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Sounds of Nature Sampler
Sounds of Nature Sampler
Price: 6.38

4.0 out of 5 stars Various natural sounds recordings on one CD!, 7 Aug 2014
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4.5 stars from me!

This is a very good sampler with selections from several albums released in the series "Gentle Persuasion". This is an import from the US.

The selections are around 6 - 7 minutes in length, which makes slightly less than one hour of various natural, relaxing sounds. Especially captivating are the sounds of the humpback whales (one of my favourtie natural sound ever!). One peeve: the tracks seem to have been poorly edited, sometimes the sounds start abruptly or fade very quickly, as if someone tampered with the original recording to make shorter samples for this album. However, this is not so bad, you hear it only when you listen closely or via headphones.

This sampler also has two tracks which have acoustic music added. One is with guitar (The Romantic Sea of Tranquility), the other with harp (The Musical Sea of Tranquility). Both seem a bit out of place, as they are somewhere in between the pure nature recordings. They are relaxing and gentle nonetheless. (I'm actually inclined to get at least one of them!).

I definitely recommend this album for those who want a series of natural environmental recordings spanning different sounds of nature (rain, thunder, waves, loon, humpbacks, babbling brook) - you can enjoy all of them on one disc, while staying cosy in your own room :) The tracks with music seem a bit out of place but they are actually very good!


Call of Nature: Under the Sea
Call of Nature: Under the Sea
Offered by encorerecords
Price: 1.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Also known as "Gentle Giants of the Sea", 20 Jun 2014
While this album does not offer any credits of the composer/performer nor any tracklist, when you insert it into your computer, a tracklisting of the album "Gentle Giants of the Sea" by Byron M. Davis shows up. It seems his back-catalogue was re-released under the Call of Nature series of albums spanning several artists.

The music... I love the sounds of whales. Thier songs, growls and siren-like calls are really something for me. I have several whale-related albums, some with music, some without. This is a new-age music album, with some nature sounds of whales (and dolphins I think too). But don't expect a real whale-song journey, the music really takes over. It's a gentle synthesizer and piano-based new age stuff.

I love playing this album at work, It helps me to relax and focus on my duties. I love playing it on my earphones when keying boring data into spreadsheets or doing research.


The Melting Ice - The Peaceful and Relaxing Sounds of Mother Nature
The Melting Ice - The Peaceful and Relaxing Sounds of Mother Nature
Offered by Music-Club
Price: 37.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Melting ice?, 20 Jun 2014
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Now how does a melting ice sound? I can think of how the snow sounds when you walk on it, or how a frozen pool of water cracks when you step into it. But ice?

This album is really relaxing (because it makes your thoughts focus on the sounds, rather than drift away with your worries) and intriguingly beautiful in its own way. There are sounds of tinkling ice lumps, and some really eerie, out-of-this-world reverberating sounds, which I don't think are authentic 'ice sounds' - so the album does not seem "sounds of nature" album apr excellance. Sometimes it sounds like a barman playing with a bowl-ful of icecubes!

Intriguing nonetheless and recommendable!


Call of Nature: Rising of the Moon
Call of Nature: Rising of the Moon
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 12.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good ambient music, but..., 20 Jun 2014
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This is a great ambient music with night-time sounds of nature (cicada, birds...), however this is exactly the same album as "Dreamtime" from the Ambient Heaven series, which i already own.

There is no artist or tracklisting on this album so one could make a mistake...

If you like ambient mood music, flute- and guitar-driven with synthesizer soundscapes, and with sounds of nature, then this is for you. Just make sure you do some research if you collect albums with such music - some of the Ambient Heaven series albums were also released in the Call of Nature series, with different titles.


the sound of waterfall various cd
the sound of waterfall various cd

3.0 out of 5 stars Dripping water... whare's the waterfall?, 1 Jun 2014
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This album was produced by Levantis. As I own several albums by this Dutch artist, I also bought this one.

The title says "The Sounds of Waterfall". The caption below promises ambient music mixed with nature sounds. Typically for these productions, there's lots of music with not much nature sounds. If you like ambient new age music with a bit of natural sounds - then this album is for you.

If you expect to hear waterfall - you might also be disappointed. The first track, Purling Cascade, has some meandering new age synth with the sounds of dripping water - as if someone forgot to turn off the tap in bathroom. There are some bird sounds too, and some not very clear sounds of the eponymous waterfall (or river?), but generally not much...

The music however is very varied and quite enjoyable. Especially towards the end it really starts to sound interesting, sometimes with an eastern tinge, sometimes a piano solo... Generally nice album when you work on the computer doing something boring like putting data to excel. It helps me relax and do the chores effectively and makes them more pleasurable.


Whispering Sands
Whispering Sands
Offered by booklore
Price: 9.45

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable New Age music, 1 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Whispering Sands (Audio CD)
I give this album 4 stars as a whole because it fails to deliver everything it promises on the cover, while the music on it deserves 5 stars!

The title and the caption on the cover might be a tad misleading. It promises beautiful music blended with authentic sounds of nature. While it defintiely delivers beautifully performed new age music, it fails with the latter - the sounds of nature. Though the album starts with the desert wind sounds and the same wind samples can be heard between the musical section throughtout it's 40 minutes of running time, it's still not much. These nature sounds are also not varied - same sample throughout.

However, the music is so beautiful and enjoyable, that I still rate this album high. The music is really enchanting. Not boring or "meandering." These are actual instrumental songs blended with whispering winds. Some more "arabic"-sounding, some others in a typical "new age" style. Very beautiful for enjoying and relaxing. However - I wold not recommend this album to people with tinnitus. Some of the ambient sounds in the music are a bit too loud and might be irritating.

Despite this - this is still a very good new age music album with a bit of nature sounds. I would recommend buying the other version of this album (same title, released on Mediaphon), which has the actual songs indexed. This one has all of the songs in a single, longish track.

Recommended!


Echoes of Nature : Humpback Whales The Sounds of Aquatic Mammals  in the Wild
Echoes of Nature : Humpback Whales The Sounds of Aquatic Mammals in the Wild
Offered by musica
Price: 8.62

5.0 out of 5 stars If you feel like something extraordinary, 14 May 2014
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I sometimes have a need to listen to something out of the ordinary. I am drawn to natural sounds which are hypnotising - well, anyone can be inspired by some different sound - one will prefer the soft pitter patter of rain, others will enjoy the birdsong, depending also on the mood.

Among the natural sounds that I really find exciting and relaxing is the song of the whale (among man others, depending on the mood), especially the humpback whale. I love the growls and murmurs of these gentle giants of the sea. It's so awe-inspiring and pristine. It touches somewhere deep within me, something atavistic, primitive. I have several CDs with the song of the whales, both with and without accompanying music, but this one stands out particularly.

There is no music on this CD, just the hypnotising natural sounds. What is more, there is even no sound of water here - some recordings add the sound of surf or crashing waves to add to the "marine" effect - however here you just enjoy the out-of-the-ordinary whale sounds in their pure form. This enables you to focus on them and appreciate them in full. I recommend this album if you want to hear something from this planet, that sounds like from another planet!


Songbook
Songbook
Offered by MMT-UK
Price: 12.07

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good as cover versions go!, 26 April 2014
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This review is from: Songbook (Audio CD)
This album was produced by Ed Starink. Alex Bollard is an alias of Starink, who is otherwise known for the very popular Synthesizer Greatest series of quality covers, mostly of electronic music. He also did a great amount of albums with covers of a wide variety of artists (and styles).

While some people often cringe at cover versions of well-known artists' music, this one definitely deserves your attention. Starink's music is always top-quality. This is the same for this album. Very good selection of Alan Parsons Project's songs and instrumental tracks make up this album. The singer is very good, arrangements are terrific and rich. You really enjoy listening to this album. If you ever grow tired of the originals, this album provides a nice change. You won't be disappointed.

BTW, the song Turn of the Friendly Card receives a different treatment on this album. while on the original album by APP the song is in two, separate parts, here you get a full-legth single track which sounds great! I definitely recommend this album.


Reprise 1990-1999
Reprise 1990-1999
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 9.65

4.0 out of 5 stars Vangelis in the 90s, 22 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Reprise 1990-1999 (Audio CD)
This compilation provides a fairly good insight into Vangelis' music of the 90s, when he was on the EastWest label. However, I think that the choice of songs (made, I think, by Vangelis himself) could have been better.

The album focuses on the slower, quieter, more new-age songs from his repertoire on that particular label. While the best-known hit of that era, Conquest of Paradise, provides a more dynamic texture to the overall sound of the album, the rest is mostly on the quieter side of the spectrum of his music. Some tracks might be regarded as "fillers" (although I'm far from calling any of his music this way!), for example the opening to Conquest of Paradise, or the lovely, but short piano-based Dream of Surf, could've been dropped for some better known track, like End- or Love-theme from Bladerunner. I would also choose a different song from The City. Dawn is a nice atmospheric, ambient instrumental, but is hardly the best song off that album.

Nonetheless, Reprise is a very good album, relaxing and enjoyable. I just wish it had more better-known tracks. Vangelis however had apparently his own mind about the tracklist. what can you do? He's the boss! :)


The Erotic Mix (Lim. ed.)
The Erotic Mix (Lim. ed.)
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 12.95

4.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the music, only 1 for editing!, 13 Feb 2014
This is actually not a compilation, rather a sampler. Innovative Communication, now sadly defunct label, released some of the greatest mood music some time ago. They also produced a lot of compilaion albums. This one has 18 tracks, which are, sadly, edited and segued into one another. That wouldn't be very bad. However sometimes the editing is very poor - once the song really starts to flourish, it ends and merges into next track. This is sometimes annoying.

I'm just happy that one of my favourite songs on this sampler, Software's Present-Voice, is included in a (quite long for this album!) 4-minute chunk. At least you can get a bit into the music. As I said - the choice is very good. Moody, dreamy music, sometimes more new-agey, sometimes more electronic. But the editing goes wrong here. Less tracks = longer tracks.


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