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The journey from Lhasa in Tibet over the high Himalayas to Dharamsala in India has got to be one the most testing and physically gruelling exploits that anyone can undertake and yet hundreds of Tibetans do just that each year in search of freedom. Yungchen Lhamo walked this road to exile as a teenager back in 1989. Her musical gifts had already been recognised in Tibet where her name, which ... Read more in Amazon's Yungchen Lhamo Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • ASIN: B00000DCKM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,939 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Happiness Is...
2. Sky
3. Heart
4. Per Rig Chog Sum
5. Khyab Sangye
6. Ngak Pai Metog
7. Dream
8. Defiance
9. Coming Home

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Yungchen Lhamo's second album for RealWorld is an intriguing and sometimes difficult work. Boldly moving away from the solo voice that dominated her first CD, she and producer Hector Zazou have constructed a complex set of songs that range from ritual to pop, utilizing semiclassical strings along with electric and acoustic guitar, with a very light touch of electronic ambiance. Zazou has an incredible ability to create dense layers of sound that never interfere with the central character of a piece--in this case the wide-ranging vocals of Tibetan singer Lhamo. The sounds gently usurp other cultures, with many musical references to India and China at the forefront, but jazz and European folk enter into the scheme, too. Perhaps one of the key pieces is "Heart," with an almost surreal Finnish kantele (zither) linked to the sky by some indefinable drones and terse violin lines. There are some clichéd jazz guitar lines here and there, and the occasional drift into New Age "mood" music, but these elements survive because we are presented with a voice of such distinct character and grace. Lhamo is a singer of beauty and control, and Zazou has found a setting for Lhamo's voice that surpasses expectation. --Louis Gibson

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Coming Home is Yungchen Lhamo's third album. The first was only available in Australia and having heard it I can tell you it was much better than the re-recorded effort by RealWorld. Coming Home is Yungchen Lhamo's best album. At first I thought she might have just been an exotic voice from a mystic country but this album shows that not only does she have a unique and overwhelmingly beautiful voice but that she is a highly talented songwriter as well. I have seen her in concert where she sings acappella, so it is a shock at first to hear her with full musical accompianment but she has been able to blend her voice and her songs with a fine touch to some great western sounds. Really, this is the meaning of world music, a talented singer songwriter marrying her traditional roots with worldwide elements.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L on October 27, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I was absolutely thrilled to see that Real World artist Yungchen Lhamo had recorded another CD, Coming Home. I love her first, Tibet, Tibet, which contains mellifluous Tibetan chants sung a capella.CH follows another path in Yungchen's musical road by incorporating different musical nuances from techno-ish to jazz to tradition European classical music- it all works so well for her as her voice is truly the most magical instrument she could ever utilise.Be sure to read the liner notes in which she discusses her past- I was especially touched to learn about the poverty she experienced as a child in Tibet (Defiance). She provides insight into each of the tracks which personalises not only her plight but the plight of the Tibetan people in general.I feel fortunate to be among those in the world with whom Yungchen is sharing the gift of her voice.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 2000
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This is a cd that won't disappoint anyone that loves a good voice (phenomenal voice), deeply moving music, and, a very good technical recording to enhance the whole experience. Being Tibetan, Yungchen Llamo will shock new listeners with a crystal clear, spiritually powerful voice that is uncommon in western music. It is music worth owning.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Yungchen Lhamo is exquisite. A miraculous voice of such expression that words do not convey the beauty of it. This album has gorgeous songs on it, without doubt. I give it only four stars due to the heavy popflavored tacky production and accompaniment. Why could we have not had someone senstive to the acoustic possibilities of this marvelous voice and esthetic arrange this album. It has ruined most of the songs for me. Too heavy, too western, too slanted toward making a buck at the expense of this natural wondrous woman.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1998
Format: Audio CD
As an appreciative fan of Yungchen Lhamo's first release; Tibet, Tibet; I was quite lucky to be shopping online the first day of this, her second CD, release. If you are familiar with and like her first work you will probably enjoy this one also. As she explains in the liner notes, Yungchen Lhamo's first love is a cappela performance but studio recording allows experimentation and exploration. In this new CD, part of that experimentation is the use of more Western sounds. This CD does not have the almost stark bareness of the first. There is much more layering and much more instrumentation. At times some of the work is very much like the early Ambiennt work of Eno, at times almost like his Roxy Music days. There is some very "New Age" sounding material and some straight up Jazz guitar. There is also a lot of drumming. Personally, I think the experiment worked. Two ears up!
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