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  • Audio CD (February 26, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Import
  • ASIN: B00AQSF6BO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,382 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This extraodinary mix of flemenco and celtic is the best yet!
Juan Jose Silva
Excellent, very melodic music, with different instrumentation, great musicians, very nice addition to stand out in your music collection!
Stephen Tracy
This is another superb album from Maestro Vicente, but I admit to being a great aficionado of Vicente's work.
L. K. Coleman

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. K. Coleman on February 26, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is another superb album from Maestro Vicente, but I admit to being a great aficionado of Vicente's work. But since Paco de Lucía called Vicente his most likely successor, and Pat Matheny called him the greatest guitarist in the world, I'm not in bad company. In this album, which debuted January 18 at the prestigious international Celtic Connections 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland, Vicente is joined by Michael McGoldrick on whistle, pipes and flutes, John McCusker on fiddle and Danny Cummings on drums and percussion, all from the band of Dire Strait's Mark Knopfler; and Ewan Vernal on bass and Donald Shaw on accordion from the Gaelic folk band Capercaillie.

As you might guess, this is not an album for flamenco purists, but its fusion of flamenco and Celtic music is both irresistible and seductive - and it took a musician of the stature of Vicente Amigo to pull it off. There's nothing like hearing top-tier Celtic musicians weaving aural knots "por bulerías" or pouring a bit of smoky, peaty whiskey over a rumba. (Now that's what I call "salsa.") There's also the expected Vicente "bolero," this one dedicated to his parents, and Vicente sings on some of the cuts as well.

This fusion of flamenco and Celtic music is, however, not so far afield as one might assume at first glance. The first layer of civilization in Spain's richly stratified cultural history was what historians have named "Celt-Iberian." This was followed by the successive contributions of Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths - and the Arabs, Berbers, and other Africans which composed the nine centuries of Muslim habitation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob Stuart on January 11, 2014
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Unlike the unimpressed purists among the reviewers here, who seem to prefer that Vicente Amigo stay stuck in the same worn old groove, making unadulterated flamenco virtuoso for the rest of his career, from the opening bars of the first track I was surprised and delighted to hear the Celtic elements beautifully woven into this superb and moving musical melding. There's nothing illogical about mixing a 'Hibernian-Iberian' musical cocktail. After all, flamenco and traditional Irish music have much in common, including heights of ecstacy, profound melancholy and a firm footing on driving, danceable rhythms. Admittedly, if told in advance that Amigo's forthcoming album would involve Celtic musicians, I would have been sceptical. However, the cocktail works wonderfully well, being not only tastefully and experty mixed but appealing to the head while - most importantly - stirring the heart. Surely, this is the true measure of great music: its ability to resonate with our own emotions rather than the degree of virtuosity, the number of notes per bar or the brilliance of their execution. For that and more, we have Amigo's phenomenal back catalogue. In bringing together highly accomplished Spanish and Irish musicians to make this new fusion music, Amigo shows that he is too great a musician to stay in the little box in which some of his admirers clearly want to keep him. He transcends restrictive genre definitions; he is a world citizen with a sharp mind, an expansive soul and a big heart. All power to him, and hopefully his next project will be equally personal and innovative. This is warm and beautiful music-making, from first to last note, and superbly produced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mark bass on April 22, 2013
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On his latest offering Vicente steps outside of the traditional compas and sound of flamenco to a world music that includes the rhythms and sounds of Irish and Arabic influences. The genres blend seamlessly in an eminently listenable marriage of shared
culture. The sound is lush and romantic with plenty of welcome surprises. One surprise is the haunting singing voice of Vicente Amigo and his choice of a cedar-topped rosewood guitar by Gracillano Perez for a number of tracks, both of which lend a softer Latin jazz feel to the tracks than is evident in his previous recordings. Highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James T. Kirby on May 24, 2013
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I will grant that Vicente Amigo can be an amazing guitarist. I have enjoyed his earlier, more main line flamenco CD's and efforts a great deal. Recently, he has strayed more into music inspired by other cultures or settings. This is more than a stray. It is primarily a celtic cross-over, and, if you weren't aware that Vicente were the central figure, it would not be obviously clear that this is a guitarist's album, much less one by a world class talent. This in and of itself wouldn't necessarily be bad, but the fact is that it is also lightweight. No guts. I found myself thinking the "elevator music" epithet about half way through my first listen. I'm not sure it will ever get a second one. If you are new to Vicente Amigo and are looking for a CD to try, go to the very opposite end of his career and start there, back when he was blowing people away. If you want complex guitar based music inspired by outside-of-the-British Isles celtic settings, try Pierre Bensusan, as an example.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Steven on April 15, 2013
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Aficionados of Flamenco Guitar should be advised: this album is not what you may be expecting. This is Vicente "strumming" throughout with very little of the amazing guitar playing that I've come to expect.

I prefer Vicente the musician to Vicente the World Music Composer. Therefore I was very disappointed to have purchased this in mp3 elsewhere where the policy was no returns. I'm both wasting my money and encouraging Vicente to keep doing albums like this at the same time.
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