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Album Review

Andreas Vollenweider's Grammy-winning 1987 effort is dominated by the Swiss musician's electrically modified harp. Its distinctive sound runs throughout the album, supported by the usual tinkering synthesizer effects and light percussion. After an extended introductory interlude, the title track zips into a vaguely Caribbean-styled rhythm. "Water Moon" features a different, more organic harp sound; it's mixed with the windy tones of a flute, suggesting ghostly moonshafts lancing through falling rain. Vollenweider plays the harp strings off of guitar strings on the surprisingly twangy (for new age, anyway) "Drown in Pale Light." The composer weaves the instrumentals together with a goody bag of pan-ethnic influences, while the album's margins are full of these little touches that nevertheless make a big difference. Down to the Moon, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Simply Andreas' Best

Many people will point to this album and Caverna Magica as the two best albums by Andreas Vollenweider, but I've pretty much decided that Down to the Moon is my favorite of the two. Andreas often makes his albums feel/sound more like epic fantasy tails rather than just a series of individual tracks, and I think he did that best here on Down to the Moon. While several of the tracks stand well on their own ("The Secret, the Candle and Love", "Moon Dance", "Night Fire Dance") this album is intended to be experianced as a complete suite. If you buy the entire album, and not just a few tracks, listen to it at least once from begining to end in the proper order so you can experiance the wonderful and imaginative story that is Down to the Moon.

the best

have been listening to this album and many of his others since i was 5. it just never gets old, and you never have to get up and change the song, because ALL of them are amazing.

Vollenweider's best seller for good reason

I could listen to this album another thousand times and still love it just as much. I heard this playing at a store called The Nature Company in the late 80's and bought it on casette tape. In the 90's I bought it again on CD. Now my iPhone has a special place for it and iTunes is the enabler of my Vollenweider addiction. I also bought the Dancing with the Lions and White Winds (also awesome) and am trying a new Vollenweider album every so often but this is the one that got me hooked on this artist.


Born: 1953 in Zurich, Switzerland

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Andreas Vollenweider was one of the few musicians to gain superstar status as a "new age artist" back when the term was first used as a marketing category in the mid-'80s. The Swiss harpist, however, quickly transcended the need for alternative record sales when his albums simultaneously broached Billboard's pop, jazz, and classical charts in 1986. Born in Zurich in 1953, Vollenweider was ensconced in the city's fine art scene, courtesy of his father, one of Europe's leading organists. After becoming...
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