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Pure Moods, Vol. 3 Compilation

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 6 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Compilation
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000058TCH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
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1. Only If - Enya
2. Porcelain - Moby
3. Life in Mono - Mono
4. Games Without Frontiers - Peter Gabriel
5. Christphori's Dream - David Lanz
6. Land of Anaka - Brian Eno and Geoffrey Oryema
7. Dela Dela - Sacred Spirit
8. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - Ryuichi Sakamoto
9. Velocity of Love - Suzanne Ciani
10. Ever So Loney - Sheila Chandra
11. Virtue - Jessie Cook
12. Theme from Silk Road - Kitaro
13. Synaesthetic - Blue Man Group
14. On Sacred Ground - Yanni
15. Gravity of Love - Enigma
16. Deliver Me - Sarah Brightman

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What's most surprising about the Pure Moods series is not that it is so popular, but that the music on it actually represents some of the best new age and modern instrumental music, rather than scraping the barrel. For every piece of Enya pop froth, such as her "Only If" which opens the album, there is a deep and impassioned exploration such as Sheila Chandra's virtually a cappella "Ever So Lonely/Eyes/Ocean". Yanni's bombastic "On Sacred Ground" is balanced by Moby's soulful trance groove, "Porcelain". Sometimes those juxtapositions don't work out well. The overwrought romanticism of pianist David Lanz's "Cristofori's Dream" can only suffer being sandwiched between the soul-searing vocals of Peter Gabriel's "Games Without Frontiers (Massive/DB Mix)" and the Geoffrey Oryema/Brian Eno hymn, "Land of Anaka". With more than a quarter of the album drawn from the 1980s, there are some influential early gems here for new listeners, including Kitaro's wistful "Silk Road" and Ryuichi Sakamoto's "Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence." --John Diliberto

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This third installment of the Pure Moods series definitely puts you in a relaxing, satisfying, and joyful mood. What is wonderful about this compilation is that there are various songs to appeal to what type of positive mood that you want to create for yourself. If you want cheery and joyful the best song for that would be "Only If" by Enya. If you are looking to rest and relax "Merry Christmas,Mr. Lawrence" by Ryuichi Sakamoto and "Silk Road" by Kitaro are both uplifting and are songs to help ease the mind. Songs to listen to for self-reflection and/or if you are evaluating where you are at in your life would be "Life In Mono" by Mono and "Games Without Frontiers"(Massive/DB Mix) by Peter Gabriel. Musical tracks to listen to for love, makeout sessions, and/or romance would be "Gravity of Love" by Enigma and "Deliver Me" by Sarah Brightman. Sixteen eclectic and one of a kind musical tracks are included in this collection. It was hard to narrow down to just one favorite because "Deliver Me" by Sarah Brightman was so enjoyable that I eventually bought one of her greatest hits collection. "Gravity of Love" by Enigma is a beautiful song about how love can enhance all areas of your life. For this collection, I would have to say that "Gravity of Love" is my personal overall favorite song, and a musical track that countless others are going to love. However, the other fifteen tracks are definitely worth multiple listens as well. This pure moods installment is worth obtaining if you appreciate listening to celtic/new age music and/or world music compilations that feature various musical artists.
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This third volume in the Pure Moods series is another good addition to the New Age compilation series. I must say though that the Pure Moods compilations in my opinion are relatively spotty with good, incredible, haunting New Age tunes that sometimes are placed against Jazz material that I must say belongs on a smooth jazz compilation.
However, one song comes to mind: Games Without Frontiers by Peter Gabriel is absolutely extraordinary. The version on his third self-titled album is very creepy, eerie and quirky with New Wave influences and distorted sound effects. It's an anti-war song that speaks out against war. The one on here is so different. The Massive/DB mix is completely different from the original 1980 version. Where as the original version is quirky, the version on Pure Moods is very ambient, haunting and a lot darker but leans on the more melancholy side and with a production that is more in the vein of Secret World off on 1992's US. It's absolutely an incredible edit that is just as good as the older version if not better. It's a wonderful aural experience to hear this classic from a whole different light. Bravo Peter! It truly magnifies it's message against war.
Other favorites are Porcelain, Only If, Gravity Of Love & Suzanne Cianis Velocity Of Love.
A worthy collection that I highly recommend just for Games Without Frontiers alone!
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Finally, I've got all three of the "Pure Moods" CD's! This is a superb series, featuring the very best of New Age music all over the world. In the third volume, Enigma and Sacred Spirits return once again with "Gravity of Love" and "Dela Dela", respectively. "Gravity of Love" makes me feel like I'm on another planet, and "Dela Dela" makes me feel like I'm watching an Indian ceremony. Other great songs include "Only If", "Porcelain", "Life In Mono", "Cristofori's Dream", "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence", "Silk Road", and "On Sacred Ground".
My favorite ones would be "Life In Mono" and "Cristofori's Dream". If you liked "Teardrop" from "Pure Moods II", you'll like "Life In Mono" as they are similar in style. "Cristofori's Dream", however, is a grogeous piano piece that builds up tension around the middle, and then slowly winds down like a music box in the end.
Unfortunately, there are some disappointing aspects with this CD. I don't know where "Synaesthetics" came from; it's overly long and repetitive, and it isn't even close to being New Age. Also, the interesting music of "Games Without Frontiers" and "Ever So Lonely" is underdone by the unimpressive vocals.
The first "Pure Moods" is the best one, and it's the closest one to New Age. However, "Pure Moods II" and "Pure Moods III" are welcome additions, as will be a "Pure Moods IV" if one is ever made.
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This collection of Pure Moods CDs started with this CD and was definitely good enough to justify the rest of the entries in the series. These CDs start by taking pop songs, remaking them into semi-new age songs and then collecting them with other new age songs. They're nice and relaxing and just edgy enough to keep mainstream folks interested. Out of the series I would have to say that this is my thrid favorite. If you're heard the others then you should be satisfied with this album, if you're new to the series I would recommend picking up Pure Moods II.
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