Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hymns By The Sea - Ebbing Tides (1995)

Greetings, friends! I've digitized the second Hymns By The Sea tape I purchased. This Time, Steve Gruskin partners up with cellist Thomas Goode. This might be my favorite out of the three tapes I got. The synths and cello blend so perfectly together. Side A and B are printed on the wrong sides, and I kept it like that in the files to preserve it the way it is.

Hymns By The Sea - Ebbing Tides (1995)

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Hymns By The Sea - Sunset Sea (1995)

Today, a package arrived in my mail with three cassettes: Three of the albums from the Hymns By The Sea series, released by Majestic Moods! I uploaded a CD version of "Gentle Waves" a few years ago, but I am not sure if the copy I got online was the full album. Hymns By The Sea is religious tunes mixed with nature sounds, performed by Steve Gruskin and another guest musician. On this album, Sunset Sea, We have guitarist John Foley. It's very beautiful and a must-listen! 

I apologise that the tape art is somewhat cut off.

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The Majestic Moods series was released by Sunshine Mountains Productions in 1995.
There are four (known) tapes in this series, and I own three of them. The only one I don't have was a special holiday album called Holiday Sunset. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Steve Gruskin - Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep: When Baby Sleeps Soundly, So Do You! (1990)

Third post this week! I just got this in the mail today. Was kind of making a gamble, because there are several lullaby tapes that Great American Audio Corp released and I wasn't sure of the contents on this. 

These are nicely done synthesized bible songs set to ocean sounds with singing by a woman thar I assume is Sherri Huffman, who sang on another Great American Audio Corp lullaby tape. There are two versions of each song on this CD for some reason. There seems to be little to no difference between these versions other than ones being slightly longer or shorter than their counterparts. Sherri Huffman(?)'s singing is soothing and is not too loud or anything, so it is easy to relax to this CD. Originally released on tape in 1990, re-issued in 2000.
I also found another one of the lullaby tapes posted by someone online, so I will download that and upload it too. you'll be getting a lot of new posts from me!

Steve Gruskin/Sherri Huffman - Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (1990)

Jerry Crocker - Feather In The Wind (2000)

Yes, it's finally here! Feather In The Wind, a 2000 release with an incredible performance by Jerry Crocker. This album is absolutely beautiful and must be heard to be believed. Flutes and synthesizer are perfect together.

From the press release:
Feather in the Wind is a collection of soothing Native American flute compositions to quiet your mind and invoke images. Close your eyes and drift away to Southwestern canyons and high mesas where eagles soar in the cloudless skies. Transcend time to perceive an echo of distant drums—forgotten dreams of peaceful times when the people lived in harmony with nature. A master of various wooden and clay flutes, Jerry Crocker also weaves goat-skin drums, synthesizer, effects and nature sounds into his dreamy music.

I am in love with this album, and you will be as well! I have about 4 more releases to post here within the next couple of weeks when they arrive in the mail! I finally got a cassette player/digitizer.

Jerry Crocker - Feather In The Wind

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Various - Interludes: Meditation (199X)

Hey, friends! I am back with a couple goodies to bring you over the next week. I found an Interludes CD that I never even knew existed before I found it while scrounging eBay over the weekend. This is called Meditation Interludes, which features various artists (mostly orchestras) covering music from classical composers such as Bizet, Beethoven, and Bach. This is one of the rare Interludes releases that doesn't feature Steven Gruskin. No nature sounds, just straight-up classical. The musicians do a darn good job at it - nothing spectacular, but if classical is for you, this non-electronic album is right up your alley!

Meditation Interludes (199X)
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Robin Miller - Magical Spheres (1987)

This is not a VOTS release, but it is an album from Robin Miller, a talented musician who has released tapes on the label. This time, it's Magical Spheres from 1987.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Dick Sutphen and Upper Astral - Ascent Of The Eagle (1988)

Hello, friends! Happy belated New Year. We still exist, and for further proof, besides the fact that I'm writing this, is a newly unearthed tape from 1988. Another joind release between Dick Sutphen and Upper Astral, which of course was made up of David Naegele, David Storrs (and later, Robert Slap). This tape features the Robert Slap incarnation, with Ascention To The All That Is playing in the background while Dick talks.

Ascent Of The Eagle (1988)