Pure Moods

Pure Moods was 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[2] and released in the UK in 1991. This was followed by Moods 2 in 1992.[3] 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.

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
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [1]

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 to the 1997 re-release. There are twelve albums released by Virgin Records in the series — five "main entry" albums and seven spin-off albums (Celtic, Scottish, Instrumental, Romantic, Gregorian, Christmas and Tranquil Moods: The Ultimate New Age Collection). Scottish Moods stands alone as an album featuring a single performer, David Methen and The Munros, while all the others are albums featuring multiple groups.

Pinnacle Records has released a similarly named series of albums using the "Pure x Moods" naming scheme, such as Pure Rock Moods, Pure Country Moods, Pure Jazz Moods, Pure Easy Moods, Pure Salsa Moods, Pure Guitar Moods, Pure Opera Moods, Pure Piano Moods, Pure Chillout Moods, Pure Musical Moods, Pure Acoustic Moods, Pure Dinner Jazz Moods, Pure Summer Moods, Pure Relaxation Moods, Pure Chilled Moods, Pure Late Night Moods, Pure Latin Jazz Moods, Pure Smooth Jazz Moods, Pure Movie Moods, Pure Driving Moods and Pure Celtic Chill Out but these albums are unrelated to the series released by Virgin Records.

Track listings

Pure Moods (original 1994 release)

1."Return to Innocence"Enigma4:10
2."Sweet Lullaby"Deep Forest3:51
3."Crockett's Theme"Jan Hammer3:34
4."Oxygène Part IV"Jean Michel Jarre3:19
5."Orinoco Flow"Enya3:46
6."Tubular Bells Part 1" (opening excerpt)Mike Oldfield4:59
7."Chariots of Fire"Vangelis3:26
8."The Heart Asks Pleasure First / The Promise" (theme from The Piano)Michael Nyman3:13
9."Chi Mai"Ennio Morricone5:04
10."Inspector Morse Theme"Barrington Pheloung2:08
12."Little Fluffy Clouds"The Orb4:02
13."Only You"Praise3:38
14."Aria on Air" (as used on a British Airways commercial)Malcolm McLaren4:09
15."Lily Was Here"David A. Stewart featuring Candy Dulfer4:18
16."Songbird"Kenny G4:59
17."Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence"Ryuichi Sakamoto4:29
18."Theme from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me"Angelo Badalamenti5:01
19."Theme from The Mission"Ennio Morricone2:52
20."Another Green World"Brian Eno1:31

Pure Moods (1997 re-release) [4]

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

1."Return to Innocence"Enigma4:10
2."Orinoco Flow"Enya3:46
3."Sweet Lullaby"Deep Forest3:51
4."Oxygène Part IV"Jean Michel Jarre3:19
5."The X-Files Theme (DADO Paranormal Activity Mix)"DJ Dado3:30
6."Tubular Bells Part 1"Mike Oldfield4:59
7."Sadeness, Pt. 1"Enigma4:16
8."Adiemus"Karl Jenkins3:59
9."Crockett's Theme"Jan Hammer3:34
10."Theme from The Mission"Ennio Morricone2:52
11."Main Title Theme from The Last Emperor"David Byrne4:03
12."Yeha-Noha (Wishes of Happiness & Prosperity)"Sacred Spirit4:26
13."Theme from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me"Angelo Badalamenti5:01
14."Makambo"Geoffrey Oryema5:01
15."My Wife with Champagne Shoulders"Mark Isham5:32
16."The Promise"Michael Nyman3:13
17."Lily Was Here"David A. Stewart, Candy Dulfer4:18

Instrumental Moods (original 1995 UK release) [5]

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

Gregorian Moods (1997)

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)

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)

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)

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 Heart (band)3:16
4."Mistletoe and Wine"State of the Heart (band)2:54
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 Heart (band)3:02
10."Blue Christmas"State of the Heart (band)3:20
11."White Christmas"State of the Heart (band)4:38
12."When a Child Is Born/Stay Another Day Medley"State of the Heart (band)5:55
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)

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 Attack4:10
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)

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)

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

Tranquil Moods: The Ultimate New Age Collection (2002)

Release Date: September 3, 2002

1."Chariots Of Fire (The Main Theme)"Vangelis 
2."Sail Away"Yogi Lash & Mojo Twin 
3."Medicine Woman"Yogi Lash & Mojo Twin 
4."Flying Squirrel Creek"Yogi Lash & Mojo Twin 
5."Anasazi Stardance"Yogi Lash & Mojo Twin 
6."Moonlight On Havasu Creek"Yogi Lash & Mojo Twin 
7."Bard Of Armagh"Yogi Lash & Mojo Twin 
8."Tamarack Pines"Yogi Lash & Mojo Twin 
9."Memory Of Trees"Yogi Lash & Mojo Twin 
10."Heaven On Earth"Yogi Lash & Mojo Twin 
11."Dance Of The World"Yogi Lash & Mojo Twin 
12."Through The Arbor"Yogi Lash & Mojo Twin 
13."How The West Was Lost"Yogi Lash & Mojo Twin 
14."Earth Story"Yogi Lash & Mojo Twin 
15."Brave Heart"Yogi Lash & Mojo Twin 
16."Water"Om Namah Shivay 
17."Ice"Om Namah Shivay 
18."A Dark Night"Om Namah Shivay 
19."The Moon"Om Namah Shivay 
20."Winter"Om Namah Shivay 
21."The Valley"Om Namah Shivay 
22."Body"Om Namah Shivay 
23."Feminity"Om Namah Shivay 
24."Calmness"Om Namah Shivay 
25."The Spirits"Om Namah Shivay 
26."Shadow"Om Namah Shivay 
27."Fire"Peljidiin Kahn 
28."Stream"Peljidiin Kahn 
29."A New Day"Peljidiin Kahn 
30."The Sun"Peljidiin Kahn 
31."Summer"Peljidiin Kahn 
32."The Mountains"Peljidiin Kahn 
33."Soul"Peljidiin Kahn 
34."Masculinity"Peljidiin Kahn 
35."Liveliness"Peljidiin Kahn 
36."The Gods"Peljidiin Kahn 
37."Brightness"Peljidiin Kahn 
38."Sanctuary"Sensai Ming Tai 
39."Guardian Angel (Part 1)"Sensai Ming Tai 
40."Sanctum (Part 1)"Sensai Ming Tai 
41."Fountain Of Life (Part 1)"Sensai Ming Tai 
42."Frozen Breeze"Sensai Ming Tai 
43."Into The Green"Sensai Ming Tai 
44."Ashok's Tree"Sensai Ming Tai 
45."Fountain Of Life (Part 2)"Sensai Ming Tai 
46."Sanctum (Part 2)"Sensai Ming Tai 
47."Guardian Angel (Part 2)"Sensai Ming Tai 
48."Oriental Skies"Sensai Ming Tai 
49."Unleashing My Chakra"Om Namah Shivay 
50."Peaceful Purpose"Om Namah Shivay 
51."Mystery Of Meditation"Om Namah Shivay 
52."Blissful Harmonies"Om Namah Shivay 
53."Out Of Body Experience"Om Namah Shivay 
54."Departing Consciousness"Om Namah Shivay 
55."The Light Of Being"Om Namah Shivay 
56."Easy Life"Om Namah Shivay 
57."Random Thoughts"Om Namah Shivay 
58."Astral Projection"Om Namah Shivay 
59."Contemplation"Om Namah Shivay 
60."Refocusing The Soul"Om Namah Shivay 
61."Leaps Of Faith"Om Namah Shivay 
62."State Of Mind"Om Namah Shivay 
63."Floral Drift"Lolo Kalikeli 
64."Long Ago"Lolo Kalikeli 
65."Time In"Lolo Kalikeli 
66."Sublime Paradise"Lolo Kalikeli 
67."Garden Of Peace"Lolo Kalikeli 
68."Ocean Of Meditation"Lolo Kalikeli 
69."Ocean Of Meditation"Lolo Kalikeli 
70."Warm Glow"Lolo Kalikeli 

Pure Moods IV (2002)

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)

Release Date: 2002

1."Endless Tide" 
2."Sea of Serenity" 
4."Halycon Blue" 
5."Leeward Shore" 
7."Forest Beneath the Waves" 
10."Oceanic Dreams" 

Pure Moods: Celestial Celebration (2004)

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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