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Windham Hill Sampler 96
Various Artists
Windham Hill Sampler 96
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Folk, World Music, Jazz, Special Interest, New Age, Pop
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #1


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Donna T. from APO, AE
Reviewed on 1/3/2012...
Very mellow. Pleasant listening. I put on in the morning instead of news while my nervous high schooler gets ready. Calming, upbeat.

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Comfort food for your heart
Dacian Falx | Webster, NY United States | 09/29/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's an odd thing, really. In 1996, when this album was first released I was breaking up with my, then, girlfriend. I opened the case and slipped this CD into my Discman®. I was walking through a sheeting rainstorm, a hard, cold, upstate NY rainstorm in early March. I was crying, I was cold, I didn't really care. At track 4, the White Spirit, I stopped moving... I stood rooted to the ground, tears running down my face and rain pouring off the brim of my hat and over my oilskin coat. I was lost in the simple beauty of the music, unbidden a smile forced it's way to my mouth, and I started to walk again, leaving all my problems and worries at the spot I'd stopped.
A few years later, out of high school, I wandered off onto the road, in search of my life. Pursuing a dream through the Renaissance faires... there were weeks of sub-human living conditions, freezing cold nights and canned green beans at every meal for weeks, simple poverty. Yet, whenever all seemed lost I slipped this, my one luxury, this album out. I'd sit huddled in my blankets, the wind howling by, not a friend for a thousand miles and listen to track 8, Southern Jukebox Music, over and over. I'd listen to all of this album, and I'd begin to smile. My parents divorce, the death of my grandfather, my own failures and the cold, bitter days of January in the mountains are no longer enough to crush me. Not when I have music as my armour, my shield and my sword.
Even now, when my best friend and I fight, when my love and I fight, I need only to play this CD and all my troubles melt away.
Windham Hill has made my life better for the music they bring.
Life can't touch you when your days have music like this in them.Thank you."
A truly wonderful sampler.
Distant Voyageur | Io | 10/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Windham Hill is one of my favorite record labels and this 14 track collection is the best sampler of this wonderful label that I've enjoyed since early 1998 onwards. My favorite songs are teh Brazilian-tinged "Last Look" by guitarist Torcuato Mariano, the soul searching classic "When the Snow Melts" by Phil Cunningham, the worldly "White Spirit" by Uman, and closing out with "Castille" by jazz guitarist Ray Obiedo. This is a highly recommended album for long trips along the Appalacian Mountains during the rainy days of spring!"