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Ethnicity [Enhanced]

YanniAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

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In Kalamata, on the shores of the Mediterranean, Yanni was born in 1954 to Sotiri and Felitsa Chryssomallis. The second of three children, Yanni has an older brother and a younger sister. Sharing a deep-rooted love of music, the family spent much of their time playing and singing together.

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  • Audio CD (February 11, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B00007MB3F
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rite of Passage
2. For All Seasons
3. The Promise
4. Rainmaker
5. Written on the Wind
6. Playing By Heart
7. At First Sight
8. Tribal Dream
9. Almost A Whisper
10. Never Too Late
11. Play Time
12. Jivaeri (Jiva-eri)

Editorial Reviews

Ethnicity finds Yanni exploring familiar thematic territory (diversity + harmony = international brotherhood) in search of fresh musical ideas. The result is career recording No. 13 (minus all those redundant compilations), which is likable though maybe a star shy of exceptional. While ethnicity is the theme, the prevailing sound is contemporary and attractively rhythmic with modest world music and classical accents. Notable are Yanni's extensive use of female voices (heard on 10 of the 12 tracks; two selections, in fact, feature straightforward lyrics) and the disc's vivid, sparkling production. Yanni offers an assortment of moods, from the celebratory, planetary-choir sound (think Adiemus) on "Rites of Passage" to pulsing, Deep Forest-like tribal chants, which sometimes click ("Tribal Dream") and sometimes seem forced, a little Yanni-come-lately ("Never Too Late"). High points are the didgeridoo-driven "Rainmaker" and the ethereal "At First Sight." Overall, the disc's sound tilts more toward the heroic than the romantic (a good trend), though some pieces (particularly his mini-operettas) seem overly polite and a little starched. Even so, Ethnicity is a compelling effort that indicates Yanni is, happily, keeping in touch with his more adventurous musical instincts. --Terry Wood

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I still prefer his older style . November 5, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I really enjoyed this cd. Yanni has kept to a similar grasp on composing, but with a different sound. Yanni, is a blessed musician in the fact that he has been very successful at keeping to his extremely vast span of creativity. I gave it 4 stars because I really do prefer his old sound, which brings me to another topic...

Others have recommended an artist named Mehdi as being similiar to Yanni. I found very little similarity but fell in love with the music. I picked up his new CD and it's awesome...Samples are at SoothingMusic.Com. Recommended !
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yanni Has a New Sound and Group February 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When I first started listening to Yanni about 12 years ago, his music was about himself and he played the music. The album, while it does have its moments, will likely go down as his least popular. The vocals need to go. Yanni is not about singing....he is about playing. Tracks 1 thru 4 seem to be filler tracks. This album starts to take shape with track #5...Written on the Wind....and seems to go in a totally different direction that the first 4 tracks. I will not even review those as I found myself wanting them to end. This is not the music Yanni fans have grown to love. While the album is technically sound, the drum machine is stale and Yanni needs to get Charlie back A.S.A.P. Now don't get me wrong, I am still a Yanni fan, but I do not see Him doing many of these tracks in concert as they seem more for his personal taste than for breaking any new ground. The DVD that comes along with the disc is a welcome site, but it is from a concert years ago, when Charlie was still drumming for him. After listening to this album it will make you long for the old days when Yanni and his drummer, Charlie, played the music.....not sing it. Judge for yourself.....its NEVER TOO LATE.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yanni : Ethnicity March 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Absolutely a truely WONDERFUL CD.
I am very, very *pleased* with this YANNI CD. I have MANY, MANY of YANNI's CDs. But this one is near the top of all of the ones that I do have.
YANNI is a wonderful musician and performer.
But as far as my own likes, I personally like his music with his accompaning orchestra. Which this CD, "Ethnicity" has.
I just had the wonderful opportunity to see him in a live concert in Atlanta, GA March 11, 2003.
At NO time was I disappointed.
He and every member of his musical team acts professionally and everyone also provides a WONDERFUL musical performace.
It is obvious that YANNI's team enjoys their love of music, performing and enjoyment of the fans.
If you are a true YANNI fan and lover, as I am, this is one CD that is a MUST for your YANNI's musical CD collection.
I do not believe you will be disappointed in any way :-)
Thank you for letting me share my views on this with you.
Please enjoy it :-)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly worth the wait! March 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I waited long and hard for this new effort from the best new age musician in my books. I've been an ardent fan of Yanni's music since the early 80's hence my fixation on his long awaited "Ethnicity" album. I find his music true to the nature of his diverse artistic talent and expressions of love and generosity shown so vividly throughout all his recordings. "Ethinicity" is in fact a CD that captures Yanni at most his most creative moments. It's different from the other recordings he has released and therefore carves a niche in the ever growing new age/easy listening genre market. The inclusion of the human voice in most of the songs on "Ethnicity" brings about a whole new meaning to the phrase 'expressions of music'. The vocal prowess of the artists on this CD is intense and accompanied by the lush, rhythmic arrangements that Yanni is so capable of produces an album of music that is hearfelt and timeless. Among all the tracks, the ones that stand out are "Rites Of Passage", "Almost A Whisper", "Rainmaker", "Play Time" & "At First Sight". This is truly a CD that has to be included in the collection of true lovers of the art of music and all that behold the power of music that heals, soothes and unites beings the world over. This is a CD for the world in this trying times...Yanni at his best..all over again!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sounds good... BUT... March 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had an unending problem with my friends making fun of me in High School for always being a Yanni fan. Heck, Yanni was the first live concert I had ever actually paid to go to.
I always held strong against the taunts and teases, because of the talent that he always displayed in his compositions. That's why this album disappointed me so much. Some of the songs are good and I enjoy them, however most of them are just songs and not what I would call compositions. There are way too many vocals for his traditional mix of orchestral instruments to shine as they did in Live at the Acropolis and Tribute (which I thought were modern masterpieces). I wish that the whole album was more like Rainmaker with aggressive orchestra parts and exotic instrumentation.
There was way too much computer generated background music for the ladies to sing over the top of in most of the songs. I wonder if he's trying to go into a more modern sounding direction and bringing down what had made him so great in the past. Perhaps, however, making songs for a full orchestra, percussion, and horn lines takes too long and he's cutting some corners. Maybe it's his new label (Virgin) wanting to see him do something different.
I don't know, but I'll continue to be a fan and will check out his next album of original content (on a side note, he has WAY too many compilations out there)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I gave my father the album and it works just fine for him
My order included the album and a live version the live version was scratched and non usable. I gave my father the album and it works just fine for him. He really enjoys it. Read more
Published 4 days ago by chris shaffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great musician!
Published 4 days ago by Miss Knowitall.
5.0 out of 5 stars Yanni
What is there really to say except - "Yanni." Except for his old music with new vocals, I love all his music. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jan
3.0 out of 5 stars LOVE the song 'Playing by Heart'
I really bought this for that one song, because it has not been available on iTunes. The rest of the CD is just okay. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Twiggy85
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Heard this CD in my dad's car. Loved it . The music is enchanting and relaxing. Great to listen to while commuting in daliy traffic and when on a road trip. Read more
Published 16 months ago by CD Case
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CD.
I have liked Yanni for sometime, and this album was exceptional. It arrived in a few days in perfect condition. I have since ordered another Yanni cd `Otimystique`. Read more
Published 16 months ago by miben
5.0 out of 5 stars Ethnicity
Ethnicity. I recommend it highly .It takes one to another level. creative emotionally inspiring. It gets me where I live.
Published 17 months ago by Tila Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I absolutely love this album, especially the songs,Never Too Late, RainMaker (although I do like the live Rainmaker version more), Playing By Heart, Play Time. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Charlie Curry
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
comparing it to recordings made by donohov 'greatest soundtracks 2012 of hans zimmer' on youtube, it does not meet my expectations
Published 21 months ago by anathagen
5.0 out of 5 stars what not to love?
Always love Yanni's music and this is no exception. Great music as always. Yanni's fans must have. Recommend it surely
Published 22 months ago by Mangoberry
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