In today's world, there's no need for label samplers such as this because of streaming and file sharing. So this relic is a product of a bygone era (melodramatic much?). Likewise, much has been made of the impending doom of the compact disc (ain't gonna happen if I can help it, folks). But it's a great time for CD buyers like myself as people are discarding CDs as if they were iPhone 3Gs and I'm here to happily pick up the leftovers like a dog under a dinner table. For example, I got this disc as part of a 39 CD lot recently purchased on eBay for only $10. I'll do the math for ya: just under 26¢ per CD.
Anyhoo, this CD is as advertised. Tracks from Windham Hill label's New Age/World Music/ambient noodling/yoga music releases. To be honest, I'm unfamiliar with most of these artists as I had already been through my Windham Hill phase back in the '80s. However, it's very relaxing and I'm digging it more than I thought I might. I woulda paid twice the price I paid. Surprisingly good compilation when considering the label, then 18 years old, was in flux (Windham Hill was purchased by BMG through a series of buyouts from 1992 through 1996).
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart
Peak on the US Billboard New Age Chart: #2*
Tracks: 13 tracks, 61 minutes
- Bright Sky by Alex De Grassi ✔
- Love on Three Levels by Psychograss
- Sentimental Walk by Philip Aaberg ✔
- Pavanne by Steve Erquiaga ✔
- Night In That Land by Nightnoise ✘
- Patu by Aquarela Carioca
- Firewater by Gaia
- How Insensitive by Liz Story ✔
- A Happy Home in Kathmandu by Will Ackerman
- Redonda by Modern Mandolin Quartet
- Pas de Deux by Scott Cossu
- My Heart by Øystein Sevåg ✘
- Ivory by Ray Lynch ✘
*I had no idea until today that Billboard had ever produced a New Age album chart and evidently it's still going strong. In any case, this particular sampler was kept out of the top spot on said chart by a live Yanni album.