A Quiet Revolution: 30 Years Of Windham Hill
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The first CD (entitled "Elements") begins with Ackerman's enchanting "The Bricklayer's Beautiful Daughter," one of his most gorgeous melodies. The earliest track is from Disc 3 (entitled "Artistry"): the energetic "The Townsend Shuffle," from Ackerman's second album released in 1977. The most recent track is "Calling You" from Joan Jeanrenaud & Paul McCandless' 2005 release CINEMA.
All of Windham Hill's major artists are here: Ackerman (4 tracks), Alex de Grassi (3), Jim Brickman (4), Liz Story (3), Michael Hedges (4), Nightnoise (4), and George Winston (5). There are also four previously unreleased tracks (all live recordings): David Arkenstone's "Dessert Crossing," Jim Brickman's "Open Doors," Barbara Higbie's "True Story," and Alex de Grassi's "Inverness."
The first three discs present a clear picture of the "Windham Hill sound." However, For listeners who have been drawn to the Windham Hill label for its instrumental new age ambience, Disc 4 will be an eye opener with all but five of the tracks featuring vocals. The music on this disc ranges from the blues of the Subdudes' "(You'll Be) Satisfied" and Tuck & Patti's jazzy take on Cyndi Lauper's "Time after Time" to the Latin rhythms of Ceseria Evora's "Vaquinha Mansa" and the country balladry of guest vocalist Martina McBride on Jim Brickman's "Valentine."
Overall, this is a welcome and satisfying addition to any music library for collectors who enjoy relaxing music.Read more ›
Here's why I give it 5 stars:
1. Knockout CD sound! Among the best sound of my best CD's.
2. Knockout mastering! Sound on these 4 discs is as if it were done recently, with excellent track to track volume matching; and has decent dynamic range.
3. It's a mix, where each successive track is generally a different instrument. 1st 3 discs have few if any vocals; 4th disc has more than a few vocals.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a GREAT CD that has great tracks and well produced. We enjoy it with our Bose systems throughout our home. Read morePublished on February 12, 2009 by G. Botter
One of the benefits of modern technology is to remaster the musical works of the past. This collection is one of them. Read morePublished on October 24, 2008 by Eric V. Coleman
If you like Windham Hill music, this one's for you. A couple not so great pieces, but the rest makes for a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon.Published on January 2, 2008 by H. LaCroix