|All Artists: Various Artists, Adiemus, Angelo Badalamenti, David A. Stewart, David Byrne, Deep Forest, Enigma, Ennio Morricone, Enya, Eight Others|
Title: Pure Moods, Vol. I
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 6
Label: Virgin Records Us
Original Release Date: 4/29/1997
Release Date: 4/29/1997
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Soundtracks
Styles: Meditation, Dance Pop, Adult Contemporary, By Decade, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, Adult Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
New Age music, ambient electronica, and spiritualized hip-hop received their first major, K-Tel-like treatment in 1996 when Virgin Records assembled Pure Moods. The "As Seen on TV" compilation quickly became a hot seller, and it would be nice to think that its popularity has as much to do with the music as the marketing. To be sure, Pure Moods offers genre hits aplenty: from Enya's "Orinoco Flow" to "Sadness" from Enigma; from a dance mix of the "X-Files Theme" to edits of vintage electronica from Mike Oldfield (Tubular Bells) and Jean Michele Jarre (Oxygene). Beyond other selections of beat-enhanced chants and a few other popular themes ("The Mission," "Twin Peaks"), the album, refreshingly, also includes a few selections noteworthy only for their originality and quality. A three-track section near end of the 70-minute disk features affecting soft African chants from Geoffrey Oryema, followed by "My Wife with Champagne Shoulders," a dollop of regal, faintly ethereal romanticism from master film scorer Mark Isham, then a robust piano workout, "The Promise" from Michael Nyman (The Piano). With so many elements of interest on its 17 tracks, the album's broad diversity is sure to have broad popularity. --Terry Wood
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Perfect mix of songs.
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from ANN ARBOR, MI
Reviewed on 9/21/2011...
I have loved this CD since I was a teenager. Awesome selection of songs.
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from MONTCLAIR, NJ
Reviewed on 3/20/2007...
a classic new age cd, but not as cloying as some can be. nice eclectic mix of tunes & artists. this, and IV, are the best of the series. very tranquil & soothing.
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