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White Winds [Bonus Tracks]

Andreas Vollenweider 11/0/2006
Andreas Vollenweider's 1985 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. [Kin Kou reissued the album in 2006, adding three live bonus tracks and two Quicktime videos.] ~ Johnny Loftus
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  1. # Song Length
  2. 1 The White Winds: The White Boat (First View) PT1M52S
  3. 2 Hall of the Stairs: Hall of the Mosaics (Meeting You) PT5M1S
  4. 3 The Glass Hall (Choose the Crystal): The Play of the Five Balls/The ... PT7M42S
  5. 4 The Woman and the Stone PT4M29S
  6. 5 The Stone (Close-Up) PT3M3S
  7. 6 Phases of the Three Moons PT2M45S
  8. 7 Flight Feet & Root Hands PT3M44S
  9. 8 Brothership PT3M22S
  10. 9 Sisterseed PT1M30S
  11. 10 Trilogy: At the White Magic Gardens/The White Winds PT3M38S
  12. 11 Pace Verde PT5M18S
  13. 12 Flight Feet & Root Hands PT5M47S
  14. 13 Hey You! Yes, You... [Edit] PT3M12S
  15. 14 White Winds [Multimedia Track] PT
  16. 15 Introducing Vox [Multimedia Track] PT

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