Yanni

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This is a re-release of Yanni's very first solo album, up until now a much sought-after collector's item, available only on LP. Recorded in 1980, all the elements of Yanni's unqiue style are present here: a full dynamic sound, overflowing with the power and passion of his Greek heritage, mixing intense uptempo rhythms and full grand-scale electronic orchestrations with a flair for instantly catchy melodies and poignant lyricism. Yanni's synthesizer and piano playing are augmented by drums, bass, harp and on one cut, bazouki, adding additional texture to Yanni's compositions. This is a powerful album, that packs one hell of a punch -- yet retaining a truly warm human feel.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 4:05
2 6:21
3 4:40
4 3:52
5 7:22
6 3:43
7 5:04
8 2:43
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