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Thanksgiving: A Windham Hill Collection

Thanksgiving-A Windham Hill Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 13, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: October 13, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Windham Hill Records
  • ASIN: B00000D9W9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,543 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We Gather Together - Paul McCandless
2. Bygone Days - Eileen Ivers
3. Coming Home - Sean Harkness
4. Simple Gifts - Tracy & Thea Silverman
5. The Saviour's Universal Prayer/And Again Heavenly Father - Barry Phillips
6. Silver Salmon Bear - R. Carlos Nakai
7. Heaven Within - Paul Winter
8. Caranna - Tim Story
9. Allelujah - Lisa Lynne
10. Amazing Grace - John Doan
11. Blessings - Liz Story
12. Wagoner's Lad - John Sebastian
13. The Gathering - Will Ackerman
14. Thanksgiving - George Winston

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Product Description

Thanksgiving generally is a pleasant and likeable affair. Its features include a charming, gently propulsive take on the traditional piece "Allelujah" by Celtic harpist Lisa Lynne; a delicate rendering of "Amazing Grace" by John Doan on a 20-string harp guitar; and a church-ready version of "We Gather Together" by a trio of Paul McCandless (oboe), Philip Aaberg (piano), and Michael Manring (bass). A midalbum three-song stretch, though--from the heavy stringing (cello, violin, guitar) of William Coulter and Barry Phillips to R. Carlos Nakai's flute soliloquy to a saxophone meditation by Paul Winter--lingers overly long in a melancholy state. Later, a thoughtful harmonica outing by former Lovin' Spoonful member John Sebastian aims for Americana yet delivers more spaghetti Western. Still, the album ends with pieces by Will Ackerman and George Winston--and what could be more classic than that? --Terry Wood

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative and soulful offering December 14, 1999
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This compilation of some of Windam Hill's most talented artists is lovely and, at times, bittersweet. Bygone Days by Ivers is reminiscent of some of the lovelier music from Titanic. The Saviour's Universal Prayer by Coulter & Phillips is truly meditative and touching, reminiscent of Barber's Adagio for Strings, and just as likely to bring forth a tear or two. These pieces will often transcend the contemporary and bring you to a place remembered of family, gathering, simplicity, and safety. Buyers should be aware, though, that Winston's beautiful Thanksgiving is an abbreviated version of the full-length track found on his recording December.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Serene and Moving Music for Anytime! April 4, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Thanksgiving is a wonderful blend of different Windham Hill artists, which of course display a wide variety of instruments....piano, violin, flute, cello, oboe, fiddle, and a variety of stringed instruments. This certainly would be an asset to a Thanksgiving Day celebration, but I also enjoy it throughout the entire year. It's beautiful, meditative and serene. I especially like the very moving, sentimental Eileen Ivers, "Bygone Days," the beautiful rendition of John Doan's "Amazing Grace," and what a treat to end the cd with Will Ackerman's "The Gathering," and George Winston's "Thanksgiving." What more can be said! This collection opens the gamut of a wide variety of emotions, which is what I expect when listening to emotionally provoking experience. (Sometimes, that doesn't happen with certain artists) I highly recommend this cd and think it would make a wonderful gift for any music lover.....yourself, a relative or a friend. Even if you only enjoyed half of the songs in this collection, I still think it would be worth the purchase, but I'll go as far to say that I don't believe that would happen. I think you'd truly enjoy the entire bit. It's a nice break from the hustle and bustle of life. Picture yourself....a cup of steaming hot tea or coffee, kicked back in your most favorite chair, and listening to "Thanksgiving....." I hear it now.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent holiday album. November 9, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This recent compilation by Windham Hill's artists is filled with the joy of thanksgiving, not only for the holiday, but for all year round. It is spiritual without being pushy about it, and its production values remain some of the highest in the industry. Highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sentimental Reflection November 5, 2005
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Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on friends, family, and blessings. At this time of year, we celebrate our families, we think of those who are less fortunate, and we reflect on the solemnity of the season and what it means to be truly thankful.

"Thanksgiving" is a compilation of that reflection in music. It celebrates the gathering together of those whom we hold dear, the solemnity and courage of the human psyche, the spirituality of the human soul, and the season when everything must change.

The CD progresses through a series of reflections, from "We Gather Together," a traditional hymn that emphasizes the gathering of friends and family, to George Winston's "Thanksgiving," moving through all the emotions of the Thanksgiving season with feelings of humility, prayer, blessedness and thankfulness.

A mood piece throughout, "Thanksgiving" will help you take your own personal journey of introspection, inspiration, peace and spirituality.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alone in the kitchen basting the turkey... November 22, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I have many Windham Hill albums, but this one is an all time favorite. Songs are relaxing and reflective, and I start playing it when the leaves turn colors and evenings become cool. I remember holiday seasons past, and look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas whenever I hear these beautiful melodies. I actually heard this album for the first time during a massage session, so that gives you a hint as to how soothing this music is!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By "ggery"
Format:Audio CD
It's lovely... soft and reflective of the moods and thoughts we should be having at Thanksgiving... but I listen to it throughout the year. A great gift.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT April 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
For most of us, Thanksgiving confronts us with a variety of emotions. Gratefulness should be the primary one; unfortunately getting stressed out and bent out of shape can overtake all the best intentions. Everything from complicated and hurried preparations to being cooped up with unpleasant relatives can ruin the occasion. Some of us endure Thanksgiving alone or practically alone in that those dearest are far away. For a holiday that can mean so much, a lot can go wrong.
In its own small way, this CD reminds us what its all about. The selections generally are soft and soothing as well as gently uplifting. There is nary a vocal to be heard-a plus when you need to get away from all the chatter. The artists are from Windham Hill's diverse stable and no one dominates the proceedings.
No attempt is made to hide the reality of Thanksgiving being primarily of Christian origin as sometimes happens in these affairs. But at the same time no one would mistake this CD for a contemporary Christian recording. The viewpoint encompasses not only giving thanks but memory and returning home as well. Hence, many of the pieces are colored with a hint of sadness.
If you are looking for music to "cut the rug" with this is not it. But if you are looking for music which prompts reflection and joy, this one is the one to buy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice relaxing music as a prelude to the holiday season.
Published 15 days ago by jcyawo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I love Windham Hill...this was great.
Published 23 days ago by Glenda Risinger-Champagne
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Disappointed, horrible for WH.
Published 1 month ago by Ron Tiner
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was dirty on the front & quite a few scratches on the back.
Published 3 months ago by Karyn Lemon
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Collection of Fall/Thanksgiving Music
Nice collection for Thanksgiving. It has a wide spread of traditional and modern pieces, so it's listenable throughout the year.
Published 10 months ago by Zen Elder
5.0 out of 5 stars Giving Thanks for Windham Hill Collection
This compilation is excellent and has music that is appropriate for the season. Actually, I will listen to this CD throughout the year for its ability to help me relax and relieve... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Barry Chitwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Calming, meditative music
An amazing collection of inspirational instrumental music. Very calming. We listen and never tire of this album. We highly recommend it.
Published 11 months ago by Jonathan Langer
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy listening
Windham Hill is known for its melodic sounds. This CD is the same quality as other ones I have, just different music scores. I like listening to it.
Published 15 months ago by Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this
I had been looking for something to play quietly in the background during my Thanksgiving dinner. This fits the bill and was very enjoyable.
Published 17 months ago by Joanna Rhodes
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Love Love it!
We play this once a week when we are eating diner or just relaxing. Not too seasonal, but very calming and nice background music.
Published 20 months ago by M. Quinn
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