Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this music junkie as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. Compact Discs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no files.

Monday, February 5, 2024

Various Artists - Soul Of The Machine (1987)

The CD is subtitled "The Windham Hill Sampler of New Electronic Music" with track titles like Peace Of Mind, Land Of The Morning Calm, and The Lure Of Silence. That should tell you all you need to know about this release, but I'm gonna ramble on anyway. I found this disc in the clearance bin and have been fascinated by it ever since. Some of it is typical '80s New Age fare/yoga background music, but other pieces are a bit experimental and remind me more of art film scores or works that might have been written by a student pursuing an academic degree in music composition. And while there are a couple of names I recognize (Philippe Saisse and Tim Story), most are new to me. Lots of moody synth pads, to put it mildly.

Billboard, July 25, 1987, p. 72
The CD edition includes a bonus track.

Curiously, some of the composers/performers on the sampler never released a full album on the Windham Hill label (marked with an asterisk below). Isn't that the point of such samplers? Too sell more albums for the label?

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: Interestingly, the tracks are listed on the back cover without artist credit, only the following: "Publishing information listed inside CD booklet." So here's the real track info:
  1. Rizzo by Mitchel Forman
  2. Time And The River by Fred Simon*
  3. Water Trade by Michael Whiteley*
  4. Ayers Rock by Colin Chin*
  5. Peace Of Mind by Richard Schönherz & Peter Scott
  6. Land Of The Morning Calm by Philippe Saisse
  7. Cityscape by Gary Chang
  8. Chorale by Ted Greenwald & Scott Hiltzik*
  9. In The Age Of Steam by Mark Darnell*
  10. The Lure Of Silence by Tim Story
  11. Shadows Of The Earth by Roy Finch*
My favorite tracks today are 1, 5, 7, and 9.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None.

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