Once in Austin we'd stop in Whole Foods, they originated as a small store in Austin, before they became the the huge supermarket chain store that they are today, and we'd pick up some coffee, usually Kona from Hawaii, but also some other variety like Pecan,, vanilla, or some other flavor, again this was quite before coffee became a vogue commodity. We'd get some international beer, maybe some other groceries, we'd go to Waterloo Records and another small independent store there, I forget their name, it might have been BookPeople when they were a much smaller store, and before they moved to their larger shop on the other side of Lady Bird Lake (Colorado River). At any rate they were sort of a New Age shop. New Age was a new thing then, and this shop had all sorts of things. I'm not even really sure what all the movement encompassed or what it was all about, but I think it was about overall self-improvement of the mind, body, and spirit. In other words it was a self-discovery thing. They had crystals, music, books, incense, movies, massage oil, and all that. It was really a neat place to go look around in because of its uniqueness.
That's where I'd look at some of the merging New Age artist, and buy a few cassettes or LPs. I really found some interesting things that I still listen to today. I had already heard of some of these musicians from a radio show I'd tune into on a Sunday night called Hearts of Space, and taped that pretty religiously for nearly a year or more. I still have many of those tapes as well. At any rate, I picked up the above album, The Best of Both Worlds: The Second Audion Sampler, either on cassette or CD. I've tried to find it today, but I'll have to look further as I can't find it, but it was one of those compilation albums that contained many different musicians. I eventually picked up other albums by the artist featured on that album. Emerald Web had one of the first songs on the album, and I've been listening to their music today. They were a husband and wife team that made some really lovely music. It was a combination of synthesizer and flute. Some of it is up-temp, at other times mysterious, majestic, ethnic/world infused, haunting, serene, and so forth.
I ran into a radio broadcast online that features many of their songs on it, and have been listening to it this morning as well. Check it out, it's wonderful and has brought back a lot of happy memories for me.