Windham Hill Chill, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Windham Hill does have a legitimate claim to the "original chill out label" slogan it adopted for the Windham Hill Chill sampler series. It had been issuing contemporary instrumental and electronic soundscape-type material since 1976, before such music was blanketed with the new age tag and predating the boom in chillout and downtempo compilations by at least 20 years. That said, there might be a disconnect between "relaxation" -- one of Windham's specialties -- and "chill," a problematic catchall generally referring to the soft hip-hop, electro-acoustic, and dreamy synth textures found on the raft of ultramodern comps clogging a dusty endcap at your local record store. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Windham Hill does have a legitimate claim to the "original chill out label" slogan it adopted for the Windham Hill Chill sampler series. It had been issuing contemporary instrumental and electronic soundscape-type material since 1976, before such music was blanketed with the new age tag and predating the boom in chillout and downtempo compilations by at least 20 years. That said, there might be a disconnect between "relaxation" -- one of Windham's specialties -- and "chill," a problematic catchall generally referring to the soft hip-hop, electro-acoustic, and dreamy synth textures found on the raft of ultramodern comps clogging a dusty endcap at your local record store. There's crossover in the ambient and acoustic sounds found on Windham Hill Chill. But its content is more literate, emphasizing songcraft, layering, and palpable emotion over chillout's tendencies toward repetitive samples and scratchy drum programming. Disc one mixes the ambient portion of the set. It takes a broad view of the term, blending the breathy ethnic soundscapes of Bernardo Rubaja and César Hernández's "Puerta del Sol" from 1987 into Yanni's contemplative, romantic piano piece "In the Mirror" In My Time, 1993, before arriving in the here and now with the moody beats and sway of violinist Lili Haydn's Bill Laswell-produced "Longing." Elsewhere there's Tangerine Dream's "Twin Soul Tribe" and "Another Country" from Shadowfax -- material edging closer to progressive electronica or even contemporary jazz in the latter case than what's come to be considered ambient. This interpretational stretch continues with disc two of Windham Hill Chill, subtitled "acoustic." In the chillout context, acoustic often means electro-acoustic -- not so here. From the virtuosic solo guitar work of Michael Hedges and Leo Kottke, to George Winston's plaintive piano chording the fabulous "Early Morning Range", this isn't simply music to come down to -- it's stuff that's handmade for introspection. Other highlights include harpist Lisa Lynne's "Welcome," and famous TV composer W.G. Snuffy Walden's "Love Unspoken," with its slightly rustic acoustic guitar figures and tasteful string section swells. Windham Hill Chill, Vol. 2 can certainly be applied as a chillout salve, even if it does stretch out the commonly held notions of what these compilations bring. In the end, it's just relaxing -- soothing -- and isn't that the ultimate goal of this sort of thing, whatever the applied style or label?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/23/2003
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828765766821
  • Catalog Number: 57668
  • Sales rank: 119,137

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Forever the Optimist - Patrick O'Hearn (4:42)
  2. 2 Puerta del Sol - Rubja (5:07)
  3. 3 In the Mirror - Yanni (3:57)
  4. 4 The Longing - Lili Haydn (4:56)
  5. 5 Thalaster - Paul Schwartz (4:32)
  6. 6 Rizzo (4:05)
  7. 7 Twin Soul Tribe (4:36)
  8. 8 Daydreams (5:16)
  9. 9 Tojojo - Lakki Patey (3:12)
  10. 10 Another Country (3:53)
  11. 11 Stabat Mater - State of Grace (5:33)
  12. 12 That Fall - Fred Simon (5:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Shades of White (2:49)
  2. 2 Ragamuffin - Michael Hedges (3:09)
  3. 3 Windell (3:43)
  4. 4 The Moment in Which You Must Finally Let Go of the Tether Which Has ... (5:37)
  5. 5 Early Morning Range (2:44)
  6. 6 Retrograde (3:03)
  7. 7 Welcome (4:44)
  8. 8 Nocturne from Lyric Pieces, Op. 54 (4:18)
  9. 9 Gwenlaise (4:28)
  10. 10 Green Mountain Trail (3:39)
  11. 11 Sung to Sleep (3:51)
  12. 12 The Year of the French (3:21)
  13. 13 Love Unspoken - W.G. Snuffy Walden (3:52)
  14. 14 Inside Out (3:39)
  15. 15 Clockwork (6:41)
  16. 16 Cradle With Love - Samite (3:44)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Tomaso Albinoni Composer
Edvard Grieg Composer
Leo Kottke Composer
Scott Cossu Composer
Chuck Greenberg Composer
Michael Hedges Composer
Michael Manring Composer
Øystein Sevåg Composer
Liz Story Composer
Yanni Composer
Samite Composer
Fred Simon Composer
Phil Coulter Composer
Will Ackerman Composer
Dawn Atkinson Executive Producer
Jim Brickman Composer
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill Composer
Edgar Froese Composer
Mitchel Forman Composer
Paul Haslinger Composer
Lili Haydn Composer
Patrick O'Hearn Composer
Billy Oskay Composer
Lakki Patey Composer
Paul Schwartz Composer
George Winston Composer
Alex de Grassi Composer
W.G. Snuffy Walden Composer
Sean Harkness Composer
Ari Rios Mastering
Lisa Lynne Composer
Wadephul-Froese Composer
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