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Windham Hill Chill: Ambient Acoustic
Various Artists
Windham Hill Chill: Ambient Acoustic
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Jazz, New Age, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks
 
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #2

What's surprising about this collection is not that they did it, but that it took them so long. Windham Hill records, and the label it swallowed, Private Music, wrote at least a chapter or two on chill-out music. But they...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Windham Hill Chill: Ambient Acoustic
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Label: RCA
Release Date: 1/7/2003
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Jazz, New Age, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks
Styles: Ambient, Celtic, Jazz Fusion, Modern Postbebop, Smooth Jazz, Bebop, Meditation, Instrumental, Adult Contemporary, Adult Alternative, Progressive, Electronic
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 019341167624

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What's surprising about this collection is not that they did it, but that it took them so long. Windham Hill records, and the label it swallowed, Private Music, wrote at least a chapter or two on chill-out music. But they've never targeted that audience before. This double CD draws from the usual Windham Hill-Private Music suspects and creates a seamless listening experience, ambient on disc one, acoustic on disc two. Disc One: Ambient features some of the pioneers of ambient music: Mark Isham, Tangerine Dream, and Patrick O'Hearn. But most of the disc draws from the melodic, bucolic, and orchestral side with State of Grace, David Arkenstone, and even Yanni. None of them are ambient by any stretch, but they do fall into an elegant flow that's more evocative than chilled. Disc Two: Acoustic has all the Windham Hill pioneers, including George Winston, Will Ackerman, Michael Hedges, and Philip Aaberg. Together, they create a pastoral flow from solo guitars to small chamber ensembles. I wouldn't bring this disc into a chill-out room, but for elegant atmospheres and pastoral moods, Windham Hill Chill has more than enough charms. --John Diliberto

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An OK-sounding album, but very little new or interesting
William Merrill | San Antonio, TX United States | 01/08/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is really more just a label sampler than a successful "chill" compilation. Windham Hill has put out many excellent collections in the past, most notably the underrated and genre-setting "Path" CD. That was a CD with many new tracks and new artists. It really opened my mind up to some great music. This new "chill" set does a very poor job of backing up the boast from the album's subtitle - "30 essential tracks from the original chill out label."Start with disc one, the "ambient" disc. So many of the cuts are from previous albums - even from previous W.H. collections! Often this is the 3rd or even 4th compilation appearance for some tunes! Windham Hill is getting like Higher Octave, endlessly re-packaging the same songs over and over. Some of these cuts are not even "ambient." The Ravi Shankar theme is nice enough, but isn't "chill" OR "ambient." It clashes with the other songs on disc one. The piece from Yanni is like watered-down Vangelis. Of course he is from the Tesh school of muzak and doesn't really belong on any compilation looking for credibility anyhow.The 2nd disc, "acoustic," has some excellent themes from Nightnoise, Will Ackerman, and others. Again, though, many of the songs have been anthologized to death already. If you own just about ANY W.H. compilation, you've probably already got "Rickover's Dream" from Michael Hedges and "Wedding Rain" from Liz Story. Instead of putting out the same music again, it would be much better if Windham Hill would come up with something new for a change."
The Wonderful, Magical Unicorn Should Not Have its Horn Used
bobnjulie01 | Bay Saint Louis, MS United States | 05/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As a horse-shoe ringer-spike. I mean all of these musicians, are well-accomplished artists and have performed for many-many fans. Yes, I was leary about that 3-star rating and Windham Hill's compilations are mostly masterpieces. It's a Great Deal and a Super Listen both magical and thunderous, delicate and sweeping and highly thought-provoking. This music sounds nice with a portable; but will really make your home stereo come alive. This music is 10 stars. All pieces are flawless,(personally)I like playing disk #2 first---Ave Maria is one of my favs. So don't delay. Buy this masterpiece today! It's great!"