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The Piano Guys, the unstoppable classical/pop crossover music stylists, return with their first new studio album since 2014 with Uncharted, Deluxe Edition CD + DVD set. They have become YouTube superstars from their self-made innovative videos that have amassed over 1 BILLION views. Uncharted features all of their recent hits Fight Song/Amazing Grace, A Sky Full of Stars, Hello/Lacrimosa, Jungle Book/Sarabande, all available for the first time on CD. The album also includes the new original song, Okay, featuring TPG's own Al van der Beek on vocals plus more new song surprises. The Deluxe Edition DVD features all of their recent hit music videos including Fight Song shot in Scotland and The Jungle Book shot in Chichen Itza, Mexico.
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First, they have impacted my teaching (I'm a MS Reading teacher). Between stories, I often show the kids video bellringers to get them immediately engaged. Believe me, it works, and the PG are a perennial favorite (although Lindsey Stirling always wins the vote at the end of the year). In addition, I use their "Story of My Life" as a writing prompt. The kids have to write a paragraph explaining a "life lesson" they take from the video. I have been moved to tears more than once at some of the responses. The kids get it.
Second, they have consistently satisfied my passion for great music. I am always impressed by their depth of knowledge of music, from classical giants like Vivaldi, Bach, Dvorak, etc. to modern artists. For example, they include strains of Dvorak's Largo from the New World Symphony at the beginning and end of their rendition of Phillip Phillip's "Home." Few people know that Dvorak commissioned William Arms Fisher to write lyrics for his music; the Largo was called "Going Home."
This CD continues their legacy of producing great music. I love that they have finally rendered a Coldplay song ("A Sky Full of Stars"). I have long wanted to hear Jon bang out "Clocks," but I guess I'll have to wait. They try some new sounds, as in "Hello, Lacrimosa," which is reminiscent of the group Eklipse. "Pirates of the Caribbean" is fantastic, and almost replaces David Garrett's version as my favorite. "Fight Song/Amazing Grace" emanates a powerful energy that is both uplifting and inspiring. In short, like always, they produce a work than spans the whimsical to the majestic.
Thank you, guys, for making my life better.
I have become disenchanted with the way CDs are being produced these days. I don't listen to my music on ear buds or an MP3 player for the most part and I enjoy music which has outstanding tonal quality which is a product of the recording itself. So, now that you know my bias, here is my review:
The CD "Uncharted" by the Piano Guys has easily become one of the most listened to in my collection and likely it will remain so for a long while. The first, and most important, reason for this is that the sound is so clear and rich that I didn't think I was listening to a CD at first. I have nothing against the technology, but rather the way most recordings use it. They record at low sampling rates and expect you not to notice what's missing. This CD sounds as if they recorded it at an exceptionally high rate which begs the question: How did they get this quality on to a disc without running out of space? It is beyond me. You will feel the vibration from the strings of Steven's cello and hear the release of the pedals when Jon finishes his phrasing. (Admittedly, I understand you need a decent system to hear this, but most CDs, even with a good system, cannot produce that quality.) So, the sound quality throughout this CD is remarkable and worth the purchase.
Next, the balance of the music catalog, start to finish, doesn't miss a beat. From the opening of "Fight Song/Amazing Grace" to the last note of "Indiana Jones and the Arabian Nights", you will be mesmerized by the draw this music has. Note: This is not good background music for those who appreciate music as they will find themselves stopping whatever they were doing to listen to it.
Finally, as Piano Guys CDs go, this is perhaps their best to date. Certainly something each person will have to decide for themselves, but once you add the bonus DVD to the mix (Deluxe Edition), I think you will agree that you can't find a better (non-live) single source to experience the Piano Guys repertoire.
This is music the way it should be: Good quality sound, good choice selections and great musicians putting it all together. Explore the Uncharted - you won't be disappointed.
"Okay" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" are my two favorites but I truly enjoyed all the songs when I listened to the album for the first time. I recommend the deluxe edition so you can enjoy The Piano Guys videos without having to go onto YouTube. The behind-the-seasons video for "Fight Song/Amazing Grace" was my favorite track on the DVD. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about how the video was created, what situations had to be dealt with and seeing the actual scenes/vistas where the video was filmed.
If you have never heard the music of The Piano Guys, buy this album and get ready for an amazing experience.
I did not purchase the album from Amazon because I wanted a signed copy (so I bought it straight from The Piano Guys) but I really did buy it.
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The song was :sky full of starts. The best track in the album.