Pure Moods, Vol. 3 Compilation
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|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|
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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This is the kind of utter garbage they use to subdue wild boars in Papua New Guinea. An utterly wasteful collection of schlocky new-age pipey music, all under the guise of the... Read morePublished on July 6 2003 by ex12ex34ax311ab10
A friend gave me the original Pure Moods collection several years ago. I played it all the time!
When II was released I hesitated to buy it because I felt it would have to be... Read more
Although the Pure Moods II is better than the rest of them. This is a great edition to your CD collection. The music is a great relaxer. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2002 by Orchid Goddess
I love the Pure Moods series! The music presented on the cds are full of emotion, happy, sad, love, joy, and is great fun to listen to! Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2002 by Rexenne Reeves
The third CD from the Pure Moods series is indeed very good. The songs still throw you into another world. Read morePublished on July 19 2002
The best songs from some of the world's most talented people. If you are or know a fan of New Age music, or the Pure Moods series, this is something you must get.Published on Sept. 3 2001 by Bichonfrisequeen
The best songs from some ofthe world's most talented people. If you are or know a fan of New Age music, or the Pure Moods series, this is something you must get.Published on Sept. 3 2001 by Bichonfrisequeen
This edition of Pure Moods definitely contains the best individual songs out of the three, and there are common elements found in all of the songs that brings together the whole... Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2001 by Rosie
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