Time-Life's Peaceful Moods collects atmospheric songs from well-known new age and film composers and performers, including the John Tesh Project, Celtic Fayre, Secret Garden, and John Williams. Williams' "Cavatina (Theme from The Deer Hunter)" and Vangelis' "Chariots of Fire" are probably the collection's most familiar pieces, although anyone with more than a passing interest in new age music will also recognized Yanni's "Aria," Jim Brickman's "By Heart," and George Winston's "Joy." Other highlights include Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole's charming "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World," Michael Nyman's "The Heart Asks Pleasure First/The Promise," William Orbit's "Adagio for Strings," and Ryuichi Sakamoto's "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence." While Peaceful Moods probably doesn't offer enough depth to please hardcore fans of either new age or film music, it's still a pleasant collection of background music for anyone with some interest in either of those genres.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares