Best of the Vanguard Years is a compilation CD from the innovative group Oregon; a band that was based in the state of the same name, featuring the collaborative efforts of Paul McCandless, Ralph Towner, Glen Moore, and Collin Walcott. A historically important group, the founding members of Oregon combined their classical backgrounds with jazz improvisations and an eclectic mix of world rhythms and exotic instrumentation. They may have been single handedly responsible for putting new age and world music on the map. Recorded examples of their unique sound and style can be traced back to the late 1960's- at least a decade before terms like " world " and " new age " were even coined. This CD documents the group's music between the years 1970-1980. If you want to know where it all came from, check this CD out.