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International Music: Sony Music Around the World

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Mara - Ricky Martin
    2. Estoy Aqu - Shakira
    3. Ella y El - Ricardo Arjona
    4. Poquita Fe - Jose Luis Rodrguez/Los Panchos/Lon Panchos
    5. Si Tu Supieras - Alejandro Fernndez
    6. Garota Nacional - Skank
    7. Don Ata, A - Soledad
    8. Eres Mi Cancion - Rubn Blades
    9. Suavemente - Elvis Crespo
    10. Colours of the World - CoCo Lee
    11. Love You/Don't Love You - Leon Lai
    12. La La La Love Song - Naomi Campbell/Toshi Kubota
    13. Janji - Gigi
    14. Helpless Love - Liu Huan
    15. Jaa Re Jaa - Colonial Cousins
    16. Burn - Kulay
    17. Jerks of Attention - Jebediah
    18. Sway - Bic Runga
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Not Like Other Girls - S.O.A.P.
    2. Andidoto - Anna Vissi
    3. Lal - Sertab Erener
    4. Altre Forme Di Vita - Bluvertigo
    5. Die Flut - Peter Heppner/Witt/Heppner
    6. Eden - Hooverphonic
    7. Was Wri Wnn - Subzonic
    8. Some People - Sexy Dancers
    9. Destame - Mnica Naranjo
    10. Break My Stride - Unique II
    11. I Would - E'velyne
    12. En Sng Om Oss - Peter Jback
    13. Jardins Proibidos (Versao '97) - Paulo Gonzo
    14. Kiedy Powiem Sobie Dosc - O.N.A.
    15. Superflu - Pascal Obispo
    16. Whatever Gets You True - Paddy Casey
    17. Since When - 54-40
    18. Untold Story - Sibongile Khumalo
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 65822

  • Credits

    Also available as part of the 26-CD box set SONY MUSIC 100 YEARS: SOUNDTRACK FOR A CENTURY (65750).
    Compilation producers: Steve Berkowitz, Tom Vickers.
    Includes liner notes by Arthur Levy.
    Digitally remastered by Joe Palmacio (Sony Music Studios, New York, New York).
    Liner Note Author: Arthur Levy .
    Photographers: Greg Lord; Youri Lenquette; Antonio Massa; Bob Wolfenson; Diego Uchitel; Jimmy Lenner, Jr.; Tracy Sham; Gabo; Shawn King; David Katzenstein.
    To commemorate the end of the century, Sony Music assembled the gargantuan 26-disc box set Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century. The title was imposing, as was the idea behind it -- to chronicle the life of the oldest record label in the music industry. To be clear, Sony Music has not existed for 100 years, but the heart of its catalog, Columbia Records, was founded early in the 20th century. Sony acquired Columbia and its various subsidiaries in the late '80s, purchasing one of the richest catalogs in pop history, as the box set proves again and again. Sony realized that most consumers wouldn't invest in a 26-disc box, no matter how impressive it was, so they simultaneously released a series of 12 genre-specific double-disc sets that culled highlights from the box. That left two discs exclusive to the box, which was appropriate, since anyone who spends over $300 on an album deserves a little bonus. As it turns out, the double-disc sets are every bit as impressive as the big box, perhaps more so, because they're easily digestible. Even so, the scope of the 36-track International Music: Sony Music Around the World is impressive. "International music" doesn't necessarily mean worldbeat, though it often does -- it also means the jangle pop of Canada's 54-40 or the adult alternative pop of New Zealand's Bic Runga or the experimental ambient pop of Belgium's Hooverphonic. Consequently, this set is more uneven than the average volume of Sony Music 100 Years; yet in its own way, it's quite impressive, since it proves that Sony Music has been as powerful a force globally as it has been in the U.S. and U.K. This is a great introduction to a number of different styles, artists, and countries -- not definitive, certainly, but a good sampler all the same. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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