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East/West Highway: Best Of

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East/West Highway: Best Of by Shahin & Sepehr

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While their names may seem indicative of something exotic and unfamiliar, the music of Shahin Shahida (acoustic and Spanish guitars) and Sepehr Haddad (guitars and keyboards) is smooth, easy-listening material designed to rest comfortably on Western ears. The Iranian duo's lively sound revolves around Shahin's graceful, flamenco-tinged guitar textures, unobtrusively embellished by Sepehr's keys and the same low-key, groove-based rhythmic underpinnings that propel the music of 3rd Force. (William Aura and 3rd Force are routinely involved in the production of Shahin & Sepehr's music.) East/West Highway is a best-of compilation that samples the duo's first four recordings (while also tossing in two new tracks), and it presents a decent showcase of the musicians' strengths and a minor weakness. On the plus side, the pair's sound is handsome, intelligent, and refreshing, with just enough rhythmic and ethnic spice to produce a stylish, feel-good atmosphere. The down side: Many pieces sound so similar it's difficult to distinguish one composition from the other. Fortunately, for listeners with a taste for smooth, Spanish-flavored music (with occasional Arabic and samba flourishes; "Jakarta" and "Midnight at the Basilica" are winning examples), they all sound pretty good. Pop the CD in your changer with a few other discs, hit shuffle, and you'll likely enjoy the results. --Terry Wood

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. East/West Highway
  2. Body & Soul
  3. Golestan Interlude
  4. Skyline Drive
  5. One Thousand & One Nights (Prelude)
  6. One Thousand & One Nights
  7. October Moon
  8. Jakarta
  9. One Passion Dance
  10. Lost Worlds
  11. Wild World (Remix)
  12. Yasmine
  13. Cante Klan
  14. Middle Of The Night
  15. Melting Heart
  16. The Last Goodbye
  17. Through Your Eyes
  18. Midnight At The Basilica


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 25, 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005176X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,518 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on March 25, 2001
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This album is a compilation of Shahin and Sepher's earlier albums. There are many great pieces on it, though in most of them, the rhythm stands out more than the guitar itself. The melody is very sensual, great for an evening or for a nice cruise in the car. I expected something deeper from them in this last release, but hopefully that will come next from these two excellent artists. For any flamenco fans, it's worth mentioning that this is NOT flamenco, it is beautiful Spanish guitar music that surpasses Liebert, Lopez, Armik and many other famous guitarists. I think Govi fans will like this as well as Encinas fans.
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These days you never get a "best of" CD with 18 songs on it, its almost like a double album at the price of one, and it rocks. Every song is delightful, truly transports the listener to another realm. I absolutely LOVE their rendition of Cat Stevens' Wild World in a spanish guitar style setting. I saw the Wild World video on a local cable channel, really well done. Cannot wait for their next release----great job Higher Octave/Virgin!
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By Hzootz on September 21, 2002
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Saw this group in free concert series and was pleased with live show. Bought this CD and it is fabulous. Cannot get enough of it. Plan to buy many others.
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I can't seem to hear this enough. It's hard to pick out a favorite. Just when I think I like October Moon the most, I listen to other songs and love them, too. This is a great world music, mellow, pulsing, bordering on Nuevo flamenco, Latin, New Age, but never seeming to want to be categorized as just one of those. You need to at least try the free short samples on Amazon before buying.
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I enjoy guitar music. The selections on this disc are all lively and very enjoyable to listen while doing other things. I have played this disc many times and have used several selections as background music for slideshows.
My friends have also enjoyed the music as it seems to improve their spirit.
I would highly recommend this disc for anyone who enjoys this type of music.
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Latin guitar playing with a contemporary twist. This is not your ordinary spanish guitar playing, although such music is divine when down well. This CD offers the listener pulsating rhythm, wispy voice overs, and drum lines that are perfectly timed. It's dreamy!
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Shahin & Sepehr create a sound that entagles the listener and won't let go, from the first track to the last. The intricate guitar work creates an upbeat atmosphere either perfect for uplifting one's own spirits or to be played while entertaining guests. East/West Highway is sure to please.
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I'd never heard of these guys before my daughter-in-law had this

playing on her stereo and I just had to have a copy! This east meets west, exotic, relaxing, thought provoking, and uplifting wonderful music is just what I needed after a long day of work. The "Persian" influence is (come on guys) actually "Iranian",

of course because there is no Persia anymore - it's now Iran. But

I guess the producers didn't want to scare off potential fans that are bigots and Iran or Middle Eastern haters. Personally, I couldn't care whether they're Iranian, Philipino, Dutch, or Martians... the music's great!
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