Various Artists

Musiques du Monde

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A compilation released by the Playa Sound label (distributed by Auvidis), this album touches upon world music from most of the inhabited continents. (Australian music is not represented although Oceania is heavily covered.) The music is generally of high quality, although the recording quality is occasionally somewhat lacking depending on the track. One notable flaw is the lack of liner notes -- they're simply ads for other albums on the label (often containing a bare-breasted woman at that). Despite the lack of notes, the music is quite good. Highlights include a Tahitian vocal piece, music from a Mexican horn group, and an Indian raga. While Playa Sound might not be a major force in the recording industry, this album isn't all that bad. Pick it up as a sampler, then move on to more regional albums for another perspective.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:24
2
2:59
3
5:16
4
2:04
5
3:23
6
4:15
7
1:43
8
3:09
9
2:10
10
2:36
11
2:48
12
3:51
13
3:31
14
2:48
15
1:52
16
2:31
17
2:30
18
4:08
19
1:58
20
5:03
21
3:36
22
4:15
23
4:56
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