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It has been an extraordinary journey for the Afro Celt Sound System - one of the most innovative music collectives of its time. In that period there have been many lesser imitators and the global beat movement they pioneered has entered the mainstream.

When Simon Emmerson began to piece together the Afro Celt Sound System in 1992 he had no idea where the journey would take him. But ... Read more in Amazon's Afro Celt Sound System Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 25, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real World
  • ASIN: B00008DAN1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,285 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cyberia
2. Seed
3. Nevermore
4. The Otherside
5. Ayub's Song/As You Were
6. Rise Above
7. Rise Above It
8. Deep Channel
9. All Remains
10. Green Instrumental

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Songs Include : Cyberia / Seed / Nevermore / The Other Side / Ayub's Song As You Were / Rise / Rise Above It / Deep Channel / All Remains / Green - Nevermore Instrumental

In 1996, the Afro-Celt Sound System formed a sound clash that mixed Irish music, dance floor grooves, West African percussion, and the kora. While there were highlights, often with help from high profile singing guests like Sinead O'Connor and Peter Gabriel, the albums were fragmented. Now the members have shortened their name to the AfroCelts for their forth album, declaring that the Sound System isn't applicable because they've evolved into a more conventional and fully formed group. The change sounds radical, but it's really just a refinement in their working relationship and songwriting skill. Consequently, Seed holds together more strongly as an album. The songs are more consistently crafted and sonically rich here, with different voices and instruments coming to the fore, but never outshining the greater whole. Highlights include the blues slide guitar-driven title track, the wholly acoustic (which is a first!) and Irish jig-inspired "Ayob's Song/As You Were," and the Radiohead-influenced "All Remains." --Tad Hendrickson

Customer Reviews

Whether you hear Seed in an altered space or not, it will take you places you will definitely want to go.
K. N. Nelson
In fact, this album flows much better than any of their previous albums, giving it a much more `stable' undertone to it.
Distant Voyageur
The mystical style of celtic music, combined with the rhythmic style of traditional african music is truly unique!
KG Goodwin

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By o dubhthaigh VINE VOICE on March 26, 2003
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Iarla O Lionard and his posse are back with an Afro-Celt release that is full of the spooky mist and multi-rhythyms that have set them apart. From the opening soundwashes and acoustic guitars of "Cyberia", the tone is set for odd-metred grooves and Celtic majesty. This time around, Mayo born reed whiz Emer Mayock deftly handles the haunting uileann pipes. Mayock's solo releases are absolutely worth hunting down via Ceirnini Claddaigh, and she is a natural for this ensemble, quite willing to hold down the pure drop while simultaneously pushing it into new oceans.
Drummers Moussa Sisoko and Johnny Kaisi lock in the many rhtyhms and time signatures of this entirely danceable CD. In fact, if you're not dancing, even in your seat, you need to have someone dial 911 quick.
There are a boat load of terrific session players including the incendiary Eileen Ivers and the mesmerizing Martin Hayes on fiddles. Screaming Orphans (you'll figure it out) appear on "Rise Above It". Be it African chant, flamenco guitar touches, programmed keyboards casting techno-ambient spells, the whole seed being planted here takes root deep in the soul. And this is SOUL music of the most delicious kind. Who knew metaphysics could get so jiggy with it? Imagine Columbkille and Senegal's best kora players, percussion Moorishly Spanish, slap bass and uileann pipes, fiddles scratching deep in the very veins that bring the blood back to your heart. This music locks in on you and never releases until the final washes of sound fade away on "Green."
This disc and Ashley Mac Isaac's latest, just released in Canda, are CDs to inspire wonder and keep you dancing, like dervishes, enthralled with all the mysteries your imagination can conjure. By all means, pick this one up. It is their best release to date, and hunt down Mac Isaac, the Hendrix of Celtic music.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Distant Voyageur on June 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I said in my review for ACSS's previous CD "Further In Time" that "I doubt that their fourth album will rival this one whenever that one comes out". To my sheer and utter surprise, they have managed to reach the heights of that incredible album with their fourth album simply entitled "Seed" they have proved me totally wrong. "Seed" ranks up there with their third album from two years before then and is by far the best CD of 2003 so far at the time of writing this review. I absolutely loved "Further In Time" but I must admit that the techno was a bit overdone and too rich but nonetheless it was an extremely adventurous and awesome album and remains so to this very day. "Seed" finds the musicians steering away from the more mainstream path and the album as a whole is kind of a return to the colder atmosphere, and more organic elements that defined the bands first two albums "Sound Magic" and "Release" but with a stronger New Age twist and featuring no major music stars guest appearing (Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant) and focuses more solely on the band alone. This album does not disappoint the slightest and is a must-have for New Age, pop, world, and electronic music listeners. In fact, this album flows much better than any of their previous albums, giving it a much more `stable' undertone to it.
"Cyberia" starts off with a cold, harsh ambience combined with robotically amplified vocals and at first it seems like it's going to be like a echo effect of the techno bed that was "Further In Time" but instead melts into a strongly Celtic-African track with relatively little of the explosive polish of what the beginning part of the track made us think it would have. "Cyberia" is an absolutely lovely weaving of Celtic, African, and occasional electronic melodies. Absolutely lovely.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Clarissa on June 14, 2003
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Possibly so... The AfroCelts (formerly known as Afro Celt Sound System) have released their fourth album "Seed" and it does not disappoint. After bringing out the amazing "Further In Time" back in 2001 I really didn't think that the AfroCelts would be able to make another record as phenomenal as their last two but they've definitely proven themselves as great artists and I am very impressed. New CDs have been pouring in like crazy, as I'm quite addicted to music, but I haven't been able to listen to anything else lately and it only gets better every time I hear it.
Despite my love for them, at first I was a bit reluctant on buying their new album because so many people were using the word 'change' to describe their slight modification in sound, which terrified me since I already liked them the way that they were, but after hearing "Seed" all the way through I can feel rather than hear the difference as it's more organic and less commercialized (not that there's anything wrong with that). They're more of a group now and less of a studio act for they have brought in real musicians to perform live recordings of actual instruments, such as Jesse Cook on the flamenco guitar and Hossam Ramzy on the mazhar shaker and the Egyptian tabla.
That, worried hesitaters, is the difference everyone keeps referring to.
Although they took the sound system out of their name, there's still club-friendly dance beats melding in with African and Celtic melodies. And, of course, the beautiful, ethereal vocals are never far away and very much present. Their approach this time is simply a gentler flow with less of a high-energy drum presence that's much more soothing. And instead of using well-known names to help sell their records, the AfroCelts have shown that they are indeed a strong band and that they can stand out on their own two feet without having contributions from big-name artists like Sinead O Connor and Peter Gabriel.
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