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The Very Best of Acoustic Alchemy

Acoustic Alchemy, AlchemyAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 27, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grp Records
  • ASIN: B00006F1IJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The most recognizable, not necessarily the best February 25, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Like a lot of people who went on to become big fans of Acoustic Alchemy, I first heard songs from "Natural Elements" on the radio in the late 80's. In those days, they were a guitar act first and foremost, a beautiful combination of nylon string and steel string acoustic guitars, with all of the other instruments very much in supporting roles. As the years went by and the albums kept coming, they developed a much lusher, very produced, sound and the guitars were not so much their raison d'etre. This album has a good sampling of both the early and the late eras.
I would say that one of the defining characteristics of Acoustic Alchemy's music is how well it holds up over time. I have listened to Red Dust and Spanish Lace and Natural Elements literally hundreds of times and they are as fresh and exciting today as the first time I ever heard them. To my mind, the later albums are spottier, two or three great tracks and the rest just good. I think this is particularly true since the death of founding member Nick Webb.
So, if you don't know Acoustic Alchemy, this album would be a very good introduction. If you like what you hear, I suggest you pick up one or more of their first three albums, Red Dust and Spanish Lace, Natural Elements or Blue Chip. If you love what you hear, try some of the later albums - I would say Reference Point, although others might disagree - just be aware that it's a very different band and sound on those albums.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best Of Acoustic Alchemy September 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I have a few albums by Acoustic Alchemy already, among them, "Back On The Case," "Reference Point," and "The Beautiful Game," but this is far and away the best. I thought I'd play it as background music while on the computer but it grabbed my attention.
Even though you might think you'll be on guitar overload with 16 songs, it's just a very enjoyable album that I don't get tired of listening to. I actually bought this to give to a friend who loves the song "Jamaica Heartbeat," included on this album, but now I think I'll have to order another copy.
If you enjoy Acoustic Alchemy, I guarantee you'll love this album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me want to play all the full CDs August 9, 2005
By K. Ries
Format:Audio CD
As a long-time AA fan, I am very pleased to have a "Best" CD to slide in the player when I need a quick string fix. This is a great selection of fan faves and a good enticement to pull out the full CDs and hear all the superb AA tracks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT! March 14, 2006
By Connie
Format:Audio CD
I heard a song or two on the radio in my car one day and I just had to find out who these guys were. I called the radio station to find out. Jamaica Heartbeat and Shoot the Loop were the songs. I was hooked! This CD in particular is one that I NEVER get tired of listening to. Every song is enjoyable and relaxing. The entire CD takes me to a variety of far away places. I would absolutely love to see them in concert. A very talented group of guys!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Innovation is the accurate word! February 26, 2007
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Acoustic alchemy has somehow, revitalized the concept of the guitar in the multiple possibilities the jazz as artistic movement offers, and they have vindicated in sum grade, with smart and arresting arrangements in which the creativity always shines.

His sound is original, fresh and innovative, so that's why it's very difficult to fail at the moment to acquire any one of their works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! November 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been a fan of Acoustic Alchemy for several years and these guys are the best. Ther music is soft, relaxing and extremely rich! In this album they certainly group some of their best performances. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BIG Hit With The Whole Family December 2, 2007
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Ordered this recently with a gold box deal, and it became an immediate favorite in my household. My 20 & 14 yr. old sons LOVE it! So does their mom! A great collection of music from Acoustic Alchemy. What can I say? We all love acoustic guitar and this is some of the best of the best. Highly recommend for personal enjoyment or as an affordable treat for someone else.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Acoustic entertainment among the BEST! March 19, 2009
By T.R.
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This CD is TOPS - both classical Spanish style guitar and smooth jazz. If you're weary of all the David Sanborn saxophone wannabees, this is an excellent band to get acquainted with. - Paul VL
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their name says it all
I can't heap enough praise on Acoustic Alchemy. They're a group designed with melody-lovers in mind. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anthony Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent collection
Published 2 months ago by e.r.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection!
Glad to hear most of the songs we enjoyed when we went to see Acoustic Alchemy perform in Las Vegas last week. It was the concert that prompted me to buy this collection.
Published 3 months ago by d crenshaw
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Wish I could return all the C's I purchased for Acoustic Alchemy - there was only one tune on each CD I wanted and the rest was mish mash. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Diana George
5.0 out of 5 stars One of our faves
We love Acoustic Alchemy and this one is one eternal repeat. My son loves this album. Love you guys! Thanks for enriching our lives with your music!
Published 4 months ago by Queenie
4.0 out of 5 stars Replacement
I lost or misplace my cd and so this is to replace that one that I could not find. I love Acoustic Alchemy!
Published 4 months ago by Truth
5.0 out of 5 stars soothing
Acoustic Alchemy has great music. Very soothing. I have several of their albums. I have seen them perform live and they are fabulous
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
Perfect music to kick back and relax to! Love these guys and I would recommend this cd to everyone who enjoys something a little different.
Published 5 months ago by Teresa Rusk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection
If you like smooth guitar-jazzy instrumentals, this is a CD you'll love. Rock n Roll can kiss my foot. These guys offer a great alternative.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Jazz
I heard the group in a class during lunchtime break and quite liked what I was hearing. Some of the songs on this album are as good as what I heard then, but I suspect this is an... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dr. Ann M. Dalrymple
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