Pure Moods

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Pure Moods
Compilation album by
Various Artists
Released1994 (original release)
April 29, 1997 (re-release)
RecordedVarious dates
GenreNew-age, ambient, trip hop, downtempo
LabelVirgin Records
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Pure Moods is the first United States release of a series of compilation albums of new-age music released by Virgin Records. The original was titled Moods – A contemporary Soundtrack[3] and released in the UK in 1991. This was followed by Moods 2 in 1992.[4] The series focuses on the genres of new-age, ambient, world music, and to a lesser extent, downtempo, trip-hop and smooth jazz. Several artists are featured regularly throughout the series such as Massive Attack, Moby, Delerium, Enigma, Enya, Adiemus, Sacred Spirit and Yanni.

The original volume of the series was initially promoted and sold by direct response television commercials. The first volume was initially released in 1994, with a different track listing from the 1997 re-release. There are twelve albums released by Virgin Records in the series — five "main entry" albums and six spin-off albums (Celtic, Scottish, Instrumental, Romantic, Gregorian and Christmas). Scottish Moods stands alone as an album featuring a single performer, David Methen and The Munros, while all the others are albums featuring multiple artists.

Track listings[edit]

Pure Moods (original 1994 release)[5][edit]

Pure Moods (1997 re-release)[6][edit]

Release Date: April 1, 1997
Label / Catalog #: Virgin Records US: 42186
UPC: 7 24384 21862 1

Instrumental Moods (original 1995 UK release)[7][edit]

Release Date: November 6, 1995
Label / Catalogue Number: Virgin Records UK: VTCD 65
UPC: 7 24384 11232 5

1."Riverdance"John Anderson Concert Orchestra3:51
3."Return to Innocence"Enigma4:08
4."Yeha-Noha (Wishes of Happiness & Prosperity)"Sacred Spirit4:26
5."The Celts"Enya2:57
6."Sentinel"Mike Oldfield3:56
7."Samba Pa Ti"Santana3:09
8."Albatross"Fleetwood Mac3:09
9."Love's Theme from Midnight Express"Giorgio Moroder5:33
10."Adiemus"Karl Jenkins3:59
11."Songbird"Kenny G4:59
12."Cavatina" (Theme from The Deer Hunter)John Williams3:35
13."Don't Cry For Me Argentina"The Shadows3:24
14."Inspector Morse Theme"Barrington Pheloung3:28
15."Brideshead Revisited theme"Geoffrey Burgon2:03
16."Theme from Soldier Soldier"Jim Parker2:54
17."Chi Mai"Ennio Morricone5:07
18."Stranger on the Shore"Acker Bilk2:58
19."Theme from People's Century"People's Century Orchestra1:46
20."Panis angelicus" (Theme from The Choir)Anthony Way3:23

Cinema Moods (1995)[edit]

Release Date: 1995

1."Theme From The Piano"Michael Nyman 
2."Theme From the Sheltering Sky"Ryuichi Sakamoto 
3."Theme From Dangerous Liaisons"George Fenton 
4."Theme From The Mission"Ennio Morricone 
5."Music From Shadowlands"George Fenton 
6."Theme From Jean de Florette"Jean-Claude Petit 
7."Opening Titles From The Remains Of The Day"Richard Robbins 
8."Theme From Germinal"Jean-Louis Roques 
9."Music From Betty Blue"Gabriel Yared 
10."Main Theme From The Last Emperor"David Byrne 
11."Music From The Killing Fields"Mike Oldfield 
12."Music From The Draughtsman's Contract"Michael Nyman 
13."Music From The Age Of Innocence"Elmer Bernstein 
14."Theme From Hamlet"Ennio Morricone 
15."Music From A Room With A View"Richard Robbins 
16."Theme From Cinema Paradiso"Ennio Morricone 
17."Music From Platoon"Samuel Barber 
18."Theme From The Big Blue"Eric Serra 

Gregorian Moods (1997)[edit]

Release Date: July 1997
Label / Catalogue Number: Virgin Records UK: VTCD 171

1."Cantique De Jean Racine"Fauré 
2."Ad Coenam Agni Providi"Gregorian Chant 
3."Locus Iste"Bruckner 
4."Attende, Domine"Gregorian Chant 
5."Ave Verum Corpus"Elgar 
6."Venite, Filli"Gregorian Chant 
7."Pange Lingua"Gregorian Chant 
8."Crux Fidelis"King John Of Portugal 
9."Laeta Dies Magni Ducis"Gregorian Chant 
10."Ave Verum Corpus"Mozart 
11."Veni, Sancte Spiritus"Gregorian Chant 
12."Thou Knowest, Lord"Purcell 
13."Domine, Jesu Christe"Gregorian Chant 
14."Geistliches Lied"Brahms 
15."A Solis Ortus Cardine"Gregorian Chant 
17."Ave Verum Corpus"Byrd 
18."Alma Redemptoris Mater"Gregorian Chant 
19."O How Amiable"Vaughan Williams 

Celtic Moods (1997)[edit]

Release Date: November 11, 1997
Label / Catalog #: Virgin Records US: 44951

1."Overture (Rob Roy/The Rieving Party)"Carter Burwell4:43
2."Theme From Harry's Game"Clannad2:30
3."Samain Night"Loreena McKennitt4:31
4."Only a Woman's Heart"Eleanor McEvoy3:38
5."Strange Boat"The Waterboys3:03
6."Invisible to You"Mary Coughlan4:30
7."The Call to Dance Medley (Westburne Reel, Andy Renwick's Ferret)"Leahy4:07
8."The Gaelic Reels"Capercaillie1:08
9."Sleepy Maggie"Ashley MacIsaac5:29
10."The Crib of Perches/Carmel Maloney Mulhaire's"Matt Malloy3:30
11."Blackbird"Sharon Shannon3:37
12."Heroine"The Edge & Sinéad O'Connor4:26
13."No Frontiers"Mary Black3:59
14."The Island"Paul Brady5:26
15."Caide Sin Don Te Sin?"Altan3:14
16."Ride On"Christy Moore4:06
17."Woodbrook"Michael O'Suilleabhain3:29

Instrumental Moods (1998)[edit]

Release Date: February 24, 1998
Label / Catalog #: Virgin Records US: 45397

1."In the Full Moon Light"3rd Force4:40
2."Knocking on Forbidden Doors"Enigma3:54
3."Barcelona Nights"Ottmar Liebert4:03
5."Dawa (Cradlesong)"Sacred Spirit4:15
6."Heat (From The Fifth Element)"Éric Serra2:54
7."Tempest"Jesse Cook2:58
8."Cliffs of Dover"Eric Johnson3:44
9."Midnight Express"Neal Schon5:10
10."Weather Storm"Massive Attack4:59
11."Samba Pa Ti"Santana3:09
12."Sure-As-Not (Full Whack Dub)"Afro Celt Sound System6:51
14."Gabriel's Oboe (From The Mission)"Ennio Morricone2:13
15."Cristofori's Dream"David Lanz6:02
16."Gathering of the Tribes"Craig Chaquico4:54

Christmas Moods (1998)[edit]

Release Date: October 20, 1998
Label / Catalog #: Virgin Records US: 46753

1."We Three Kings"David Arkenstone5:20
2."O Come All Ye Faithful"Nando Lauria3:28
3."I Believe in Father Christmas"State of the Heart3:16
4."Mistletoe and Wine"State of the Heart2:54
5."First Noel"Spencer Brewer4:54
6."Christmas Eve"Ira Stein4:34
7."Unto Us a Boy Is Born"Michael Jones4:08
8."Gloria"Nando Lauria5:58
9."Fairytale of New York"State of the Heart3:02
10."Blue Christmas"State of the Heart3:20
11."White Christmas"State of the Heart4:38
12."When a Child Is Born/Stay Another Day Medley"State of the Heart5:55
13."Ukrainian Carol"Spencer Brewer3:38
14."Away in a Manger"David Darling3:13
15."I Saw Three Ships"David Arkenstone4:33
16."Gaudete"Mediæval Bæbes2:17

Pure Moods II (1998)[edit]

Release Date: November 17, 1998
Label / Catalog #: Virgin Records US: 46796

1."The Mummers' Dance"Loreena McKennitt6:08
3."The Cradlesong (DaWa)" (remix)Sacred Spirit4:00
5."Life in a Northern Town"Dream Academy4:18
6."Zarabanda (Saraband)"Adiemus4:37
7."Euphoria (Firefly)"Delerium4:36
8."Weather Storm"Craig Armstrong6:05
9."Teardrop" (edit)Massive Attack (featuring Elizabeth Fraser)4:10
10."Theme from Harry's Game"Clannad2:27
11."Chariots of Fire"Vangelis3:31
12."Breezin'"George Benson5:39
13."Emily"Dave Koz5:30
14."2 the Night"Ottmar Liebert4:19
15."Beyond the Invisible" (short radio edit)Enigma3:43
16."The Mystic's Dream"Loreena McKennitt7:43

Scottish Moods (1999)[edit]

Release Date: February 23, 1999
Label / Catalog #: Virgin Records US: 46986

1."Dark Island"David Methven and the Munros2:48
2."Amazing Grace"David Methven and the Munros2:03
3."My Home"David Methven and the Munros2:37
4."Skye Boat Song"David Methven and the Munros2:32
5."Highland Cathedral"David Methven and the Munros2:51
6."Hasten and Come with Me"David Methven and the Munros2:47
7."Scots Wha Hae"David Methven and the Munros2:44
8."Flower of Scotland"David Methven and the Munros3:20
9."Scottish Soldier" (Green Hills of Tyrone)David Methven and the Munros4:26
10."El Alamein"David Methven and the Munros3:07
11."Lord Lovat's Lament"David Methven and the Munros2:42
12."Ye Banks and Braes"David Methven and the Munros3:27
13."Abide with Me"David Methven and the Munros2:30
14."Ae Fond Kiss"David Methven and the Munros3:51
15."Morag of Dunvegan"David Methven and the Munros1:56
16."Auld Lang Syne"David Methven and the Munros1:58
17."Glengarry's Lament"David Methven and the Munros2:00

Pure Moods III (2001)[edit]

Release Date: February 6, 2001
Label / Catalog #: Virgin Records US: 50935

1."Only If..."Enya3:18
3."Life in Mono"Mono4:27
4."Games Without Frontiers" (Massive Attack / David Bottrill remix)Peter Gabriel5:18
5."Cristofori's Dream"David Lanz6:03
6."Land of Anaka"Geoffrey Oryema and Brian Eno5:19
7."Dela Dela"Sacred Spirit4:42
8."Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence"Ryuichi Sakamoto4:36
9."The Velocity of Love"Suzanne Ciani4:27
10."Ever So Lonely / Eyes / Ocean"Sheila Chandra3:24
11."Virtue"Jesse Cook4:08
12."Theme from Silk Road"Kitaro4:30
13."Synaesthetic"Blue Man Group5:32
14."On Sacred Ground"Yanni7:07
15."Gravity of Love"Enigma3:57
16."Deliver Me"Sarah Brightman4:00

Pure Moods IV (2002)[edit]

Release Date: October 1, 2002
Label / Catalog #: Virgin Records US: 12082

3."Shadows in Silence"Enigma4:19
4."Silence"Delerium featuring Sarah McLachlan6:34
5."Songs from a Secret Garden"Secret Garden3:31
6."One Man's Dream"Yanni2:45
7."Devotion"Jim Brickman3:36
8."Fields of Gold"Eva Cassidy4:42
9."Garden of Eden"Govi2:54
10."La Valse d'Amélie" (Theme from Amélie)Yann Tiersen2:00
11."Sea"George Winston2:42
12."God Moving Over the Face of the Waters"Moby5:45
13."Main Titles (From Chocolat)"Rachel Portman3:09
14."Angel"Sarah McLachlan4:28
15."She Moves Through the Fair"B-Tribe5:00
16."This Love"Craig Armstrong featuring Elizabeth Fraser6:19
17."River of Stars"Paul Schwartz4:04
18."When You're Falling"Afro Celt Sound System featuring Peter Gabriel5:17

Romantic Moods (2002)[edit]

Release Date: 2002

1."Endless Tide"5:24
2."Sea of Serenity"4:39
4."Halycon Blue"5:25
5."Leeward Shore"5:11
7."Forest Beneath the Waves"4:38
10."Oceanic Dreams"4:45

Pure Moods: Celestial Celebration (2004)[edit]

Release Date: February 24, 2004
Label / Catalog #: Virgin Records US: 96797

1."Here with Me"Dido4:16
2."Building a Mystery" (live)Sarah McLachlan4:08
3."Love of Strings"Moby6:12
4."More Than This"Charlie Hunter featuring Norah Jones4:11
5."Wake Up in New York"Craig Armstrong featuring Evan Dando3:32
6."Have a Day / Celebratory"The Polyphonic Spree4:39
7."Amado Mio"Pink Martini4:48
8."San Antonio"Kinky3:33
9."Euphoria" (edit)Delerium4:35
10."Voyageur" (Chillout Mix)Enigma4:54
11."Crescent Silver Scythe"Sheila Chandra3:48
12."I Don't Know What I Can Save You From" (Röyksopp Remix)Kings of Convenience4:16
13."Weather Storm"Massive Attack5:01
14."Harvest Moon"Cassandra Wilson5:03
15."The Chokin' Kind"Joss Stone3:38
16."Days Go By" (Acoustic Version)Dirty Vegas2:46
17."Ain't No Sunshine"Eva Cassidy3:25
18."What a Wonderful World"Sarah Brightman3:41


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