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V.A. - Pure Moods, Vol. 1 - 4 (1994 - 2002)
From the exotic world-music flavor of Enigma's "Return to Innocence" to Enya's weightless, ethereal "Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)," to the deeply moving "Theme From 'The Mission'" by Ennio Morricone, the songs on this compilation are mostly mood-enhancing instrumentals that complement each other perfectly. With it's rich variety of material, PURE MOODS is the perfect album for those without multiple cd changers. It touches on the lightly jazzy (David A. Stewart's "Lily Was Here"), the strangely surreal (Angelo Badalamenti's "The Theme From Twin Peaks-Fire Walk With Me"), and the spiritual (Sacred Spirits' "Yeha-Noha [Wishes of Happiness & Prosperity]"). Artfully arranged and thoughtfully compiled, PURE MOODS is a deeply satisfying collection of atmospheric music. - amazon.com
TRACKS: 01. Return To Innocence - Enigma 02. Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) - Enya 03. Sweet Lullaby - Deep Forest 04. Oxygene Part lV - Jean Michele Jarre 05. X-Files Theme (DADO Paranormal Activity Mix) - DJ Dado 06. Tubular Bells Part 1 (Edit) - Mike Oldfield 07. Sadeness - Enigma 08. Adiemus - Adiemus 09. Crockett's Theme - Jan Hammer 10. Theme From 'The Mission' - Ennio Morricone 11. Main Title Theme (The Last Emperor) - David Byrne 12. Wishes Of Happiness & Prosperity - Sacred Spirits 13. Theme From Twin Peaks-Fire Walk With Me - Angelo Badalamenti 14. Makambo - Geoffrey Oryema 15. My Wife With Champagne Shoulders - Mark Isham 16. The Promise - Michael Nyman 17. Lily Was Here - David A. Stewart
The first Pure Moods collection of dreamy, new age-identified tunes was such a huge success that it demanded a successor. Hence, Pure Moods II, which picks up where the first volume left off, offering delicate, highly atmospheric pop that crosses over into the Contemporary Instrumental sound without ever getting too Windham Hill. Vangelis' uplifting "Chariots of Fire" is here, as is Loreena McKennitt's neo-Celtic "The Mummer's Dance," but there are some unexpected entries too. Pure Moods II reaches back to the '80s for the idyllic pop of the Dream Academy's "Life in a Northern Town" and even checks in with the British trip-hop scene, offering Massive Attack's "Teardrop." A consistent but varied effort, Pure Moods II may surprise you. Producers include: Loreena McKennitt, Yanni, Vangelis, Tommy LiPuma, Craig Armstrong. Compilation producer: Ashley Abram. Lyricists: David Fairstein; Michael Crétu . Illustrator: Jo Cheese. Arrangers: Claus Ogerman; Massive Attack; Neil Davidge. - cduniverse.com
TRACKS: 01. The Mummers' Dance - Loreena McKennitt 02. Montezuma - Cusco 03. The Cradlesong (DaWa) (remix) - Sacred Spirit 04. Nightingale - Yanni 05. Life in a Northern Town - Dream Academy 06. Zarabanda (Saraband) - Adiemus 07. Euphoria (Firefly) - Delerium 08. Weather Storm - Craig Armstrong 09. Teardrop (edit) - Massive Attack 10. Theme from Harry's Game - Clannad 11. Chariots of Fire - Vangelis 12. Breezin' - George Benson 13. Emily - Dave Koz 14. 2 the Night - Ottmar Liebert 15. Beyond the Invisible (short radio edit) - Enigma 16. The Mystic's Dream" - Loreena McKennitt
From the soft focus, new age watercolors of Suzanne Ciani and David Lanz to the electronic oriented sound of Moby and trip-hoppers Mono, the overriding theme is one of lush tranquility. PURE MOODS III manages the difficult trick of maintaining . The PURE MOODS compilation series is the place where ambient music, new age, and what can only be called "contemporary instrumental" intersect. While this collection moves through a widely varied batch of styles and artists (who would've imagined a paradigm that embraces Enya, Moby, and Blue Man Group?), the common theme is one of tranquil moods expressed through soft, flowing sounds. - cduniverse.com
TRACKS: 01. Only If - Enya 02. Porcelain - Moby 03. Life in Mono - Mono 04. Games Without Frontiers - Peter Gabriel (Massive/DB mix) 05. Cristofori's Dream - David Lanz 06. Land of Anaka - Geoffrey Oryema/Brian Eno 07. Dela Dela - Sacred Spirit 08. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - Ryuichi Sakamoto 09. Velocity of Love, The - Suzanne Ciani 10. Ever So Lonely / Eyes / Ocean - Shelia Chandra 11. Virtue - Jesse Cook 12. Silk Road - Kitaro 13. Synaesthetic - Blue Man Group 14. On Sacred Ground - Yanni 15. Gravity of Love - Enigma 16. Deliver Me - Sarah Brightman
More potpourri than unified high concept, the fourth installment in the Pure Moods series nevertheless provides an interesting collage of acts associated with techno, ambient, alt-pop, and New Age genres. For some listeners, that means the transition from the rhythmic mystical-ethereal vibe of the first four tracks (from Enigma, Mythos, Delerium, and Sarah McLachlan and a splendid piece from Balligomingo) to a trilogy from New Age romanticists ( Secret Garden, Yanni, and pianist Jim Brickman) may seem a little disjointed. Ditto for the segue from George Winston's impressionistic 1980 solo piano piece, "Sea," to a Steve Reich-like minisymphony from Moby). And the concluding Afro-Celt Sound System track, a spirited, mandolin-driven piece with Peter Gabriel on vocals, is a stylistic island unto itself. Still, most fans of easy-listening contemporary music (particularly the adventurous ones) should find this an agreeable assortment of music from artists who infuse their craft with stronger-than-usual spiritual and emotional subtexts.
TRACKS: 01. November - Mythos 02. Purify - Balligomingo 03. Shadows In Silence - Enigma 04. Silence - Delerium w/Sarah McLachlan 05. Songs From A Secret Garden - Secret Garden 06. One Man's Dream - Yanni 07. Devotion - Jim Brickman 08. Fields Of Gold - Eva Cassidy 09. Garden of Eden - Govi 10. Theme From Amelie 11. The Sea - George Winston 12. God Moving Over The Face Of The Water - Moby 13. Main Title (Theme from Chocolat) 14. Angel - Sarah McLachlan 15. She Moves Through The Fair - B-Tribe 16. This Love - Craig Armstrong 17. River of Stars - Paul Schwartz 18. When You're Falling - Afro Celt w/Peter Gabriel
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