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  • Audio CD (April 16, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Narada
  • ASIN: B0000C3I8J
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,295 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Beidh Aonach Amarach
3. Green Grow The Rushes
4. Suil Ghorm
5. Gleanntain Ghlas Ghaoth Dobhair
6. Molly Na gCuach Ni Chuilleanain
7. I Wish My Love Was A Red Red Rose
8. Cuach Mo Lon Dubh Bui
9. The Pretty Young Girl
10. Ar Bhruach Na Carraige Baine
11. Eoghainin O Ragadain
12. Ten Thousand Miles
13. Stor, A Stor, A Ghra
14. A Moment In Time

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Collecting several of Altan's vocal tracks on a single CD is a fine idea. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh's dewy folk soprano is always a joy to hear, whether she is singing in Irish or English, as is her magnificent fiddling. The other band members are on their game, too. "Girl From The North Country," "Green Grow The Rushes," "I Wish My Love Was A Red Red Rose," and "Gleanntáin Ghlas Ghaoth Dobhair" (aka "Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore") have seldom sounded so fine. The songs are well-chosen and careful attention was paid to the chemistry between selections. The sole caveat is that die-hard fans probably already own Another Sky, Runaway Sunday, The Blue Idol, and Blackwater, the albums from which the material was cherry-picked. However, as a gift for a friend who has never heard of Altan or is a newcomer to Irish neo-traditional music, this compilation would be hard to beat. --Christina Roden

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tanis on August 31, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Altan were formed in Donegal Ireland in the mid 1980's. The core of the band have always been the founders - Belfast flute-player, Frankie Kennedy, and Gweedore singer and fiddler, Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh. A combination of old Donegal fiddle music (then little known outside Donegal) and of unusual Northern flute tunes delivered with force and fullness made it hard to believe there were only two people playing. That combined with Frankie's immense wit and playfulness and Mairead's beauty and down-to-earth charm made an irresistible package. It quickly became clear to them and others that they could go places.

Gradually the duo grew organically into a band in the mid-eighties, forged in the bustle and crack of a thousand late-night sessions and festivals throughout Ireland -- the repertoire gave Altan (the name was taken from a deep and mysterious lake behind Errigal Mountain in Donegal) a totally unique stamp, while there was an undoubted inspiration from the great Irish bands such as the Bothy Band, Planxty and De Danann.

In succeeding years, the band recorded albums for Green Linnet, all of which won accolades and awards and appeared in the Billboard charts -- their collaborators on these albums were of the highest calibre and it shows: Donal Lunny, Brian Masterson and Steve Cooney in particular made great contributions over the years. Another friend played with the band for several years, master fiddler, Paul O'Shaughnessey, a dazzling and fiery player with a deep knowledge of Donegal music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lori Scottford on February 9, 2009
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It is a beautiful combination of music and lyrics. My husband plays the second song and my daughter dances around the house. It is a great way to introduce children to celtic music --- especially the music we love! This is one of our favorite CDs. I have purchased this as gifts for friends.
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What can I say about this fabulous band? This album is a must for every lover of Celtic music. I even used a phrase from one of the songs when I was in Ireland and was told that I had a very good accent! I was just imitating what I heard on the album. I shudder to think what I would have sounded like if I had been reading from the lyrics printed in the liner, LOL!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on May 4, 2008
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Your best collection of Altan songs - if you like their Gaelic style, you will love this CD
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sew happy on January 9, 2014
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Love Altan! Already had this CD and bought another for my granddaughter since she had commented that she liked the music.
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