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Now & In Time to Be (A Musical Celebration Of The Works Of W.B. Yeats) Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Under Ben Bulben - Richard Harris
  2. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death - Shane MacGowan & Cafe Orchestra
  3. Politics - Karl Wallinger
  4. Before the World Was Made - Van Morrison
  5. A Song of the Rosy-Cross - Mike Scott & Sharon Shannon
  6. The Fish - Sinead Lohan
  7. Gort Na Sailean (Down by the Salley Gardens) - Tamalin
  8. The Four Ages of Man - World Party
  9. The Song of Wandering Aengus - Christy Moore
  10. He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven - Nervous
  11. The Stolen Child - The Waterboys
  12. Yeat's Grave - The Cranberries
  13. Lake Isle Of Innisfree - W.B. Yeats
  14. Under Ben Bulben - Richard Harris


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 3, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Grape
  • ASIN: B0000083ND
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,064 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Inspired on a trip to Ireland by the many existing Yeats' poems set to music, two journalists compiled this compilation showing the diversity of contemporary Irish music. Yeats poetry has a natural lyricism to it which blends easily to the different styles of the music. For me the highlight is The Waterboys track Stolen Child but none of the songs are wasted. The inclusion of Richard Harris and a recording of the poet himself reading shows what enthusiasm and pure joy went into this enterprise. A unique addition to anybody's music collection.
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As a fan of poetry and of popular music, it has struck me how difficult a successful fusion of the two art forms can be. This new collection of Yeats poems is a wonderful exception; the music is superb, and Yeats' poetry sounds right at home even in pop music arrangements by Van Morrison and others. The deep influence of Yeats on young Irish artists is shown by the ease they demonstrate in putting it to music. Someone should should consider a collection of American singers doing the same with the poetry of our national bard, Walt Whiman.
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Having enjoyed some excursions into poetry (both reading and writing) in my college days I've always been more open to it than other guys I know. But what actually brought me to this CD was the fantastic Waterboys song "The Stolen Child". Not being familiar with Yeats' work specifically I had hoped that there would be some other songs represented on this disc that came close to the spell that "The Stolen Child" had put on me. Though none but one quite lived up to that (see the World Party song) all songs and spoken pieces on this CD are enjoyable in their own right. The organization of this CD as well allows for a great variety without much repetition in styles (until toward the end). While the music/ songs are good the booklet accompanying the CD is also important as it prints the lyrics/ poems and gives you a brief introduction to Yeats and to why artists reflected him in their work.

1) Richard Harris (excerpt from "Under Ben Bullben"): Harris has a wonderfully rich and seasoned voice. I could listen to an entire poetry reading of his. This first snippet is a call to the Irish poet and a smart start to the CD.
2) Shane MacGowan & Cafe Orchestra ("An Irish Airman Foresees His Death"): dominated by the slightly perturbed, drunken-slurred voice of the Pogues' MacGowan this is a quick, and terse, poem with accompanied music increasing in speed to match the tension of the poem.
3) Karl Wallinger ("Politics"): Wallinger (of ex-Waterboys and World Party fame) brings a Beatlesesque melody and pretty piano line that seems to transform this poem into a love song.
4) Van Morrison ("Before the World Was Made"): Do I hear bells? It could be a xylophone.
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I really appreciate this album although several among the many musical styles presented are not ones I usually seek out. I have listened to this CD nearly daily since I received it and recommend it to friends. I also listen to spoken recordings of the poems and ,unexpectedly, the musical arrangements have enriched my understanding and enjoyment of the text significantly.
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