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Moods 2

Artist: Moods Series (Various)
Type: Album
Release date: 1997
Run time: 67:31
My Rating: 9

  1. Vanessa Mae, Classical Gas (3:20)
  2. Pandana, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (4:09)
  3. Yanni, Aria (3:58)
  4. Celestial, Carrickfergus (4:42)
  5. Angelo Badalamenti, Fire Walk With Me (5:00)
  6. Illapu, Cariquima (2:35)
  7. Chico & The Gypsies, Marina (Entre Guitarras Mix) (3:47)
  8. Praise, Only You (4:37)
  9. Enigma, Sadeness (4:14)
  10. Mike Oldfield, Moonlight Shadow (Extended Version) (5:13)
  11. James McNally, Fairytale of New York (4:12)
  12. Siva Pacifica, Mana (Part 2) (3:45)
  13. Tommy Emanuel, Countrywide (2:54)
  14. Criara, Criara (4:17)
  15. Micheal O Suilleabhain, Si Bheag, Si Mhor (2:39)
  16. Children, Children (Instrumental Version) (3:32)
  17. Rankin Family, Fare Thee Well Love (4:29)


The Moods series returns with a second installment, though the only returning artist from the original is Vanessa Mae. Series regulars Yanni and Enigma make their first appearances though, with "Aria" and "Sadeness" respectively. We're also graced with a Mike Oldfield rarity which I haven't found anywhere else - the extended version of "Moonlight Shadow".

Other items of interest: Celestial's chirpy upbeat instrumental version of an Irish lament, so different to the other versions I didn't recognise it until I linked the names and listened harder... "Fire Walk With Me" is, of course, the theme tune to Twin Peaks. "Only You" is another of my favourite songs for its emotion and instrumentation. Siva Pacifica's "Mana (Part 2)" is very Deep Forest-ish and could almost be Pacifique done properly instead of as a soundtrack.

An improvement on the first Moods album and one of the better world/new age compilations out there.

[Cover - please do not remote link]

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