Manufacturer: Real Music / Chuck Wild Records
A collection of composer chuck Wild's favorite relaxing tracks from the best-selling LIQUID MIND series. An ideal choice for yoga, meditation, sleep disorder treatment, anxiety management and dozens of other therapeutic regiments, LIQUID MIND has been on the Billboard charts for seven continuous months in 2007. This sure-to-be classic CD includes one new bonus track. At their essence, Liquid Mind recordings are slo-mo electronic symphonies created for frantic souls who yearn to take a mental float trip across their own private Sea of Tranquility. Credit these restful, unhurried soundscapes to Chuck Wild, once the keyboardist for Missing Persons, the inventive, short-lived 1980s new wave act that also included future instrumental auteurs Patrick O'Hearn (bass) and Terry Bozzio (drums). Relax is a 65-minute compilation of works from six of Wild's previous recordings (plus one unreleased track, "I Am Willing") and, for the uninitiated, stands as an inviting introduction to his languid, affecting sound designs. Wild explains in his liner notes that the Liquid Mind series was spawned when he made the decision to rely on music, not pharmaceuticals, to calm his own work-intensive, overtaxed psyche. Beyond the music's therapeutic subtext, a faint melodic thread weaves through Wild's spacey compositions to provide just enough structure, as demonstrated in the inviting sonic afterglow generated by "Teach Me to Whisper" and "Reflection," that makes his music appealing to more than just the stressed-out or sleep-deprived. Wild is not the first to travel this ethereal path, and some may find his approach a touch one-dimensional for their tastes. But for any urbanite seeking dependable bliss-out music that avoids side trips into mysterious or experimental realms, Relax is a worthwhile starter disc. --Terry Wood
2009 digitally remastered edition of the British guitarist's musical masterpiece. Fans old and new can celebrate the great work of Mike Oldfield with this very special release of his classic, multi platinum selling album Tubular Bells. This exciting new version of his 1973 groundbreaking album will not only be repackaged, but Mike Oldfield himself has also remastered the tracks from his home in the Bahamas and has overseen a new stereo mix. This is the first classic album to be released from Mike Oldfield's back catalogue. It is 35 years since the opening passage was used in the film the Exorcist, making the album a global phenomenon. Five tracks.
The second release from the Irish band The Corrs and includes stunning new mixes (by K-Klass and Tin Tin) of the group's biggest international singles: "What Can I Do," "So Young" and the hit cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams." [Note: This product is an authorized CD-R and is manufactured on demand] Having created a worldwide sensation with their albums Forgiven, Not Forgotten and Talk on Corners, Ireland's Corrs await the hit that will break them wide open in America. To that end, the group (who've earned a Rolling Stones openers slot) has issued a retooled version of its sophomore set, featuring five songs recast by some of Europe's hottest mixmasters, including K-Klass ("So Young"), Tin Tin ("What Can I Do?" and "Runaway," the latter song being from the group's debut), and "Dreams" (the Stevie Nicks song, remixed by Todd Terry, who turned Everything but the Girl's "Missing" into a smash). The new mixes for the most part aren't radical departures from the originals but strip away some elements, and add some spit and polish to others. "Dreams" is notable for taking the song even harder toward the dance floor without losing its appealing Celtic edge. The rest of the album is the same as the original version of Talk on Corners minus a few tracks, but still including their lovely version of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing." --Daniel Durchholz
Brand: Virgin Records
Enigma Photos Â Â Â More from Enigma Love Sensuality Devotion: The Greatest Hits MCMXC A.D. A Posteriori Voyageur Enigma 3: Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi! MCMXC a. D. - The Complete Album DVD Haunting, evocative, mysterious, and magnificent, Enigma's Cross of Changes offers nine musical explorations of sound and sensation that dazzle and amaze. The songs unfold in rolling waves, each more complex and richly layered than the last, yet each fully capable of standing alone as a musically satisfying experience. The standout track on this disc is "Return to Innocence," which combines Native American chanting, Celtic harmonies, and a deceptively simple lyric to devastating effect. At once esoteric and elemental, Cross of Changes is a fine example of the best the genre has to offer. --L.A. Smith
2010 release from the Canadian New Age artist. With her refined harpestry, angelic voice, and melodious compositions, Loreena McKennitt infuses Celtic and New Age sounds with a mix of influences as diverse as Moroccan, Greek, Turkish, Indian, Native American, and Italian. McKennitt's worldwide record sales currently total over 14 million.
Manufacturer: Word Entertainment
Brand: HANDEL'S MESSIAH-SOULFUL CE
A virtual Who's Who of contemporary African-American music interprets Handel's 250-year-old oratorio. The roster includes Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Patti Austin, Boys Choir of Harlem, Andrea Crouch, Edwin Hawkins, Al Jarreau, Quincy Jones, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, Phylicia Rashad, Vanessa WIlliams, Stevie Wonder and the Yellowjackets.No Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: HANDEL'S MESSIAH-SOULFUL CETitle: HANDEL'S MESSIAH-SOULFUL CELEBStreet Release Date: 08/15/1995
Brand: morning song
From the opening beats of "Coyote Dance" (a rhythm so ancient, Bo Diddley would be proud to claim it), to the whirligig of acoustic and electric sounds comprising "Ghost Dance," the listener is plunged into a world of tradition and technology--one that might suggest Enigma's synthesis of chant and techno to well-traveled listeners.Rock and roll rustic Robbie Robertson acknowledges and reappraises his own Mohawk legacy by producing and performing MUSIC FOR THE NATIVE AMERICANS. This soundtrack is moody, mysterious and deeply moving, evoking as it does the thoughts and words and traditions of the ancestors, and putting them in a thoroughly modern musical context--no Hollywood dances around the campfire for Robbie Robertson and his collaborators.Which is to say that MUSIC FOR THE NATIVE AMERICANS is concerned with imparting insights from a living tradition, not unearthing parables for a dead one. Thus on "The Vanishing Breed" the flute, keyboards and programming of Spotted Eagle embellish ceremonial rhythms with celestial orchestrations, celebrating the Native American's timeless spirit (as Robertson's guitar outlines a lyric expanse that might just as easily be found on a Pink Floyd disc), while "It Is A Good Day To Die" and "Words Of Fire, Deeds Of Blood" sum up the defiant spirit and courage of their forebears. Elsewhere, traditional materials such as "Akua Tuta" and the chant "Cherokee Morning Song" shimmer with peace and devotion. Commissioned to come up with a soundtrack for the 1994 Turner Network Television special The Native Americans, Robbie Robertson delivered some of his most haunting and evocative work to date. Combining the sleek atmospherics of 1991's Storyville with traditional tribal chanting and instrumentation, Music for the Native Americans often manages to sound both contemporary and timeless. Unfortunately, Robertson's lyrics are often as clunky as they are well intentioned--though brief, his liner notes are far more powerful and informative--and his gravelly speak-singing is consi...