- Released: October 3, 2006
- Label: Windham Hill Records
Dirty Linen - p.87
"[The disc] provides an entertaining look at the early development of one of America's most beloved instrumentalists."
- 1.Highway Hymn Blues
- 3.Go'way From My Window
- 4.The Woods East of Deland
- 5.Brenda's Blues
- 6.Miles City Train
- 7.New Hope Blues
- 8.Theme For a Futuristic Movie
- 11.Blues in G - (Bonus Track)
- 12.You Don't Love Me - (Bonus Track)
- 13.Elcina's Grandmother's Rag - (Bonus Track)
- 14.Variations on Song For Kurt - (Bonus Track)
- 15.Bright Light Waltz - (Bonus Track)
Solo performer: George Winston (piano).
Producers: John Fahey, Doug Decker, George Winston.
Recorded at United Recording, Los Angeles, California in November 1972 and June 1973. Originally released on Takoma (R-9016) as PIANO SOLOS.
All songs written by George Winston except "Go 'Way From My Window" (traditional), "Brenda's Blues" (John Fahey) and "Theme For A Futuristic Movie" (Michael S. Roth).
George Winston's significant contributions to the genres of new age, ambient, and contemporary instrumental stretch back to 1972. Winston's first album BALLADS & BLUES was released in that year, and while it lacks the cohesive mood of later albums like December, it represents the artist as a serious stylist with a penchant for atmosphere and variety. Winston dabbles in blues and ragtime, as well as his more familiar stately ballads, and his command of the instrument and facility for creating ambiance (enhanced here by the production of guitar legend John Fahey) is immediately appealing.