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33 of 33 found the following review helpful:
Masterfull & Wonderful! Oct 16, 2002
By Tony Triolo
This album has quickly become one of my favorite instrumental albums. Long a fan of the Windham-Hill label, I'm of the opinion that this compilation offers some of the best guitar music around. This CD is masterful and richly rewarding. It contains some of the most soothing instrumental music recorded, and as one other reviewer aptly put it, it's a great stress reducer. The cuts from the masters Ackerman, deGrassi and Hedges are wonderful as any WH fan over the years has come to appreciate them. My favorite selection is however, Snuffy Walden's "Who Lives Up There". In my opinion it is just the most beautifully written and performed piece of acoustic guitar music period. It is such a technically wonderful recording as well. This cut is worth the price of the CD alone. Another favorite is David Culen's "On the Way". I am not as familiar with his work but I plan to check out other Cullen offerings soon. There is not a misstep on this entire hour-long CD. And to think I almost hesitated buying it.
23 of 23 found the following review helpful:
A generous helping of each artist Jun 25, 2002
By Neal C. Reynolds
This is a great commemorative album made up of the music that established Windham Hill. Thankfully, the principal artists are represented by two cuts apiece, making this CD more of a showcase than a sampler. Snuffy Walden got shorted with just his "Who Lives Up There?", but we have Michael Hedges opening the set with "Aerial Boundaries" and ending it with a duet with bassist Michael Manning, "Rikki's Shuffle".
Alex De Grassi then has the #2 and the next-to-last positions. Rather an interesting pattern is established, using those two noteworthy members of the Windham Hill family.
Will Ackerman is quite well represented with "The Impending Death of the Virgin Spirit" on the third cut, and "Sheila's Pictures" on the ninth cut.
In my most humble opinion, these seven of the twelve are the very richest cream of the crop while the other five are scarcely a step less enjoyable. This is definitely the Windham Hill style of guitar music and therefore will seem rather mild and bland to those with desensitized ears, but those who can enjoy the depths of really good and well-performed music will indeed be well rewarded by listening to this.
23 of 25 found the following review helpful:
Good Selection. Jul 01, 2001
By Robert Lunte
"Author of The Four Pillars of Singing: Definitive Techniques for the Modern Vocalist""
Great choices. These have to be the "key" solo guitar songs you would select, if you were going to make a CD like this.
It actually should be a double CD for fair measure, but if you are restricted to only one CD, you must have these cuts from Hedges, de Grassi & Ackerman for sure! The others are nice as well...
16 of 18 found the following review helpful:
Guaranteed to relax you! Jul 24, 2002
This is THE most relaxing, beautiful CD I've purchased in years. It should have STRESS-BUSTER written across the cover. Three minutes after I hit the "Play" button, I'm off in another realm altogether. If you love acoustic guitar music, you'll treasure this awesome CD.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Windham Hill Shines Aug 17, 2012
By Margaret L. Sloan
I love this CD! I've been listenig to Windham Hill since 1979 and this has some of my favorite works on it - the originals - not remastered. It begins with the classic "Aerial Boundaries" by Michael Hedges - a master guitarist we might not have discovered if it were not for Windham Hill. This CD features works from artists Alex de Grassi, Michael Hedges, Will Ackerman, Russ Freeman, Snuffy Walden, Steve Erquiaga, Sean Harkness, David Cullen and Doyle Dykes - you get a great cross section of guitarists from the label, thoughtfully put together. It's well worth getting. (I also love the liner notes by Windham Hill's founder Will Ackerman - he talks about each artist and each track, giving the history of both the artist and lable.) If you love acoustic guitar instrumentals, this should be part of your collection, even if you've never heard of the Windham Hill label.
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