Altan: The First 10 Years 1986 / 1995
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This CD presents highlights from the five albums the band made before Kennedy's death. The selection is uniformly excellent and showcases the band's range, from wild jigs and reels to the almost corny "Tommy Bhetty's Waltz," the humorous "Donal agus Morag," and the distinctive "Mazurka." The vocals are lovely, and the two solo flute selections are beautifully done. And the final track is heartbreaking: by the time it was recorded, Kennedy was struggling with cancer, and his consciousness of his own mortality gives his performance a profound sadness that almost brought me to tears the first time I heard it. If you already have Altan's first five albums, there are no surprises here, but if you aren't familiar with their work this is a great place to start.
This is beautiful celtic music, good for background music or for playing in your store, or in the office, or for humming along in the car.
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Not my top favorite of this kind of music, but it's growing on me. I'm very happy to have added it to my collection.Published on June 1, 2013 by Stradkat
Very great CD filled with their early music - highly recommended for Irish/Gaelic/Celtic music fansPublished on May 4, 2008 by Avid Reader
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