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Don't Laugh at Yanni -- He's extremely talented and this album shows it. Every single one of his musicians are head-and shoulders above most of the pop-radio [stuff] that we are avalanched with daily. In addition, you will hear pianos, strings, bass, trumpets, some MEAN keyboard playing, and plenty of other non-standard instruments that all blend together to form astounding and pleasant orchestrated music.
One of the album's truly great tunes is "Waltz in 7/8." It is a song played in 7/8 time - far, far, far, above and beyond the synthesized pounding 4/4 or 2/4 heard most of the time today. And wait `til you hear the keyboard solo!
If you want a delightful break from the daily grind of top-40 BS, then give Yanni's 'Tribute' a listen. At the very least you will appreciate the talent of the musicians, and you'll probably find at least one tune on the album that you'll be humming or singing months from now.
It is truly intelligent and beautiful music with the added bonus of catchy melodies.
The Tribute concert was an astonishing feat, Yanni being the first person to perform a major musical concert at the Taj Mahal and to illuminate it for the first time in history, and Yanni being the first Western music act to tour China. He even beat the Rolling Stones to it. Seriously, this album resulted from 2 years of planning, 30 flights around the globe, 100s of meetings with government officials and business representatives, and thousands of telephone conversations.
But, the music in this album is an unprecedented feat in its own right. It is dynamic, soothing, foreign, familiar, and energetic all it once. But most of all, it's NEW, but not New Age. Yanni finds himself combining his uncanny ability to create flowing and romantic melodies and mystical world styles. There's also quite a bit of jazz in this. Highlights go to every single track because each one is unique and astonishing in its own way.
I normally don't do track by track analysis, but when I do, you know an album as a winner.
"Deliverance" (written for the people of India) is perhaps more ambitious than Standing in Motion from Live at the Acropolis. Foreign flutes, vocals, and country/jazz violin along with an arabic flare produces a very unique sound. "Nightingale" is (although a bit lacking of energy) unique in that the oriental elements are injected so heavily it. Violin is featured with it along with flute and a short cello solo. "Waltz in 7/8" is more Spanish than Arabic, but unique in the fact that you've got this foreign musical style and hear comes the keyboards giving you pure jazz.Read more ›
It is a must!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great music but bad recording. This cd sounds horrible. Of course, I mean to play it on very high end equipment. I listened same song on another album and it was fantastic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by yo kou huang
This is a classic! What a brilliant musical mind! This truly provides the sense of a multicultural musical experience that leaves the listener with a sense of awe and amazement. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gerald L Calabrese
Gave my original copy to a relative. Had to buy myself a second copy of the fantastic CD to replace it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Oh-Well-Darn