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Produced by Will Ackerman, Grammy winner and founder of Windham Hill Records. One of the most exciting new CDs to be released, Gardens of Hope will take you on a journey that will soothe the soul and enliven the spirit. Frank Smith is widely known for his original solo guitar performances on his first two CDs, but this newest recording separates itself by adding the texture and professionalism of many award-winning musicians who back up his acoustic and classical guitar pieces, making this an astounding three-dimensional composition. Frank s new instrumentals are accompanied with English horn, Cello, Fretted Bass, Piano, Flugel Horn, Violin, Chapman Stick, Angelic Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Fretless Bass, Percussion, Upright Bass, and more.

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Inspired By a True StoryFrank Smith (Bmi) 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Chasing the ShadeFrank Smith (Bmi) 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Gardens of HopeFrank Smith (Bmi) 5:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Anything for a SmileFrank Smith (Bmi) 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Bella VitaFrank Smith (Bmi) 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Out of My HandsFrank Smith (Bmi) 5:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. It's All GoodFrank Smith (Bmi) 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. SootheFrank Smith (Bmi) 5:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Porch With a ViewFrank Smith (Bmi) 6:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. CrossroadsFrank Smith (Bmi) 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Open Tune Music (BMI)
  • ASIN: B000O76C7O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This CD goes in my alarm clock CD Player.
J. Weeks
Essentially, the cover photograph encapsulates the emotion and spirit of this album.
Michael Debbage
I am utterly pleased with the composition and style of this album.
Michael D. Walker

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Walker on November 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album looking for something ambient and calming to listen to. I am utterly pleased with the composition and style of this album. I get my finest moments out of it while I am listening to it with headphones in a dark room or when I am taking a walk in the uber cold temperatures. It also well suits my mindset whenever I have had a long day (not necssarily a bad day) and am in from the cold outside as I prepare a dinner for myself. It's just that sort of album which can function as perfect background music for just about evrything all the while helping you capture the moment rather than dominating the moment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Debbage on March 18, 2012
Format: Audio CD
So when you think of the word "hope" what images does it conjure? Is it a confident level of expectation? Certainly with Will Ackerman at the production board there is that certain level of anticipation. However, Gardens Of Hope also represents a formidable guitarist capable of capturing the influences of Eric Tingstad, yet writing all of his own material with his own slant and style. Ackerman is simply there to groom the garden that Frank Smith has planted and grown over the years that has now bloomed into the Gardens Of Hope.

Back in 2000, Smith released the less melodic Assemblance Of Rings followed up the next year with the vocally based I'm Coming Over. It was an unusual move but what they both had in common were meditative qualities that Gardens Of Hope continues to focus on. While this spirit is maintained, Smith also conveys a little more structure, melody and non intrusive arrangements to his latest batch of compositions. This merges perfectly with his unique ambient approach, a perfect instrument in bringing comfort to the hospital patients he visits in his hometown of Naples, Florida.

Smith's merging of ambient themes and light melodic structure can be heard on the opening track "Inspired By A True Story". The intertwining of Smith's acoustic work with Jill Haley's English horn will certainly appeal to the Tingstad and Rumbel fans. This is countered with the bare, yet soulfully simple "Chasing The Shade" where Smith has the opportunity to play alongside Ackerman. There are no embellishments except for the "student" and the master on guitars. Though after you have finished this listening experience you may be left scratching your head wondering which one is the master.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Grace on June 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I had only heard one selection of this cd before I bought it but was not disappointed in the rest. We bought it for soothing music for my granddaughter and she loves it too. Would recommend to anyone (and have)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Borton on September 7, 2013
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I was looking for something very relaxing but not new age. This is music with melody and exquisitely beautiful and relaxing.
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