Various ‎– Windham Hill Records Sampler '84

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
WH-1035 Various Windham Hill Records Sampler '84(LP, Smplr) Windham Hill Records WH-1035 US 1984 Sell This Version
WH-1035 Various Windham Hill Records Sampler '84(CD, Album, Smplr) Windham Hill Records WH-1035 1984 Sell This Version
WD-1035 Various Windham Hill Records Sampler '84(CD, Smplr) Windham Hill Records WD-1035 US 1984 Sell This Version
WD-1035 Various Windham Hill Records Sampler '84(CD, Smplr) Windham Hill Records WD-1035 US 1984 Sell This Version
WT-1035 Various Windham Hill Records Sampler '84(Cass, Dol) Windham Hill Records WT-1035 US 1984 Sell This Version
WT-1035 Various Windham Hill Records Sampler '84(Cass, Dol) Windham Hill Records WT-1035 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
TA-MC-1035 Various Windham Hill Records Sampler '84(Cass, Smplr) Windham Hill Records TA-MC-1035 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
WH-6-1035, WH-1035 Various Windham Hill Records Sampler '84(LP, Smplr) Windham Hill Records, Windham Hill Records WH-6-1035, WH-1035 US 1984 Sell This Version
TA-C-1035 Various Windham Hill Records Sampler '84(LP, Smplr) Windham Hill Records TA-C-1035 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
WH-91035 Various Windham Hill Records Sampler '84(LP, Smplr) Windham Hill Records WH-91035 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
WH 1035 Various Windham Hill Records Sampler '84(LP, Smplr) Windham Hill Records WH 1035 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
AMWH 61035 Various Windham Hill Records Sampler '84(LP, Smplr) Windham Hill Records AMWH 61035 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
WH-6-1035, WH-1035 Various Windham Hill Records Sampler '84(LP, Smplr, Tra) Windham Hill Records, Windham Hill Records WH-6-1035, WH-1035 US 1984 Sell This Version
371035-2 Various Windham Hill Records Sampler(CD, Smplr) Windham Hill Records 371035-2 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
LP 371035-1 Various Windham Hill Records Sampler(LP, Smplr) A&M Records, Windham Hill Records LP 371035-1 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
371035-1 Various Windham Hill Records Sampler(LP, Smplr) Windham Hill Records, A&M Records, Inc. 371035-1 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
550.003 Various Windham Hill Records Sampler '84(LP, Smplr) Windham Hill Records 550.003 Venezuela 1987 Sell This Version
WD-1035 Various Windham Hill Records Sampler '84(CD, RE, Smplr) Windham Hill Records WD-1035 US 1989 Sell This Version
6.26150 BL Various Windham Hill Records Sampler '84(LP, Smplr) Windham Hill Records 6.26150 BL Germany Unknown Sell This Version
WD-1035 Various Windham Hill Records Sampler Volume 3(CD, Smplr) Windham Hill Records WD-1035 US Unknown Sell This Version

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January 5, 2016
referencing Windham Hill Records Sampler '84, LP, Smplr, WH-1035

WIndham Hill is notable as a label that helped spawn an entire genre. While WH was not the first to carry artists that were then hard to classify but now are recognizable as engaged in styles from "ambient" to "smooth jazz," the label, partly through their exacting quality, extra-glossy sleeves, and audiophile-quality inner sleeves, got unprecedented airplay and gave a real boost to those producing such music. Their "samplers" such as this record did indeed help sell many more copies, and -- back when radio was much more important -- generate requests to stations for more, but in general they stand the test of time and are remarkably well-suited for standalone for dinner, quiet time after dinner, or relaxation late evening or any time. Entire stations dabbling in "new age" or, later, "smooth jazz" relied heavily on the WH catalog. The samplers (unless excluding piano) almost always had at least one George Winston track, and Winston was likely their biggest seller.

This album plays well from start to finish and is definitely worth acquiring, as are most of the line of that era. In general the LPs are worth collecting just for the cover art, but as noted the production values were lovely and the entire package made the music seem special. Would have sold many, many more if the yoga and tea-sipping so fashinable now had been as hot back then :)