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Espiritu Vivo [Original recording reissued]

Susana BacaAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 21, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Luaka Bop
  • ASIN: B0000DB51W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,144 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. La Noche y el Día (Night and Day)
2. Si Me Quitaran... (If They Took Away...)
3. Caracunde
4. El Fusil del Poeta (The Poet's Gun)
5. Se Me Van los Pies (Can't Stop My Feet)
6. 13 de Mayo (13th of May)
7. Toro Mata
8. Aparición (Aparition)
9. Afro-Blue/Zum Zum
10. Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves)
11. The Anchor Song

Editorial Reviews


''Ms. Baca, with her cool, distinct voice, as beautiful as any working in
pop, has the strength to create her own tradition.'' --New York Times

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply magical April 23, 2002
By A B
Format:Audio CD
Heartbreakingly beautiful performances abound on this new project from Susana Baca...
Its rare that a piece of music can affect me so profoundly so quickly. The production, individual contributions, and gorgeous material are simply sublime.. Word is that the tracks were laid down in front of a live audience right after Set. 11th in NYC; the music is at turns gentle, sensual, earthy, and never less than honest and captivating.
Releases such as this should should not go unnoticed, and I do hope that Ms. Baca receives the appropriate accolades that such a beautiful work of artistry deserves...
Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent and bold cultural celebration August 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Traditional Afro-Peruvian rhythms, religious chants, tribal drumming and waltz time signatures team up with smoky jazz riffs for a magical musical combination. Baca's rich, pleading vocals evoke pain, longing and joy in the same breath, while intelligent, poetic lyrics shake your soul harder than the ritual percussive thumping. The biggest surprise on the album is Baca's remake of Bjork's "The Anchor Song," a haunting musical rebirth that sets sail on the coast of Iceland and anchors down in Peruvian tradition. Baca offers a tribute to Mongo Santamaira with "Afro-blue/zum zum" and covers Caetano Veloso's "13 de Mayo." A magnificent and bold cultural celebration with an Afro-Peruvian soul at its core.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Susana's new dimension August 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I heard almost all these songs live in Peru before they were released. I was amazed with "Aparicion", an old peruvian creole vals, she didn't even need a guitar, just her voice, and it was magic. She is very good in this kind of melancolic song and also in black peruvian music, which is so rythmic that you can't stop moving your body (A good example is Afro-Blue/Zum Zum, my favorite).
Don't hesitate in buying this CD, it's one of Susana's best.
Medeski and Ribot gives this production a new dimension, its a different sound than former releases. But Susana is sticked to her roots.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good CD, but not her best January 5, 2003
By NY Lou
Format:Audio CD
Maybe I am judging this one a bit harshly, but it certainly isn't the best Susana Baca CD. If you had to go with one, I'd rank ECO DE SOMBRAS well ahead of it, and her self-titled Luaka Bop release is superior too. While Susana Baca has a wonderful voice, and she is to be commended for all of her fabulous research to help bring Afro-Peruvian folklore back to life, this effort seems a bit repetative. On the entire ESPIRITU VIVO CD, the stays within a very narrow range of mellow 'lando' and 'festejo' songs (slow to mid tempo Afro-Peruvian ballads). Occasionally, the dabbles with jazz-type improvisations, but there just isn't the magic from ECO DE SOMBRAS here. That prior album had a magnificent all-star lineup which included John Medeski (of Medeski, Martin & Wood), guitarist Mark Ribot (who, in addition to his recent solo albums, has worked extensively with Tom Waits), bassist Greg Cohen (Tom Waits and John Zorn), and producer Craig Street (whose recent works include critically albums of Cassandra Wilson, Meshell Ndegeocello, and K.D. Lang). Together, they gave Baca's Afro-Peruvian sound a magnificent flair, a moody and eerie environment, combined with Baca's luminous voice, that produced a truly classic Afro-Peruvian CD. Here, I just felt a little dissappointed in what seemed like an album that is the equivalent of a concert in Cincinnati - simply running through the motions. Granted, Baca's motions are still wonderful, but this isn't her best effort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Enough of a Good Thing July 22, 2002
By A Customer
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This CD is so beautiful. The music and her voice is very soulful. I like what Ms. Baca has done to the Bjork's piece "Anchor Song". "Autumn Leaves" is exquisite. There are various influences in this CD but Susana Baca has made this her own. Because this CD was recorded during the week of 9/11, it takes on an extra poignancy that cannot be avoided. Go buy this CD at once. Open your hearts and listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as previous albums December 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I hardly ever listen to this album, because in comparison to Susana Baca and Eco de Sombras I think it's not that interesting. It's nice, but just not as amazingly incredible as those two albums.
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