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Windham Hill: The First Ten Years


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Audio CD, August 21, 1990
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Disc: 1
1. Bricklayer's Beautiful Daughter - William Ackerman
2. White Rain - Alex De Grassi
3. Colors/Dance - George Winston
4. Angel's Flight - Shadowfax
5. Bradley's Dream - Liz Story
6. Afternoon Postlude Soliloquy - Daniel Hecht
7. 2nd Gymnopedie - Bill Quist
8. Homfeld Suite - David Qualey
9. Rickover's Dream - Michael Hedges
10. Variations On Clair De Lune - Robbie Basho
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Welcoming - Michael Manring
2. The 19A - Nightnoise
3. Montana Half Light - Philip Aaberg
4. Shadowdance - Shadowfax
5. Pittsburgh 1901 (Theme From Mrs. Soffel) - Mark Isham
6. The Calling - Stein & Walder
7. Gwenlaise - Scott Cossu
8. Dolphins - Mike Marshall/Darol Anger
9. Wishing Well - Schonherz/Scott
10. Theme For Naomi Uemura - Philip Aaberg
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 21, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Windham Hill Records
  • ASIN: B000000NHX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

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Bravo Windham Hill!
Lisa Guerci
If you are on the fence about purchasing this masterpiece -BUY IT!
trishbro
For lovers of quality music, I can't recommend this enough!
Gilly Bean

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Donald Gillies on October 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Windham Hill put the "new" into "new age" music. Each year they publish a sampler which is a "greatest hits of the year" album, intended to introduce new and talented artists. On Windham Hill's tenth anniversary they published the finest 2-volume CD set they ever mastered, and this is it.

This is the first CD set that I have ever worn out - I am here on Amazon buying a replacement copy which will be MP3 mastered. I have played this CD monthly since 1994. I use the music to help calm my nerves as I do creative computer work, such as prepare university lecture notes or writing computer software.

Like any classic album, you _cannot_ get tired of this 2-volume set, since new tracks capture your imagination as time goes by. Many tracks are reminiscent of the "Enya Watermark" album or George Winston's "December". This CD is mostly guitar and piano music with no vocals, but several guitar tracks have a Celtic tone. This CD rates half a notch below Winston's "December", which is no criticism because "December" is the finest New-Age CD that has ever been mastered. Check reviews on EBay and buy "December" first, then buy this set second.

Out of about 30 songs, there are probably three that I could do without. Some of the tracks that I cannot live without are listed below.

Disc One
2- White Rain
3- Colors/Dance
7- Gymnopedie
12- Clockwork

Disc Two
3- Montana Half Light
7- Gwenlaise
12- To the Well
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gilly Bean on December 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you are looking for music to relax by, then you have come to the right place. These 2 discs contain some of the best accoustic music you'll find, whether it be solo guitar or piano, or small groups like Shadowfax. There are also some non-accoustic pieces as well though, which are equally beautiful. I was first introduced to Windham Hill when I received a cd of George Winstons. I loved it, and decided to explore other Windham Hill artists and bought this double album. And I was not disappointed. Each and every piece on here is sheer heaven. Spanning the years 1977 to 1987 the quality has remained consistent. For lovers of quality music, I can't recommend this enough!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It's Valentine's Day today and I thought I'd share my thoughts on what I consider to be one of the most romantic albums in my collection. This is some of the loveliest music you'll ever find. If you haven't already been introduced to the world of Windham Hill, this is definitely the place to start.
In the late seventies, I had become a huge fan of Leo Kottke and John Fahey and for a time I couldn't find any other artist to match their skills. Then I heard Will Ackerman being played in my favorite record store. I left that day with two of Ackerman's albums and one each by Alex de Grassi and Daniel Hecht and I was hooked. They are all excellent acoustic guitar players. In addition to the above named guitarists, you also get tracks by Robbie Basho and Michael Hedges.
CD-1 leads off with my all-time favorite Ackerman song, "The Bricklayer's Beautiful Daughter." The quality of the remaining tracks stays high throughout the rest of the CD. Most of the first CD is reserved for the guitar players on the Windham Hill roster, but you also hear pianists George Winston and Liz Story, the string band Montreux and Mark Isham.
CD-2 includes a wider diversity than the first disc and features the remainder of the early Windham Hill roster.
If your looking for a relaxing collection of music you can't go wrong with this. [Note: in 1996, Windham Hill released Sanctuary, a twenty year retrospective, which is excellent; but I prefer their first decade collection simply because of the heavy emphasis on the guitar players on their roster at the time.]
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By Linda Johnsen on July 10, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Windham Hill, especially during its first decade, was simply and honestly magical. This is a compilation of some of the finest music being produced anywhere in the world during its era--it just all happened to be recorded in the same place, at the Windham Hill studio in California. This is one of those CD sets anyone who loves music should own.

How I regret that "sattvic" (light, relaxed, balanced) music of this caliber is hardly ever produced anymore!
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By EJM on December 7, 2011
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Last night, I found my old audio-cassette of "Windham Hill: The First Ten Years". It's still amazing after all these years. Windham Hill should re-release it. A new generation of acoustic music lovers have entered the marketplace since 1990. I would buy the CD version today, if it was available.
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By Inclusivity on March 30, 2014
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I was extremely way buying this collection, that it might turn out to be some sort of new age waffling rubbish, but it isn't and I wasn't disappointed. The quality of the recording of the acoustic instruments shines like a beacon. The clarity of sound is absolutely refreshing - well done.
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By Paul G on February 27, 2013
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I am a windom hill fan and they produce many varied C.D.'s. I have many especially someof the lesser well known and harder to get. This is not their top work, but a good collection of their songs.
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By VeganDude on October 3, 2014
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Good Set. This is the second one I bought. The first one was a present to a friend. I first heard this years ago, when I borrowed it from the local library.
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