Nice background music or with volume turned up. I try to collect all these past releases and most New Age listeners should like this CD as well. Item delivered on time, was as described. In the late s the Windham Hill label was at its commercial peak, and perhaps also at the beginning of its slow decline.
This is the last of what I would call the "classic" Windham Hill Samplers, capping an incredible 10 year run. And the fall from grace for Windham Hill post would be both swift and brutal. The first half of the album is truly stacked with great tracks one after another, including AlexDe Grassi's "Charlotte", Michael Hedges' "Chava's Song" and Mark Isham's "Thumbelina", just to name those. But the second half of the album contains a couple of golden nuggets too, including Montreaux's "October Wedding", and the 2 closing tracks, Philip Aaberg's "Every Deep Dream" and Will Ackerman's then still unreleased "The Mile Stare", just beautiful.
In all, a great compilation. Can you believe this is now 20 years later? It still sounds as fresh as ever, even if it isn't on the same level as some of the s Samplers. The label's direction changed and its fall from grace post would be swift and it would be brutal. But the Sampler stands the test of time, and a great testament of the acoustic music don't call it "new age"! After three years off, in , Windham Hill released another of its trademark sampler albums.
This is the last one the record label produced under the ownership of Will Ackerman and it is something of a watershed moment. Still, after a quarter of a century, the album holds up incredibly well. After 25 years, this album sounds as fresh as it did when it was recorded.
Highest recommendation. Since the Sony merger in , Windham Hill has released no new material but reissues albums and compilations as part of Sony's Legacy Recordings brand. In , William Ackerman was a college dropout who played acoustic guitar on the Stanford University campus.
Friends asked him to record his instrumental music for them on cassette. He gave copies to radio stations, which attracted an audience as well as California record store owners, and his albums began to sell. He founded the label with his then-girlfriend Anne Robinson in Ackerman invited like-minded musicians to the label, including Alex De Grassi , his cousin and an acoustic guitarist who became one of Windham Hill's best sellers.
Windham Hill produced music that was difficult to define, with elements of classical, folk , and jazz , nearly all of it instrumental, acoustic, and mellow. Monday 18 May Tuesday 19 May Wednesday 20 May Thursday 21 May Friday 22 May Saturday 23 May Sunday 24 May Monday 25 May Tuesday 26 May Wednesday 27 May Thursday 28 May Friday 29 May Saturday 30 May Sunday 31 May Monday 1 June Tuesday 2 June Thursday 4 June Friday 5 June Saturday 6 June Sunday 7 June Monday 8 June Tuesday 9 June Monday 15 June Tuesday 16 June Wednesday 17 June Friday 19 June Saturday 20 June Sunday 21 June Monday 22 June Tuesday 23 June Wednesday 24 June Thursday 25 June Friday 26 June Saturday 27 June Sunday 28 June Michael Hedges.
Mark Isham. October Wedding. The Others. David Torn. Escape of the Circus Ponies. Liz Story. Simon, Fred. Fred Simon. Credo of Ballymacoda. Therese Schroeder-Sheker. Walking Through Walls. Philip Aaberg. Life in the Trees. Tuesday 16 June Wednesday 17 June Friday 19 June Saturday 20 June Sunday 21 June Monday 22 June Tuesday 23 June Wednesday 24 June Thursday 25 June Friday 26 June Saturday 27 June Sunday 28 June Monday 29 June Tuesday 30 June Wednesday 1 July Thursday 2 July Friday 3 July Saturday 4 July Sunday 5 July Monday 6 July Tuesday 7 July Wednesday 8 July Thursday 9 July Friday 10 July Saturday 11 July Sunday 12 July Monday 13 July Tuesday 14 July Wednesday 15 July Thursday 16 July Friday 17 July Saturday 18 July Sunday 19 July Monday 20 JulyWindham Hill Records was founded in by Will Ackerman as a distribution channel to self-release his acoustic guitar music, and within a span of years the label became a giant in the making for "new age" music (a term Ackerman and most artists on the Windham Hill label absolutely detested--read the delightful liner notes on this issue as found in the Windham Hill: The First Ten Years 2 /5(14).