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Barcelona Nights: Best Of Ottmar Liebert -Vol.1

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This compilation project's official title is already long enough, but for true accuracy it should read, The Best of Ottmar Liebert's First Two Recordings, Volume 1. Barcelona Nights strings together the more upbeat and animated selections from his two earliest recordings, Nouveau Flamenco (his famed debut) and Borrasca (plus one track, "Festival," from Poets and Angels). The package serves as the first installment in a two-disc series; the subsequent Surrender to Love will patch together romantically inclined selections of those early 1990s recordings. It's the same music, but with different sequencing and different packaging. As such, it offers graceful and pleasant listening, though the similarity in tempos gives the disc a slightly homogenous feel. Many like-minded guitarists have traveled the path that Liebert originally blazed, and Barcelona Nights offers an appealing reminder of the qualities that elicited such a huge initial reception: nimble, articulate fingerwork; charming, uncomplicated melodies; and just enough flamenco authenticity to convince maturing pop listeners that they had discovered something exotic. Highlights include the beckoning cheer of the well-known title track, and the earnest, uplifting energy of another early hit, "Heart Still/Beating." --Terry Wood
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  • Audio CD (February 27, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Higher Octave
  • ASIN: B000059T5L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,394 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Lovins HALL OF FAME on November 11, 2001
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One can only summize Liebert's techniques as expressive and yes, universal...none of this guess work of who is playing this fantastic mood swing setting, from the very first chords, you're hooked...you're enrolled immediately to the "Ottmar Liebert Fan Club", and you want more of the same.
Justification can only be the term used for the title and the opening track of this outstanding "Best Of" collection, ~ "BARCELONA NIGHTS", played over and over everyday on the easy listening, smooth jazz and classical radio stations...distinctive style is immediately recognizable...a mix of blues, classical, soul and of course flamenco...highly acceptable in all parts of the continent and world.
But several highlights come to mind ~ "SANTA FE"..."DANCING UNDER THE MOON"...but my personal favorite hands down is ~ "AUGUST MOON", passion flows like red wine, only to leave you completely mesmirized by haunting refrains, gets under your skin and stays there for days, trust me!
You might try other Ottmar Liebert (Higher Octave) releases, all worthy of a good listen ~ "Nouveau Flamenco"..."Surrender 2 Love:Best of Ottmar Liebert Vol. 2"..."Poets & Angels:Music 4 the Holidays"(great Christmas album)...please check out my reviews on amazon.com - music.
Total Time: 59:52 on 14 Tracks ~ Higher Octave HOMCD-50724 ~ (2001)
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Oh please, all these people who are so worried about this genre blending with their sacred "Flamenco." Some of the best Flamenco-inspired music is stuff like this and the work of Steve Stevens, artists who think outside the box. Music is flexible and evolving; what you call it or label it doesn't matter. Nobody seems to mind that Ricky Martin or Enrique Igelsias represent "Spanish" or "Latin" pop music. To me, Alberto Iglesias would be the real deal!
In my estimation, Flamenco has always been an art form influenced by many different forces and subject to change and evolution. Why is there such a nationalistic pride among many of its fans that ends up precluding such visionaries as Liebert, who have devoted their lives to making wonderful music, from taking part? Is it because he is not 100% Spanish?
The same exclusionary mentality that wants to limit Flamenco works well in Bible music in the South. The irony is that a Latin talent is often more welcome in other genres than a Gringo's is to Flamenco. The entire genre of Flamenco suffers much more from exclusionary thinking than it does from cross-pollination. How sad that such a beautiful art form is tainted by control freaks. Those of you who bash the likes of Liebert bash one who is intensely accomplished and pays such homage and utmost respect (not to mention commercial attention and longevity) to the art form. Very sad, indeed. You should be bashing Ricky and Enrique first!
Those of you who are so close-minded (You're probably ignoring me because of my Gringo status, anyway) should check out a really cool blue grass band I know. You'll be made to feel much more welcome than Liebert has in the wild world of Flamenco "purists.
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I read reviews from fans of traditional flamenco. One objection was that these songs are instrumental. The alternate artists recommended were indeed great guitar players, but the singing in some cases was comparable to a cat being electrocuted. This may not be "real" flamenco music, but it is wonderful music in its own right.
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I've been a fan of Ottmar Liebert since "Black Diamond" (some of this album is on this Barcelona Nights). If you want sweet sounding, luscious guitar for soothing or dinner music, or by the fire, this is it.
I first bought his work because I thought the name was intriguing...frankly, that's the truth. I am not a music aficionado, but since then, some 20 years ago, I've become a fan...and often, like with this album, buy it for a house-warming basket and share the art he offers in music!
Enjoy!
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This is a "best of" compilation of a talented guitarist. His name does not bring to mind a Latin style of playing, however, when you are looking to place him in a playlist, you will most likely categorize him in a Latin smooth jazz playlist.
Getting this release ensures his most popular tracks and everything here is enjoyable to listen to.
I rate him a full five on this release due to it being a "best of" and there being only his most popular and requested, therefore, there is nothing substandard on this release.
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I am so glad to have found Ottmar Liebert, again. I used to have a coworker, Kim, who would blast this music while we were cleaning The ALL & EVERYTHING store in the Redwood Mountains. Great memories of wonderful music which NOW I can listen to because one day I just remembered his name. I will get more of his music in the future. Thanks Amazon for carrying this.
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I'd been looking for a great Spanish guitarist for years. I was visiting a friend and she played
one of LIebert's CD and I was hooked. I now own 3 of his albums. I listen to this CD in my car
and find myself unconsciously playing air guitar on my steering wheel. Enjoy!
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