Various Artists

The Private Music Sampler 1988

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As Private Music moves more and more toward the mainstream, it is gratifying to see that they haven't lost their competitive cutting-edge. This latest version of their periodic label samplers includes just five artists or groups, each with the ability to stretch musical boundaries and incorporate a myriad of elements into their expression. Yanni has two cuts from Reflections of Passion, his current number one release, while the accomplished German trio Tangerine Dream has a pair from their latest, Melrose. Interspersed are two each from Charming Snakes by Andy Summers, formerly guitarist with The Police, and Patrick O'Hearn's wild and crazy Mix Up, plus one scintillating tune from The Odd Get Even by Shadowfax. Though the label's popularity and recognition grows by leaps and bounds, their mainstream success has not diverted their mission of offering a roster of artists who strive for consistently unusual and memorable sounds culled from a wonderful range of styles and backgrounds.

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