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Sahara Blue

Hector ZazouAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 1, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tristar
  • ASIN: B000008MLV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,637 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'll Strangle You
2. First Evening
3. Ophelie
4. Lines
5. Youth
6. Hapolot Kenym
7. Hunger
8. Sahara Blue (Brussels)
9. Amdyaz
10. Black Stream
11. Harar Et Les Gallas
12. Lettre Au Directeur Der Messageries Maritimes

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Sakamoto, Bill Laswell, David Sylvian, Lisa Gerrard, Kenji Jammer

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another correction of the below February 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The previous reviewer (grantc from australia) was in error when he said that this release does not include two tracks with contributions by Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard from Dead Can Dance. He is most likely referring to another edition of this album, where there were problems attaining the rights to their appearances. Similar permission problems involved the contributions of David Sylvian. Rest assured that this edition does indeed contain the tracks "Black Stream" and "Youth", featuring Dead Can Dance.
Zazou's strength and versatility as a composer and director are unmistakable on this release. Sahara Blue is an excellent album well worth exploring. See especially the breathtaking contributions by Sussan Deyhim in two incredible tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike anything else August 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Forget the fact that there's an all-star cast on this, as on many other Zazou albums. And don't let the first track deceive you either, great though it is. Sure, starting an album with a Gerard Depardieu poetry-reading vocal over a disco rhythm with a pumping Bill Laswell baseline gets thing off on a flying start, but the rest of the album is much more quietly, electronically atmospheric, with some great French and English vocals from John Cale and Barbara Gogan especially. "Sahara Blue" is a collection of songs set to lyrics (some sung in the original French, some in English translation) by "poete maudit" Arthur Rimbaud. The album has an internationally oriented, ambient atmosphere with a bite that defies description. It may have something to do with the fact that Frenchman Zazou, who was born and raised in Algeria but was forced to move to France, appears to be uprooted and permanently caught between at least two worlds. He has been trying to unite the best of both worlds musically. "Sahara Blue" is a musical trip (in both senses), a mind-blowing experience that will leave you hungry for more. In that case, explore "Songs from the Cold Seas" with a similar all-star cast from around the North Pole Circle, "Lights in the Dark", Zazou's Irish record, or the hard-to-find "Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses" on Philips, with the most amazing vocals of all, weird and age-old-sounding vocals from Corsica, to which he provides an outspoken yet fitting accompaniment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic from Zazou, this version is OOP! May 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
As there are already two other entries for Sahara Blue I will assume that this one is intended to represent the original issue, which would be from 1992 (not 1998) and on Crammed/Made to Measure. This edition included two tracks featuring vocals by David Sylvian, To A Reason (#5), and Victim of Stars (#10). Due to contractual problems with Sylvian's label asked that these tracks be removed, hence the currently available edition with Youth and Black Stream (which feature Dead Can Dance). This is a very rare find, especially for Sylvian fans, as these excised tracks do not appear elsewhere.

Beyond this Sahara Blue is a tremendous album and features contributions from Ryuichi Sakamoto, John Cale, Sussan Deihim, Gerard Depardieu (yes, the actor), Bill Laswell, and many many other talented folks. A great album from Hector Zazou, an equal in collaborative genius to his Songs of the Cold Seas.

Addendum: Amazon has made an error in the track listing here. As I (along with a few others) previously noted, this listing originally represented the first edition of Sahara Blue whose track listing follows below. This version did not have the two Dead Can Dance tracks, but instead had two David Sylvian vocal tracks. I realize this is confusing, and Amazon has not helped the cause with their erroneous track listing above.

Correct track listing for first edition Hector Zazou SAHARA BLUE (MTM32) - 1. I'll Strangle You 5:12; 2. First Evening 6:31; 3. Ophélie 6:20; 4. Lines 3:33; 5. To A Reason 6:23; 6. Hapolot Kenym 4:59; 7. Hunger 4:38; 8. Sahara Blue (Brussels) 6:05; 9. Amdyaz 5:31; 10. Victim Of Stars 4:40; 11. Harar Et Les Gallas 4:28; 12. Lettre Au Directeur Des Messageries Maritimes 4:41

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3.0 out of 5 stars I is another January 7, 2014
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Rimbaud gets a very sensitive, palette-rich and sophisticated musical treatment. It could have been awful; as it is, it's excellent but a bit too smooth. "I'll Strangle You" might make an ace club hit, but won't, at least not anywhere this side of perdition. The Bryan Ferry imitation is very nice. The gradual shading into world-music with a pan-African vibe is lovely and appropriate. But it's very tasteful; a few punk-ish rough edges would have put this over a bit better, imo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MORE THAN EXPECTED SINCE I LOST MY COPY ... October 2, 2013
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A Cd everybody who loves the work of Rimbaud should have in his discotheque because the interpretations by Zazou and the wide range of singers is just marvelous. It gives the whole CD one overwhelming statement and also one diverse force on good songs and texts.
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