Perhaps one of those quintessential CDs people own, Pure Moods started off ingeniously enough: they took a bunch of new age-y tracks from the '80s, mixed in a few recent hits, and voila a compilation everyone snarked up from the TV.
I always liked hearing the music in the commercials for this CD, so on a lark at a Value Village thrift shop, I bought it. It turned out to be one of the best return on investments I've made. Pure Moods has gotten me through
There is a lot of good stuff in this CD that holds recognition for some -- think Adiemus, think Orinoco Flow, think Return to Innocence. These are songs that held their own as singles, and now are compiled together. I never would have bought these songs individually, but arranged in a compilation they work wonderfully.
Overall, it is an selection that offers a constant sense of tranquility while working. It also started a series of CDs now five strong. Pure Moods I - the original - is perhaps the best of the bunch as the makers aimed to make an excellent compilation, without anything to cash in on for sales support.
The tracklist is as follows:
1. "Return to Innocence" - Enigma - 4:10
2. "Orinoco Flow" - Enya - 3:46
3. "Sweet Lullaby" - Deep Forest - 3:51
4. "Oxygene Part IV" - Jean Michel Jarre - 3:19
5. "X-Files Theme" - DJ Dado - 3:30
6. "Tubular Bells Part 1" - Mike Oldfield - 4:59
7. "Sadeness" - Enigma - 4:16
8. "Adiemus" - Adiemus - 3:59
9. "Crockett's Theme" - Jan Hammer - 3:34
10. "Theme from The Mission" - Ennio Morricone - 2:52
11. "Main Title Theme from The Last Emperor" - David Byrne - 4:03
12. "Yeha-Noha (Wishes Of Happiness And Prosperity)" - Sacred Spirit - 4:26
13. "Theme from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me" - Angelo Badalamenti - 5:01
14. "Makambo" - Geoffrey Oryema - 5:01
15. "My Wife with Champagne Shoulders" - Mark Isham - 5:32
16. "The Promise" - Michael Nyman - 3:13
17. "Lily Was Here" - David A. Stewart featuring Candy Dulfer - 4:18