry this off and it sounds so natural and fun. I will be purchasing more of this bands' music, these guys know how to have a good time. Enjoy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Sheard on May 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I sought out this album after hearing "Sol de la Noche" as the opening track on Putumayo's compilation album, SALSA AROUND THE WORLD. And there's always a danger when one buys an album based on a single song, but there's nothing disappointing about this album.

This Scottish group is an amazingly talented ensemble, taking salsa traditions and rhythms and infusing them with celtic instruments and traditions. The performances are tight, inventive, and I defy you to listen to this album and not want to dance, even if it's just in your chair.

Their closing rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" is not to be missed. I WILL buy their future albums.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DJS on the Island on January 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I heard Salsa Celtica's Auld Lang Syne on December 30th on NPR's Folkways in the car and immediately as it started my wife and I remarked that we had to find the CD. This group is really hard to believe, as they all seem to be white Scots making amazing Latin music. There are parts of it that remind me on Manu Chao, with snippets of Spanish language radio playing in the background. In parts or as a whole this album is happy music, and as one reviewer mentions above, you simply can't help but start to dance. This is a great album and deserving of your ears and there isn't a weak track amongst them. Shop with confidence, I am sure you won't be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "al42" on December 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Sailing on the west coast of Scotland this summer, we walked into an isolated pub and were blown away to hear the best Latin music this side of Miami! Don't know where these guys came from, but if you can listen to this stuff without getting up and dancing,check to make sure you're still breathing. Fantastic Latin beat!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen S. Davis on July 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I saw this band perform in the film Driving Lessons. I was so much in love with their music that I went directly home to order the CD from Amazon. I'm not disappointed. What a great idea - to somehow fuse Celtic instrumentation into Latin music. It's an original and natural fit. It's not gimmicky like Paul Simon's African forays, wherein it sounds like he took the vocals off an indigenous recording and added his own. There's a real synthesis here, and it works perfectly.

Salsa Celtica has got the horns, great lead singing and unison background choruses of Latin, as well as the violin and flute of Celtic music. For me that's heaven.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Danielle on October 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you love either Salsa or Celtic music, this band is the one for you. Amazing music that makes you move your body whether you know the steps or not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Hess on August 6, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I was not at all aware of this group until I heard them at the Dublin Irish Festival in Columbus, OH. I don't know how I could miss them, being a fan of both Celtic & Latin music.
Many of the people in the audience looked skeptical but once they started to play & sing, it took off.
It takes alot to get people moving in their seats in this town. I have been to concerts where the audience was immobilized; nothing short of someone yelling, "Fire!" could get them out of their seats or tapping their toes. These guys somehow managed to do it.
I have not had an opportunity to buy a CD but have listened online. The only thing is, listening to the recorded music doesn't measure up to seeing them play... it is rare to see so much energy in one place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcos on November 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
These guys do a lot of Cha-cha-cha/guajira, I think about half the tracks use that rhythm. That slower rhythm appears to blend easier for them with the scottish sounds. Then on the salsa tracks they turn up the latin, and it works. "El Sol de la Noche" is their masterpiece, never have I heard a cha-cha-cha like this, that track sounds as as good as anything by the top salsa bands in New York and Cuba, only with Celtic instrumentation added.

The musicality is good, but could have a little more variety in their rhythm section. While they understand the Cuban rhythms well, they don't play with them that much as the Cubans do, and it sounds repetitive at times, specially on the longer tracks.
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