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Ultimate 16: Pure Moods

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This edition of the budget-line Ultimate 16 is a nice introduction to contemporary instrumental and ambient pop sounds. The actual Pure Moods releases are themselves solid collections. But besides predictable heavyweights like Yanni ("Whispers in the Dark") and Vangelis ("Albedo"), Ultimate 16: Pure Moods offers the woozy drug gospel of Spiritualized ("Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space"), Suzanne Ciani's classic piano ballad "Simple Song," and the guitar explorations of Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges, who covers the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows."

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