Magical Gathering: The Clannad Anthology

Magical Gathering: The Clannad Anthology

by Clannad
     
 

Featuring 34 tracks culled from 14 albums released between 1973 and 1998, A Magical Gathering: The Clannad Anthology is the first double-disc, multi-label retrospective of the premier Irish family band. With performances in both Gaelic and English, the set traces the evolution of the group from the nucleus of siblings Maire, Ciaran, and Pol (and briefly,See more details below

Overview

Featuring 34 tracks culled from 14 albums released between 1973 and 1998, A Magical Gathering: The Clannad Anthology is the first double-disc, multi-label retrospective of the premier Irish family band. With performances in both Gaelic and English, the set traces the evolution of the group from the nucleus of siblings Maire, Ciaran, and Pol (and briefly, sister Eithne, later to be known as Enya) and their uncles Padraig and Noel Duggan through their breakout success backing car adverts and on movie scores. Included are tracks with Bono ("In a Lifetime") and Bruce Hornsby ("Something to Believe In"). The usual Rhino attention to detail is here, with track by track notes and luminous art. This is one-stop shopping for newcomers and Clannad fans alike.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As a survey of the first quarter century or so of Clannad's recording career, this double-CD compilation is intelligently selected and annotated. It draws pretty evenly from the various phases of the group's lifespan, from their most traditional folk-based albums in 1973 and 1974 to the slicker rock, pop, and new age-influenced sounds that gave them some crossover pop success in Europe and America in the 1980s and 1990s. Their most well-known tracks, and cuts with celebrity cameos, are here: the big early-'80s British hit "Harry's Game," "In a Lifetime" (with Bono of U2), "Something to Believe In" (with Bruce Hornsby), "I Will Find You (Theme From 'The Last of the Mohicans')," and four early-'80s songs on which a young Enya (then known as Eithne Brennan) was a vocalist with the band. No criticism can be levied at the packaging, complete with a 44-page booklet of liner notes. What's more problematic is the variation in quality, as the band changes from an exciting group who merged traditional Irish folk with folk-rock and jazz to a less-exciting, still folk-based one to a more successful but blander group who submerged the folk deeper in contemporary mainstream pop, rock, and new age production. The break is particularly noticeable toward the end of disc one: prior to that point the collection is wholly comprised of traditional material, but it then switches primarily to group originals for the rest of the anthology. It's likely that there will be a significant number of Clannad listeners who won't find some or much of the collection to their taste, whether it's those who liked their folkiest output the best and may have little time for the post-1970s material or those who became fans of their pop material and aren't especially interested in their folk roots.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/2002
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227825522
catalogNumber:
78255

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Níl Sé Ina Lá
  2. Thíos Cois Na Trá Dom
  3. Teidhir Abhaile Riú
  4. Fairly Shot of Her
  5. Dúlamán
  6. The Galtee Hunt
  7. Siúil a Rún
  8. Down by the Sally Gardens
  9. Ar a Ghabháil 'N a 'Chuain Damh
  10. Na Buachaillí Álainn
  11. Bruach Na Carriage Báine
  12. An Túll
  13. Coinleach Ghlas an Fhómhair
  14. Thíos F Á 'n Chósta
  15. Theme from Harry's Game
  16. Newgrange

Disc 2

  1. Robin (The Hooded Man)
  2. Now Is Here
  3. Ancient Forest
  4. Caislean Óir
  5. In a Lifetime
  6. Almost Seems (Too Late to Turn)
  7. Buachaill Ón Éirne
  8. Second Nature
  9. Something to Believe In  - Bruce Hornsby
  10. Sirius
  11. Rí Na Cruinne
  12. The Poison Glen
  13. I Will Find You
  14. Banba Óir
  15. Seanchas
  16. Croí Cróga
  17. An Gleann
  18. A Mhuirnín Ó

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clannad   Primary Artist
Dónal Lunny   Bodhran
Bruce Hornsby   Piano,Accordion,Vocals,Harmony
Frankie Kennedy   Flute,Whistle (Instrument)
Robbie Blunt   Solo Instrumental,Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bono   Vocals
Ciaran Brennan   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Double Bass
Eithne Brennan   Vocals
Noel Bridgeman   Percussion
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Mel Collins   Alto Flute,Saxophone
Danny Cummings   Percussion
James Delaney   Synthesizer,Keyboards
John Donnelly   Drums
Philip Donnelly   Electric Guitar
Anto Drennan   Synthesizer,Guitar,Electric Guitar
Noel Duggan   Guitar,Harmonium,Vocals
Pat Farrell   Electric Guitar
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Grainne McMonagle   tin whistle
Paul Moran   Percussion,Drums
Charlie Morgan   Drums
Steve Nye   Keyboards
Ian Parker   Keyboards
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
J.D. Souther   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Nigel Thomas   Percussion
Peter-John Vettese   Solo Instrumental,Keyboards
John Wadham   Drums
Bridin Brennan   Vocal Harmony
Ed Deane   Solo Instrumental,Electric Guitar
Denis Woods   Keyboards
Padraig Duggan   Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Vocals,Mandola
Jai Winding   Keyboards
Ian Melrose   Acoustic Guitar
Tom Keane   uillean pipes
Moya Brennan   Harp,Keyboards,Vocals

Technical Credits

Clannad   Arranger
Dónal Lunny   Producer
Greg Allen   Tray Photo
Louis Austin   Engineer
Ciaran Brennan   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Tony Clarke   Producer
Paul Cobbold   Producer,Engineer
Richard Dodd   Producer,Engineer
John Donnelly   Programming,Producer
Noel Duggan   Composer
Pat Duggan   Composer
Pearse Dunne   Engineer
Fritz Fryer   Engineer
Dave Hutchins   Engineer
Russ Kunkel   Producer
Ron Kurz   Engineer
Greg Ladanyi   Producer,Engineer
Shep Lonsdale   Engineer
Kevin Maloney   Engineer
Tim Martin   Engineer
Brian Masterson   Engineer
Steve Nye   Producer
Hugh Padgham   Producer,Engineer
Martin Pearson   Engineer
Konrad Plank   Engineer
Paul Ridout   Programming,Producer
Nicky Ryan   Producer,Engineer
Paul Thomas   Engineer
Philip Begley   Engineer
Lorraine Francis   Engineer
Denis Woods   Producer
Padraig Duggan   Composer
Austin Ince   Engineer
Rachel Gutek   Art Direction
Reggie Collins   Discographical Annotation
Richard Rainey   Programming
Alister MacMillan   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Cheryl Fugate   Discographical Annotation
Leigh Hall   Liner Note Coordination
Dave Donnelly   Remastering
Brennan   Composer

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