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Andreas Vollenweider - ...Behind The Gardens (CBS FM 37793) (1981)

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Artist:

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Title:

...Behind The Gardens-Behind The Wall-Under The Tree

Released: 1981
Label: CBS
Catalog: FM 37793
Genre: New Age
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Behind The Gardens-Behind The Wall-Under The Tree (Including Red-Dark Blue-Yellow)
02 Pyramid-In The Wood-In The Bright Light
03 Micro-Macro
04 Skin And Skin
05 Moonlight, Wrapped Around Us
06 Lion And Sheep
07 Sunday
08 Afternoon
09 Hands And Clouds
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Vollenweider, a Swiss musician, performs on a mechanically altered concert harp. His instrument enables him to counteract the meditative properties of the harp with a strong rhythmic pulse. The results are very low-frequency bass tones in the harp, coupled with an almost orchestral sense of harmony. This very popular album is upbeat, centering and a real delight. [allmusic.com]


Andreas Vollenweider - Caverna Magica [CBS FM 37827] (1983)

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Artist:

Andreas Vollenweider

Title:

Caverna Magica

Released: 1983
Label: CBS
Catalog: FM 37827
Genre: Electronic, Jazz, New Age


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Caverna Magica
02 Mandragora
03 Lunar Pond
04 Schajah Saretosh
05 Sena Stanjéna?
06 Belladonna
07 Angóh!
08 Huiziopochtli / Con Chiglia / Geastrum Coronatum
09 La Paix Verde
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Although Caverna Magica was his second album, this 1983 release is what put Andreas Vollenweider on the space music map. The music is lightly jazzy, performed on modified harp, ''rhythmanatomic acousticolors and UFO,'' and drums, with vocal colorings which come and go. From the delightful title track through the sublime ''La Paix Verde,'' this work is still as current and enjoyable as it was eight years ago. [allmusic.com]


Andreas Vollenweider: Pace Verde [12 inch 45 RPM Extended Play Single] (1984)

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Andreas Vollenweider

Title:

Pace Verde [12 inch 45 RPM Extended Play Single]

Released: 1984
Label: CBS
Catalog: 44-05008
Genre: New Age / World
NOTE: a few pin-sized holes punched in corner of jacket
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Pace Verde
02 Sisyphos
03 Angoh!
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Andreas Vollenweider - White Winds (Seeker's Journey) [CBS FM 39963] (1984)

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Artist:

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Title:

White Winds (Seeker's Journey)

Released: 1984
Label: CBS
Catalog: FM 39963
Genre: New Age
T R A C K L I S T:
01 The White Winds / The White Boat (First View)
02 Hall Of The Stairs / Hall The Mosaics (Meeting You)
03 The Glass Hall (Choose The Crystal) / The Play Of The Five Balls / The Five Planets / Canopy Choir
04 The Woman And The Stone
05 The Stone (Close Up)
06 Phases Of The Three Moons
07 Flight Feet & Root Hands
08 Brothership
09 Sisterseed
10 Trilogy (At The White Magic Gardens) / The White Winds
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Album Review

Johnny Loftus [allmusic.com]

Andreas Vollenweider's 1985 [1984] effort White Winds, subtitled "Seeker's Journey," features the composer's modified electric harp in pieces that are much more experimental than what would later emerge as the prevailing sound of new age. A brief introduction features the lapping of a boat in a slip, but it soon fades into the angular forays of "Hall of the Stairs," which itself drifts into the more conventional ethno-jazz of "Hall of the Mosaics (Meeting You)." Vollenweider's harp is joined by full percussion and a bank of synthesizers for "The Glass Hall (Choose the Crystal)," breaking the song down to showcase the unique sound of his instrument. Even when it's accessing the soothing tones of new age, White Winds seems to lie closer to contemporary jazz instrumentalism, as the repeated phrasing of these songs suggests. Vollenweider even gets lightly funky on the awesomely named "Flight Feet & Root Hands." With his early-'80s work, the Swiss performer was establishing himself as a leader of the burgeoning new age genre. White Winds is a good example of his sound, which mixed accessibility with uniqueness and some true musical exploration.


Andreas Vollenweider - Down To The Moon (CBS FM 42255) (1986)

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Artist:

Andreas Vollenweider

Title:

Down To The Moon

Released: 1986
Label: CBS
Catalog: FM 42255
Genre: New Age / World
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Down To The Moon
02 Moon Dance
03 Steam Forest
04 Water Moon
05 Night Fire Dance
06 Quiet Observer
07 Silver Wheel
08 Drown In Pale Light
09 The Secret, The Candle, And Love
10 Hush -- Patience At Bamboo Forest
11 Three Silver Ladies Dance
12 La Lune Et L'enfant
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Album Review

by Johnny Loftus [allmusic.com]

Andreas Vollenweider's Grammy-winning 1987 effort is dominated by the Swiss musician's electrically modified harp. Its distinctive sound runs throughout the album, supported by the usual tinkering synthesizer effects and light percussion. After an extended introductory interlude, the title track zips into a vaguely Caribbean-styled rhythm. "Water Moon" features a different, more organic harp sound; it's mixed with the windy tones of a flute, suggesting ghostly moonshafts lancing through falling rain. Vollenweider plays the harp strings off of guitar strings on the surprisingly twangy (for new age, anyway) "Drown in Pale Light." The composer weaves the album's instrumentals together with a goody bag of pan-ethnic influences; the album's margins are full of these little touches that nevertheless make a big difference. Down to the Moon will appeal to anyone looking for music that's as interesting as it is soothing.


Andreas Vollenweider - Dancing With The Lion  [Columbia C 45154] (1989)

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Artist:

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Title:

Dancing With The Lion

Released: 1989
Label: Columbia
Catalog: C 45154
Genre: New Age


T R A C K L I S T:
01-Unto The Burning Circle
02-Dancing With The Lion
03-Hippolyte
04-Dance Of The Masks
05-Pearls & Tears
06-Garden Of My Childhood
07-Still Life
08-And The Long Shadows
09-See, My Love...
10-Silver Dew, Golden Grass
11-Ascent From The Circle
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Andreas Vollenweider's Biography

by Linda Kohanov [allmusic.com]

Andreas Vollenweider was one of the few musicians to gain superstar status as a "new age artist" back when the term was first used as a marketing category in the mid-'80s. The Swiss harpist, however, quickly transcended the need for alternative record sales when his albums simultaneously broached Billboard's pop, jazz, and classical charts in 1986. Born in Zurich in 1953, Vollenweider was ensconced in the city's fine art scene, courtesy of his father, one of Europe's leading organists. After becoming proficient on guitar, flute, and other instruments, the young Vollenweider developed a passion for the harp, which he modified to suit his needs. Not only did he construct a damper to expedite more rhythmic playing, he broadened the harp's tonal range by electrifying it. His buoyant funk beats, exotic pan-cultural influences, and colorful harp improvisations began to sweep Europe in the early '80s as Vollenweider signed with CBS Records to release Behind the Gardens...Behind the Wall. Three albums later, he won his first Grammy for 1987's Down to the Moon. Over the years, Vollenweider has managed to maintain his artistic integrity and vision despite increasing commercial success. The harpist's 1991 album Book of Roses is a testament to his ability to expand his scope as a composer while keeping his trademark sound intact; after a lenghty hiatus, he issued Kryptos in 1998, followed two years later by Cosmopoly. Numerous reissues and collection followed, including a new set of holiday material called Midnight Clear in 2006.
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