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Ultimate Yanni [Original recording remastered]

YanniAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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In Kalamata, on the shores of the Mediterranean, Yanni was born in 1954 to Sotiri and Felitsa Chryssomallis. The second of three children, Yanni has an older brother and a younger sister. Sharing a deep-rooted love of music, the family spent much of their time playing and singing together.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 21, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • ASIN: B00007L9N1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,262 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Only Live Once
2. Flight Of Fantasy
3. To The One Who Knows
4. Keys To Imagination
5. Butterfly Dance
6. Nice To Meet You
7. Santorini
8. Nostalgia
9. Aria
10. Point Of Origin
11. Nightbird
12. Chasing Shadows
13. Paths On Water

Editorial Reviews

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Fact: Yanni released just eight original recordings while under contract to record conglomerate BMG between 1986 and 1994. Ultimate Yanni is, incredibly, the 12th compilation/best-of project BMG has issued since Yanni switched to another label. Yet Ultimate Yanni manages to elevate itself as one of the best of the bunch: a value-priced two-CD package of pre-Tribute material (126 minutes' worth) that, remarkably, includes eight tracks (out of 24) that appear on no previous sampler. Most selections (compiled by radio host and Amazon.com contributor John Diliberto) emphasize Yanni's bolder colors and more muscular instincts, a reminder of his early-career talent for blending progressive-rock drama with a Renaissance man's romantic flair. Three tracks ("Santorini," "Nostalgia" and "The Rain Must Fall") are lifted from Live at the Acropolis and only the latter bogs down under the weight of excessive soloing. "Marching Season" is presented as a piano solo, taken from a long-extinct Private Music sampler. Combine this with Reflections of Passion, his first best-of release (only three tracks overlap), and newcomers to Yanni essentially have his early years covered. --Terry Wood

Product Description

You Only Live Once -+ Flight of Fantasy -+To the One Who Knows -+ Keys to Imagination -+ Butterfly Dance -+ Nice to Meet You -+ Santorini -+ Nostalgia -+ Aria -+ Point of Origin -+ Nightbird -+ Chasing Shadows -+ Paths of Water -+ Marching Season -+ Reflections of Passion -+ Looking Glass -+ A Word in Private -+ One Man's Dream -+ Felista -+ In the Mirror -+ Desire -+ The Rain Must Fall -+ Running Time -+ Forbidden Dreams

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Yanni Fan February 1, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD set is a wonderful overview of Yanni's work and I love the fact that it is from all types of his music. There is something here for everyone from classical music lovers to jazz buffs. It is perfect for those like myself who are just discovering this artist. I particularly wanted this collection because it included "Aria" which was not on the Live at the Acropolis CD. I had seen the DVD of that concert and I am rather disappointed to discover that the "Aria" track on this album was obviously not performed by the same women who performed the piece at the concert. While Mona Lisa has an interesting voice, this recording seems vey strained and tired compared to the pure and effortless perfomance at the Acropolis.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From the Majestic to the Ethereal June 16, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Yanni has been the unfair target of a lot of jokes when it comes to new age music in general (one of many reasons why I don't like that label), but once you give his music a serious listen you will be hooked. The two dozen tracks are drawn from ten different albums from 1986's KEYS TO IMAGINATION to 1993's IN MY TIME. His music runs the range of majestic to ethereal--the perfect remedy to relieve the stress of a hectic day. There are other single-disc compilations available, but for the casual fan, this is an excellent place to start. [Running Time: 127:04] RECOMMENDED
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little dissapointed to find out that... February 1, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I have several of Yanni's cds, including Live at the Acropolis. I purchased this cd in order to have a nice collection of his best studio recordings on a two-cd set. I was dissapointed to find out that several of the songs on this cd were taken from the Live at the Acropolis concert. Don't get me wrong, they are great performances, but I was looking forward to a compilation of all studio material (hence the 4 stars instead of 5). To be honest the jumping back and forth from live to studio recordings disrupts the flow of listening to this cd in its entirety. But It's still Yanni, and it's still great music. A great place to start if want a sampling of some his best work to date.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't get this CD. Yanni' s still awesome tho. February 24, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Yanni is awesome beyond words and so is his music!
But...
This compilation is well...worthless and redundant. In fact, almost all compilations are. This CD has wonderful tracks, but do you know how many times they have appeared in other compilations?
Don't get me wrong. I'm still a Yanni fan. In fact, this is all BMG's fault. Yanni has nothing to do with these redundant compilations. BMG's just tainting Yanni's name.
Once again, this CD really isn't worth your money. You need to get his origical CD's that he made himself. You can order them on yanni.com.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keys to Imagination March 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Extrodinary work not only Yanni, but from all of the musicians. A nice blend of instuments and vocals.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful CD containing many of Yanni's finest pieces. As this CD contains no new compositions, I would recommend this compilation mainly for those who have just discovered Yanni's music and would like to get an "all around" picture of this wonderfully talented composer and musician's sound. For those of us who already own all of Yanni's CD's, this is a good one to keep in the car ready to pop in at a moment's notice when you are stuck in traffic and need to relax or simply to uplift your spirit. A wonderful addition to any Yanni fan's collection!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the "reviewer" below....! September 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Yes....how did this guy get a record contract....and how come he was the FIRST artist ever to perform at the Taj Mahal...and why was he the FIRST Western artist to perform at the Forbidden City in Beijing? and how come he is a regular, and best, contributor to PBS stations (ie, non-profit) for fund-raising....facts speak for themselves!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a good cd January 21, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have not actually ourchased this CD yet, but I have heard all these songs before and they are quite good. I highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Yanni "Smorgasboard"
Two-disc set. Selections from past Yanni cds. Did not have anything by him, so I thought a "Greatest Hits" would give me best of the best. Bam!! Read more
Published 8 months ago by RKB
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music
Got this for my 12 year old daughter as a Christmas gift. She loves it and often has it playing quietly as she studies.
Published 9 months ago by Freedom Grace
4.0 out of 5 stars Great background music
If you are a fan of Yanni, this album can serve two purposes. You can listen critically, taking in his penchant for driving rhythms and fantastic keyboard work. Read more
Published 11 months ago by James F. Wenzler
5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing
If you want to calm down after a hard day, this is it. His creations are surreal and they take you to another place. Listen to it outside on a spring day to be renewed. Read more
Published 13 months ago by The Doer
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent C.D.
I am a fan of Yanni.
I like all of his music.
Especially the new albums, I think he reinvented himself.
Published 13 months ago by L. A. Padilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Yanni classics
Nice collection of Yanni classics. I got a good deal of songs for the price, I highly recommend it to Yanni and not so Yanni fans.
Published 13 months ago by Ajith Joseph
4.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasant
I have other Yanni CDs, and like this one as well. It's perfect for quiet listening while I read in the evenings.
Published 14 months ago by Sherry
5.0 out of 5 stars Music Lover
If you like great music this is one to get. Yanni is one of the best and he looks good too.
Published 14 months ago by F. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Yanni Again
I've always loved Yanni since hearing him years ago. This was certainly no disappointment. I'd love for him to KEEP IT GOING!
Published 15 months ago by Davide
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Yanni
I have had a thing for Yanni since I first head him - many years ago. This cd contains a lot of my favorites.
Published 15 months ago by Design Diva
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