The Best of...Alamid

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In 2001, pop/rock band Alamid released The Best of...Alamid, a compilation of songs taken from three albums the band recorded for Warner Music Philippines, 1994's Alamid, 1995's Panaginip (Dream), and 1997's Radio Friendly. Although still signed to Warner Music Philippines at the time of The Best of...Alamid's release, the band had undergone personnel changes. While helping to promote the compilation, the band members were also involved in negotiations for a new Alamid album. There were six members (vocalist, keyboardist, drummmer, two guitarists, and bassist) when the band recorded its first three albums. Alamid's sound encompasses pop/rock, rock, and easy listening. There is also a reggae tune here, "Batibot." Vocalist Gary Ignacio possesses a deep, sensual voice. One of the most exciting rock songs here is the anthemic "Sama Sama" (Together), from Panaginip. "May Pagasa Pa" (There's Still Hope) is another spirited rocker (though the bridge sounds like easy listening), and contains passionate singing by Ignacio. The lyrics to "May Pagasa Pa" are uplifting and inspiring, and tell of working hard and having faith in the future. Many songs contain penetrating, reverb-edged guitar solos, and the keyboards also play a large role in Alamid's music. Alamid also performs tender love songs, many of which sound almost like easy listening, as heard in "Pagdating" (To Come), "Still Believe in Love," and "Kundi'man" (If Not). The arrangements contain some rock elements, though. One of the nicest love songs is "Your Love," for which the band remains famous.

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