Iona Live: Heaven's Bright Sun

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All Music Guide - Dave Sleger
For years Iona loyalists have been saying "but you must see them live" in defense of their lengthy, ambient-laden instrumentals and sometimes partially realized studio concepts. They have a point to an extent. A greater intensity and sense of purpose does exist in this two-disc live set, but invariably, whenever that dynamic reveals itself, Iona drifts further from anything inherently Celtic, and closer to '70s pop/prog like Camel, Renaissance and Genesis which isn't a knock, because Iona doesn't place labels on themselves. An obvious exception is the previously unrecorded reel medley, "Mountain Road/Ivy Leaf/Hunter's Purse/Rip the Calico," which boasts a stunning ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Sleger
For years Iona loyalists have been saying "but you must see them live" in defense of their lengthy, ambient-laden instrumentals and sometimes partially realized studio concepts. They have a point to an extent. A greater intensity and sense of purpose does exist in this two-disc live set, but invariably, whenever that dynamic reveals itself, Iona drifts further from anything inherently Celtic, and closer to '70s pop/prog like Camel, Renaissance and Genesis which isn't a knock, because Iona doesn't place labels on themselves. An obvious exception is the previously unrecorded reel medley, "Mountain Road/Ivy Leaf/Hunter's Purse/Rip the Calico," which boasts a stunning seven-minute uilleann pipes clinic by Troy Donockley. Now that's Celtic rock! "When I Survey," utilizing the traditional melody of "Waly Waly" and the lyrics of 17th-century English theologian/hymn writer Isaac Watts, is sure to please devotees of both the folk-rock and progressive camps. Lead vocalist Joanne Hogg displays tendencies that evoke comparisons to Karen Matheson and Annie Haslam. Evidently, guitarist Dave Bainbridge picked up a few tips from Robert Fripp who appeared on their previous two studio albums, as his epic, impressionistic 12-minute guitar intro on "Survey" eventually gives way to a fiery solo which wouldn't sound out of place on an early-'70s King Crimson album. Throughout Heaven's Bright Sun, Mike Haughton's unsolicited wailing sax outbursts do little to solidify Iona's classification as either a progressive or folk-rock group. And Iona wouldn't have it any other way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Open Sky Uk
  • UPC: 604388656325
  • Catalog Number: 7
  • Sales rank: 195,069

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Turning Tide (2:24)
  2. 2 Treasure (4:56)
  3. 3 Flight of the Wild Goose (5:42)
  4. 4 Today (3:29)
  5. 5 Irish Day (6:06)
  6. 6 Luke (3:49)
  7. 7 Inside My Heart (6:51)
  8. 8 Trilogy (8:47)
  9. 9 I Will Give My Love an Apple (6:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Island (5:56)
  2. 2 Iona (6:39)
  3. 3 Columcille (4:14)
  4. 4 Heaven's Bright Sun (7:54)
  5. 5 Chi Rho (5:04)
  6. 6 Bi-Sé I Mo Shuìl, Pt. 2 (4:48)
  7. 7 Kells Theme (6:28)
  8. 8 Reels (7:34)
  9. 9 When I Survey (14:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Iona Primary Artist
Dave Bainbridge Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocal Harmony
Mike Haughton Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Tambourine, Vocals, tin whistle
Terl Bryant Chimes, Cymbals, Drums, Gong, Tambourine, Timbales, Djembe, Agogo, Bodhran, Rainstick, Shaker, finger cymbals, Wind Chimes, Cabasa
Phil Barker Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar
Troy Donockley Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Human Whistle, Cittern, Slide Guitar, uillean pipes, E-bow, tin whistle, Low Whistle
Joanna Hogg Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Shaker
Jam Blocks Agogo, Shaker, finger cymbals
Technical Credits
Iona Arranger
Dave Bainbridge Programming, Producer
Terl Bryant Contributor
Phil Barker Contributor
Stuart Hamilton Compilation Assistant
Mark Dyde Engineer
Julian Staniord Engineer
Steve Hopper Engineer
Nigel Palmer Engineer
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