The Essential Clannad

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although this two-CD Clannad collection is titled Essential, it's not quite an overview of career highlights. It's more a compilation of their most commercially successful period in the 1980s and '90s, with all of the 30 tracks having been recorded between 1982 and 1997. This means there's nothing from the half-dozen albums preceding 1983's Magical Ring, which had a folkier and usually more traditional nature than the ones they did for RCA and Atlantic. However, if this is the decade-and-a-half of Clannad you prefer, or with which you're most familiar, it does a reasonable job of distilling much of their appeal during this era into two discs. Their big U.K. smash ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although this two-CD Clannad collection is titled Essential, it's not quite an overview of career highlights. It's more a compilation of their most commercially successful period in the 1980s and '90s, with all of the 30 tracks having been recorded between 1982 and 1997. This means there's nothing from the half-dozen albums preceding 1983's Magical Ring, which had a folkier and usually more traditional nature than the ones they did for RCA and Atlantic. However, if this is the decade-and-a-half of Clannad you prefer, or with which you're most familiar, it does a reasonable job of distilling much of their appeal during this era into two discs. Their big U.K. smash "Theme from Harry's Game" is here, of course, as are their smaller TV theme hit "Robin The Hooded Man" and their duet with Bono, "In a Lifetime." A duet with Bruce Hornsby "Something to Believe In" and a track with a guest vocal by Steve Perry "White Fool" take care of the other celebrity cameos. Overall the material varies between songs close to the band's folk roots; others whose slicker arrangements can make them sound like fusions between Irish folk and adult contemporary or new age music, and even moments on which they verge on mainstream pop "Closer to Your Heart" doesn't sound much unlike late-'70s Fleetwood Mac. The constant factors distinguishing them from other mainstream artists are the Irish folk elements, which come through strongest in their haunting lead and backup vocals, as well as some of their instrumentation particularly the harp. It seems like disc two is less commercially oriented than the first CD, with a higher proportion of Irish-language songs, though the programming is smooth enough that fans of Clannad should enjoy most or all of this release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2012
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886919577525
  • Catalog Number: 195775
  • Sales rank: 13,270

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Will Find You (5:15)
  2. 2 In a Lifetime - Bono (3:03)
  3. 3 You're the One (3:53)
  4. 4 Something to Believe In - Bruce Hornsby (4:44)
  5. 5 Robin (The Hooded Man) (2:44)
  6. 6 Almost Seems (Too Late to Turn) (4:39)
  7. 7 Broken Pieces (4:51)
  8. 8 Closer to Your Heart (3:29)
  9. 9 Why Worry? (4:15)
  10. 10 Mystery Game (4:24)
  11. 11 A Bridge (That Carries Us Over) (4:24)
  12. 12 The Hunter (4:02)
  13. 13 White Fool (4:39)
  14. 14 There for You (3:59)
  15. 15 Let Me See - Anthony Drennan (4:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ri Na Cruinne (3:48)
  2. 2 Theme from Harry's Game (2:29)
  3. 3 Caislean Óir (2:07)
  4. 4 Newgrange (4:00)
  5. 5 Buachaill Ón Éirne (3:08)
  6. 6 Fado - Ian Melrose (4:29)
  7. 7 Anam (3:50)
  8. 8 Coinleach Glas an Fhómhair (5:57)
  9. 9 Na Laethe Bhí (5:19)
  10. 10 Oh This Land - Anthony Drennan (4:42)
  11. 11 Tá' Mé Shuí (3:12)
  12. 12 Poison Glen (3:52)
  13. 13 Uirchill an Chreagain (4:19)
  14. 14 The Bridge of Tears - Ian Melrose (3:55)
  15. 15 Banba Oir (3:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clannad Primary Artist
Bruce Hornsby Piano, Accordion, Vocals
Steve Perry Vocals
Ciaran Brennan Group Member
Noel Duggan Group Member
Padraig Duggan Group Member
Pol Brennan Group Member
Moya Brennan Group Member
Technical Credits
Clannad Arranger
Ciaran Brennan Arranger, Composer, Producer
Tony Clarke Producer
Richard Dodd Producer
John Donnelly Producer
Noel Duggan Composer
Larry Kirwan Liner Notes
Russ Kunkel Producer
Greg Ladanyi Composer, Producer
Steve Nye Producer
Hugh Padgham Producer
Paul Ridout Producer
Denis Woods Producer
Padraig Duggan Composer
Pol Brennan Composer, Producer
Traditional Composer
Gretchen Brennison Direction
Moya Brennan Composer
Leon Brennan Composer
Mandy Eidgah Marketing
Jennifer Feinberg Marketing
Sean Brennan Mastering
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