(16 April 2000) The latest new age compilation by Real Music (USA),
entitled Infinity (Cat. No. RM2350, 2000) is the follow up to
the highly successful 1999 album Touching Beauty and the ongoing
bestseller Eternity, A Romantic Collection. The album is
comprised by twelve tracks from various artists, incorporating heavenly
female vocals on and off throughout the album. The album's executive
producer is Terence Yallop. Just like Real Music's Ceredwen
(review) and 2002
albums, the packaging and technical production quality is first rate.
The album opens with a lovely new age instrumental entitled "Love's
Story" by Paul Machlis. The lullaby sounding "Silence" from Through
These Eyes by Bliss is filled with stunning heavenly vocals combining
scat with lyrics, and is one of the album's treasures. Hilary Stagg's
"Sweet Return" from the album of the same name is played primarily on
harp and other strings, yet Enya-like vocalise adds to the texture of
the soothing track. The piano number "I Watched Her from Afar" by
Brian BecVar has a lovely melody. Congratulations to Real Music for
including the very Enya-like track "Elysian Fields" and another more
independent sounding song entitled "Starwalkers"—both from 2002's
latest album (review).
Kevin Kern's "To Sleep on Angels' Wings" is a Celtic-derived
string-based instrumental with a lovely and soft melody. Vocalise
and keyboards join the strings to add depth to the track. Kern's
new age instrumental cover of Elton John's "We All Fall in Love
Sometimes," also included on this album, is especially memorable.
Jim Chappell's soft piano melody in "Precious Memories" is very
soothing bridging 2002's "Starwalkers" to the crisp harp and
string-intensive melody of "For My Love" by Hilary Stagg.
Gary Remal Malkin's short and quietly symphonic
soundtrack-like instrumental "The First Night" from his album
Thousand Pieces Of Gold is a worldly track from 1992.
We especially enjoyed the brief whistle part. Infinity
concludes with Egil Fylling's nine-minute epic "Anahata" from
the forthcoming album of the same name. Here worldly
instrumentals using a variety of strings, bell-like
effects, whistle and other keyboard sounds join choral
vocalise to produce a stunning new age track.
You can hear further soundbites, read reviews and order the album at
amazon.com. The latest compilation from Real Music Inifinity
contains almost an hour of modern new age instrumental music, much
laced with female vocals. Certainly worthy of further exploration it
is a very nice listen.