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Ancient Journeys

CuscoAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 29, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: February 29, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Higher Octave
  • ASIN: B00004LMKZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Da Gama
2. Conquistadores
3. Land Of The Midnight Sun
4. Tigris & Euphrates
5. Byzantium
6. The Journeys Of Marco Polo
7. The Horsemen Of Bulgar
8. Kublai Khan
9. The Crusades

Editorial Reviews

With their prolific outpouring of keyboard, flute, and tribal rhythmic recordings, Cusco has won over a strong following of genre listeners. A fairly light and easy offering, Ancient Journeys: A Vision of the New World will likely only appeal to those who are already fans. Smacking of all that is stereotypically New Age (insubstantial soul and cheesy soundscapes), Cusco can be headache-inducing for those not already enamored of the group's uneasy saccharine charm. Quick flute trills merge with syncopated electronics, hand drums, water-drip sound effects, and breezy synthesized strings. A far better and more interesting choice for modern electro-instrumental soundscape is Damage by Roger Eno and Lol Hammond. --Paige La Grone

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Cusco has become my favorite New Age musical group because they express the music of various cultures and connect it to discoveries and major events in the past. Track #1 "Da Gama" begins with a provocative flute introduction, the hallmark of Cusco. With impressive fluidity and style Ottmar Liebert, a guest artist, enhances the Turkish and Spanish cultural effects with his guitar playing. "Ancient Journeys" includes the guitar, violins, keyboards, and percussive instruments -- creating very unique and evocative music.
"Conquistadors" (track #2) creates a feeling of triumph and soaring energy ... the occasinal flute is overcome by the percussion and sense of extremely urgent flourshing melodies. One senses the weakening hold of the flute music as other instruments become more dominant ... reminiscent of historically accurate events. Track #6 "The Journeys of Marco Polo" includes spendid guitar playing and synthesizer variations on the main theme/melody. A most distinct and fascinating musical interlude is one that resembles the trotting of horses ... Another interlude has Turkish or Middle Eastern rhythms that captivate the listener. "The Horseman of Bulgar" is a tremendously triumphant artistic achievement. It is a masterpiece of splendor and grandeur ... I love the Asian root sounds and the cross-over transiitonal sections that have a Balkan-like flavor. Erika Borsos (erikab93)
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great. March 2, 2000
By Jeo
Format:Audio CD
Ancient Journeys is good but not great. Don't expect it to blow you away. This set of music lacks alot of the characteristics of some of the previous CUSCO CDs. The melodies do not stand out nearly as much as songs from CUSCO's other recordings.
Don't get me wrong, this is a good CD, but it's just not their best. For better CDs look to Apurimac I, CUSCO 2000, or THE BEST OF CUSCO.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Dick K
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bottom line: If you enjoyed Apurimac I and/or II then you'll like this CD provided you're not going to object to the music extending beyond the South American flavor of those works. If you liked Apurimac III, then read no further, go directly to checkout line--you'll almost certainly like this one, too.
Cusco has been a favorite of mine for quite some time and I have most of their work. This one isn't in my top 2 or 3 but its growing on me and very representative of their recent work. I've enjoyed it more than Apurimac III for instance. Yes, its less cohesive than the Apurimac series but I don't find that a problem--although I did find it a bit odd that they didn't arrange the titles in order with respect to the history they attempt to portray. In any case, the variety in style makes it more like some of their earlier work like Water Stories or even Cusco II. But it adds the sophistication and complexity in arrangement and instrumentation of the Apurimac series.
If you're new to Cusco, I'd have to recommend going back to Apurimac and starting there. But if you have a Cusco CD or two and liked them, then get this one, you're not likely to be disappointed--I wasn't!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only Cusco Can Do Techno Tribal Like No Other! March 10, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Ancient Journey's is almost a continuous journey off the Apurimac Series. If you like extraordinary music that uplifts, makes your mind wander, and your soul speak; this may be what you need. No words, just instruments. Cusco uses techno influences merged with wood instruments from primitive lands to make a unique blend of music now recently coined Techno Tribal. It is not harsh to the ears, just pleasant and serene. Great music for relaxing, hiking, reading, drawing, or sleeping.
In a world full of problems it's nice to know Cusco can take us to beautiful places.
If you liked Cusco's Apurimac series, you will enjoy this as well. It still has many of the same Cusco tunes they are known for, as well as new sounds. Expand your New Age/Trance collection with this new Cusco CD, you will be glad you did! I know I am.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome follow up to Apurimac III July 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Just when I thought there would be nothing more coming from CUSCO after Apurimac III, they have delivered an awesome next. Honestly this is not recommended for morons that are fans of commercial music. It is for enlightened fans who have grown out of commercial music and are on a different plateau.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it! March 17, 2000
By Scott G
Format:Audio CD
I have everything Cusco has done and the only CD's I like better are Apurimac I and III. The music is lively and at the same time soothing. I especially like the variety of music with its global themes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Ancient Journeys is a musical saga through the pages of time capturing the sound images of caravans to the Orient, the bazaars of Byzantium, the seaward thrusts of Spanish galleons, and more. Ancient Journeys surveys the worlds of antiquity and visionary sojourns into the new world. This instrumental recording is flawlessly produced and represents a unique and memorable journey down through the echoing halls of time. The selections comprising Ancient Journeys include: Da Garna (3:31); Conquistadores (3:36); Land of the Midnight Sun (4:25); Tigris & Euphrates (6:40); Byzantium (5:30); The Journeys of Marco Polo (3:03); The Horsemen of Bulgar (5:26); Kublai Khan (4:21); and The Crusades (5:38). Total Time 42:17
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not THE BEST, but pretty good. February 3, 2002
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
Another stuning release from Cusco! Even though I don't think it's their best release, it's still pretty good. This album is definetly upbeat with all the high speed druming in the background and the flute trills too. My favorite tracks are Da Gama , Land of the Midnight Sun, and Kublai Khan. If your a new Cusco fan, I think this is a pretty good album to start out with. Oh , and you'll be seeing a lot more reviews from the 12 year old New Age music fan in the future. As long as I have the CD you want info about, if I'm availible , I'll gladly share some info with you, for any and all New Age fans,I'mheretohelp.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
As with all of Cusco's music, it's thought rendering, peaceful and puts you in a meditative state of mind. Will definitely buy more of their music!
Published 8 months ago by RockG
2.0 out of 5 stars Just not what I expected.
I purchased this only because I had heard the tune Montezuma on his other album. Nothing I could use on it.
Published 17 months ago by Carolyn Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUTHFUL Review
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Published 24 months ago by Truthful
4.0 out of 5 stars Writings by Serge Kozlovsky
"Cusco" is a group, which is to the highest respect famous and respectable not only among the admirers of the new age music. Read more
Published on February 6, 2011 by Serge Kozlovsky
3.0 out of 5 stars New Age synthesizer rendering of ancient themes, details follow...
This collection of compositions lauds itself as commemorating ancient journeys. From a modernistic view, this assertion is hardly contestable but prospective buyers should be aware... Read more
Published on August 5, 2008 by Patrick W. Crabtree
5.0 out of 5 stars The CD and the Group really deserves 10 starts ....
I have 15 CD's from this fabulous group and i must say that this is one of the best (if not the best, but is really hard to pick the best one from Cusco, because every CD is really... Read more
Published on April 21, 2006 by Angel G
5.0 out of 5 stars Another GREAT Cusco CD
Once again I am amazed by Cusco and they are my fav group to listen to to date. The music takes you around the world through the music and is a great source of solace if you're... Read more
Published on August 24, 2005 by FutureSoapStar09
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice Work Here!
CUSCO Ancient Journeys sends us on a journey. It is a very pleasant one, with an occasional adventure thrown in. There is not one track here that I don't like. A real winner. Read more
Published on August 6, 2005 by Mike Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars DREAMLAND
Published on October 5, 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Entrancing at first, but it gets dull . . .
The first few times I listened to this CD, the songs struck me as unique and one-of-a-kind. Most of them are interesting fusions of worldly rhythms with more synthetic sounds. Read more
Published on August 20, 2001 by Rosie
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