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Only Time: The Collection Box set, Enhanced


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This Collection is the first career spanning collection of Enya's work, gracing 4CDs with 51 tracks. Featuring signature Enya favorites such as 'Orinoco Flow,' 'Only Time,' 'Caribbean Blue,' 'The Celts,' 'Book Of Days,' 'The Memory Of Trees' and much more

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A wonderful gift, this handsomely packaged four-CD box set (purple velvet cover, gold-foil lettering) also serves as an inviting midcareer retrospective of an uncommon vocalist-sonic architect. Only Time: The Collection is a mix-and-match assortment of tracks spanning Enya's first five U.S. releases (including her 1987 debut, The Celts) and embellished with a half-dozen B-sides not found on her previous U.S.-released albums. Chief among them are "May It Be" (from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack); "Isobella," a hushed, slowly evolving beauty formerly available only in Japan; and "Oiche Chiun (Silent Night)." The set's fourth disc is an enhanced CD that includes 1996 video footage of Enya performing "Oiche Chiun" during a BBC special. Also included is a 44-page, tall-format booklet filled with regal artist photos, song lyrics, and commentary on each track written by lyricist Roma Ryan. Some notations are throwaway items. Others are insightful, such as the unfinished lyrics (about lost love) for the instrumental title track to A Day Without Rain. The order is a jumble, usually mixing tracks from two recordings onto one disc. The stylistic difference between her dated 1987 debut and the sophistication of 1988's Watermark makes for some occasionally jarring listening on disc one. On the other hand, the opening sequence on disc three ("After Ventus," "No Holly for Miss Quinn," "The Memory of Trees") is mesmerizing. Overall, nicely done. --Terry Wood

Disc: 1
1. Watermark
2. Exile
3. Aldebaran
4. March Of The Celts
5. Boadicea
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Disc: 2
1. Orinoco Flow
2. Ebudae
3. River
4. The Longships
5. Na Laetha Geal M'oige
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Disc: 3
1. After Ventus
2. No Holly For Miss Quinn
3. The Memory Of Trees
4. Anywhere Is
5. Athair Ar Neamh
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Disc: 4
1. Only Time
2. A Day Without Rain
3. Song Of The Sandman
4. Willows On The Water
5. Wild Child
See all 15 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 12, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: November 5, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Enhanced
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00006LJ72
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,551 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I first fell in love with the music of Enya when one of her tracks ("Ebudae" from SHEPHERD MOONS) was played over the final scene of an episode of "Northern Exposure." It remains one of my favorite songs. It's included here along with four dozen other songs from her five studio albums dating back to 1987's THE CELTS.
So what's the problem? Let's face it, most fans already have the music collected in this box set. After all, Enya has released only five studio albums during the past fifteen years and fans (like me)eagerly bought each new release. So what is new here? Not much. There are only seven songs that --although all previously released--have never appeared on any of those five studio albums: "Oiche Chun (Silent Night)," "Eclipse," "Isobella," "Song of the Sandman," "Willows on the Water," "The First of Autumn" and "May It Be," the Oscar-nominated song from the film "Fellowship of the Ring." [Although it should be noted that "Eclipse" and "Willows on the Water" did appear on the 1998 3-CD collection A BOX OF DREAMS.] All seven of these songs were originally released as the A-side or the B-side of a single, but not included on any of her studio albums.
In addition the enhanced CD contains footage of "Oiche Chun," first aired on the BBC in 1996. Also included is a 48-page booklet with a complete discography, photos and liner notes by lyricist Roma Ryan. This box set is a real treat for both new and longtime fans. My only complaint is that the serious fan is being asked to pay a hefty price to add only a handful of otherwise hard-to-find songs to their collection.
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104 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Distant Voyageur on November 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Although this Box set was released in 2002, this set is basically a recycled "Box of Dreams" with new cover artwork and added tracks. Almost ALL of the content on this set exists on the Box Of Dreams trilogy released in 1998!
This is becoming a disturbing trend by record labels trying to to cash in on music buyers: Releasing already existing collections with new packaging artwork and added tracks! From a musical standpoint, this is a great multi-disc collection of music but this set could've been so much better. If it were possible they should've taken one of the discs and made it a total B-Sides collection instead of just including a few B-Sides and leaving out the rest. At least the amazingly haunting Isobella is available on here. It's a haunting track not too much different from Hope Has A Place or La Sonadora but better than both and Isobella would've propelled A Day Without Rain to a five star. Where are Morning Glory, I May Not Awaken, or Asbhaile(correct me if I misspelled it)? Enya has over ten B-Sides and they all should've been included on this set or on a single or double disc set. If they had all been put on here, this box set could've been the ultimate box set ever.
A thumbs down to the record labels where cashing in on the fanbase seems to have become a habit.
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64 of 76 people found the following review helpful By eveoflove on December 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Made in GER in 2002, Serial# 0927-49211-2, Playing Time 176:13
Lyrics enclosed; disc 4 contains a multimedia section with a screen-saver, a photo gallery (actually a slide show of the pictures included in the booklet), and a video of "Silent Night". This box is limited to 20,000 copies (how many will actually sell?)
This 4-disc compilation literally floored me! Not because of the music (that's a topic for another day...), but because of what's been put together in this package; I won't comment on the songs themselves, because, after all, you already know Enya if you're considering buying this set.
The box (covered in purple velvet, oooh!) features a booklet that gives the lyrics to the songs, as well as some track-by-track comments (read "meanings") on each of them. No biography or truly interesting facts.
What's worse, the 4 discs arrive just short of 3 (gasp!) hours of music (when in fact, given some small effort, one could fit over 5 hours!)
I'm no mathematician (even if I'm going to sound like one!), but Enya has released 5 albums so far; here's what I would have done to please the fans (or, at least, myself!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
There are a great many artists who have come out of the music world who are unforgettable: Frank Sinatra, Micheal Jackson, Elvis Presley...but there is no one, NO ONE, like Enya! No one has a voice as pristine or that carries so much beauty or feeling or virtue!
Each song on this collection denotes a distinct mood: anger, struggle and then on the other side of the spectrum, love, hope and faith. Her darker pieces such as 'Cursum Perficio' and 'Pax Deorum' denote almost warlike tones, struggle, defeat...Her softer songs such as the instrumental 'The Sun in the Stream' and 'Hope Has a Place' uplift the spirit and instill an unnamed calmness and sense of tranquilty. (What was the last song you listened to on the radio that did that?)
How one artist can cover such an array of feelings sure beats me! You know that she has nothing but pure talent! And what amazes me everytime I hear a piece on any of the 4 CDs, is that every instrument you hear, every voice-the deep ones,the high ones-EVERYTHING is performed by Enya alone! She truly is THE ONE-WOMAN ORCHESTRA!
I received this collection as a birthday present in January; it is now June and I'm still listening to it tirelessly. It's the most beautiful music I've ever heard in my life; sometimes (as silly as it sounds) I cry when I hear it!
Those of you who are pondering whether to spend "a lot of money" on what may seem mediocre music, think again. Listen to samples, borrow a CD from a friend and be carried away into a world full of nothing but beauty! Please buy it! You will love it and cherish it always!
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