International Music: Sony Music Around the World

International Music: Sony Music Around the World


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/1999
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646582220
catalogNumber: 65822

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rubén Blades   Track Performer
54-40   Track Performer
Ricky Martin   Track Performer
Panchos   Track Performer
Ricardo Arjona   Track Performer
Alejandro Fernández   Track Performer
José Luis Rodríguez   Track Performer
Leon Lai   Track Performer
Naomi Campbell   Track Performer
Shakira   Track Performer
S.O.A.P.   Track Performer
Hooverphonic   Track Performer
Mónica Naranjo   Track Performer
Skank   Track Performer
Soledad   Track Performer
Colonial Cousins   Track Performer
Pascal Obispo   Track Performer
Paulo Gonzo   Track Performer
Unique II   Track Performer
Elvis Crespo   Track Performer
Jebediah   Track Performer
Anna Vissi   Track Performer
Bic Runga   Track Performer
Liu Huan   Track Performer
CoCo Lee   Track Performer
Kulay   Track Performer
O.N.A.   Track Performer
Witt   Track Performer
Paddy Casey   Track Performer
Sibongile Khumalo   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Steven Berkowitz   Executive Producer
Kathryn King   Editorial Production
Ian Blake   Composer
KC Porter   Composer
Arthur Levy   Liner Notes,Essay
Shakira   Composer
Arnold Levine   Art Direction
Janet Boye   Art Direction
Luis Fernando Ochoa   Composer
Charlie Sarrica   Graphic Design
Luis Gómez Escolar   Composer
Sandy Lorenzo   Marketing
Rosemary Mulligan   Marketing
Artie Yeranian   Graphic Design
Boom Dayupay   Composer
Ron Juliano   Graphic Design
John Naatjes   Tape Research
Dianne Spoto Shattuck   Marketing
Marni Elliott   Marketing
Darren Salmieri   Copy Coordination
Marguerite Hisen   Marketing
Michelle Kerrigan   Marketing
Doug McKeown   Marketing
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer

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