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Cousteau's Dream


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Oceans of beauty caress the senses in this emotionally evocative tribute to Capt. Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Ranging from tribal to operatic, poignant to passionate, "Cousteau's Dream" is a musical voyage of hope and inspiration for what one person can do to change the world.

From each purchase of a CD, approximately $2.50 will be donated by Real Music's non-profit EarthSea Institute to The Cousteau Society and organizations with similar goals of protecting and preserving the earth and its inhabitants.

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A mix-and-match compilation project packaged as a tribute to the memory of Jacques Cousteau, the famed ocean explorer and environmental crusader, Cousteau's Dream is a low-key, high-minded collection of soft instrumental works compatible with an ocean's most serene state. Few of the mostly keyboard-generated compositions on this disc stir waves, making it an appropriate choice for laid-back listeners who favor the idea of tranquil ocean-gazing on a becalmed afternoon. The assembled tracks, from Vangelis, Aria, Kitaro, and others, along with two original pieces (including "Sun's Comin' Out," a semireverential work for trumpet and keyboards from Richard Burmer), exude a more earnest New Age inclination. Subtle grooves appear during Kamal's twinkling "Shakuhaji Tales" and periodically in Aria's "Un Bel Di," but the overall tone of the disc is better reflected by a worshipful, requiem-like selection such as Michael Hoppe's "Lachrymosa" or the brief, solemn beauty of Vangelis's "Eternity." The Kenny G tune, "Theme from Dying Young" seems a little out of place here, though 2002's Enya-like "Stella Maris" is a treat. The label, Real Music, says its EarthSea Institute will donate more than two dollars from each disc's sale to environmental groups. --Terry Wood

1. Vangelis - West Across the Ocean Sea
2. Kamal - Shakuhaji Tales
3. Richard Burmer - Sun's Comin' Out
4. Aria - Un Bel Di
5. Yanni - Secret Vows
6. Kitaro - Nageki
7. Kenny G - Theme from "Dying Young"
8. Kevin Kern - To Sleep on Angels' Wings
9. 2002 - Stella Maris
10. Tim Wheater - Circle's Edge
11. Michael Hoppe - Lachrymosa
12. Vangelis - Eternity
13. Frederic Delarue - Future of the Sea

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 22, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real Music
  • ASIN: B00004X0E5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,892 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Parsons TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The folks at Real Music seem to have a real knack for putting together exceptionally good compilations. "Cousteau's Dream" contains work from recent releases as well as some early ones (1987 Yanni, 1990 Kitaro), and there is a very international flavor to the album as a whole. A generous portion from the sale of each CD will be donated by Real Music's non-profit EarthSea Institute to The Cousteau Society and organizations with similar goals of protecting and preserving the earth and its inhabitants. A noble cause, and a great album to help promote it! Several of the contributions are from Real Music artists (Kevin Kern, Tim Wheater, 2002), but most come from other sources such as Vangelis, Yanni, Kitaro, Kenny G, Richard Burmer, Michael Hoppe, Aria, Kamal, and Frederic Delarue. With such a variety of artistic styles, it is amazing that this album is so seamless. Smooth enough to use as a backdrop, but still interesting enough to listen to actively. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album is an incredible collection of some of the best artists in New Age. It doesn't necessarily flow from track to track as smoothly as some of Real Music's other compilations, but the tracks on Cousteau's Dream are some of the best by each of the contributing artists. This is an album where the tracks are to be enjoyed on an individual basis, not necessarily one in which you drift off and not notice what it is you're listening to.
There certainly is, however, an overall effect created by this album that I think very accurately captures the mood that was intended. The inclusion of waves gently caressing the shore and the magnificent vocal exchange of the whales conveys the message and feeling that Jacques Cousteau always tried to capture with his films. "Cousteau's Dream" creates a sense of the tranquility that exists beneath the waves of the ocean with the tracks by Vangelis, Yanni, Kamal and Frederic Delarue. But the life and magnificence of all the ocean creatures can be felt through operatic vocals featured on "Un Bel Di" and "Lachrymosa."
If you're buying an album to have strictly as background music that you really don't want to listen to and only sort of want to hear, you may not want this one. But if you want an album that features some of the strongest tracks by some of New Age music's greatest artists, this is the one for you. And with $2.50 from the sale of each album going to The Cousteau Society, you can feel entirely guilt-free for investing in this treasure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on April 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a terrific blend of relaxing music. The pieces played give a definite feel of peace and water. This is one of my best choices I've purchased and play daily while reading cleaning or just relaxing with my feet up. And such a great cause. :-}
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on September 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
A less than stellar collection of tracks... very much lacking cohesion and continuity. I couldn't wait to take it out of my CD player. It is an unfortunate choice of music for such a noteworthy endeavor.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I hate to cast a shadow on a worthy (fund-raising) release but this was a terribly disappointing purchase. Some of the tracks were rather clumsy (Yanni) or derivative (2002's Enya rip-off) and there didn't seem to be any match between the tracks and the avowed conception for the album. The mix levels varied so much that I had to keep playing with my volume control. Licensed Massage Therapists beware!
Why is Kenny G's "Dying Young" theme on this album? Music-lovers beware.
The 2 short Vangelis tracks (from the soundtrack of 1492:Conquest of Paradise) are harmonically more interesting than the companion tracks. However the track "Eternity" did not seem to fit a Cousteau/Aquatic theme. It would have been more fitting to use some of his music from the album "Oceanic" (heck - buy that album and send a few bucks to the Earthsea Institute) or to publish some of the unreleased music Vangelis created for early Cousteau documentaries.
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