Live in Paris and Toronto [Enhanced]

Live in Paris and Toronto [Enhanced]

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by Loreena McKennitt
     
 

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Loreena McKennitt owes some part of her phenomenal success to her ability to craft songs at once intimate and sprawling, drawing upon many histories and cultures while always touching on raw human feeling. Conceived as a fund-raising project for the Cook-Rees Memorial Fund for Water Search and Safety, this two-CD set was recorded on her 1998 Book of SecretsSee more details below

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Loreena McKennitt owes some part of her phenomenal success to her ability to craft songs at once intimate and sprawling, drawing upon many histories and cultures while always touching on raw human feeling. Conceived as a fund-raising project for the Cook-Rees Memorial Fund for Water Search and Safety, this two-CD set was recorded on her 1998 Book of Secrets tour and mixed at Peter Gabriel's Real World studios. McKennitt's first full-length live recording, it demonstrates that her talent is not just a product of studio mixes. A live concert may not have the refinement of a studio session, but McKennitt's fans won't be disappointed: The large ensemble of violin, cello, bass, piano, guitars, drums, and percussion invigorates her fusion of folk, medieval, Celtic, and Middle-Eastern themes with a spicy cross-cultural ambience. And when she sings, her voice rises like a phoenix. Featuring the three-million-selling Book of Secrets in its entirety, Live in Paris and Toronto includes nine more McKennitt favorites, including "The Lady of Shalott" and "Between the Shadows," each testifying to the brilliance and grace of this unique international star.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Aaron Badgley
Loreena McKennitt is in her element in front of an audience, telling interesting stories about the songs and assembling a top-notch backing band. This is her first live release available to the public, and uses material from three concerts (one from Paris and two from Toronto) to put together a complete show. As with The Book of Secrets tour, the first half is The Book of Secrets in its entirety, arranged in the same order as the studio CD. This material is covered on the first CD, and it has never sounded better. The live performance seems to breathe new life into the tracks and some songs, such as "Dante's Prayer" and "Skellig," sound better than the studio recordings. The second CD is more of an overview of her career, featuring songs from her back catalog. Again, the tracks seem to benefit when played in front of an audience; in particular, "The Lady of Shalott" and "All Souls Night" are brilliant. The musicianship on this live CD is excellent, and her band is very tight, as though they had been playing together for years. The sound of the CD is amazing; while maintaining the warmth of a live performance, McKennitt is still able to present a crisp, clean recording -- a remarkable feat. Also worth noting is the packaging, which includes notes by McKennitt, wonderful photos, and details of how the whole package was put together. This CD is ideal for fans and is actually a good place for newcomers to start. [This edition features enhanced content on CD-ROM.]

Product Details

Release Date:
12/05/2006
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0774213991089
catalogNumber:
000795702
Rank:
111813

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Loreena McKennitt   Primary Artist,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals
Brian Hughes   Bouzouki,Guitar,Oud
Hugh Marsh   Violin
Donald Quan   Keyboards
Nigel Eaton   Hurdy-Gurdy
Caroline LaVelle   Cello
Rick Lazar   Percussion
Rob Piltch   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Loreena McKennitt   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Adaptation
Jeff Wolpert   Engineer
William Shakespeare   Composer,Poetry
Alfred Lord Tennyson   Composer
Alfred Noyes   Composer
Claude Fortin   translation
Traditional   Composer

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