Windham Hill Records Sampler '84
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"Windham Hill Sampler '84" (8 songs; 43 min.) starts off with now-classic Michael Hedges' "Areal Boundaries" (from the album of the same name). Next comes the 7+ min. epic "On the Threshold of Liberty" from Mark Isham's best ever album "Vapour Drawings". Windham Hill label founder and CEO Will Ackerman contributes "Ventana" from his "Past Light" album (one of his best albums), and the first half concludes with George Winston's "Thanksgiving" from his classic "December" album. The second half kicks off with Shadowfax's title track to "Shadowdance", one of the all-time signature songs from the band, followed by Alex de Grassi's "Western" solo-guitar piece (from his excellent "Southern Exposure" album. The sampler is rounded out by two more classics: Scott Cossu's "Oristana Sojourn" (from "Islands", one of his very best albums), and Nightnoise closes things out with the 6+ min. "The Cricket's Wicket", from their stellar self-titled debut album. Frankly, this sampler is fantastic, with not a single weak track on here.
I ended up buying many of these albums, and as such this sampler sounds like a greatest hits collection to me, and perhaps the best sampler in the Windham Hill catalog, although the 1986 and 1988 samplers are equally worthwhile too. Finally, I cannot rate this 5 stars as this is a straight reissuance, with poor packaging and no liner notes. And of course no extra tracks. But the quality of the music this is on here is stellar, let there be no doubt about it. Highly recommended!
With New Wave in full swing, and Classic Rock still in the background as always, this album brought a needed dose of introspection to my music collection. The tracks on this album were my first brush with Michael Hedges, Will Ackerman, George Winston, et.al., and this type of music had not been stamped as "New Age."
I bought the vinyl version in the heady interregnum between graduating High School and heading off to College, and I recall listening to this album often on the Walkman during those first fall months of college - almost a different lifetime - and I will always associate this album with that magical period of my life... After a few years, I finally bought the CD version, and am kind of glad that I got to contribute double "dollar votes" to express my fondness for this album.
In retrospect, it is clear that Will Ackerman picked virtuoso performances for this disc - and they were recorded beautifully. The tracks flow with fluency and grace, and are soothing without being "Elevator Music."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album changed my life!! George Winston's Thanksgiving became my favorite song ever!Published 23 months ago by David Couch
We love all the Winidham Hill recordings... we have been collecting them for years... Easy listening while reading, to sleep to, quiet dinner party and sitting outside for soothing... Read morePublished on March 27, 2014 by Sharon Russell
I am a big fan of Windham Hill music the samplers I have purchased have been quite good with a sampling of various artists that have played on the label. This one was just awful. Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by Robusto
This 84 sampler left me a little cold.. 86 sampler is superb great price3 good quality please do not ask for more wordsPublished on April 8, 2013 by john miller
Paradise Found indeed. A CD I recommend for all those who love classic Windham Hill artists and recordings. Love it so much.Published on January 8, 2013 by T. Muntz
Windham Hills started the genre that became New Age, which subsequently got a bad rep. These early compilations are excellent, and somehow well suited to the also-unappreciated... Read morePublished on August 18, 2011 by Ricohman
Been a Windham Hill fan since they began. So very sorry they're gone. This is one of the classic original compilations--I've bought at least 5 versions of this CD (cassettes,... Read morePublished on August 8, 2010 by Dean Scott Jones
Play this LOUD, play it quietly. An unusual variety of artists and musical styles. One of my top 5 albums of all time, still beautiful after 25+ years.Published on April 28, 2010 by Beez Neez