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on January 17, 1999
Among my very favorite CD's in a considerable collection. I actually became a big Clannad fan years before they were heard of "across the pond" in the U.S. As a stand-alone effort, it is noteworthy; as the accompanying theme to the BBC "Robin Hood" series, it is an absolutely perfect melding of the mediums. A relaxing interlude that is simple yet extraordinarily memorable. Pop this into the player after a hard day at the office, or use it for background "mood" music when your gaming compatriots come over for dice-rolling and beer (you know who you are!)
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on October 21, 2008
Clannad/Enya/whatever truly inspired me in my youth as they showed just how much could be achieved with next to nothing. And their influence in delivering mainstream acceptance of the `whispering breathless' style of `Celtic' singing cannot be overestimated. Though quite why this style of singing is so beloved of folkies and why it's become entwined with the image of early Irish/British culture is a mystery to me. But that's not to deny the inroads that Clannad achieved on the mainstream with albums like Legend which, as has been noted, was used in part as the soundtrack to an 80's Robin Hood franchise.

And the music here - well what music is here - truly does evoke images of ancient bards and druids etc in quiet contemplation in some secluded Welsh glade. Magic stuff if your from a Western European background I suppose, it just resonates and feels like small ripples of music washing over you. The lyrical concerns aren't really concerns, just phrases put together to add a human touch. I mean, often the title of the song is the main body of the lyrics, just repeated at appropriate intervals. Or in the case of track two `Now Is Here' we get the truly illuminating lyrical couplet of "Now is here, here is now". Profound stuff indeed.

But really this is not music with a message unless the message is to relax, biding a while in Clannads musical ambience until reality comes along to intrude upon your repose. And as such it delivers it's message very well indeed as the soporific strains of a variety of instruments intertwine quite pleasantly to produce a gentle listen and an experience that does open up with repeated listens, the small and rather dainty melodies beguiling in their fragility.

If your a Clannad fan, you probably want this in your collection if you haven't already acquired it. Just remember to swing by the negative vote button before you put this in your cart in order to assuage your righteous indignation at me daring to lay bare a few inconvenient truths in this review. If your not a Clannad fan, well, neither am I but this has graced my stereo innumerable times over the decades and if your after some ambient tunes to chill out to then picking this up cheap may just open up a new world to you.
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on October 20, 1999
I was a BIG fan of the ROS series when my local PBS station played it in the mid-eighties. I had wanted to track down the soundtrack back then but I didn't have enough information to do it. I found this album after becoming a fan of Celtic music in the mid '90s. The music is just as hauntingly melodic as I remember it. Great for nostalga trips!!!!
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on August 8, 1999
You have to be familiar with the 'Robin Of Sherwood' TV series to fully appreciate Clannad's 'Legend', but the music stands well alone. A mixture of Celtic and Olde English folk styles, only the final track could be considered a 'song' in the recognised sense, the remainder of the album is more a series of conveyed moods.
Incidentally, both the previous comments are incorrect. 'Legend' accompanied the Goldcrest Films/HTV production of 'Robin Of Sherwood', originally broadcast by the ITV network in the U.K.
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on September 21, 2001
This is a great, short, sweet but haunting CD, one of the rare soundtracks with original background music that you can actually listen to. It is a great soundtrack because it doesn't even sound like one. Battles is one of my favourite tracks in general and, like most of them, it is too short. One of the rare but dazzling examples of how Clannad can turn wild. Lady Marian goes together with other harp instrumentals we know like A gentle Place, Faery Queen and Fonn Mharta. It is indeed exciting to listen to so opposite moods like rage in Battles and melancholy in Strange Land. These two perfectly go together in a track Now is Here with a "folky" traditional tune not so characteristic for Clannad. I was also surprised to hear not-really-Clannad accordion in Ancient Forest. This is not a Robin Hood sountrack - it is a Clannad soundtrack.
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on November 22, 2001
This soundtrack brings back very fond memories of the show. However even if you haven't seen the show the simple music is beautiful. The songs are good at invoking images of spring forest and the sleepy villages of yore.
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on April 2, 2013
Clannad's *Legend* is one of their best albums in my opinion. I managed to track down an import cassette tape back in 1992 and about ten years later tracked down the CD. It was worth it, as I fell in love with Clannad and their music while watching *Robin of Sherwood.*

As has been said in another review, this album is a soundtrack album, a compilation of tracks the band did for the Richard Carpenter 1980s British series *Robin of Sherwood* (starring Michael Praed, Jason Connery, Judi Trott and Nicholas Grace; the show aired in the States on Showtime as *Robin Hood*), which remains to this day the best retelling of the Robin Hood legends on screen. Clannad's music is ethereal and haunting, especially *Herne,* the theme for Robin's mysterious patron, Herne the Hunter, and *Strange Land,* the theme for the Sheriff of Nottingham and his Norman henchmen.

If I had a favorite, and really with this album one is spoiled for choice, it would have to be *Ancient Forest,* with *Strange Land* and *Herne* also being favorites. With its sort of Jazz/pop elements, the extended version of *Scarlet Inside* (Will Scarlet's theme) might seem a bit out of place in a Robin Hood soundtrack however for the show they used an edited version which worked perfectly and the unedited version grows on you the more you listen to it.

There are several pieces from series two and three of ROS that aren't on this album because, according to Clannad's official website, no one knows what happened to the master tapes of these tracks, though a search is being made, however some of this music can be heard on other Clannad albums. Hopefully they'll locate the missing tapes and release these other tracks.

The best way I can describe the music of Clannad is that the band has a Celtic/folk/rock/New Age/pop sound, only on this album, with a medieval twist; while not pure unadulterated medieval or classical music, it nevertheless does a great job of evoking the magic and mystery of this excellent yet short-lived series.

As one reviewer stated, this album is excellent mood music for a night of role-playing. And, while not true medieval music, it also works well to set the mood at renaissance faires and medieval reenactments if you don't have authentic medieval music.

Whether you're a Clannad fan or just like good music, *Legend* should be in your music library. As Maire Brennan invites us, "Walk into the mystic forest . . ."
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on November 18, 2000
Here is a collection of music played during the episodes of Robin of Sherwood. This provides a coherent theme for the album, and Clannad takes advantage of this to evoke the Britain of the 13th century. It is entirely effective, and works well even without the entrancing visual imagery of the TV show. This album, like others by Clannad, submerges you in a forest of entrancing music.
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on November 18, 2012
I loved the old Robin Hood show back in the day.... And when I found out who did it, I had to grab it. So, I really like one or two tracks on it and the rest is fine, just not as attractive to me. By fine I mean very well done and well themed, but I bought it for two tracks.
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on September 19, 2000
Crazed fans (like myself) of the luscious and heavenly Celtic-Pop group Clannad have an insatiable appetite for all of their music, and Legend is a worthwhile addition to their collection. As several reviewers have mentioned, Legend includes selections from the soundtrack for the 26-episode TV drama `Robin of Sherwood.' All the compositions are suitable musical backdrops for a tale about a hero who lived secretively and appeared from nowhere to rob the rich and give to the poor - Clannad's music floats gently in the air like a beautiful multi-colored cloud. Although not among Clannad's most impressive work, Legend has its share of poignant moments. The voice of Maire Brennan is one of the most beautiful in popular music - simply gorgeous. `Darkmere' is an excellent example of the Clannad family's enchanting vocal harmonies. The instrumental, `Lady Marian,' is stately, majestic and seductive. I'm particularly taken with the lyrical simplicity of `Robin (The Hooded Man)': a mesmerizing song built around just four words. On a negative note, the CD is a terribly short thirty-four minutes.
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