The Best of Altan: The Songs

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Altan has reached a point in its career where the band could conceivably exist off of the endless repackaging of its collected works. After nine solid albums of Celtic wizardry, they show no signs of slowing down, and seem the likely candidate to usurp the throne currently occupied by the Chieftains. The Best of Altan: The Songs is an anthology of their non-instrumental work from their four records on the Virgin label. Each track features the heavenly voice of fiddler Maighread Ní Mhaonaigh and the lush instrumentation that has won the band international acclaim. Highlights include the rousing "Beidh Aonach Amárach" and the Robert Burns classic "Green Grow the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Altan has reached a point in its career where the band could conceivably exist off of the endless repackaging of its collected works. After nine solid albums of Celtic wizardry, they show no signs of slowing down, and seem the likely candidate to usurp the throne currently occupied by the Chieftains. The Best of Altan: The Songs is an anthology of their non-instrumental work from their four records on the Virgin label. Each track features the heavenly voice of fiddler Maighread Ní Mhaonaigh and the lush instrumentation that has won the band international acclaim. Highlights include the rousing "Beidh Aonach Amárach" and the Robert Burns classic "Green Grow the Rushes." Though true fans will miss the inclusion of material from their five Green Linnet releases, The Best of Altan: The Songs is a moving anthology from one of Celtic music's most groundbreaking groups.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2003
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 724359302720
  • Catalog Number: 93027
  • Sales rank: 64,253

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Altan Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas Dobro, Guest Appearance
Dónal Lunny Bouzouki, Guest Appearance
Paul Brady Background Vocals
Richie Buckley Saxophone, Guest Appearance
James "Hutch" Hutchinson Bass, Guest Appearance
Fiachra Trench Guest Appearance
Anna Ní Mhaonaigh Vocals, Guest Appearance
Alan Smale String Quartet, Guest Appearance
Gillian Williams String Quartet, Guest Appearance
Stephan Conney Bass, Guest Appearance
Jimmy Higgins Bodhran, Guest Appearance
Bill Butt String Quartet, Guest Appearance
Niamh Nelson String Quartet, Guest Appearance
Mike Kinsella Harmonica, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Dónal Lunny Arranger
Bob Dylan Composer
Daíthí Sproule Arranger
Ciarán Curran Arranger
Rich Denhart Executive Producer
Mark Kelly Composer
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh Arranger, Composer
Trevor Sadler Mastering
Ciarán Tourish Arranger
Fiachra Trench String Arrangements
Chris Verespej Art Direction
Kelly Arranger
Traditional Composer
Byrne Arranger
Francis Mooney translation
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