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Cafe Del Mar - Volume 8

Cafe Del Mar Audio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 17, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana Mca
  • ASIN: B00005LNH3
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,767 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Utopia (New Ears Mix) - Goldfrapp
2. Any Other Name - Thomas Newman
3. Sunrise (DJ Thunda & The K-20 Allstars Remix) - Afterlife
4. Worthless - Dido
5. Gula Gula (Chilluminati Mix) - Mari Boine
6. 100 Billion Stars - Lux
7. Day By Day (DJ Spinna Remix) - Mark de Clive-Lowe
8. Tatouage Bay (Avec Chet) - Ben Onono
9. Cookie Raver - Illumination
10. Will You Catch Me (Twin Tunes Mix) - Tiny Tunes
11. Pina Colada (Jazz Mix) - Digby Jones
12. Apache - Scripture
13. Gabirel - Lamb

Editorial Reviews

This latest installment in the Café del Mar series, designed to defray the effects of Ibizan-type madness (or usher some in), sees the del Mar folks weaving together their most mature, confident, and well-placed aural massage yet. Sometimes it rolls across the ears like a slow, steamy, romantic rubdown, as on Digby Jones's "Piña Colada (Jazz Mix)," and at other times it evokes deep sunrise spiritualism, as on Mari Boine's superb "Gula Gula (Chillumanti Mix)." There are even some poignant and melancholic pressure points, such as Hollywood fave Thomas Newman's haunting "Any Other Name" (last heard on the American Beauty soundtrack). Also seemingly bound for soundtrack inclusion is Dido's "Worthless," which overflows with piano-tinged, jazzy trip-hop flavor. Whether used as a chill-out album, a warm-up collection, a record to dine with, or a romantic backdrop, Café del Mar, Vol. 8 will find good use in most contemporary lifestyles. --Steffan Chirazi

Product Description

Eighth installment of the long running & highly popular dance series. 13 tracks, 'Cookie Raver' Illumination, 'Gula Gula (Chilluminati Mix)' Boine Persen, Mari, 'Pina Colada (Jazz Mix)' Jones, Digby, 'Will You Catch Me' Tiny Tunes, 'Utopia (New Ears Mix)' Goldfrapp, 'Worthless' Dido, 'Sunrise (Dj Thunder & K20 Allstars Mix)' Afterlife, 'Tattouage Blue (Avec Chet)' Onono, Ben, 'Apache' Scripture, '100 Billion Stars' Lux, 'Gabriel' Lamb & 'Any Other Name' Newman, Thomas. 2001 release.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another relaxing compilation! July 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
It is the 8th compilation under the well-known name of Cafe Del Mar, a place on Ibiza Island where outstanding Dj - Jose Padilla - was giving once music sessions. The music on this compilation is as always chillout, meditative and moving. But this time there are several "buts" what made me ranking it as 4-star-album.
The 8th edition was compiled not by Jose Padilla but by other Djs, Peter Neville & Ben Cherrill. Well, I don't say they're bad Djs, but they didn't make an outstanding album anyway. The reason for this is here. All but one song are incredible, setting your mood to different heights. But only one by one. They don't make a whole piece of music as in previous compilations. Each part of the album (prologue, the middle and the end) are too overextended, lasting for 2-3 songs. Besides, the edge between these parts is very palpable what makes this CD like ordinary compilations of "easy-listening" music. With Jose Padilla music was floating very gradually from the very quite, meditative to even sometimes hard-beat, very rhythmic music.
A very pleasant presence here of Goldfrapp with their "Utopia", a thoughtful, mystic song. Thomas Newman's "Any Other Name" feels much like soundtrack music, with a scratch-like-noise sound what makes this track very warm and lovely. Afterlife presents us their "Sunrise" - great song for sitting on the beach with friends and looking on the moonlight in the sea. Dido with her "Worthless" surprises us with an unusual for us sound, which we can't hear on her "No Angel". Here the music is more alternative, with strong, enigmatic beats and vocals. Very interesting work! Mari Boine with her "Gula Gula" gives the album the most mystic, unforgettable touch. Mark de Clive-Lowe's "Day by Day" I'd skip.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NIce cover, disjointed content, not more than its parts October 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
For some reason everyone has heard of the "Cafe Del Mar" series, and I'm convinced its as much the catchy series title as the quality of the work. It tends to be the love of public radio music shows also (see KCRW, Santa Monica, CA). Probably the label had a lucky ride on the early 1990s sudden penchant for lounge/ambient/chill etc. and the series was initially quite novel, but has since been overtaken.
The main problem is the jarring styles jammed on to this and the other disc, you have reggae, samba/latin, jazz, R&B, soul, trip hop, new age for goodness sake, the obligatory French female vocal (beloved of all chill) vying for your ear. The sum is not more than the parts here, if someone made you this compilation out of their music collection you might think it was Ok, but not to shell out serious bucks for. This particular compilation delves dangerously close to some new age soundtrack for meditation. For example, the famous Thomas Newman piano piece is a bad choice. The bane of a thousand movie soundtracks its very sad, and will make you weep into your pine colada. Then this is followed by a jolly summer day "Girl from Ipanema" style samba-acoustic guitar piece. Yikes.
Compare the genius of Thievery Corporation or Kruder and Dorfmeister for making something thematically unified, which just "sounds right", out of other people's songs. Here, however, you are painfully aware that, "now its time for the cool "French" vocal, now its time for the reggae one, etc."
Look, if it works for you fine ambient, pleasant enough for the beach, but its just not the transcendent experience all many reviews [make] it up to be. But I think the Cafe Del Mar series has worn out its welcome after the departure of uber chill meister Padilla.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Time to lay this old dog to rest September 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
There is an easy explanation as to why this volume of Cafe del Mar is such a huge disappointment - it's related to the others in name and not by nature. The Cafe del Mar series truly ended when Jose Padilla stopped compiling them with Volume 6. He was the true essence of Café del Mar but left stating people only went there because they were told to and it had lost it's original beauty - i.e. it had got to commercial - just like the island of Ibiza itself. Bruno compiled Volume 7, which wasn't bad but still not a patch on what had come before.
So on to Volume 8. Manifesto have such faith in the 2 DJ's that compiled this that they are not even given a mention on the front - only in small print on the back.
The track selection and sequencing is poor compared to the standards set by Padilla. He had a talent of being able to bring together a diverse selection of tracks but all with a common Balearic feel and sequenced them brilliantly so each one rolled off the other. Not the case here at all. What Dido and Thomas Newman have to do with Ibiza I don't know. I'm sure if it weren't for Jakarta's "American Dream" being such a hit then the American Beauty theme wouldn't have been included at all. There are the some of the usual suspects however - Afterlife and Lux with very strong offerings. However, the overall feel of this compilation is quite dull and it seems to meander directionless until it reaches the incredibly dull and depressing "Gabriel" by Lamb.
In between there are a few tracks that make it worth the purchase (just!!!):- Tattouage blue and Pina Colada come to mind
No doubt there will be another Volume next summer to cash in on the reputation the series is built up. Lets hope it is better than this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 17 days ago by Solange
2.0 out of 5 stars Cafe Del Mar - rating
I specifically purchased this CD because of 1 track that I love to listen to on Pandora. I knew I was taking a chance in not knowing what the other tracks would be like and as a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Debra A. D'Ambroso
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a great relaxing mix
This sounds compilation is always on my cd player in home or in my mp3 player in the of the best mixes for cafe del mar series... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Rajendra V. Malvea
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This album is a great album. I love the music of Cafe del mar, not only this volume but all of them, and even I love more to go to the real Cafe del mar in Ibiza and listen to... Read more
Published on December 14, 2011 by Zarca
1.0 out of 5 stars Overall Disappointment
We are music collectors. We enjoy classical, jazz, new age, soundscape-type music, jazz-fusion etc. We found the combination of songs on this CD to be an inharmonious blend. Read more
Published on September 21, 2010 by SoundPuppies
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Choice to Own From the Cafe del Mar Series
A good album to have from this ever-popular series. No duds on the original release containing 13 tracks. Read more
Published on August 13, 2007 by CloudMan
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Choice to Own From the Cafe del Mar Series
A good album to have from this ever-popular series. No duds on the original release containing 13 tracks. Read more
Published on August 13, 2007 by CloudMan
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Up To Standards
I found this CD to be disjointed and confusing in it's "feel". Not the type of Cafe Del Mar I enjoy.
Published on September 25, 2005 by Todd D. Alt
1.0 out of 5 stars Scandalously dismal
Annoyingly, the lowest rating I can offer is ONE STAR. Way too much. How on earth is it possible to produce such complete drivel. Read more
Published on December 24, 2004 by Paul C. Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars unique downtemp grooves
A year after buying Vol. 7 and Vol. 8, I still find myself spinning these grooves up. Timeless downtemp joy.
Published on February 8, 2004 by 03mp
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