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Midwest Book Review

Aug 9, 2012, 9:58:01 PM8/9/12
The Library CD Shelf

El Dorado
Luna Blanca
c/o The Creative Service Company (publicity)
4360 Emerald Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
$13.81 CD / $8.99 MP3 download

El Dorado is the fifth music album by nouveau-flamenco group Luna
Blanca, designed to recreate a storied quest through South America in
search of riches, confronting native peoples, untrustworthy bandits,
obstacles of nature, and breathtaking beauty. The Latin-themed rhythms
are extremely infectious, and the lively blend of acoustic guitar,
rhythm guitars, keyboards, percussion, and occasional vocalizations
make for an unforgetable musical journey. El Dorado hypnotically
captures the essence of legend in its notes, and is enthusiastically
recommended for any and all listeners interested in Spanish-inspired
music with a twist. The tracks are "Los Ojos" (3:46), "El
Dorado" (5:38), "Desperado" (5:31), "Medianoche" (4:05),
"Guapa" (4:33), "Dos Guitarras" (4:31), "Summer Breeze" (3:50), "Hurry
Up" (3:37), "Rio Mamore" (4:58), "Dreaming" (5:17), "Kolibri" (4:50),
"Conquistador" (3:00), "Puesta del Sol" (5:52), and "Bonus Track:
Desperado (Radio Edit)" (3:48).

Earth Warrior
Tony Duncan
Canyon Records Productions
3131 West Clarendon Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85017

Earth Warrior: Light of Our Ancestors is an album of Native American
flute music played by Tony Duncan (of Apache/Mandan/Arikara/Hidatsa
descent) in reverence of family, traditions, and the joy of music
itself. The extraordinary beauty of these wistful songs lingers in the
heart and the soul long after the tracks fade; Earth Warrior is a
choice pick for instrumental Native American music collections. Highly
recommended. The tracks are "Zuni Sunrise" (2:54), "Battle for
Night" (2:57), "Grandmother Moon" (2:38), "Elders Speak" (3:51), "The
Flicker of Light" (3:23), "Canyon Winds" (3:03), "Medicine
Woman" (3:36), "Dance of the Coyote" (3:04), "Violet" (3:57),
"Denzhone - 'Beautiful'" (3:38), "Taos Round Dance" (2:44), "Going
Home" (3:20), "Ancient Stories" (2:40), and "Words from My Father". 47
min., 4 sec.

Emotions: Cree Round Dance Songs
Randall Paskemin
Canyon Records Productions
3131 West Clarendon Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85017

Traditional Native American singer and songmaker Randall Paskemin
presents Emotions: Cree Round Dance Songs, an album of music performed
via Cree Round Dance hand drumming. Paskemin's drumming and lyrics
mesh smoothly into a sweeping whole, in this vibrant collection of
songs about inner strength, perseverance, and the will to make the
world a better place. Highly recommended. The tracks are "True Love
(Imagine)" (4:07), "Tattoo" (3:18), "Strong" (5:16), "She's My
Girl!" (6:36), "Enough" (3:34), "Let Me Count the Ways" (5:12), "All I
Have to Do is Close My Eyes" (4:40), "Paradise" (3:24), "Teenage
Love" (3:27), "Reflection" (4:01), "Time After Time" (3:22), "Oh,
Whatever!" (3:59), "So Far Away" (4:23), and "Change (Save the
World)" (6:06).


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