A Quiet Revolution: 30 Years Of Windham Hill
 : A Quiet Revolution: 30 Years Of Windham Hill

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by: Various

Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0828766955729
Item Dimensions: 70560851000
Label: Sony Legacy
Languages: EnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Sony Legacy
Number Of Discs: 4
Number Of Items: 4
Publication Date: November 08, 2005
Publisher: Sony Legacy
Release Date: November 08, 2005
Running Time: 293 minutes
Studio: Sony Legacy

Disc 1:
  1. The Bricklayer's Beautiful Daughter - Will Ackerman
  2. Wedding Rain - Liz Story
  3. Dolphins - Darol Anger & Mike Marshall
  4. Aerial Boundaries - Michael Hedges
  5. Cloudy This Morning - George Winston
  6. The 19A - Billy Oskay & Micheal O'Domhnaill
  7. Western - Alex de Grassi
  8. O, Shenandoah - Philip Aaberg
  9. Flowers Of Edinburgh - Pete Huttlinger
  10. Another Country - Shadowfax
  11. The Road Back Home - Doyle Dykes
  12. After The Harvest - Angels Of Venice
  13. Inverness - Alex de Grassi
  14. Callisto's Sky - Thea Suits-Silverman
  15. Moon - George Winston
  16. Night In That Land - Nightnoise
  17. Three Observations Of One Ocean - Will Ackerman
Disc 2:
  1. III. Sanctus - Tim Story
  2. True Story - Barbara Higbie
  3. Gwenlaise - Scott Cossu
  4. The Light & The Longing - Lisa Lynne
  5. Reflection - George Winston
  6. When I Was 4 - Michael Hedges
  7. Open Doors - Jim Brickman
  8. Peace Of Mind - Schönherz & Scott
  9. Engravings - Russel Walder
  10. Visiting - William Ackerman
  11. Hugh - Nightnoise
  12. Love Song To A Ballerina - George Winston
  13. Calling You - Jean Jeanrenaud & Paul McCandless
  14. All I Ever Wanted - Jim Brickman
  15. Andante From Sonata #2 In A Minor For Unaccompanied Violin - Chris Botti
  16. Peace Piece - Liz Story
Disc 3:
  1. Angela Smiled - W.G. Snuffy Walden
  2. Silky Flanks - Nightnoise
  3. Escape of the Circus Ponies - Liz Story
  4. Because It's There - Michael Hedges
  5. Tideline - Darol Anger & Barbara Higbie
  6. Welcoming - Michael Manring
  7. Billy in the Lowlland - George Winston
  8. Clockwork - Alex de Grassi
  9. Fionnghuala (Mouth Music) - Nightnoise
  10. The Townshend Shuffle - Will Ackerman
  11. The Orangutan Gang (Strikes Back) - Shadowfax
  12. Rickover's Dream - Michael Hedges
  13. Out Of The Frame - Philip Aaberg
  14. Europa - Tuck & Patti
  15. Tamarack Pines - George Winston
  16. On The Threshold Of Liberty - Mark Isham
Disc 4:
  1. (You'll Be) Satisfied - Johnny Ray Allen
  2. Time After Time - Tuck & Patti
  3. Valentine - Jim Brickman & Martina McBride
  4. Real Life - Ray Obiedo
  5. Who Holds Your Hand - Patty Larkin
  6. Houses in the Fields - John Gorka
  7. Follow Me - Jane Siberry
  8. Po Mahina - Keola Beamer
  9. On the Dark Side of Town - Janis Ian
  10. Vaquinha Mansa - Cesaria Evora
  11. Turning To Peace - Paul Schwartz
  12. Pavane - Steve Erquiaga
  13. Hush Li'l Baby - Jim Brickman
  14. That Kind of Man - The Nylons
  15. Hannibal's Revenge - Andy Narell
  16. Desert Crossing - David Arkenstone
  17. Fever Trees - Bobby McFerrin
  18. Takes My Breath Away - Tuck & Patti
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
Don't say "new age" around Will Ackerman, though his label has been the home to acoustic instrumental music for 30 years. The pastoral beauty prized by Windham Hill is conjured by the moon-and-evergreens label logo, by the four volume titles here ("Elements," "Peace," "Artistry" and "Excursions") and most of all by Clockwork Alex de Grassi; Moon George Winston; Peace Piece Liz Story; Time After Time Tuck & Patti; Hugh Nightnoise; several tracks by Ackerman; unique recordings by Janis Ian, Jane Siberry and Bobby McFerrin, and the rest of these 67 Windham Hill favorites!
In the 48-page booklet that accompanies the handsome, hardbound packaging of A Quiet Revolution, long-time producer Dawn Atkinson succinctly defines Windham Hill's core sound as "acoustically rooted music that is a blend of folk, classical and jazz influences." Guitarist Will Ackerman, who launched the label in 1976 with a tiny pressing of solo works, boils its essence down to a single word, adding "it's a word seldom associated with the music industry: innocence." Windham Hill rocked the music trade in the late 1970s by turning down the volume and cultivating intelligent, heart-probing, all-instrumental music that--largely through word of mouth--won over legions of fans attracted to the label's earthy vibe, elevated craftsmanship, and overriding sense of purity. Much of what gave Windham Hill its soul-stirring allure is nicely displayed in this four-disc anthology--a 67-track compilation that includes four previously unreleased live tracks (including "Because It's There" by guitarist Michael Hedges and "Clockwork" by Alex de Grassi).

The music on A Quiet Revolution is sorted by general style, not chronologically. Discs 1 and 2, Elements and Peace, focus more on the label's pastoral textures, and disc 3 (Artistry) explores more ambitious or ensemble pieces. Disc 4 (Excursions) might be viewed by some long-time fans as "Wayward Hill," with its assortment of latter-day vocal stylings and traces of smooth jazz. Beyond that and a few other head-scratching choices, there's much to like here, with stellar tracks from Liz Story (whose brilliant Solid Colors may be the label's finest release) to works from Ackerman, George Winston, Nightnoise, and lesser-known artists, such as guitarist W.G. Snuffy Walden and his small gem "Angela Smiled." Enlightening liner notes are by Echoes radio host John Diliberto and former Billboard writer (and past Windham Hill staffer) Sam Sutherland. For newcomers curious to know what the blissful fuss was all about a few decades ago, A Quiet Revolution provides an inviting overview. --Terry Wood

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