Over an hour of the most deeply relaxing music on the planet, selected to introduce listeners to the best-selling Liquid Mind Series. Ideal for stress relief, falling asleep and meditative and therapeutic practices. Relax reached #8 on Billboard magazine’s Top Ten New Age Chart and was listed for 71 consecutive weeks.
Relax: A Liquid Mind Experience
|1. Teach Me to Whisper 7:01|
|2. Serenity 10:06|
|3. Touching Calm 7:44|
|4. Awakening 12:06|
|5. Reflection 8:18|
|6. I am Willing 7:55|
|7. Take Me Tenderly 6:47|
|8. Lullaby for Grownups 5:19|
I've always enjoyed the Liquid Mind albums, they are great for providing backdrop when you're reading or relaxing because they are very non-obtrusive and incredibly serene. This album features some highlights from his last eight albums. When it comes to relaxing ambient music, few composers come close to the light, emotive sound of Chuck Wild and his "Liquid Mind" series. The music is not only incredibly soothing, but light as air, wrapping the listener in a blanket of flowing synthesizer and keyboard tones. Relax brings together some of Wild's most gorgeous Liquid Mind selections from his past eight albums in one recording, including ”Touching Calm“ from his Sleep album and “Awakening” from Serenity. Though coming from different albums, the music blends well from one track to the next providing over an hour of pure, relaxing atmosphere music. Also included on the album is one new cut – “I Am Willing’.”
It’s been a while since the last Chuck Wild visit, so that must make it time for a quasi greatest hits refresher. With a new track added to the mix, this retrospective really highlights the introspective series that comes with a warning that you shouldn't operate heavy machinery while listening to this. A well textured ”spiritual“/introspective collection, it's nice to be reminded this stuff is out there.
At their essence, Liquid Mind recordings are slo-mo electronic symphonies created for frantic souls who yearn to take a mental float trip across their own private Sea of Tranquility. Credit these restful, unhurried soundscapes to Chuck Wild, once the keyboardist for Missing Persons, the inventive, short-lived 1980s new wave act that also included future instrumental auteurs Patrick O’Hearn (bass) and Terry Bozzio (drums). Relax is a 65-minute compilation of works from six of Wild’s previous recordings (plus one unreleased track, “I Am Willing”) and, for the uninitiated, stands as an inviting introduction to his languid, affecting sound designs. Wild explains in his liner notes that the Liquid Mind series was spawned when he made the decision to rely on music, not pharmaceuticals, to calm his own work-intensive, overtaxed psyche. Beyond the music's therapeutic subtext, a faint melodic thread weaves through Wild's spacey compositions to provide just enough structure, as demonstrated in the inviting sonic afterglow generated by “Teach Me to Whisper” and “Reflection,” that makes his music appealing to more than just the stressed-out or sleep-deprived. Wild is not the first to travel this ethereal path, and some may find his approach a touch one-dimensional for their tastes. But for any urbanite seeking dependable bliss-out music that avoids side trips into mysterious or experimental realms, Relax is a worthwhile starter disc.
Chuck Wild is Liquid Mind. He has released eight CD’s of the most euphoric atmospheres im-aginable. Relax: A Liquid Mind Experience is a collection of compositions from his library and one new composition — “I Am Willing”. There are not enough superlatives in the English language to describe this CD! It is, quite simply, one of the best CD’s of this genré, style or format. It is a deeply personal experience. (As regular readers are aware, I step out of my normal reviewing mode and address CD’s of this nature in the first person. This CD takes me in several directions. My first inclination within this encounter was to ponder the CD title — at least the second part — A Liquid Mind Experience. At first glance, this would seem to refer to Chuck’s alias. Upon deeper visitation, the title took on new meaning. It refers to the state of my mind upon deep reflection and meditation. I allowed the music to take its toll and liquefy my mind. I embraced the essence of the narcotics of Chuck’s sound design and reveled in the serenity of the numbness of a liquid mind.
I swayed gently to the symphonic airs and vivid auras. I was awash in bright colors — blues, greens, yellows, silvers and — yes — blacks. (Bright black is a state of mind bordering on the surreal.) The vivid hues slowly evolved into pastels and flowed serenely around my inner being and soul. The music continued to direct the journey and I became aware of several possibilities. I recall my days of use and despair as I tried to find higher planes through the use of chemicals. I find it ironic that I was looking for myself. Today, I am able to be myself and get to those higher planes by getting out of my own way. It seems too simple but in those moments of serenity, I am at peace and I am cavorting with angels and in conscious contact with my higher power — God. It is bliss in its purest form. It is love. It is peace. It is joy. It comes only when I surrender.)
The journey — for practical purposes only — has to end. Life happens and participation is mandatory. This CD is one of the best rest stops on the highway of life. It has no limits to its possibilities.