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Live 2003 - 2005: Mamsheech Linso'ah
Ehud Banai's newest release has been heavily hyped since it hit record store shelves earlier this month.
And rightfully so. One of the country's most respected musicians, Banai offers fans more than three hours of his acclaimed ethno-rock hits on the new album. The collection is actually a boxed set of three discs which were recorded during live concerts Banai gave over the course of three years. The CDs hit most of the highpoints of his seven albums, beginning with songs from Ehud Banai and the Refugees (1987) and ending up at Answer Me (2004).
The ambiance and energy of Banai's live shows transfers nicely to this latest collection. The songs here are lengthier than those on his studio albums - the result of extra acoustic instrumentation and applause before, in between and after each track. Concert audiences can be heard singing along with Banai on many of the tracks, and the collection includes snippets of stage banter from the performer himself.
The first CD kicks off with "Avee Lakh" (I'll Bring You) and includes the songs "Seret Ratz" (The Movie's Running) and "Aneh Lee" (Answer Me). The second disc includes favorites "Tip Tipa" (A Little Drop), "Esh" and "Eer Miklat" (City of Refuge), while the third, which wraps up this 39-track collection, boasts highlights including "Jamaly Forush" and "Mahari Na" (Hurry Up).
Banai is known for songs about wandering the country and the world, and it is therefore fitting that he titled this boxed set after the collection's title song, which means "Keep Moving." Banai is joined on these live recordings by his regular back-up musicians, nearly all of whom have worked with the 53-year-old singer for years. They provide a flawless accompaniment, and indeed the album's only shortcoming for Banai devotees is the songs he hasn't had room to include. That said, the set serves as a valuable memorabilia item for all the concerts Banai performed over the years, something to be appreciated by fans of the musician and lovers of Israeli music more generally.
Milim Sheloh Amart
Play Records/Meitar Hafakot
Still just 30-years-old, former Eurovision contestant Lior Narkis recently released his 10th album, Milim Sheloh Amart (Words You Didn't Say). From its opening ballad, "Ohev" ("Love"), Narkis proves he's still in fine form, his voice as strong and passionate as ever. Songwriter Yossi Gispan, the man behind Narkis's Eurovision entry, has again hooked up with the singer, penning six of the 12 tracks here.
The new album focuses on Mizrahi pop and dance tunes, a twist on the more traditional Mizrahi music Narkis performed on his first album, The Prayer of My Life, which he released as precocious 16-year-old.
Narkis has said his aim for this album was a simple one: to "provide happy music." Mission accomplished: no trace of his mournful early hits appears here. Instead, the new album offers songs such as "Machmaot" (Compliments), an upbeat dance song with lyrics to match, and "Holem Alayich" (Dream about You), a saccharine romantic ballad.