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Banba

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Though not their best effort, this 1994 release from Clannad is very good. It has a strong pop orientation, tinged with the Celtic influences that have always been a hallmark of Clannad's music. Those songs where these influences are strongest are also the strongest songs on the album; "Caide Sin Do'n Te Sin" is especially memorable, and "Na Laethe Bi" and "Banba Oir" are strong efforts as well. Of the more pop-flavored material, "Sunset Dreams" and "The Other Side" are probably the best. Banba also features "I Will Find You", which Clannad recorded for the 1992 film version of "Last of the Mohicans". --Genevieve Williams

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Na Laethe Bhi
  2. Banba Oir
  3. There For You
  4. Mystery Game
  5. Struggle
  6. I Will Find You (Theme From The Last Of the Mohicans')
  7. Soul Searcher
  8. Caide Sin Do' N Te Sin
  9. The Other Side
  10. Sunset Dreams
  11. A Gentle Place


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 15, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: June 15, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IW0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After the necessary head-clearing exercise of their 1990 album "Anam" Clannad make a tentative step back to the world of "Macalla" with this album. It was the right move. "Banba" is probably most famous for "I Will Find You" that became the theme to Last of the Mohicians. If so, it's a real pity, because the surrounding material here is just as good, if not better, than the movie title.
The opening track satisfies all those listeners that think that Clannad makes "spooky music." (A hangover impression from the Robin Hood soundtrack!) But the rest of the album finds the band in a confident soft-rock mode. This is how Sirius should have sounded. The music is firmly grounded in rock, but with a well distilled folky edge. The melodies are good, too. If you're new to Clannad, this album is an ideal place to start.
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'We are a fusion of various styles of music, growing out of a traditional Gaelic root.'
- Maire Brennan

For anyone who likes Enya, this group is important, showing both a prehistory of the solo Enya, as well as a side-development in the area of modern electronic celtic-inspired music. Maire Brennan is now the lead vocalist for Clannad, but she has also produced her own solo work.

Clannad is a family effort, having been begun by Maire and her brothers Ciaran and Paul, plus their uncles. Indeed, the similarity between the words 'clan' and 'clannad' cannot be missed. Enya is another sister, having joined the group briefly before embarking upon a solo career.

Banba achieved great popularity for the band Clannad because of the song I will find you -- this song was used in the film 'Last of the Mohicans'. It is a haunting, lyrical ballad of love and longing, of desire and commitment, doing the strains of music and love with a bittersweet that only the Celtic people seem to know how to do properly.

'Hope is your survival
A captive path I lead
No matter where you go
I will find you
If it takes a long long time
No matter where you go
I will find you
If it takes a thousand years'

Incorporating Mohican and Cherokee chants into the lyric structure, this song is truly a cross cultural experience. It reaches deep into the emotive part of the soul.

Other songs on the album are variously in English and Gaelic, including the beautiful and interesting Na Laethe Bhí and Banba �"ir, both of which have interesting cadences and can inspire feeling despite being in a foreign language.
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This is my favorite recording by one of my favorite artists. Each track on this albumn exudes a poignantly haunting beauty. The vocals could move an angel to tears and will echo in the minds ear long after the last note has faded from the air. The instrumentals are elegantly crafted and transport the listener to a different world. I don't speak a word of Gaelic but I certainly understand what the music is saying to my soul. I need a new copy as I actually wore out both a cassette and a CD!
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The only difference I was able to detect between this Remastered version of the "Clannad" album and the standard one is that there is an extra track of "I will find you" at the end of it. It is very pleasant, but it is simply a variation on the original song. This version of this album was somewhat difficult to actually find and order. Truthfully, I don't know that I would do it again. I love the album, but I suppose I hoped that all of the songs would have been remastered.

"Sunset Dreams" is one of the very most beautiful, most moving songs I have ever heard. For me, it was worth it to order the entire remastered album just on the mere chance that there might have been something that might have enhanced my enjoyment of this one song. There wasn't, but I'm glad I ordered it anyway.
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Long before Clannad was considered cool I had been listening to them. Having had the fortune of "growing up" (ages 18-23) in Scotland, I had been introduce to Gaelic music from both sides of the Channel.

Banba's best known cut is the Theme from Last of the Mohicans or I Will Find You. This was also one of the turning points for this group. They had at last finally found international fame. Banba is more than that song. In here you'll find heart and soul of Gaelic music. Not just being a group, but being a family does do for Clannad what matched members cannot. There's more than a need to make it work, there's already a feeling of closeness.

Clannad's Banba is a graceful album. It may not be the best of their albums for an introduction, but it certainly isn't a bad place to start.
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Format: Audio CD
Like other reviewers here, I first knew about this group through their 'I will find you' sound track. I went out and bought the CD, and glad I did. I then bought few more of Clannad's, but nothing matched this one. This is a unique album that was made with passion. As a whole, it is very romantic. There is something enigmatic about a song with lyrics I don't understand, yet the music tells it all. Those tracks with English words are simply beautiful, almost poetic. My favorite track is (8) Caide Sin Do'n Te Sin. I've worn out my CD copy like the other reviewer, and am in need to buy a new one.
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