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Opera Band Extra tracks, Import


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  • Audio CD (December 22, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Bmg/Arista
  • ASIN: B0000C24K7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prayer In The Night
2. Senza Catene
3. Whisper Of Angels
4. The Pearl Fishers
5. Soave Sia Il Vento
6. Vita Mia
7. Nimrod Lux Aeterna
8. Song To The Moon
9. Band Of Brothers
10. Canto Allla Vita
11. Zadok The Priest
12. Nessun Dorma
13. Adeste Fideles
14. Prayer In The Night
15. Whisper Of Angels

Editorial Reviews

Asian Version featuring Three Bonus Tracks: "Adeste Fidelis (Oh Come all Ye Faithful)", "Prayer in the Night (Cala La Notte)", and "Whisper of Angels (Based on Faure's Pavane - Classic Mix)".

Customer Reviews

I liked the ad hype, and I love the album.
Jon Hutton
This CD is outstanding and I enjoy listening to it over and over.
C. Ho
It was brilliant and great performance I ever heared before.
Kim Chang Il

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By SashaHalima on February 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've seen Amici Forever in concert, and this album does not do them justice.

The blend of vocals in the band is absolutely incredible, from Tsakane and Jo's beautiful soft voices, to the deep mix with Nick's baritone, meshed together with tenors Geoff and David, Amici Forever is truely amazing!

"Prayer in the Night" is most likely the one of the more popular tracks on the album, and it truely described vocally how incredible the vocal ranges really are in Amici Forever.

"Requiem for a Solider" which was made for the HBO mini series Band of Brothers has a catchy melody, and is very instrumental in a lot of ways with very few solos. It really captures a powerful, slow and dark type of feeling.

"Canto All Vita" has to be one of my favorite tracks from Amici Forever, and I personally, enjoyed the arrangement of this tune better that the Josh Groban/Corrs version (not to knock Josh in anyway). It opens with Nick's deep baritone voice, which then comes together with Tsakane's to make a truely unique sound. Then it runs into Geoff and Jo singing, before David joins in vocally at the end. It's a true piece of art.

"Vita Mia" is another one on the album that I truely love. Geoff sings in English for it, and the mix between Italian and English, softer vocals with more hard masculine ones, definately goes in the favor of this tune.

"Olympia Eternal Flame" is a bonus track on this album and it sounds amazing. The song was done for BBC's coverage of the 2004 Olympics in Athens. And it definately has that uplifting, honoring and strong overall characteristic. It sounds fabulous!

I give the album 5/5. I like the special edition better than the US verion because it has more songs, and no remixes :)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Smith on March 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
AMICI FOREVER ARE THE ORIGINAL OPERA BAND - all others are just 'pretenders to the title'.

I have just read the review by Bob - to clarify this Special Edition is the same as the original version with a couple of added extra tracks - hence Special Edition so there obviously is not much of a difference!!

Having said that, the extra tracks are beautiful, but Amici are best appreciated live on stage where you can really appreciate their individual styles, which then blend together.

If you want to hear different tracks then buy Defined there second Original Album and not a re-issue as is this Special Edition Opera Band.

There is now talk of a 3rd Album which I await in anticipation.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By V. Palley on April 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Just adding another glowing review - buy the CD, give it to your friends and family, blast it in your car with the top down. I would also recommend another brand new group with the same concept - Il Divo (ignore that Simon Cowell put them together) - their professional experience and voices 'sing' for themselves.

Having grown up with classical music,and still in my 30's, I've always disliked stereotyping opera as boring and and unappealing. I hope that with this infusion of talent will have hoards of new fans marching to the Symphony halls to see what it's all about.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jon Hutton on June 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
OK. This is not an album for opera purists. Not all renditions are exactly "authentic" classical performances. However, I love the arrangements and harmonies presented by this ensemble of young artists, as well as what I perceive to be the European sensibility of some the more popular numbers. Even the old sure-fire opera clunkers (that everyone loves, anyway) have been given fresh, new life by the arranger here. I liked the ad hype, and I love the album. It's a marketing coup and an aural delight.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SHARON MULLINS on September 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Having bought this album just recently I cannot get over the fantastic talents that are Amici forever. I was even lucky enough to recently see them in the US in concert at Atlantic City last weekend and live they are even more sensational. They are true stars and their album is the best of the best. So put away the rest and buy The Opera Band. If you like opera but in bite size chunks, sung beautifully, this is one you should definitely add to your WISH LIST now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Doyle on March 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit, I am a sucker for classical, anything classical, the remote taste of classical and I'm hooked. But, it wasn't one of their classical crossovers that hooked me, it was Whisper of Angels which caught me in their net. My friend made me listen to it, and I was hooked invariably forever.

The brighter soprano, Jo Appleby, just makes my kness weak, and the bass baratone, Nick Garrett is absolutely amazing, he adds the deep, richness undertones to all of the songs. Tsakane Valentine, the other soprano, has a softer, richer voice, it's definately a lower range soprano, because Jo Appleby tends to outshine Tsakane with her very clear voice. The two tenors, Geoff Sewell and David Habbin are just amazing.

When I bought the album, I listened to it for hours on end. If mine didn't have a large scratch in it, it'd still be in my CD player, playing away happily. I plan on buying a new one as soon as I have the money.

This music is inspiring, honestly, Band of Brothers, Zadok the Priest, Senza Cante (Unchained Melody), Prayer in the Night, all of them are just breath taking, it truly makes me want to pick up my voice lessons and get my vocal chords trained even better.

I will warn you, though, that if you're really not into opera, if you don't like the sound of the operatic voice, perhaps look into Amici Forever first. Go to their website and watch the music video for Senza Cante, or listen to clips of the music, make sure you love it before you buy it. There's no sense in wasting amazing art.
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