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Chorus of Whales
Chorus of Whales
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eerie and chilling!, 13 Jun. 2015
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This is a very good whales recording. It does not have any music to it, just the pure sounds of whales. Happily, this Cd also does not include the sound of ocean surf, so you can enjoy the growls and howls of the gentle giants of the sea in its pure form.

This CD is actaully very evocative and the sounds are very haunting, and even eerie! The whales here sometimes sound like ghosts of the deep, their mesmerizing sounds weave a chilling web of sounds and noises. Very jaw-dropping at times. Not sure, if it was not mixed or post-produced to make it more eerie, but the CD is really highly recommended for whale lovers!

PS - I'm not 100% sure, but some portions of this recording have been used as samples in Massive Attack's "Risingson" (remember the ghostly sounds at the beginning?) and Mike Oldfield's "Songs of Distant Earth". I know these recordings very well, so this struck me while listening to the Chorus of Whales CD.

Highly recommended.


Unknown - Atmospheric Moods - The Mountain Stream
Unknown - Atmospheric Moods - The Mountain Stream
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Price: £21.77

2.0 out of 5 stars A serious let-down., 13 Jun. 2015
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Well, while other CDs from this series have wonderful and evocative music by Lee Spencer, this one has, sadly, music by other guys, who don't live up to the standard of the compositions of Lee Spencer.

The music is rather bland and uninspiring. simply boring at some passages. Sorry to say this, as the other titles in the Atmospheric Moods series of six CDs is very good and worth recommending. Stay away from this one though.


Fire on Earth
Fire on Earth

4.0 out of 5 stars Space Exploration Dance Music., 24 May 2015
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This is the 8th studio album by the classic synth dance group, the genre's most important project. LaserDance's music is synth dance par-excellence, and this album is no exception.

This album does not add anything new to the genre, especially after the previous album, 1993's Hypermagic, which had some fresh ideas and new sounds. Fire on Earth even seems like a step back to late 80s' sound. But still, it has very rich sound textures, driving melodies and pulsating bass lines. It also has three ambient tracks, which is a novelty (typically, each album had one up to two slower tracks, however, the previous two releases, Hypermagic and Technological Mind, had none).

As I said - nothing new, nothing fresh, but it's soooo good to recall these times, the sounds, the melodies, the atmosphere of the cosmic explorationd dance music. Love it. And always will. Recommended. Listen to it while playing an old computer space game.


Power of Relaxation - Tranquil Moods: Babbling Brook
Power of Relaxation - Tranquil Moods: Babbling Brook
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5.0 out of 5 stars Babbling Birds, 20 May 2015
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The CD should actually be called "Babbling Birds", as the gurgling of the brook can be barely heard. What you mostly hear are the voices of different
birds as they chatter all through the recording. Happily, there is some variation in these natural sounds. Against the backdrop of the natural soundtrack you can hear hypnotic meandering music backed by various percussive sounds. The music is very entrancing and relaxing. However, it might not work for you if you don't like eerie synthesizer-based soundscapes. There is very little variation in the music, however I myself found the CD to be very relaxing and I managed to listen to the whole one-hour-long programme (there is just one track on the CD) and somehow compose my mind.

What I can compare it with, is Klaus Schulze (it's just the type of music), backed by chattering birds (not really singing birds). Quite relaxing in its own way. All in all a good CD, but the eponymous babbling brook should be more exposed.

The author of the music is not provided anywhere on the CD cover, but I presume that it is Anton Hughes, whose work can be heard on the other CD in this series, Wondrous Waterfall. His music was also released on the Hallmark label's Tranquillity series under different titles, so make sure you don't get the same music twice if you like relaxation albums and collect them.


Tranquil Moods: The Power of Relaxation: Wondrous Waterfall
Tranquil Moods: The Power of Relaxation: Wondrous Waterfall
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wondrous Waterfall aka Falling Waters, 17 May 2015
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The music is very hypnotic and the sound of the solid mass of water lulls you gently into sleep. Lovely CD, but if you're a fan of water sounds and collect relaxation CDs, be aware that this is the same music as "Falling Waters" released on a different label (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Falling-Water-Various/dp/B00005824Q/ref=sr_1_7?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1431857112&sr=1-7&keywords=falling+waters).


Anam
Anam
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Soul of Clannad, 17 May 2015
This review is from: Anam (Audio CD)
"Anam" is Clannad's umpteenth album, released originally in 1990. The title means “Soul” in Gaelic and the title marks the band's a return to the more organic Celtic sound, which originally made them famous, and from which they steered away in the mid-80s in favor of more pop-oriented hits.

Being a return to the roots, this album, however, is a bit patchy. It was recorded very quickly over a period of three months. You can hear jazz influences here, but also a lot of ambient music and folk music. There are also tinges of classical music (Dobhair), late 80-s soft rock in the style of Something to Believe In (Love and Affection) and even a bit of country (You’re the One). The album generally has a darker atmosphere, which is emphasized by two short instrumental tracks, Wilderness and Dobhair. As both are lovely in their own way, they are nonetheless a bit of fillers here. The title track and the folk song Uirchill An Chraegain are haunting airy pieces based on delicate synthesizer background against which Maire Brennan's delicate voice weaves its spellbinding web.

Highlights from the album include the majestic Ri Na Cruinne, the folky Poison Glen and the jazzy Why Worry.

Two singles were released to promote the album: In Fortune’s Hand, a jazz-folk-rock song with a driving melody and lots of sax interludes. Why Worry, the second single, sounds a bit like Sade with its lovely vocal harmonies and overall smoky-jazzy feel. This is one of my favourite songs of the band. I was curious why the haunting Ri Na Cruinne, which opens the album, was not released as a single, but the choice of the singles was nonetheless good, as both songs well represent what you can hear on the album.

Anam is one of my favourite albums by Clannad. It’s because of the dark atmosphere, the vocal harmonies, and the gentle voice of Maire Brennan. It’s an album for a rainy day or for an evening – may be slightly depressing though, but it’s undeniably a very good mixture of acoustic folk songs and haunting ambient soundscapes. As I said, it’s a bit patchy because of that, but also lovely and rewarding after a few listenings.

By the way, this album was released in the US in 1992 with a different cover and featuring In a Lifetime and Theme from Harry's Game, the band's biggest hits, which somehow fit very good into the atmosphere of this album. In 2003 the original album (without the US version bonsu tracks) was released again, this time with a remix of Ri Na Cruinne.


Atmospheric Moods: The Power of Relaxation / The Mighty Rainforest
Atmospheric Moods: The Power of Relaxation / The Mighty Rainforest
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relax..., 26 April 2015
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Great music with not much natural sounds. But if you take the Rainforest as a theme on the basis of which the music has been created, you might really enjoy it.
The music is very electronic, but it weaves a spellbinding web over you. Those who like electronic chillout music, not far from electronic classics of the 1970s won't be disappointed. A great album, not only relaxing, but also enjoyable.


Juliana James Harry - Introduction to the`New Beginnings` Seri
Juliana James Harry - Introduction to the`New Beginnings` Seri
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4.0 out of 5 stars James Harry sampler, 1 Jan. 2015
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James Harry is an alias of a new age / ambient musician Llewellyn. This album is a sampler of 10 albums by this individual, which were released in the New Beginnings series. The music is beautiful, and very good tracks have been chosen to represent each of the ten albums.

The music is a typical mixture of ambient soundscapes, flute melodies and some of the tracks feature other musicians, such as Juliana on vocals on some of the tracks (from albums credited to both of them), Jez Guest on saxophone and midi-flute (whatever it is) from two albums they released. And Katherine Arney, who plays on harp in the last track which represents the sole album they recorded together.

Despite the music being very relaxing, I find the voice of Juliana a bit ear-piercing at times (especially on the track Kindred Souls). And the midi flute you can hear on the track The Wishing Tree suffers from the same high ear-piercing pitch. However, Juliana's voice sounds very beautiful and airy on the track Moonchild.

Tthe track I particularly enjoyed, is the exceprt from the album Dream Keeper. Really beautiful sonic landscape, very much in the vein of the artist's albums under the Llewellyn name. Sadly, this album, as well as Silver Stream seems to be out of print now as I cannot locate it on Amazon. (Anyone can find them, please let me know).


Wilderness Earth
Wilderness Earth
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roarrrr!, 23 Nov. 2014
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Bring the great outdoors into the comfort zone of your cosy home.

I didn't expect this CD to be just a soundtrack of wildlife - I thought that, as some other titles in these series, it would have some discreet ambient music woven between the natural sounds (in these series, the natural sounds are more to the fore, at least when they come with music).

However, this album is a single 47-minute long track of natural sounds of various wild animals (lions, screeching savannah birds, other weird jungle sounds and crickets... and many more...). Very good in its own way. Not very relaxing (hard to relax to the lion's roar or a high-pitched bird growls), but nonetheless interesting!


Sounds of Nature Sampler
Sounds of Nature Sampler
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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!


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