Pure Joy

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The oboe is a particularly emotional instrument that listeners don't hear enough of in new age, and Russel Walder conveys an equal amount of joy and haunting melancholy despite the titular promise of only the prior. He balances intense, soaring trip-hoppy numbers like "Faith Embrace" and "State of Grace" complete with hypnotic machine-generated percussion with classical-flavored, orchestrally enhanced meditations. Some of these offer a heavy wall of sound "This Moment Now", while others are more subtle and mystical. A handful of tracks feature the lush piano of Steve Small, who elsewhere is relegated to a lot of keyboard washes and effects. More of that organic touch ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The oboe is a particularly emotional instrument that listeners don't hear enough of in new age, and Russel Walder conveys an equal amount of joy and haunting melancholy despite the titular promise of only the prior. He balances intense, soaring trip-hoppy numbers like "Faith Embrace" and "State of Grace" complete with hypnotic machine-generated percussion with classical-flavored, orchestrally enhanced meditations. Some of these offer a heavy wall of sound "This Moment Now", while others are more subtle and mystical. A handful of tracks feature the lush piano of Steve Small, who elsewhere is relegated to a lot of keyboard washes and effects. More of that organic touch would be nice. The CD cover photo finds Walder jumping in exultation. The music inside may make one's heart leap a little but overall the effect is that of some deep mood swinging from light to dark and back again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/2002
  • Label: Real Music
  • UPC: 046286755029
  • Catalog Number: 867550

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Faith Embrace (5:17)
  2. 2 State of Grace (4:40)
  3. 3 This Moment Now (3:55)
  4. 4 One (5:08)
  5. 5 Through the Gates (5:31)
  6. 6 The Road to You (5:06)
  7. 7 Spark the Sun (4:55)
  8. 8 Holding the Space (5:44)
  9. 9 More Than Words (5:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Russel Walder Primary Artist, Oboe
Nigel Gavin Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Stephen Small Piano, Keyboards
Matthew Brown Keyboards
Miranda Adams Violin, Viola
Margaret Cooke Baroque Cello
Renee Brennan Vocals
Technical Credits
David Arkenstone Composer
Russel Walder Arranger, Producer
Terence Yallop Executive Producer
Dick Beetham Mastering
Robin Algaze Art Direction
Sigidi W. Gitt Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    While driving in my car

    I love to drive in my car and turn up the volume, open the windows, for all the earth to hear. Some thing magical happens when I play this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Russel W: the Kenny G of oboe?

    Walder's offering is in a sophisticated league of its own. No cheesy sounds here. The album is relaxing and uplifting. It was recorded in New Zealand - no doubt on some bush-clad hillside - and features Nigel Gavin on guitars (and a very nice mandolin on 'Spark The Sun'). Highlights (and obvious radio-play candidates) are Faith Embrace, One, and State of Grace. This Moment Now, an orchestral piece with lush violins, almost seems out of place in style, even though its a great track. Overall, a worthwhile addition to your dinner party music collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It should be renamed to Pure Joy: The Director's Cut

    There's definitely a diverse range of subtley-used influences in this album. From Gabriel to Garborek, Walder and co. have created a new genre for oboe; one that is lush, colorful and expansive while paying plenty of attention to the use of more eclectic sounds and effects that you don't necessarily notice until you've listened a few times. The overall effect is a relaxing and romantic journey that lends itself to a plethora of movie moments. It's really almost an album of soundtracks for Hollywood directors. Others will copy this album as it's really broken new ground for an instrument that's not as popular as it should be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic romantic CD - great for relaxing to

    Russel Walder's oboe playing and tone are the most lush I've heard anywhere, often sounding akin to a soprano sax or woody clarinet. The tracks are interesting with cleverly constructed melodies and harmonies, and plenty of ear candy for those listening on headphones. Moods swing from the mystical through to the euphoric. My teenage kids like it (surprisingly), and my parents love it - this is definitely an album which will appeal to a wide range of people.

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