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Windham Hill Records Sampler '84

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1984

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Aerial Boundaries - Michael Hedges
  2. On The Threshold Of Liberty - Mark Isham
  3. Ventana - Willam Ackerman
  4. Thanksgiving - George Winston
  5. Shadowdance - Shadowfax
  6. Western - Alex De Grassi
  7. Oristano Sojourn - Scott Cossu
  8. The Cricket's Wicket - Billy Oskay & Micheal O'Domhnaill


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 29, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1984
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Windham Hill
  • ASIN: B000000NG2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,471 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album brought new age music into my vocabulary and it has stayed a sentimental favorite through the years. Every song on it has something new to offer and it is perfect to sit and listen to, to move to, to meditate to, or simply to relax to. George Winston's chilling and timeless "Thanksgiving" is the gem of the album (sorry, now CD....I do have it on album). The simple piano chord progression plays on memories of winter or home or truly giving thanks. "On The Threshold Of Liberty" is a very unique piece building and building to a patriotic and hypnotic climax. The simple snare and building solo horn make this piece unforgettable. "Shadowdance" is another jewel on this collection. The entire CD is like a symphony and most of the time I only put it on when I know I can listen to the whole thing. You won't be disappointed. Don't be scared off by the date...these artists were hungry then and they did things the right way. Enjoy.
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This album brought new age music into my vocabulary and it has stayed a sentimental favorite through the years. Every song on it has something new to offer and it is perfect to sit and listen to, to move to, to meditate to, or simply to relax to. George Winston's chilling and timeless "Thanksgiving" is the gem of the album (sorry, now CD....I do have it on album). The simple piano chord progression plays on memories of winter or home or truly giving thanks. "On The Threshold Of Liberty" is a very unique piece building and building to a patriotic and hypnotic climax. The simple snare and building solo horn make this piece unforgettable. "Shadowdance" is another jewel on this collection. The entire CD is like a symphony and most of the time I only put it on when I know I can listen to the whole thing. You won't be disappointed. Don't be scared off by the date...these artists were hungry then and they did things the right way. Enjoy.
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By the time this sampelr was released, the Windham Hill label was in full growth mode, and I still consider the 1982-1987 period as the defining era and golden years of the label.

"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!
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Call it what you want, smooth jazz, new age, trance, aural, easy listening, whatever. Fact is the musicians on this collection are fantastic and time has proven this true. I picked this up when it first came out back in 1984, and the music represented here stands the test of time almost 25 years later. Well done, well recorded, and certainly good for the soul. Any half way sane person should own this and appreciate what it has to offer and come away felling better after every listen. A good sampling of what this "style" of music has to offer. Get it, you'll be glad you did, and it will open up you ears to the other music these musicians and others like them have to offer.
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Good CD for earlier New Age style music. Recommended if you are into collecting early works of various New Age artists. Glad to have such CDs affordably available now as this style of music rarely gets play time on today's FM radio stations.
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Windham Hill Records Sampler '84 was released first on Vinyl, which I bought and quickly transferred to tape for my Walkman 5. This was in those early days when there were few CD's on the market - and each cost about $32 dollars - and no one I knew yet had a CD Player....

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."
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