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1 Giant Leap (album)

Facebook1GiantLeap
Studio album by 1 Giant Leap
GenreTrip hop , electronica , world
LabelPalm Pictures
ProducerJamie Catto , Duncan Bridgeman
Released2 April 2002

Musicians Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman hit the road with a laptop and an idea. Six months later, they'd collect audio samples from musicians on five continents. They bring their treasure to the US and enlist collaboration of such artists as Michael Stipe, Stewart Copeland, Baaba Maal, Neneh Cherry, and ex-arrest Development frontman Speech. There's good deal of genius distil into 12 tracks that make up 1 Giant Leap, from the ethereal vibe of Eddi Reader's vocal on ghosts to the refined hip-hop of my Culture and Braid Hair. Mahotella Queens bring their usual dynamism to complex arrangements of ma' Africa and daphne. Stipe and Indian singer Asha Bhosle combine on the magical Way You Dream. Catto and Bridgeman's ambitious scheme has been impeccably realize.

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Track listing

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Dunya Salam" (featuring Baaba Maal )Duncan Bridgeman Jamie Catto Baaba Maal2:55
2." My Culture " (featuring Robbie Williams and Maxi Jazz )Bridgeman Catto Maxi Jazz Robbie Williams Nigel Butler5:39
3."The Way You Dream" (featuring Michael Stipe , Whirimako Black and Asha Bhosle )Bridgeman Catto Michael Stipe8:20
4."Ma' Africa" (featuring The Mahotella Queens and Ulali )Bridgeman Catto Mahotella Queens Ulali4:48
5."Braided Hair" (featuring Speech and Neneh Cherry )Bridgeman Catto Speech Neneh Cherry Ulali4:03
6."Ta Moko" (featuring Whirimako Black )Bridgeman Catto Mako Black5:09
7."Bushes" (featuring Baaba Maal )Bridgeman Catto Maal6:34
8."Passion" (featuring Michael Franti )Bridgeman Catto Franti5:46
9."Daphne" (featuring Eddi Reader , The Mahotella Queens and Revetti Sakalar)Bridgeman Catto Mahotella Queens Eddi Reader7:03
10."All Alone (On Eilean Shona)"Bridgeman Catto Mahotella Queens7:50
11."Racing Away" (featuring Grant Lee Phillips and Horace Andy )Bridgeman Catto Kaolin Thompson Grant Lee Phillips Horace Andy5:59
12."Ghosts" (featuring Eddi Reader)Bridgeman Catto Reader Tim Booth6:36

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Charts

Charts

ChartPeak position
Australian Albums ( ARIA )18
New Zealand Albums ( RMNZ )41
UK Albums ( OCC )51

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Planning & Preparation

Its incredible that in this age of intelligent fusion and truly international music, concept of a bunch of pop-star tourists jamming with world music musicians can still be big news. 1 Giant Leap put Robbie Williams, Michael Stipe, Speech and Michael Franti in studio with musicians from South Africa, Ghana, Senegal, Thailand, India and Uganda for a kind of feel-good, hand-across-the-water project that could only be think up in the boardroom. There is no sense of communication between participants. Instead, organizers paste songs together over soothing New Age beats and exotic background noise, creating context with talk about primal rhythms and poor musicians who welcome Westerners into their homes. As sterile, soulless and contrive as it sound.

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A Second Giant Leap?

Global village shrinks down to a single neighborhood in this ambitious project. Rhythm is the road that runs through it all, drawing residents from most corners of the world; odd, though, that with legions gathering from India, Africa, New Zealand, Europe, and the US, no one from South or Latin America, or from any Native American cultures, joined the party. Even so, producers Duncan Bridgeman and Jamie Catto accomplish a miracle of sorts by traveling to far-flung places and recording dozens of singers and musicians. Each artist contributes parts to one or another song, which are subsequently arranged into often-dazzling pastiches on frameworks of sensuous rhythm. The results are quite extraordinary: on Way You Dream, Michael Stipe's vocal floats into a flurry of jungle beats, which are animated by furious hand-drumming and sweetened by New Zealand flute and Mandinka harp. These elements melt together in total harmony, as if these disparate musicians had grown up playing together. 1 Giant Leap surprises constantly in this way, yet Bridgeman and Catto are apparently trying to make a point beyond music. The fact that a recipe for human organism appears on the back cover suggests that moral has something to do with the universality of mankind. Another reading is possible: If musicians are going to communicate over undeniable barriers, pop music-arguably simplistic distillation of all that culture has to offer-is, for better or worse, lingua franca.

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