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VA - Nu Europe - From The Old Countries The Best New Roots Music (2004)

25-10-2014, 09:39
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VA - Nu Europe - From The Old Countries The Best New Roots Music (2004)

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Nu Europe - From The Old Countries The Best New Roots Music
Year Of Release: 2004
Label: Manteca / MANTCD224
Genre: World, Folk, Pop, Soul, Funk, Dub
Total Time: 1:47:48
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 259 mb / 717 mb (Scans-128 mb)

VA - Nu Europe - From The Old Countries The Best New Roots Music (2004)

Compiled by Ian Anderson, editor of the leading roots/folk/world music magazine fRoots, this two-CD, 26-track anthology is something of a snapshot of various forms of world music percolating in Europe at the beginning of the 21st century. Spanning 1997-2003 (though mostly dating from the early 2000s), the tracks were culled from all over the continent, with Spain, the United Kingdom, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, France, Sweden, and other countries represented. With a compilation that casts such a wide net, it's impossible to boil it down to shared characteristics; the only consistent trait to the set, in fact, is unceasing diversity. It could be said, though, that there's more of a Latin and African bent to many (though by no means most) of the melodies and rhythms than many listeners might expect. There are also reflections of the increasingly frequent collision of both cultures (with African and Middle Eastern influences making themselves known) and of traditional approaches with sophisticated electronic technology. While the sheer eclecticism of the music is the set's chief strength, it also means that you'll have to have extremely broad tastes to enjoy the nearly two-hour program all the way through. It might be more useful as a radio-programming tool to sample as appropriate than as something world music fans will play all that often. All the same, most of this is at the least interesting, and at its best intriguing, like Faltriqueira's lilting, bittersweet example of Spanish pandereteira ensemble women-sung music ("Muneira Redonda"); Besh O Drom, who use DJ scratching in their Bulgarian wedding music; Kristi Stassinopoulou's Greek electronica; Almamegretta's Italian reggae (mixed by Adrian Sherwood); and Sweden's Garmarna, whose haunting woman vocalist (unidentified in the notes) is the best singer here. For English-sung tracks that might be a wee bit more approachable to listeners coming from a pop/rock background, there's British folk performer Jim Moray's arrangement of the traditional "Gypsies" and Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros' "Shaktar Donetsk," though the latter is not among the more impressive cuts.


1-1 –Think Of One - Te Bie 5:03
1-2 –Ojos De Brujo - Quien Engaña No Gana 3:07
1-3 –Oi Va Voi - Ladino Song 4:11
1-4 –Kristi Stassinopoulou - Waves 4:23
1-5 –Mariza - Fado Curvo 2:52
1-6 –Attwenger Featuring Boban Marković - Sie Dan (Live) 3:59
1-7 –Banda Ionica Featuring Macaco El Mono Loco - Espinita 5:23
1-8 –Almamegretta - Sanacore 4:03
1-9 –Garmarna - Euchari 4:20
1-10 –Jim Moray - Gypsies 4:42
1-11 –Mercedes Peón - Non Me Mires 4:52
1-12 –Eugenio Bennato - Taranta Sound 3:25
1-13 –Massilia Sound System - La Fille Du Selecta 3:42

2-1 –Radio Tarifa - El Quinto 3:54
2-2 –Joe Strummer And Mescaleros, The - Shaktar Donetsk 5:56
2-3 –Lightning Head Vs Koçani Orkestar - L'Orient Est Rouge 6:00
2-4 –La Talvera - Lo Borrilh 4:39
2-5 –Amestoy Trio - spina 4:01
2-6 –Faltriqueira - Muiñeira Redonda 3:05
2-7 –Warsaw Village Band - I Had A Lover 3:57
2-8 –Pietra Montecorvino - O Sole Mio 2:36
2-9 –Gjallarhorn - Grimborg 3:45
2-10 –Besh O Drom - Cigansko Oro 4:42
2-11 –Hundsbuam - Gschwind 2:55
2-12 –Lo'Jo - Mémoire D'Homme 4:49
2-13 –Manu Chao - Mi Vida 2:35

Compiled By – Ian Anderson

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