The Greatest Journey - Essential Collection

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All Music Guide - Amy Hanson
The modern Celtic music revival shuddered in the wake of Michael Flatley's overbearing Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, which peppered the landscape to the point of overkill. While the more traditional beat of Celtic music remained, and remains alive and well, often nestled deep in its own wooded niche, what the general public received was increasingly more watered down and less palatable than anything before. However, there was a bright light within the storm when the fantastic Celtic Woman ensemble hove into view in 2005, to help revitalize Celtic music for a public that had little to choose from. Ethereal, ephemeral, spirited, and incredibly talented, this sextet of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Amy Hanson
The modern Celtic music revival shuddered in the wake of Michael Flatley's overbearing Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, which peppered the landscape to the point of overkill. While the more traditional beat of Celtic music remained, and remains alive and well, often nestled deep in its own wooded niche, what the general public received was increasingly more watered down and less palatable than anything before. However, there was a bright light within the storm when the fantastic Celtic Woman ensemble hove into view in 2005, to help revitalize Celtic music for a public that had little to choose from. Ethereal, ephemeral, spirited, and incredibly talented, this sextet of singers and musicians sparks fire through the beat of its songs, soars with complex and octave-defying vocals, and provides a remarkable showcase through the use of contemporary and traditional Irish instrumentation. Under the musical direction of David Downes, this compilation is a delicious sampling of songs with musical arrangements that never fight for attention amidst the pure vocals, but instead provide a backdrop that ultimately allows the entire thing to be cohesive and classy. While there isn't anything at all unexpected among the contents of The Greatest Journey: Essential Collection, the comprehensive set is highlighted by the beauty of songs from "Pie Jesu" and "You Raise Me Up" to the majestic sweep of "The Sky and the Sun and the Dawn" and on to the toe-curling, redoubtable bliss of "The Voice" and "Dúlaman." "Danny Boy" is here, and feels like an overtly commercial cop-out, but the deluxe CD package makes up for that with the inclusion of bonus tracks including "Mo Ghile Mear" and "Spanish Lady," both recorded live at Slane Castle. Greatest Journey is a competent collection, a solid introduction to the group for the novice, and a fantastic mix for the fan. [Manhattan issued an alternate version in 2008.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Manhattan Records
  • EAN: 5099926774824
  • Catalog Number: 67748
  • Sales rank: 9,270

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Call - Chloë (4:19)
  2. 2 Pie Jesu - Chloë (3:31)
  3. 3 You Raise Me Up - Chloë (4:41)
  4. 4 Harry's Game (2:31)
  5. 5 The Butterfly (3:02)
  6. 6 The Voice (3:07)
  7. 7 Danny Boy (3:28)
  8. 8 The Soft Goodbye - Chloë (4:01)
  9. 9 Shenandoah - The Contradiction (4:04)
  10. 10 The Isle Of Inisfree (3:28)
  11. 11 Dúlaman (3:06)
  12. 12 Green The Whole Year Round (4:48)
  13. 13 Ave Maria - Chloë (2:54)
  14. 14 The Sky And the Dawn And The Sun - Chloë (5:20)
  15. 15 Somewhere - Chloë (2:14)
  16. 16 Beyond the Sea - Chloé (3:21)
  17. 17 Mo Ghile Mean - Chloé (5:06)
  18. 18 Spanish Lady - Chloé (2:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Celtic Woman Primary Artist
Robbie Casserly Percussion
John O'Brien tin whistle
Eoghan O'Neill Bass Guitar
Ray Fean Percussion, Drums
David Downes Percussion, Conductor, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Des Moore Bouzouki, Guitar
Alan Smale Concert Master
Andreja Malir Harp
The Irish Film Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
John Page Conductor
Bill Butt Cello, Soloist
Robbie Harris Bodhran
Rosemary Collier Choir Director
The Discovery Gospel Choir Choir, Chorus, Ensemble
Roisin Dexter Choir Director, Choir Conductor
Andrew Reilly Bodhran
John Page Conductor
Martin Johnston Cello, Soloist
Aontas Choral Ensemble Choir, Chorus, Ensemble
Nick Bailey Percussion
Nicky Bailey Percussion
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
A. L. Webber Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Charles Trénet Composer
Andrew Boland Engineer
Ciaran Brennan Composer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering, Remastering
David Downes Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Orchestration, Audio Production, Whistle
Mairead Nesbitt Arranger
Dick Farrelly Composer
Traditional Composer
Lawence Composer
Bernstein Composer
Brendan Graham Composer
John O'Brien Whistle
Shay Healy Composer
D. Downes Composer
D. Agnew Composer
C. Ni Dhubhghaill Composer
Caroline Nesbitt Art Direction, Sleeve Design
B. McCrea Composer
Rolf Loveland Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    awesomely awesome

    it is the top of my list for celtic women! it is truely amazing! highly recommened to all!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    loved it!!!

    i love this cd i got it last christmas and i insantly fell in love with all celtic music i mean i liked it before but it was like opening my eyes hope you like as much as i did!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Celtic Woman..Great

    This is a great CD from a group of women with the voices and harmony of angels. Their version of "You Raise Me Up" is just breath taking. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    a bit disappointment

    I'm sorry, but it was nothing like the "New Journey" I was quite disappointed.

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