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Saturday, 10 August 2013

Top of the World 83 – Songlines Compilation

When Songlines hit the target with one of their compilations it can be a thing of great beauty and Top of the World 83 is one of those moments. The highlights are as follows:

Ablaye Ndiaye Thiossane – ‘Thiere Lamboul’: I’m not a major fan of African music, but this is a beautiful and enchanting lullaby.

Emel Mathlouthi – ‘Dhalem’: A passionate power ballad with a distinctive and mesmerising voice.

Seth Lakeman – ‘Blacksmith’s Prayer’ – It reminds me of a young version of late era Johnnie Cash. Never liked the sound of Seth before, but this has changed my mind.

Treacherous Orchestra – ‘Superfly’: A joyous Irish jig that lasts for eight minutes.

I’ve never had much time for Huey Morgan either, but his selections on this disk are pure latin quality. If only he played this kind of material on his 6 Music show. The pick of the bunch is El Combo de los Galleros with ‘Soledad’:  It’s a quirky, old school, latin hip shaker!

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