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Elements of Life Import


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 5, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Captain Trip Japan
  • ASIN: B00008ILMI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,118,381 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jungle Fever
2. Brand New Day Feat Blaze
3. Derca De Mi Feat Raul Midon
4. Africa / Brasil
5. Nos Inda Feat Adade
6. A Better Day Feat Raul Midon
7. Ma Mi Mama
8. Tu Y Yo Summer Night In Spanish Harlem
9. Quimbombo Feat Domnigo Quinones
10. Canto Para Chango
11. Sunshine
12. Elements Of Life Feat Blaze
13. Mon Amour Feat Adade
14. Mozalounge

Editorial Reviews

Japanese limited edition of 2003 album, featuring the hit title track, 'Brand New Day' & guest appearances from Blaze, Dimitri From Paris, Ursula Rucker, Domingo Quiones, Raul Midon, Anane & Elements Of Life Band, includes enhanced CD with a bonus track ('Nico's Song'), photos, footage of interviews, rehearsals & performances. No US release scheduled. Double gatefold sleeve for the first pressing only. Cutting Edge Records. Copy protected.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Brooklyn's Finest on March 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
For the most part, this rekkid is quite mellow & very laid back
The production, although very slick and well-done, is very "safe". In my opinion, it's a little too reserved... very much like the overall vibe of NYC's Music Scene.
Unfortunately, the "fire" is dying out here. Our current and former Mayors have done a great job of ruining the city's nightlife. Bloomberg vows to pull the plug on "the city that never sleeps".
When I listen to Louie's latest release, I'm reassured that he is a very talented producer/dj who isn't being challenged very much by his surroundings. My friend/fellow dj tells me that Louie tears it up every time he hears the "Master" at work (Louie still spins around town) but I'd love to hear him produce some music that's more aggressive and cutting edge.
This release is too "smoove" for any of the gigs that I spin.
So I'll simply have to listen to it at home.
*Most of the tracks mix from one to the next (in tempo)
Here's how I rated each track:
1. Journey's Prelude/Jungle Fever feat. Ursula Rucker
The poetry here is more like a mantra... Ursula sounds fine, yet not nearly as seductive or nasty as the chick on the original recording; The Chakachas released "Jungle Fever" in the '70's. This is merely an enhanced audio version with some minimal instrumental substitutions. Sounds fake and boring! 1 star out of 5
2. Brand New Day feat. Blaze
(Uptempo) Deep Jazzy House w/ great latin percussion
Nice keyboards/synth, decent drum loops, mediocre vocals
2 stars/5
3. Cerca De Mi feat. Raúl Midón
This has a brazilian feel, yet still deep jazzy house.
Track is mixed right into (same bpm) preceding track.
Not bad -- 3 stars/5
4. Africa/Brasil
Dope - The title says it all!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Groove on March 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
For the last decade and a half, Louie Vega (along with MAW partner Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez) has been gracing dance floors with some innovative and irresistible house rhythms. Admittedly, his style requires some getting used to. Some folks complain that his approach is too mellow, but if you are able to accept Vega on his own terms, then you'll most likely appreciate "Elements of Life." This disc is a classy hodgepodge of chilled house, spicy Latin/African rhythms, and crisp beats that are perfect for that Saturday evening get-together or for just mellowing out at home. Favorites are the percussion-heavy "Brand New Day," the Brazilian swagger of "Nos Vida" and "Ma Mi Mama," the killer interlude "Summer Night in Spanish Harlem" (some nice work on the congas and percussion, here), and the breezy closer "Mozalounge." Truthfully, there isn't anything here you haven't already heard before, and the typical Vega fan can more or less predict the direction of the album. But it's nice to see Louie fuse Brazilian/African rhythms, disco, and electronica on record so seamlessly as he does here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Now, this is a very special cd. It belongs into a very rare category for my standards, the one that the cds I listen for the very first time are so good, for me to say without any hesitation, this is great music.
As said above, this cd falls into this category, the music is a blend of Latin, Funk, Jazz, House and even some tango elements (Mon Amour). Great musicians are involved on this project and Mr. Vega arranges everything together to perfection. One could say that this is a continuation of the Nuyorican Soul Album, although none of the legends (Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, George Benson, Roy Ayers etc) that participated on that album are contributing here. Instead, Mr. Vega has done something remarkable indeed. He has managed to find new musicians and singers (Anane, Raul Midon, EOL Band) that could produce equally great music. Also House legends Blaze are featured in two tracks and last but not least Louie's late uncle Hector Lavoe in one track, with some great solos!!!
This album comes out in a very important milestone on Louie's life (the birth of his son Niko, and his happy marriage to Anane) and I think he "sounds" more mature than ever before, and this really means something to anyone knowing Mr. Vega's past releases.
Enough said, buy this great cd and enjoy the exceptional music. Money well spent, thats for sure!!!
By the way the extra footage on the second bonus cd, is really great, including videos of live performances, photos, information, interviews, you name it.
Excellent work, well done Louie!!!
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By L. Johnson on January 29, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As a NYer, I know Louie Vega music first hand. This CD was a replacement. My first CD was stolen with my car. I just had to replace it for my car. I've also purchased it as a gift for others since everyone loves it once they hear it.
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By B. Salas on January 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
A must-buy - it's a perfect balanced mix of electronica and house. A few cuts blend Midon's vocals perfectly. Go for it.
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