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The first career-spanning collection of Eithne Ni Bhraonain aka Enya's ethereal work, featuring 49 tracks on 4 CDs including a number of tracks never before available in this country! Orinoco Flow; Only Time; Caribbean Blue; The Celts; The Book of Days; The Memory of Trees all her signature songs are here, together with a 48-page booklet featuring notes by collaborator/lyricist Roma Ryan. Beautiful package!
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
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The complete work here is worth the listen for uplifting inspiration. Enya's relaxing and soothing qualities mixed with the instrumental delight give a combination for soothing any stressful situation. Some of the selections, if never heard before can seem breathtakig. With a 4 disc collection, there is enough variety from the choir like angelic voice for the soul, to some of the more upbeat motivational sound that help get your day back on track. Music like this is the stuff of life, which some, like myself, may have been missing.
It makes me realize why I had to buy this as a set to get a full effect. This collection should be highly recommended for anyone not haveing Enya's previous recordings at hand. As a boxed set, it has redeeming gift quality as well.
Enya: soothing, spiritual, uplifting, meditational, motivational, and plain beautiful.
Voice and instrumental quality is top notch.
This selection of ever favorite songs, arranged by Enya, Nicky, and Roma, from the "debut soundtrack album" "the Celts" to the lastest masterpieces that shall be unforgotten for all time. This CD set contains a 24 page booklet of inspired beauty and splendor. There is much information unknown to many written within, although it is recommended that "the listener derives their own special meanings from the songs," you may find much may be to your advantage in your listening experience. This is a wonderful buy for any who love the sound of Enya's amazing music and outstanding lyrics, as there is a limited supply of 200,000 copies in this worldwide release- Do not hesitate for the time may come but once and after it passes there may not be another chance!
Although I love every one of Enya's songs, it surprised me to learn so much about her, that I may never hear some songs the same again - they now hold a newer and greater magic that touches my very soul! I would never allow myself to miss this opportunity. I orderd this collection long before its release, and after such a long wait, I found that my passion for these songs has deepened, and I now hold Enya, Roma, and Nicky in a much higher respect! I thank them for all of their work!
Enya has all in all release 17 B-side tracks (all of which were release as part of a soundtrack, a single or from one of the above best collections):
The Promise / Paint the sky with stars / Oriel window / Willow on the water / Only if... / 'S fagaim mo bhaile / Midnight blue / Song of the sandman (lullaby) / Isobella / The first of autumn / Morning glory / I may not awaken / Oiche chiun (Silent Night) / Anrion (Love song from LOTR) / May it be (Song from LOTR) / Book of days (Love song from Far & Away) / Only time (Remix)
If you wish to have these B-side tracks then i highly suggest hunting from her previous albums rather than buy this nicely done but extremely poorly developed collection.
Like a previous review said before me, this is basically a recycled "Box Of Dreams" with a few added tracks and different style packaging. This box set had so much potential to be a wonderful gift but that potential was completely blown by merely including almost all of her regular studio album tracks and still excluding non-album tracks. Each of the four discs has enough space left for several more tracks and the leftover space could've been used to make a separate disc for a B-Sides disc.
This is a great box set but Warner Brothers completely blew it with this release!!
Each song on this collection denotes a distinct mood: anger, struggle and then on the other side of the spectrum, love, hope and faith. Her darker pieces such as 'Cursum Perficio' and 'Pax Deorum' denote almost warlike tones, struggle, defeat...Her softer songs such as the instrumental 'The Sun in the Stream' and 'Hope Has a Place' uplift the spirit and instill an unnamed calmness and sense of tranquilty. (What was the last song you listened to on the radio that did that?)
How one artist can cover such an array of feelings sure beats me! You know that she has nothing but pure talent! And what amazes me everytime I hear a piece on any of the 4 CDs, is that every instrument you hear, every voice-the deep ones,the high ones-EVERYTHING is performed by Enya alone! She truly is THE ONE-WOMAN ORCHESTRA!
I received this collection as a birthday present in January; it is now June and I'm still listening to it tirelessly. It's the most beautiful music I've ever heard in my life; sometimes (as silly as it sounds) I cry when I hear it!
Those of you who are pondering whether to spend "a lot of money" on what may seem mediocre music, think again. Listen to samples, borrow a CD from a friend and be carried away into a world full of nothing but beauty! Please buy it! You will love it and cherish it always!
Most recent customer reviews
this music should be filtered into a war-zone, it is bound to bring instant peace.
i also recommended a friend to play it when her 3 young children got a bit too rowdy! Read more
I don't care if you already own Enya Cds... Her music is relaxing and joyful. This is the only artist I can sit back, close my eyes, and do nothing else but listen to. Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by Taylor Herrick
I absolutely love this box set. Ever since I got it, I haven't been able to stop listening to all of its CDs. Read morePublished on April 30 2004 by Adam
[NOTE: This is a completely new review. I got rid of the old one.]
Well, it is a great way to start someone off on Enya's music. Read more
While I have been a longtime Enya fan (since 1992), I have the same sentiments as a few others concerning this boxed set. The music is very good and all, but... Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2004 by Jack H. Lee
This box set deserves to be included in any Enya fan's collection. This set combines many classic favorites from Enya's extensive career and also includes an interesting booklet... Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2004
The collection speaks for itself! The debatable thing about this is "Does Enya Deserve Box Set Treatment?". Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004
I have listed to Enya for quite a while now but havent got a chance to to listen to all the songs. When I got this, I not only got to listen to the songs I've been missing, but... Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2003
This is a great collection of Enya's music. 50 songs and a video, with beautiful photography, lyrics, and nice notes on the music. Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2003 by A. Sybo
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