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Sons of Somerled [Enhanced]

Steven McDonaldAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 1, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: February 1, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Etherean Music
  • ASIN: B000008QUR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,139 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction
2. Sons of Somerled
3. Live On My Warrior Son
4. All You Can Know
5. Loch Lomond
6. Soldier's Lament
7. Come to the Isle of Skye
8. Scotland the Brave
9. Celtic Seque
10. Celtic Warrior
11. I Will Return
12. Wild Mountain Thyme
13. Per Mare, Per Terras
14. Lordship of the Isles
15. Journey of the Warrior Soul

Editorial Reviews

Sons of Somerled features the sonic treat of densely layered synthetic instrumentation shot through with heavy-duty vocal emoting, recalling both fellow Scotsman Dougie MacClean and the ballads of English pop star Phil Collins. Romantic in its notions of nationalism, war, and history, Sons of Somerled recalls man's love affair with the sea, the bluster and pride of the likes of Braveheart, and the all-consuming quest for the eternal soul mate. Such heady aspirations coupled with dreamy musical accompaniment speak to an audience hungry for the bittersweet passion of life writ by the unseen hand of fate. --Paige La Grone

Product Description

Album of the Year Winner! ... "The musical equivalent to Braveheart" (Billboard Magazine) Steve McDonald's celtic contemporary music soars with cinematic tales of Scottish history. Enhanced CD includes musical video. No Clan exercised such a powerful influence in early Highland history as the Macdonalds. Somerled emerged early in the 12th Century as a leader to expel the Vikings from Southwest Scotland. His marriage to a Norse princess made him a formidable adversary to the Scottish king. Somerled's grandson, Donald, became the founder of "Clan Donald" - literally the "children of Donald" - giving his descendants and followers the name Macdonald or "son of Donald".

Customer Reviews

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hail to ye Sons of Somerled! October 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Never before have I heard music filled with such passion for that far-off land, Scotland, which lies quite far away from me ~ Oh, this is a wonderful album! And I came upon it quite by chance at a little bookshop near my home.
Herein you'll find a blissful mix of traditional Scottish/Celtic song and that timeless ethereal/mystical sound that's found in the music of Loreena McKennitt, Clannad, or the like. The qualities that set this collection apart are found not only in the deeper vocals, but also in the intensity of passion for Scotland's turbulent heritage and that country's restless, timeless spirit of beauty and unrequited aspiration.
From the first moment I listened, this music has stayed with me, haunted me with wonderful persuasion ~~ Found in SONS OF SOMERLED is the spirit found in the movie, BRAVEHEART. Especially endearing to my own soul are the songs THE CELTIC WARRIOR and ALL YOU CAN KNOW. There are also lovely versions of LOCH LOMOND and SCOTLAND THE BRAVE.
Oh ~ and you will indeed hear the bagpipes! Yet they are not overbearing, mind you - but part of a collective plaintive cry, or an echo, as from across a vast space of distance and time ~~ And it is a loveliness to any ghost or living soul who yearns for the spirit that has lived in that little section of the world since ancient times.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visionary, nostalgic, and awe inspiring February 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Visionary, nostalgic, and awe inspiring. MacDonald takes traditional and new Scottish highland music and augments it with the unleashed power of a full orchestra and high-tech production. It's not the orchestra music of your grandfathers, for I have never heard timpani player(s) unleashed like a highland Celtic drummer, nor heard Celtic drums with the tonal quality of a tuned set of orchestral kettles. The singing is awesome, the music is fantastic. Everyone who hears it played goes out and buys their own copy. And, as a hidden bonus, if you play it on your computer there are pictures of Scotland hidden there in PC format. Buy one. Turn the volume up to 9. Enjoy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Not only is this a wonderful and stirring CD, it's obviously a work of love. Steve McDonald has put his heart and soul into this beautiful album. I never tire of it. But did anyone else discover the awesome multimedia music video and interview also included as data on the CD? Put the CD in your PC, search it with Windows Explorer and ENJOY EVEN MORE OF "SONS OF SOMERLED"!!! Making plans for my second trip to Scotland - Isles of Skye and Harris this time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those not into big words July 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'm a simple man, and have simple tastes. I was riding with a friend who is very well travelled, and a much more picky desire for music than me, and he was playing this music. I instantly sank right into it, and for several years borrowed his copy. Finally I broke down and bought my own copy and love every single minute of it. The big three of Steve's Music, Sons of Somerled, Stone of Destiny, and Highlad Farewell are awesome. One of the only things I've ever listened to that left me in tears (in a good way), and enjoyable. I definitely recommend this for any lover of anything medieval.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every MacDonald Needs to own this! December 20, 1999
Format:Audio CD
A wonderful CD, which has in some detail the history of the famous (infamous) clan Donald (from macdonalds, mcdonald's and o'donnells all originated) and it is told in a music theatre format.
Sort of a male "enya" (call it "men-ya")the CD is filled with lush synth melodies coupled with heavily layered vocal tracks. Not as pure as natural celtic music---but just as interesting. It is coupled with an interactive portion about the New Zealander's visit to his scottish roots.
I listened to it on a trip to scotland, and I need to tell you his rendition of Loch Lomand brought me to tears as i toured along it's bonnie banks.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely piece of History August 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Steve McDonald captures the feeling, the history, and the pride of our Scottish Ancestry. For a wonderful reminder of what national patriotism is all about, even here in the states, this is the music to bring the best of who we, and our ancestors were together.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you want to be Scottish July 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful, mellow, and beautiful CD. I listen to it all the time. Very moving, gives me the goose bumps to listen. Very emotional.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I had me Kilt on with a single malt in me hand November 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Back about 4 years ago, my cousin from Wyoming had heard this in a coffee shop, bought it and mailed it to me. The same week another friend had heard it, and gave me a copy. Apparently they thought I'd like it.

I DID!!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars much like the trubadors of old
Tells a story with song, much like the trubadors of old. The story of the McDonald clan, the Lord of the Isles (the Inner Hebrides of NW Scotland) . LOVE IT!
Published 1 month ago by diana lindsay smith
5.0 out of 5 stars SO SOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY
Love the price was as the seller described and is a true copy of the original. I am very happy with this. And so is my Spouse
Published 3 months ago by A. Orr
5.0 out of 5 stars very fast service
I got my cd and it sounded great. i haven't heard it since i was in high school back in 1995 so it was awesome to hear it again! thank you!
Published 6 months ago by Lita
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely version of true Scottish music.
My Yoga teacher played it for one of our classes and that's why I bought it, plus I have a daughter who lives in Orkney, Scotland, is a musician and this was a lovely soft... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bettie J. Twa
5.0 out of 5 stars Sons of Somerled. Steve McDonald.
Contains the songs that are beautiful to listen to. With percussion. Is wonderful. The composition of opera, instrumental music, is perfect. Beautiful voice.
Published 9 months ago by ceolin
4.0 out of 5 stars So melodious
I came across this CD in Scotland many years ago, lost the DC and reordered it from Amazon. So melodious. So strong. So full of longings, and the wonderful voice of Steve McDonald. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Christian R
5.0 out of 5 stars long time favorite
i discovered this cd at Natural wonders while working there back in 96. Excellent then and excellent all over again!
Published 12 months ago by Loves2Read
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite album
This is the 3rd or 4th one I've to friends because I find it so wonderful to listen to.
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great work!
Another Triumph by Steve McDonald. I really enjoy the vocals, and the blending of the bagpipes with the rest of the orchestra gives an ethereal quality to the music. Read more
Published 19 months ago by John E. Touchton Sr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Couldn't find this in any local store so I was quite pleased that you had it. It was as good as I remember from when I had owned the audio cassette.
Published 21 months ago by William F Watts
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