- Audio CD (November 12, 2002)
- Original Release Date: November 5, 2002
- Number of Discs: 4
- Format: Box set, Enhanced
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- Label: Rhino
- ASIN: B00006LJ72
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,331 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Only Time: The Collection
Enhanced, Box Set
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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
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
Top customer reviews
I found this collection, which resembles all important songs she ever did and more. I checked that, because I wanted to make sure that all my favorites from different albums are included.
The price tag is a little bit too high IMO, but it is still cheaper than buying all the individual albums. I had all the songs before, but I wanted to make sure that I pay money to support the artist to continue to create great music.
The music is great and the famous songs from the Lord of the Rings movies by Peter Jackson, "Only Time" and "May it be" are included as well as the old hit song "Orinoco Flow". The music is rich and Enyas voice unforgettable. You won't get any dance beats, but a rich and full melodic and emotional music experience, which is perfect for chilling out and relax from every day stress.
I am now looking for the concert DVDs, which seem to unavailable for unknown reasons. Hey, if you don't re-publish them again, when they are out of stock, don't complain if people look for copies on the Internet. There is money left on the table here.
This company put the other CDs that I ordered in the same envelope without protection between them and the CDs dug into the crush velvet case leaving deep indentions which were not readily visible when the cellophane was still on the package.
When I contacted them they told me that they could do something about it as long as the package wasn't opened but I didn't find the damage (to the crush velvet) until it was unwrapped.
There were also indentions of numbers from someone using the case for something to write on like a note pad. You can clearly make out numbers and number symbols. I am very disappointed in this order.