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Ancient Journeys

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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

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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 29, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: February 29, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Higher Octave
  • ASIN: B00004LMKZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,052 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Erika Borsos VINE VOICE on July 9, 2004
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 By Jeo on March 2, 2000
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 on March 16, 2001
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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 By A Customer on March 10, 2000
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 By ROS on July 19, 2000
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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 By Scott G on March 17, 2000
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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 By Midwest Book Review on May 4, 2000
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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 A Kid's Review on February 3, 2002
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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