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Various Artists - Windham Hill: The First Ten Years

Number of Discs
2
Release Date
08/21/1990
Artist
Various Artists
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
Windham Hill Records
Duration
02:19:36

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Windham Hill: The First Ten Years is a retrospective celebrating the artists and artistry of the pioneering new age label's first full decade. And while the label's compilation release schedule is brisk to say the least, this two-disc set features at least one track from anyone who's ever recorded for the imprint's main new age division. It's heavy on tasteful contemporary instrumentalists like pensive guitar virtuosos Alex de Grassi and Robbie Basho or pianist George Winston; in between, there's some understated, almost ambient electronica from Mark Isham and a few gems from lesser-known Windham artists. The comp is essential for anyone who has been with the label since the beginning, as it offers a look back while providing a nicely varied new age soundtrack (the songs are sequenced perfectly). Windham Hill: The First Ten Years will also appeal to listeners curious about the label, since it can be a chore sifting through its glut of mood-themed compilations to find a decent introductory set. ~ Johnny Loftus

Disc 1:
1) Bricklayer's Beautiful Daughter - Will Ackerman (03:37)
2) White Rain - Alex de Grassi (03:36)
3) Colors/Dance - George Winston (03:12)
4) Angel's Flight - Shadowfax (04:00)
5) Bradley's Dream - Liz Story (04:43)
6) Afternoon Postlude Soliloquy - Daniel Hecht (03:32)
7) 2nd Gymnopedie (1888) - Bill Quist (02:27)
8) Homfeld Suite - David Qualey (03:43)
9) Rickover's Dream - Michael Hedges (04:30)
10) Variations on Clair de Lune - Robbie Basho (03:22)
11) Oristano Sojourn - Scott Cossu (04:54)
12) Clockwork - Alex de Grassi (06:23)
13) Peace - George Winston (04:02)
14) Aerial Boundaries - Michael Hedges (04:45)
15) Egrets - Montreux (06:09)
16) On the Threshold of Liberty - Mark Isham (07:27)

Disc 2:
1) Welcoming - Michael Manring (06:18)
2) The 19A - Nightnoise (03:09)
3) Montana Half Light - Philip Aaberg (03:45)
4) Shadowdance - Shadowfax (05:20)
5) Pittsburgh 1901 - Mark Isham (02:38)
6) The Calling - Stein & Walder (04:52)
7) Gwenlaise - Scott Cossu / Eugene Friesen (04:38)
8) Dolphins - Darol Anger / Mike Marshall (04:17)
9) Wishing Well - Schönerz & Scott (04:49)
10) Theme for Naomi Uemura - Philip Aaberg (03:08)
11) Toys Not Ties - Nightnoise (03:59)
12) Close Cover - Wim Mertens (03:08)
13) To the Well - William Allaudin Mathieu (04:52)
14) Hot Beach - Interior (04:14)
15) New Waltz - Malcolm Dalglish (02:37)
16) Processional - Will Ackerman (03:57)
17) Woman at the Well - Tim Story (03:33)

Album
Windham Hill: The First Ten Years
Main Format
CD
Explicit Lyrics
No
Keyword Index
Windham Hill: The First Ten Years | Various Artists