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Already an international success story with platinum and gold sales across Europe, this specially priced 2-CD set now comes to America. These 31 tracks take you to a mystical place as you listen to superstars from Bono to Sinead O'Connor to The Chieftains and themes from The Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter and more. A beautiful gift for all fans of Irish, Celtic and film music.

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Here we go again with yet another compilation of soundtrack excerpts and vaporous ditties, to be filed under "Celtic" and pronounced, one assumes, with a soft "c." Some of the selections, such as those featuring old hands like Loreena McKennit, Sinead O'Connor, Clannad, the Corrs, and the Chieftains, actually merit the moniker. But how a pair of embarrassingly twee tunes by David Arkenstone and Vangelis (!) made the cut is anyone's guess. Other choices of dubious provenance include Annie Haslam and Steve Howe's cover of an already hoary Yes tune, a squirm-inducing bit of overkill called "Elysium" (by Elysia, whoever that may be,) and Ryan and Rachel O'Donnell's flaccid reworking of Enya's "May It Be" from Lord of the Rings. "Hedwig's Theme" from the OST to Harry Potter also appears, courtesy of the City of Prague Philharmonic, even though the books never so much as hinted at the owl's nationality. --Christina Roden

1. The Mystic's Dream (From 'The Mists Of Avalon') - Loreena McKennitt
2. Runaway - The Corrs
3. Factory Girl - The Chieftains
4. I Will Find You (Them From 'The Last Of The Mohicans') - Clannad
5. Eirigh Suas A Stoirin - Maire Brennan
6. The Fellowship (From 'The Lord Of The Rings') - Howard Shore
7. The Shores Of The Swilly - Phil Coulter
8. Angel (From The Movie 'City Of Angels') - Sarah McLachlan
9. The Rose Of Tralee - Nightnoise
10. CuChulainn's Last Battle - Brian Dunning
11. Our Farewell - Within Temptation
12. Evangeline - Karen Matheson
13. She Moved Through The Fair - Anuna
14. Keening Of The Three Marys - William Coulter
15. The Dragon's Breath - David Arkenstone
16. 12 O'Clock - Vangelis

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 7, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Windham Hill
  • ASIN: B0000CAQ40
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,241 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I love this collection of Celtic music.
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This compilation has something for everyone but every song fits perfectly.
R. P. Grigsby
It certainly matches the theme of the subtitle well.
Treigh

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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Treigh on December 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There are 31 tracks on the 2 CD set. I will not even begin to review all of them. As a compilation, this works very well. It certainly matches the theme of the subtitle well. Like another reviewer, I am puzzled by the harsh critics. While I have never actually resorted to saying negative things about other reviewers, in this instance, I feel I must. Their reviews are influenced by their ignorance.

Apparently, some think that only the Irish are Celts and only Irish music is Celtic. This is very inaccurate. Scotland is named for the Scots who came for IRELAND!!! The original inhabitants of Scotland were the Picts, who by the way were also Celts as are the Welsh and the Bretons of Brittany in France. Broadly, Celtic music can originate in Ireland, Scotland, Wales or Brittany. The problem seems to be that some folks wanted traditional Irish music, but the category of Celtic seems to be broadening in much the same way that Country Music has become broader than it was 40 years ago. I couldn't stand the old Country whiney music and still can't, but the newer country music is much more appealing. Stars like Garth Brooks stretched the narrow boundaries and appealed to much wider groups.

Enya has done the same with Celtic music. It is not traditional Irish reels, jigs, and the like, but it isn't simply New Age, either. She has successfully blended the two, leaving her music with a Celtic heart. This album stretches the boundaries, but it stays to the theme of a mystic world. It does not stray far from Celtic roots. I do not believe that is in any way misrepresented.

Concerning the reviewer that complained that they already had many of these tracks. That is not a problem with this 2 CD set. It is YOUR problem.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Erika Borsos VINE VOICE on January 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This 2 CD set compilation conjures up mystic Celtic landscapes of lush green hillsides & valleys as far as the eye can see and sharp ledged cliffs ... where the ocean purrs and roars against the stoney and sandy beach. Imagine the lone cry of a seagull or a flock of birds flying in a V-formation overhead ...The music on this CD washes over you in waves ... sometimes soft vocals, other times high energy fast paced passionate music. It resembles sitting by the ocean listening to the tide wash in and out. It leaves you peaceful and satisfied after having had a busy, fulfilling day. Kick up your feet and relax, let the energy take you where it will ...
Track #1 by Loreena McKennitt sets the mood, her beautiful haunting voice fills a void with heart-felt and soul-searching vocalizations. [It is included on her CD "Book of Secrets" which is a jewel.] Amazingly, the music on this CD is from recent films (of which I only saw one) however, the lineup of musicians and singers is among the finest & best in the Celtic genre. Among these are: the Chieftains, Clannad, Maire Brennan, music by Phil Coulter with vocals by Sinead O'Connor, David Arkenstone (well known for New Age inspired American Indian & Celtic styles), Capercaille and the phenomenal Vangelis.
My absolute favorites are the Gaelic songs which create an other-worldy spiritual feeling in the listener ... CD 1, Maire Brennan singing "Eirigh Suas A Stoirin" and CD 2, Mary mcLaughlin in her rendition of "Caoineadh Na Mara/Amen (LAment to the Sea). Braveheart Trilogy by James Horner and "I Will Find You" by Clannad from Last of the Mohicans is very inspiring. "The Keening of the Three Marys" by William Coulter is highly spiritual and touches the heart. Overall, if Celtic music is a favorite, or you liked the music in these films, this CD will not disappoint the buyer. Erika Borsos (erikab93)
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 25, 2005
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This is a gathering of great artist with great music under the highly commercial "Celtic" banner. Up front, this is not really Celtic music for the most part. It's super music, but they tossed in everything and the kitchen sink under a misleading Celtic music banner. I guess the producer of the album likely is one of those who think Ireland and Scotland are the same!

Prime example - we have Harry Potter theme by John Williams, Howard Shores (beautiful) Lord of the Rings work - the Corrs a brilliant Contemp/soft rock/trad Irish group doing Runaway. Celtic?

Then some of the choices they made...sigh...Clannad is such a super group, but guess what people - they did something OTHER than The Last of the Mohican's, Harry's Game (Patriot Games theme) and geesh, yet AGAIN, Clannad and Bono doing In My Life. I cannot begin to list HOW MANY albums of Clannad that has all three songs on them. I must have a dozen copies of those songs, so enough! They have some of the most beautiful music going, but these three songs are not the limit of their library!

It's an eclectic mix with no cohesive theme other than the loose "Celtic" label slapped on them. Good music, poorly packaged with overused selections.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'm not sure I understand the harshness of the editorial for this CD. I was pleased to have stumbled across it and find most all of the tracks pleasing. CD #1 is the best arrangement and it is better than filling your CD player with celtic and hitting random. For anyone new to celtic many of the arrangements are slow and with only a hint of celtic undertones but overall a nice cold weather, hot tea type of CD. This is worth the money if you want a relaxing celtic sound that you can put on.
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