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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I was astounded when I first heard this album, and to this day I must say, I still am. The strength of the emotion in this album is what literally lifts it from the ranks of ordinary recordings and makes it soar. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is undoubtedly the virtuoso of qawwali and its voice can transmit the subtle and ecstatic qualities of the genre, but when it comes to sheer power, the Sabri Brothers move you like no other. Worth listening although a little bit of background research goes a long way to understand exactly what it is that you are listening and the implications.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2004
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The "music fan" who wrote above that the Sabris are copycats of Nusrat is, to put it mildly, an idiot. The Sabris have been singing and moving the masses since the late 60s, when Nusrat (all due respect to him) was a kid. Nusrat himself gave them much respect and recorded their 'Manquta Mawla Ali' as a sign of his love for them. The Sabris' are truly Sufi. I have heard they actually were affiliated with the Chishti order. Everything about their music is sublime, and unlike Nusrat, they didn't stray and start singing secular, Bollywood-aping crap. (None of that was Nusrat's fault - he was surrounded by greedy people trying to make money off him-may God reward him for his sincerity). Anyway, I have this album. I recommend it, like I recommend all Sabri Brother albums, if you are a true lover of qawwali. PEACE.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2002
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As an adment fan of the Sabri Brothers, I must present this album as the best, because of one reason: it has, in my opinion, the best of all qawalli's. Saqia Aur Pila is by far, the greatest spiritual experiance. The Bradraan's powerfull voices are best suited for such a great qawalli. It touches on the heart of Sufism: the constent rememberance of God. It's first track, Saqia Aur Pila, is all you need to buy this CD. Although, it does bring in some of all the other good ones. But the first song just blows all comptition away. A Saqi is basically the one responsible for giving the wine to the rind, or the drunkards:) However, in Sufi tradition, wine is used to symbolize the rememberance of God. With more rememberance, one falls in love with God, and that is the goal of man. To do good for the pleasure of God. So, this song basically raps that up. And, it also raps up the back bone of Sufism.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 1999
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For 2 years I have listened to this cd almost daily. It is the most powerful, and mesmerizing music by the truly gifted artists, The Sabri Brothers. One need not know the language to appreciate the spirituality it empowers, if you know the language, it will take you to the depths of self-discovery. If qawwali is your music, this is as good as it gets.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2001
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This album is a standout even by their own exalted standards. Unlike other qawwali performers, the Sabri Brothers don't sacrifice their hypnotic, lengthy delivery for the studio. The first track lasts for a for nearly 27 minutes, and the rest take their cue from it. A highlight is the unique metallic percussion of the chirya tarang and the amazingly energetic dholak of Abdul Karim.
"O Barman, give me another drink, and another, and another, for this is the wine of Truth"
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2001
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To mr sindhi man!
This is a truly spiritually uplifting album. The Sabris can be truly considered the 'KIngs of Qawwalli'. While one must at all times respect the contribution made by Ustad Nusrat to qawwalli, we must also recognise that unlike him the Sabri Braadraan have stayed true to their qawwalli roots. they have not decided to venture into pop, or Bollywood/ Lollywood, in a pitiful attempt to makr money. Instead they have produced and performed in the manner of th true qawwals that they are. the love of Allah and their pride in themselves motivates them, not money. A fantastic example of qawwalli in its undiluted form in this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2000
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This album is perfect for introducing someone to qawallis and/or Sabri Brothers. The lyrics provided in the jacket are a tremendous help, too, even though the lyrics are in Urdu with English translations. Though the CD has only four tracks, each is well executed and extremely enjoyable. A must-have for all fans of Sabri Brothers and lovers of qawallis.
Personally speaking, most Sabri Brother albums have left me feeling that they have not been able to capture the magic of their live concerts. Blame it on poor recording quality or anything else. But I have no complaints about this one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The voice mastery of the (late) Sabri Brothers, throws one back in time into the realm of the Sufi Shrines. In the first number they have combined praises of the prophet (PBUH) and his family along with a poetic description of the history. The other numbers follow suit in praise of Allah and his Messenger (PBUH). Language is definitely not a barrier to their music as one can enjoy the eloquent voice control aided with the deafening beat of the Tabla.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you're a fan of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, you're in for a treat with Sabri Brothers' best CD ever published. For the uninitiated, it's a daunting task trying to find a good Nusrat CD - since his death, there have been dozens of publications, most of questionable quality. It's difficult to find an authentic, non-bootleg version of classical Qawalli. Sabri Brothers, on the other hand, have only a hand full of recordings. That's good and bad: it's good that you don't have to "try" dozens of CDs to discover the Sabri Brothers. It's bad, because once you've discovered them, you want more.

Two of my favorite qawalli's are on this CD: Saquia Aur Pila and Ya Sahib-Ul Jamal. Back to back, more than 40 minutes of ecstasy. I've bought this CD a number of times...I keep wearing them out. I'm glad that this CD is still in print - you must own a copy just for Saquia Aur Pila alone. If you understand Urdu, you'll love the lyrics. If you don't understand Urdu, have an open minded person translate it for you. If you can't find an open minded Urdu to English translator, just enjoy the song for the rhythms, words and a technically superior recording.

If you're beginning your Sufism/Qawalli journey, start here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
To profess love for the music of Sabri brothers seems to offend a few of the Nusrat fan club. Beatles Vs Stones sort of ... The Sabri brothers are class acts of their own. To those that do not understand urdu or hindi this album will transport you the state of rapture. However it sure beats listening to Aziz Mian (Ok guys I admit I love Aziz Mian too...and sure would like him to represent me in the court of God)... Anyhoo back to Sabrii Brothers they are incredible and this album is certainly a classic forever as they sing in Balaghal... " yeh jahan sara chamak utta ...". This album will take you the state " ... har ek cheeze chamak utti"
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