Timeless: The Songs the Sound the Tradition CD (2012)

Artist: Clannad

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Label Sony
SKU 228591309
UPC 886919577525
UPC 14 00886919577525
Format CD
Release Date 3/6/2012
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Author Clannad
Compilation Appearance Last Of The Mohicans
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-Best Of Thistle & Shamr
Compilation Appearance Celtic Circle
Compilation Appearance St. Patrick's Day Festival
Compilation Appearance Celtic Circle 2
Compilation Appearance Celtic Woman 3
Compilation Appearance Celtic Soul; The Very Best of Irish Music
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Guide To Irish Folk
Technical Info
Producer Ciaran Brennan; John Donnelly; Denis Woods; Pol Brennan; Greg Ladanyi; Hugh Padgham; Paul Ridout; Richard Dodd; Russ Kunkel; Steve Nye; Tony Clarke; Shane McDonnell (Compilation)
CatalogID 195775
Lable Name Legacy Recordings
Released 03/06/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 121m : 29s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886919577525
Musical Guests
Bono
Bruce Hornsby
Album Notes and Credits
Liner Note Author: Larry Kirwan.
Recording information: 1982-1997.
Although this two-CD Clannad collection is titled Essential, it's not quite an overview of career highlights. It's more a compilation of their most commercially successful period in the 1980s and '90s, with all of the 30 tracks having been recorded between 1982 and 1997. This means there's nothing from the half-dozen albums preceding 1983's Magical Ring, which had a folkier and usually more traditional nature than the ones they did for RCA and Atlantic. However, if this is the decade-and-a-half of Clannad you prefer, or with which you're most familiar, it does a reasonable job of distilling much of their appeal during this era into two discs. Their big U.K. smash "Theme from Harry's Game" is here, of course, as are their smaller TV theme hit "Robin (The Hooded Man)" and their duet with Bono, "In a Lifetime." A duet with Bruce Hornsby ("Something to Believe In") and a track with a guest vocal by Steve Perry ("White Fool") take care of the other celebrity cameos. Overall the material varies between songs close to the band's folk roots; others whose slicker arrangements can make them sound like fusions between Irish folk and adult contemporary or new age music, and even moments on which they verge on mainstream pop ("Closer to Your Heart" doesn't sound much unlike late-'70s Fleetwood Mac). The constant factors distinguishing them from other mainstream artists are the Irish folk elements, which come through strongest in their haunting lead and backup vocals, as well as some of their instrumentation (particularly the harp). It seems like disc two is less commercially oriented than the first CD, with a higher proportion of Irish-language songs, though the programming is smooth enough that fans of Clannad should enjoy most or all of this release. ~ Richie Unterberger
Disc 1
1 I Will Find You,R¡ Na Cruinne
2 In a Lifetime - (featuring Bono),Theme from Harry's Game
3 You're the One,Caislean Oir
4 Something to Believe In,Newgrange
5 Robin (The Hooded Man) [Theme from Robin of Sherwood],Buachaill On irne
6 Almost Seems (Too Late to Turn),Fad¢
7 Broken Pieces,Anam
8 Closer to Your Heart,Coinleach Glas an Fh¢mhair
9 Why Worry?,Na Laethe Bh¡
10 Mystery Game,Oh This Land
11 Bridge, A (That Carries Us Over),T ' M? Shu¡
12 Hunter, The,Poison Glen
13 White Fool,Uirchill an Chreag in
14 There for You,Bridge of Tears, The
15 Let Me See,Banba Oir
Disc 2
1 I Will Find You,R¡ Na Cruinne
2 In a Lifetime - (featuring Bono),Theme from Harry's Game
3 You're the One,Caislean Oir
4 Something to Believe In,Newgrange
5 Robin (The Hooded Man) [Theme from Robin of Sherwood],Buachaill On irne
6 Almost Seems (Too Late to Turn),Fad¢
7 Broken Pieces,Anam
8 Closer to Your Heart,Coinleach Glas an Fh¢mhair
9 Why Worry?,Na Laethe Bh¡
10 Mystery Game,Oh This Land
11 Bridge, A (That Carries Us Over),T ' M? Shu¡
12 Hunter, The,Poison Glen
13 White Fool,Uirchill an Chreag in
14 There for You,Bridge of Tears, The
15 Let Me See,Banba Oir
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Artist Clannad
Music Format Compact Disc

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