A Magical Gathering: The Clannad Anthology

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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...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/2002
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227825522
  • Catalog Number: 78255

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
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
David Donnelly Remastering
Reggie Collins Discographical Annotation
Richard Rainey Programming
Alister MacMillan Engineer
Traditional Composer
Cheryl Fugate Discographical Annotation
Leigh Hall Liner Note Coordination
Conny Plank Engineer
Brennan Composer
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